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Slovakia is one of Europe's youngest nations, and is a tiny territory that sits right at the heart of Europe. Completely landlocked by the larger, more powerful countries that surround it, for centuries Slovakia was subject to the whims of invaders and foreign influences. However, despite being treated poorly by their neighbours the Slavik people continue to extend a warm welcome to foreign visitors. Since independence was gained in 1993, tourists have found themselves drawn to the charms of this isolated and beautiful nation, with its untamed expanse of mountains and forested valleys, interspersed with a rocky karst landscape. Clamber through 300m deep gorges and sit on peaks looking down on lush green valleys, all within a couple of miles of each other.
The North's High Tatras mountains are perfect for climbers and hikers, and in winter the skiers take to the slopes for some of Europe's freshest on and off-piste thrills. Explore the central regions and the east and you'll discover a land of castles and chateaux surrounded by forests that are home to wolves and one of Europe's last bear populations.
Bratislava city breaks are very popular amongst those looking for a more alternative trip within Europe. With inexpensive prices and plenty to see and do, tourism in the city is definitely on the rise.
Did you know?
The most famous Slovak is probably the American born artist Andy Warhol whose parents emigrated from Mikova in the north of Slovakia