Slovakia is a little country in the middle of Europe. The capital
city is Bratislava and it is located on the biggest river in Europe,
the Dunabe. Another dominant part of this state is the High Tatras.
They are a popular location for tourists as for locals. It's a great
place to go hiking, skiing or to make a trip with your family. Not
interested in a tour? Don’t worry! We have much more. Demänovská
ľadová jaskyňa (Demänovská Ice cave) is one of the oldest caves in
Europe. Bukové Pralesy – Hvešová (Primeval Beech Forests -Havešová)
is a beautiful peaceful place worth trying!
Spiš castle is one of the largest castles in central Europe. The
castle and culture monuments around it are on UNESCO World Heritage
List. Bardejov, Levoča and Banská Štiavnica are Spišský hrad
(Spišský castle) is one of the largest castles in central Europe.
places worth visiting because of history. Vlkolínec is a village.
The first written mention of the village came from 1376. It’s one of
ten Krása. a village. The first written mention of the village came
from 1376. It’s one of ten Slovak villages that have been given the
status of a folk architecture reservation.
If you like adventures places you have to visit: Park tmavej oblohy
- Poloniny (Park of dark sky – Poloniny) the first light waste -free
park in Slovakia Studený gejzír - Sivá brada (Cold geyser – „ Grey
beard“) located near Spiš castle . Water around creates a small
„lake“. Mysterious mountain Tribeč (Tribeč) surrounded by creepy
unsolved stories which was inspiration for a book and a film.
The most typical slovak desserts are definitely sourdough rolles
filled with cocoa and sugar or poppy seeds. You can eat it for
breakfast or just like a dessert. A strudel is similiar to a
sourdough roll, but the taste is different and the dough is
different as well. The strudel is made from a puff pastry and it is
filled with apples, nuts or poopy seeds. Steamed buns are favourite
for children. It is also from the sour dough, but it is the main
meal. You can fill it with chocolate or jam and we like eating it
with the chocolate and butter on the top. That is so delicious that
you have to try!
One of the most interesting traditions is Easter. We are very
religious country, so during Easter we go to Church almost every
day. On Easter Sunday, the whole family meets for lunch and spends
the day together. Easter Monday is associated with bathing or
sparkling with water and whipping girls and women. Girls are
expected to give boys a painted boiled egg, which is called
„kraslica“ or candies. In Slovakia, we also celebrate the first May.
May is called the month of love so in the past, boys built a
decorated maypole with colorful ribbons in front of houses where a
girl they liked lived. Maypoles are still upright on the square of a
town or in the middle of a village.
In summer during Midsummer Night from the night of June 23rd to 24th
young people burn bonfires on the hills overlooking villages and
jump over them, singing and dancing.
Slovakia is a very rich country when it comes to traditions. Our
tradition may be weird for other countries but we love them.
Christmas and New Year ́s season is the most beautiful time of the
year. Christmas dinner begins with wafers and honey that means to be
healthy. Then we continue with a carp that we keep in a bathtub for
a few days before Christmas. We keep a carp scale because we believe
that it will bring us a good luck and wealth.
Then the carp is fried and is served with potato salad. Afterwards
we eat „kapustnica“ which is sauerkraut soup and ,,bobaľky“ that are
special poppy seed dumplings. After a dinner, we open our presents
and then we go to sing Christmas carols to our neighbours from house
Every corner of the world has its own cuisine. So our Slovak cuisine
is historically known mainly for pork, beef and chicken meat, flour,
potatoes, cabbage and milk products. Bryndzové halušky is one of the
national dishes in Slovakia. This meal consists of halušky - boiled
bumps of potatoe dough similiar to gnocchi and bryndza (a soft sheep
cheece) sprinkled with cooked bits of smoked bacon. Another national
dish is called Pirohy. That can be sweet or salty. Cabbage is very
popular, so our national soup is cabbage soup or soup made of
sauerkraut with sausages (in Slovak language called Kapustnica). We
do not use a lot of spices. Our cuisine is traditional, so we cook
as our grandparents and great-grandparents cooked. Our ancestors
cooked from what they had in their yards (because we were relatively
poor country) or they bred animals so they used their products and
ate a lot of meat.