Landlocked in central Europe by five countries, Slovakia shares borders with Czech Republic, Austria, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. The landscape of the country is rugged and mountainous. It has ample supply of mineral resources, large forests and pasture lands.
Slovakia is home to some of the most unique landmarks. It has the largest Karst system found in central Europe with nearly 1100 caves. Then there is the medieval castle, Spissky cast le, said to be the largest in central Europe and Cerveny Kamenn castle housing the largest underground complex. Levoca is famous for having the highest gothic alter, and the oldest European public park is in Bratislava. Slovakia has a total of 138 cities out of which 18 are declared urban monument reservations. Slovakia is truly the land of magic and folklore.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and also its largest city. It attractions include cobblestone streets, Renaissance churches and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Banska was once an important mining town and now has a restored square, memorial of National Uprising as well as museums and castles. A historical and the second largest city, Kosice is known for its many churches, palaces and museums.
Tourists flock to Slovakia for its mineral springs with healing powers and the natural sites it offers. Although a fairly small country in size, there are more than one thousand reservations and protected areas. For hikers and nature lovers there is an overabundance of animals and rare plants to enjoy.
Official Name: Slovak Republic
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Ethnicity: Slovak & Hungarian mostly.
Official Language: Slovak
Religions: Roman Catholic & Protestant
Total area: 18,859 sq mi (48,845 sq km)