In Slovakia we loved –
Helpful locals, although some didn’t seem to be that happy.
Lots of lovely, generally well preserved, historical buildings.
The Danube, but it isn’t blue!
That in shopping mall food courts people taking their rubbish to the bin instead of being bogans and leaving a mess for the next person to deal with.
Awesome photo opportunities.
Favourite meals –
Tapas at Foxford in Bratislava.
The chicken salad at Sibiranka Pizza Restaurant in Sibir rates highly for Karen.
The grilled chicken with a Samson beer at Grill Terasa Alpina in Novy Starovec takes beating for me.
Favourite drink –
Karen says hot chocolate but I’d say beer.
Great places to stay –
In the old town in Bratislava.
We loved our apartment at Apartment dom Familia Smokovec in Nový Smokovec.
Great places to eat –
In Bratislava –
Foxford – Modern, fresh, cheap food. Good atmosphere inside or outside.
In the High Tatras-
Grill Terasa Alpina in Novy Starovec, a small family-run grill serving excellent Slovakian meat and chicken dishes.
Sibiranka Pizza Restaurant in Sibir– big pizzas, great meat dishes and delicious salads.
Unexpected highlights –
Taking the cable car to the top of Lomnica Stit to see the roof of the High Tatras.
What you must do when you travel to Slovakia –
Go walking in the High Tatras or Low Tatras or one of the other amazing National Parks.
Visit at least one of the magnificent castles. We visited Spis, but Trencin looked awesome too. Devin is another possibility.
What you should avoid doing –
Leaving only a few minutes between train or bus connections.
Eating in a very touristy restaurant in Bratislava’s old town.
What you need to be prepared for –
Uneven footpaths. Lots of different size cobblestones make it necessary to be careful when walking.