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Slovenska Republika: Heart of Europe

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A September 2005 trip to Vysoké Tatry by UK Flower Girl

Slovakian Countryside Photo, Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia More Photos
Quote: Come with me through the heart of Europe to visit the High Tatras of Slovakia. Part 2 of our first venture into Central Europe.

Slovenska Republika: Heart of Europe

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Overview

Slovakian Countryside Photo, Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
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Situated at the heart of Europe, Slovakia straddles the NW end of the Carpathian Mountains. Forty percent of Slovakia is forested and a majority of the country has an elevation of greater than 2500 ft. The area we visited, Central Slovakia, is dominated by the Vysoké Tatry (High Tatras) bordering southern Poland. This stretch of mountains is 27km long and contains the highest mountain in the entire Carpathian range, Mt. Gerlach.The Czech and Slovak Republics we...Read More

Grand Hotel Praha

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Hotel

Grand Hotel Praha Photo, Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
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Built by the Wagon-Lits Cook Company back in 1903-05, Grand Hotel Praha, set high on a hill, is an absolute gem. Expecting faded glory, this hotel completely surprised us with its spacious, modern rooms, excellent restaurant and outstanding views of the mountains and surrounding countryside. The hotel sits in the middle of an evergreen forest with the derelict cable car station just opposite. Several area walks start right behind the hotel on marked hiking trails....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Grand Hotel Praha
Tantranská Lomnica
Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
+30.210.5223211

Grand Hotel Praha Restaurant

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Restaurant

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We ate dinner at the hotel restaurant both nights, simply out of convenience the first night, and as part of a special deal the second night.Located on Level -1 of the hotel, the restaurant served a wide variety of local specialties and Germanic sort of foods like sauerkraut, ham, and sausages. One thing you will find in Slovakia, including this restaurant, is that the food and drink are generally an excellent value. We splurged the first night we managed to spend only $35!First we worried about the service. Standing outside the restaurant looking like morons, nobody seemed to notice us. I was finally able to catch someone’s attention to ask if we needed to be seated. Seems we ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Grand Hotel Praha Restaurant
Tantranská Lomnica
Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
+30.210.5223211

Tantranská Lomnica

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Attraction | "Into the High Tatras"

Tantranská Lomnica Photo, Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
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You start at Tantranská Lomnica station on a gondola to the next stage, Skalnaté pleso, with one stop in-between at ‘Start’ station. Many people stop here to begin hikes. From Skalnaté pleso you have two options: cable car or chairlift. Very few people get on the cable car. Be prepared for this and have alternative plans ready. If you take the cable car up to Lomnický štít you have about 35 minutes to mill around before you get back on the cable car to go back down. I don’t ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 5, 2005

Tantranská Lomnica
Tantranská Lomnica (High Tatras)
Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia

Driving into the Vysoké Tatry Photo, Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
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We left Budapest just after 8am our last morning in Hungary. We went north from Budapest on the 2A and then the 2 through the countryside and past the Danube Bend up to the Hungary/Slovakia border. Traffic was a bit hectic at this hour and I am glad Tom was driving because it was surely “free-for-all” driving. Pollution also seemed to be terrible on the busy city roads that morning. I guess the old Russian Ladas and East German Trabants that you see everywhere are not “environmentally friendly”....Read More

Travelling Information in Slovakia

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Story/Tip

Working on the farm Photo, Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia
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Driving: Infrastructure wasn’t an issue at all along here. Petrol (gas) stations were available when we needed one. Roads were much better than I had expected and driving along the country roads was actually a pleasurable experience. Suggestion: Buy a map of Slovakia at a petrol station once you arrive in Slovakia. We purchased a Freytag and Berndt map of Slovkia and the Czech Republic (ISBN 80-7316-026-9). Not only did it help us on the highways, but it helped us in cities, too, as it has several city maps for both countries. Getting lost wasn’t an issue and we didn’t have to spend too much time looking for one before we arrived. We used a general Europe map we had purcha...Read More

Visiting Kězmarok

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Wooden Protestant Articular Church open 9-12 and 2-5 daily May-SeptemberNew Evangelical Church open open 9-12am and 2-5pm daily, May-SeptemberAfter our morning on the mountains, we were looking for some culture or history. We drove east of Tatranská Lomnica through some little villages and then north to the Polish border for a quick lunch. We didn’t find anything very interesting in that area so we drove back south and ended up in Kězmarok, a town not too far east of where we started that day. My guidebook suggested stopping here to see some of the churches the town has to offer. We visited two: the New Protestant (or Evangelical) Church and the Wooden Protestant Articular Church ...Read More

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UK Flower Girl

UK Flower Girl
Sydney, Australia

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