Slovakia is a young country which is full of life and resources and is becoming increasingly aware of the wealth of offers it has for tourists, whatever their interests and their budget. For nature lovers, there are nine National Parks, fourteen Protected Landscapes, nature reserves, national natural monuments of outstanding value, a number of thermal baths, cutting-edge ski resorts such as Ruzomberok - Malino Brdo and the enchanting old wooden churches in the Carpathian Mountains, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 2008, together with Spiš Castle, the largest fortified complex in Central Europe, dating back to the Middle Ages.
Not to be missed, in addition to the fascinating Bratislava and Košice, European Capital of Culture in 2013, are the evocative old towns and settlements scattered around the country such as the village of Vlkolínec, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Renaissance town of Zvolen.
Delicious and incredibly tempting cuisine on offer in Slovakia
Milk, potatoes and cabbage. While some think these three products which are typically found all the year round, are its sole ingredients, Slovakian cooking turns out a whole host of delicious dishes, made from fresh, nutritious and locally produced goods. The country’s national dish, apart from its ever-popular and inimitable soups, is bryndzové halušky, made of very tasty gnocchi-like potato dumplings served with little squares of fried bacon in a sauce of really special ewes’ milk salted cottage cheese called bryndza, now included in Slow Food’s Arca della Terra
list of traditional world products worth preserving.
Delicious as snacks are lángoš, a sort of fried miniature pizzas of Hungarian origin, spiced up with garlic and cheese. There are countless types of bread and famous cheeses in different areas of the country, and Slovakian pastries are also worthy of note; the most outstanding are the bábovka, a sort of ring-shaped soft and fragrant panettone, and Skalický trdelník, a sweet pastry made by wrapping pastry round a cylinder, then topping it with icing sugar and chopped walnuts and almonds, which has been awarded the coveted European PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) status.
Recharging your batteries in the Slovak Pavilion, with a world of nature and art in your pocket
The world in your pocket. This is the Theme chosen by Slovakia, which is taking part in the Milan Universal Exhibition with an unmissable Pavilion
, located between Japan and Russia, in the eastern part of the Decumano. The external area was designed as a relaxing area where visitors can recharge themselves and their smartphones, before going inside the structure and discovering all the treasures that Slovakia reveals in terms of innovation, sport, nutrition and art. Here you can admire Artist’s Grimaces
by the Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj, a work which expresses a Classic approach in the choice to represent male physicality. The Pavilion, designed by Slovakian architect Karol Kállay, and developing the concept "Slovakia. Recharge yourself!”, aims to show the most genuine spirit of this country, which is rich in natural energy resources, in vitality, culture, traditions and opportunities.