The last post was primarily about the jaw-dropping site that take your breath away at first sight. This list is different; the focus will be on specific places rather than sites. Some of them rare for Europe, some of them rare worldwide. But again, they all only prove how extraordinary Slovakia is! Enjoy! (and as usual give us a like, share or subscribe to the page below. Thank you!
15. A MUDDY POND? WELL NOT REALLY…
That “muddy pond” over Korňa village is nothing different than an oil stream. Villagers had some fuel for their oil lamps in the past and you a unique touristic attraction in the present.
14. A CAVE? YES, BUT UNDER A MAGNIFICENT CASTLE!
Slovakia is well known for its beautiful castles and chateaus but having a cave under one of them? Bojnice castle, mentioned here several times, and its unique cave welcome you!
13. GEYSERS ONLY IN WYOMING OR ICELAND? NO, SLOVAKIA HAS ONE!
There are only two cold water geysers in Europe and one of them is located in a small village called Herľany in the Eastern Slovakia, waiting “surprisingly” for UNESCO´heritage list inscription.
12. HUNTING FOR OPAL IN AUSTRALIA? TOO FAR, TRY IN SLOVAKIA!
Yes, Australia and Mexico are current leaders in mining this beautiful gemstone even though Dubník´s opal mines used to be the only place where it was collected. And even presently it serves as a remembrance of its glorious past. Needless to say , it is the only one Europe as well!
11. ORIENTAL BEAUTY IN THE MIDDLE OF EUROPE, VISIT HAMMAN!
Do you think that this picture was taken somewhere in the Muslim world of mosques and baths? Nah… Explore the Turkish bath Hamman in a pleasant spa town called Trenčianske Teplice, that can compete with any jewel of the oriental architecture. Nowadays one of the most beautiful bath houses of Central Europe.
10. MORE IMPORTANT THAN MANY SYNAGOGUES AND RIGHT IN THE CAPITAL UNDER THE GROUND!
Even though there are many graves of rabbi in the world, only the capital holds the underground secret of a very high significance worldwide. The secret of the grave of one of the most famous Jewish rabbis ever in the history! Chatam Sofer himself!
9. WHEN THE PAST BELONGED TO GENIAL SOLUTIONS!
They are called Tajchs, they are pretty numerous around Banská Štiavnica from many directions. Believe it or not, they were designed and constructed in the past as massive pumps used to pump the water out of mines in 17th-18th century! They technically count as one of the world’s most unique places which are presently used as places to cool down during a hot summer day.
8. SIMPLY A CRATER FILLED WITH TURQUOISE WATER
Travertine lakes in Europe? Quite a rare natural wonder. And one you can find in a miraculous crater like this lake simply named Kráter. Located in Vyšné Ružbachy spa town.
7. TECHNICAL MASTERPIECE ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN
The ingenious technical masterpiece using gravitation and electricity power surpluses to create eletric energy in the very heart of the Low Tatras National Park. And with breathtaking views of the massive rocky peaks of High Tatras.
6. TO EXPLORE A MINER’ S HARD DAILY LIFE
And here we are back again in a UNESCO jewel: Banská Štiavnica. The town that provides not only marvelous views and a great atmosphere of the colorful historical narrow streets. Just behind the town is one interesting place where you simply enter the underground world of mining and, equipped with helmet and mining clothes, listen to an exciting guidance provided by former miners about their daily very dangerous routine. For lovers of mining equipment, trains, technical tools, this will be like a paradise!
5. HIGH UNDER THE STARS
Imagine spending a night on top of the second highest peak of the Carpathians at a breathaking height of 2,634m with marvelous views of the lights of the plateau under the Tatras and stars over this mighty range. Seems great, right? Well, you just need to take a cableway up to the Lomnica peak, where you can find the highest located construction of Slovakia including an observatory, a hotel and a pictoresque café all in one.
4. TROGLODYTE VILLAGE IN THE MIDDLE OF SLOVAKIA
Troglodyte village, where the houses are carved directly into stone and where you can find also a small underground cinema? Yes, in Brhlovce we have also something like that.
3. THERE ARE NOT MANY RAILWAYS LIKE THIS ONE!
Situated in an amazing natural environment of Kysuce in Vychylovka museum, this historical railway is technically unique as it uses a very different method to pass through mountains called logging switchback. There isn´t a known similar a railway to this one in all of Europe.
2. STONE BALLS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE
No one knows who brought these balls there, what was their purpouse, function or when it even happened. One of the biggest mysteries of Slovakia and a completely unique place within Central Europe. Kysuce stone balls are really worth a visit.
1. THE CAVE OF THE WHITE STARS, JUST A FEW METRES OVER YOUR HEAD!
Ok, we mentioned that not jaw-dropping sights will be involved in this list, but here is an exception. And what AN EXCEPTION! Its name fails to describe its beauty by far. If you see it, you mind find that the name “Cave of the Stars” would fit much better. Undoubtebly the most unique place of Slovakia, and there are only three similar caves worldwide and none of them are in Europe. Its unbelievable beauty made a huge contribution to its top ranking and to many other similar rankings. Absolute MUST SEE! The Ochtina Aragonite Cave!