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Contents - Spectacular Slovakia 2004

BASICS

> Spectacular Slovakia 2004

> Contents

> Editors´s note

> Welcome to Slovakia

> Notes on style

> The Basics

> Language guide

> Suggested trips

TRAVEL NOTES

> From inoramus to barroom teacher

> To the mountains

> Of alcohol and God

> Vegetarian blues

> Slovaks: Getting the most out of life

> View from the train

> On villages and wood

> Rafting with Poles

> A slivovica-soaked memory

> Postscript

SLOVAK HISTORY

> Walking through old times

> How WWII Changed Slovakia's Minorities

> Who are the Rusyns?

> Famous Slovaks

BRATISLAVA

> Introduction

> History

> Coming and going

> Royal City Bratislava

> Places to eat

> Entertainment and Places after dark

> Other useful places

> Places to stay

> Around Bratislava

> Did you know?

ŽILINA AND AROUND

> Žilina

> Around Žilina

> The Malá Fatra mountains

> Did you know?

NITRA AND AROUND

> Nitra

> Around Nitra

> Komárno

> Did you know?

CENTRAL SLOVAKIA

> Banská Bystrica

> Banská Štiavnica

> The Low Tatras

> Did you know?

THE HIGH TATRAS AND AROUND

> Tatra National Park

> Spišská Nová Ves,Spiš Castle

> Slovak Paradise

> Levoča

> Rafting in the Dunajec Gorge

> How to read Slovak trail marks

> Did you know?

ŠARIŠ REGION

> Prešov

> Bardejov

> Wooden Churches

> War monuments and Warhol

> Did you know?

KOŠICE AND AROUND

> Košice

> Around Košice

> Did you know?

WINES

> Slovak Grape Varieties

> Rebirth of the Bacchanalian art

> Slovak wine recommendations

> How to read a Slovak Wine Label

> Low mountains...

> Tokaj

> How Tokaj is made

> A tale of two Tokaj wineries

> Slovakia's fruity firewaters

BEER

> A Thousand Years of Beer

> The great Slovak beer taste-off 2004

> How to read a Slovak beer label

SPAS

> And Kicking Back: A brief look at Slovak Spas

> Two More Mountain Spas

> Mom's famous spa story

> Thermal bathing at high altitudes

> Slovakia's Spa Island

> Royal spa of the east

> A spa for hedonists

> Smrdáky: Slovakia's

> Dudince: a dip in communist-era luxury

ARCHITECTURE

> Royal Churches

> Folk architecture

> Wooden Churches

> Functionalism

> Communist architecture

CRAFTS

FOOD

> Guide to Eating Out

> Slovak Food

CAVES

> Underground sightseeing

> Did you know?

CASTLES

> Crazy countesses, etc.

> Terminology

> Did you know?

SKIING

> On the way up

> Skiing in Slovakia

> Did you know?


These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2004.