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Introducing Bardejov

It's tough competition in the medieval wonderland of East Slovakia, but Bardejov wins the award for our favourite Old Town square, which would look barely a brick out of place 400 years ago. Bardejov received its royal charter in 1376 and grew rich on trade between Poland and Russia into the 16th century. The steep roofs and flat fronts of the Unesco-listed burghers' houses here each have their own unique plaster details or inscriptions.

A clutch of museums shed light on this region's Eastern-facing art and culture and the town makes a good springboard for further exploration. The area's wooden churches reflect a Carpatho-Rusyn heritage, shared with neighbouring parts of Ukraine and Poland. Just north in Bardejovské Kúpele you can cure some ills at a thermal spa or see examples of these churches in a rewarding open-air village museum.