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Top Choice Bridge in Bratislava

Most SNP

Colloquially called the UFO (pronounced ew-fo), this Danube-spanning bridge is a modernist marvel from 1972 with a cool viewing platform (sky-high admission!) and, just below, a restaurant (out-of-this-world prices!…
Top Choice Castle in Bratislava

Bratislava Castle

Dominating the southwest of the old town on a hill above the Danube, the castle today is largely a 1950s reconstruction; an 1811 fire left the fortress ruined for more than a century and renovations continue. Most b…
Top Choice Museum in Bratislava

Museum of Jewish Culture

The most moving of the three floors of exhibits here focuses on the large Jewish community and buildings lost during and after WWII. Black-and-white photos show the neighbourhood and synagogue before it was ploughed…
Top Choice Church in Bratislava

St Martin's Cathedral

A relatively modest interior belies the elaborate history of St Martin's Cathedral: 11 Austro-Hungarian monarchs (10 kings and one queen, Maria Theresa) were crowned in this large 14th-century church. The busy motor…
Castle in Central Slovakia

Orava Castle

The classic 1922 vampire film Nosferatu featured the pointed towers of Orava Castle, which rise from an impossibly narrow blade of rock above the village. This, one of Slovakia's most complete castles, dates from 12…
Park in Malá Fatra National Park

Vrátna Valley

The road to Vrátna Valley in Malá Fatra National Park runs south from Terchová up through the crags of Tiesňavy Gorge, past picnic sites and scenic stops. The Vratna Výt'ah cable car then hauls you from the top of t…
Top Choice Slovak in Štrbské Pleso

Koliba Patria

Come here for the lovely lakeside terrace and complex meat dishes. It's certainly more refined than a typical koliba (rustic mountain restaurant serving Slovak sheepherder specialities).
Slovak in Ždiar

Ždiarsky Dom

Rustic Slovakian cooking next door to the little museum.
Top Choice Slovak in Spišské Podhradie

Spišsky Salaš

Dig into lamb stew in the folksy dining room or on the covered deck, and watch the kids romp on rough-hewn play sets. The rustic log complex also has three simple rooms for rent (per person €13). It's 3km west of Sp…
Park in Slovenský Raj & Around

Slovenský Raj National Park

The national park has numerous trails that include one-way roklina (gorge) sections and take at least half a day. Slovenský Raj is most famous for its sometimes hair-raising ladder-and-chain ascents – paths where yo…