Country number: 34
Territory number: 36
When? March 1990, coming from Krakow, after the Wall Came Down, going on to Budapest
How? On the train
Who? With friend Jenny
‘I don’t think falling in love in Slovakia is much different from falling in love in Tunbridge Wells’.
On the night train now from Krakow to Budapest, and again from Budapest to Vienna, rattling through what is now Slovakia and was then Czechoslovakia.
The mountain scenery is supposed to be amazing. I definitely need to revisit here.
The Slavic tribes settled in the territory of present-day Slovakia in the 5th century. Following the disintegration of the Great Moravian Empire at the turn of the 10th century, the Hungarians annexed the territory comprising modern Slovakia. In 1918, Slovakia and the regions of Bohemia, Moravia, Czech Silesia and Carpathian Ruthenia formed a common state, Czechoslovakia. German intervention in Sudetenland led to the dissolution of the country, and a separate Slovakian state, a German puppet regime. After World War Two Czechoslovakia reemerged as a communist state. The end of communist rule in Czechoslovakia, in 1989, during the peaceful Velvet Revolution, was followed once again by the country’s dissolution, this time into two successor states.