2nd April 1990
3rd April 1990
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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

See what Sue says

‘I don’t think falling in love in Slovakia is much different from falling in love in Tunbridge Wells’.

Tom Stoppard

Across Slovakia

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.

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, lies on the borders with Austria and Hungary. That makes the city the only one capital in the world that borders two independent countries.

Slovakia has the world’s highest number of castles and chateaux per capita:  180 castles and 425 chateaux in a country with the entire population far smaller than the city of New York.

More than six thousand caves have been discovered in Slovakia so far and there are more than 1300 mineral springs

Slovakia is  a member of the European Union and uses the Euro as currency.