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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Hi there, if You stay in Bratislava for the night, one of the best place is at Botanicka - Druzba students dormitory, its placed just by the river, and from the windows You may have great view at Danube!!! It's not far from the Old Town, and You can walk up there also by the riverside, what is taking about 25 minutes on foot to get to Novy Most with fantastic view point on the top of the bridge!!! If You chose the other way, with the buses you can get as well to Devin Castle, and Sandberg where are real dunes!!! What i can recomend you is definitely two things - walking up the Kamzik and tring the national food - bryndzowe haluszki (sheep cheese dumplings) in "Koliba" in Mlynska Dolina!!! Slovakian people are definitely crazy about meals, and even in MacDonalds you can find their fried cheese!!! And now watch out - in Slovakia you can buy leggaly Absint, the famous alkohol which was driving mad many poets in XIX century :D Of course You cannot miss Obchodna i Kapucinska, Kamenne Namestie (where is also Tesco haha), but if You plan make some shopping Billa is much better than Tesco for sure. From Hlavna Stanica - main train station, you can easily get to Tatra Mountains, the highest in all Carpathian Range, and getting couchette costs about 20 euro and if you leave at 9pm you will get to capital of the mountains at 6 in the morning!!! The same price in both ways this time is to Vienna, also by the ferries, which is so cool, traveling to Budapest is not bad, though not many hungarian people talk in english, lol If You need sports, then fabulous thing is going for the ice hockey, but if you need a high culture, try in Narodne Divadlo (theather - national opera house), i watched there russian "Eugeniusz Oniegin" and that was great! The best thing is to come up for Christmas Market, i still havent been in Dresden, but in Bratislava i saw even enchanted Bawarian people so it must be one of the best in Europe!!! If we talk about Osterich culture, then please go to Hlavne Namestie and visit Kaffee Mayer and try the best cakes they have!!! mmm... Someone said "Bratislava is fun, polite and small" and i mean it :-) P.S. Hey girls, in the beginning of the year and then after summer there are fabulous sales in shops, like Terranova and other big companies, and in compare to west european countries difference is really pretty big!
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
beautiful town..great people..must visit
especially visit at fall and new years eve...:)
pivo 5kn!! jack daniels 10kn!!!
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Nobetter city in central-east Europe! It´s smaller than Prague and Warsaw, but is cuter and charming as well, with the good point that is not crowded by turists! Outside the city center, you can still see the soviet style which is really interesting. People is not religious! YEEEEYYY!!!!!!! Therefore they are really easy going! Lovely people for a lovely city in a lovely country!
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Go with Slovak people to discotheques. Otherwise, you'll pay 3-4 times more than them. I loved the city, contrary to lots of people. You shouldn't stay there more than 2 days.
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Kosice, East Slovakia, Slovakia
Dominican´s Square

Square near the Main street. Market during the day, but as the sound goes down turns to place where are meeting all subcultures you can imagine. Punks, hip-hop, techno... Friendly (drunk) people. 4 alternative bars around (khoi-khoi, up down, colloseum (quite dirty) and rock pub). 
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Hi there, if You stay in Bratislava for the night, one of the best place is at Botanicka - Druzba students dormitory, its placed just by the river, and from the windows You may have great view at Danube!!! It's not far from the Old Town, and You can walk up there also by the riverside, what is taking about 25 minutes on foot to get to Novy Most with fantastic view point on the top of the bridge!!! If You chose the other way, with the buses you can get as well to Devin Castle, and Sandberg where are real dunes!!! What i can recomend you is definitely two things - walking up the Kamzik and tring the national food - bryndzowe haluszki (sheep cheese dumplings) in "Koliba" in Mlynska Dolina!!! Slovakian people are definitely crazy about meals, and even in MacDonalds you can find their fried cheese!!! And now watch out - in Slovakia you can buy leggaly Absint, the famous alkohol which was driving mad many poets in XIX century :D Of course You cannot miss Obchodna i Kapucinska, Kamenne Namestie (where is also Tesco haha), but if You plan make some shopping Billa is much better than Tesco for sure. From Hlavna Stanica - main train station, you can easily get to Tatra Mountains, the highest in all Carpathian Range, and getting couchette costs about 20 euro and if you leave at 9pm you will get to capital of the mountains at 6 in the morning!!! The same price in both ways this time is to Vienna, also by the ferries, which is so cool, traveling to Budapest is not bad, though not many hungarian people talk in english, lol If You need sports, then fabulous thing is going for the ice hockey, but if you need a high culture, try in Narodne Divadlo (theather - national opera house), i watched there russian "Eugeniusz Oniegin" and that was great! The best thing is to come up for Christmas Market, i still havent been in Dresden, but in Bratislava i saw even enchanted Bawarian people so it must be one of the best in Europe!!! If we talk about Osterich culture, then please go to Hlavne Namestie and visit Kaffee Mayer and try the best cakes they have!!! mmm... Someone said "Bratislava is fun, polite and small" and i mean it :-) P.S. Hey girls, in the beginning of the year and then after summer there are fabulous sales in shops, like Terranova and other big companies, and in compare to west european countries difference is really pretty big!
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Trebisov, Slovakia

Trebišov ( Hungarian : Tőketerebes ; German : Trebischau ) is a small industrial town in the easternmost part of Slovakia , with a population of around 23,000. The town is an administrative, economic and cultural center with machine ( Vagónka ), food ( Frucona ) and building materials industries.
History Archaeological findings are from the Neolithic , Bronze Age and continuous Slovak/Slavic findings since the Great Moravian period. The first written reference to the castle stems from 1254. The village is mentioned in 1330, when it received town status, for the first time. The castle and the village became one settlement in the 14th century. After the fall of Communism some factories in the region were shut down and the city became the site of a kind of ghetto [ citation needed ] for approximately 4,000 Roma people people who moved in from the villages to be able to receive unemployment benefits. In the spring of 2004, in order to induce the unemployed in Slovakia to search for a job, the Slovak government immediately reduced all social benefits for long-term unemployed in Slovakia by half. This led to rioting among the Trebišov Roma population in which several shops were looted. The riot leaders claimed the Roma were starving . After three days riot police and army motorized infantry reestablished order using a water cannon against a stone-throwing [ citation needed ] crowd. In an attempt to calm down the situation, the government offered free firewood collection opportunity and free food stamps to compensate the unemployed for the loss of monetary aid. [1] [ edit ] Noteworthy structures Parič Castle ruins – built 1786 using stones of a water castle from the 13th century, with: a National History and Geography Museum – in the castle a park – once one of the prettiest parks in Austria-Hungary , contains remnants of the old water castle (13th cent.- 1786) Andrássy Mausoleum – a nice neo-Gothic mausoleum of 1896 Catholic church – ca. 1400, Gothic, reconstructed in 1696 Paulinist monastery – 1502, connected with the Catholic church Orthodox church – 1825 manor house – 1786, adapted in the Empire – neo-Renaissance style Mausoleum of the Andrássy family [ edit ] Roman-Catholic Church of Virgin Mary's Annunciation The church has been dated already in 1404. It belongs to the Gothic architecture . The church has the main part and the aisle chapels. The interior is composed of the altars , mural paintings and a triumphal arch . On the ceiling, there are painted scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. In the church there are set two marble epitaphs of János and Imre Perényi, pictures The Virgin Mary's Annunciation (1780), Saint Pavel Hermit (18th century), Saint Justin Martyr (1835), a stone baptistery (18th century) and the pseudo- Rococo seat. Under the church, there are crypts of the Pereny's family and Péter Szapáry and Júlia Csáky. [ edit ] Paulin Monastery It was built in 1502 and two years later, Imre Perenyi invited the Pauline -monks to the monastery. The object of the Renaissance monastery in the shape of "L" has been linked right to the church with the south wing. The monastery has been reconstructed, in 1678 and in 1760. With the cancellation of the Pauliny's in 1786 by King Joseph II ., the monastery has lost its original function and has been used for many purposes. Now, it houses the Basic School of Arts and the Roman-Catholic Parsonage Office. [ edit ] Immaculata Immaculata The Immaculata is a work of art of an unknown sculptor. It has been made around 1800. There are three statues: The main is Madonna trampling on a snake ; on her right there is a statue of St. John of Nepomuk ; on her left a statue of the patron and protector from fire, St. Florian . At present, it is placed in its third place. Originally it was placed in front of the manor house. Later, in 1907, it was placed south of the church, on the edge of the city park. In the 1980s, it has been restored and placed between the Roman- and Greek-Catholic churches. [ edit ] Greek-Catholic Church of Virgin Mary's Ascension The headstone of the church was put in 1817. It was built by the architect József Turcsány during the years 1818–1825. It was dedicated in 1826. In 1886 its interior was rebuilt. There are a lot of icons: The Death of Virgin Mary , icons of Jesus Christ , St. Nicholas , Twelve Apostles , Virgin Mary and John the Baptist . In 1901 the temple got the sacristy, the art lustre, the ceramic paving and the art windows in 1907. In the 1920s it got the bell called "Georgij" (George). [ edit ] Ruins of Parič Castle Ruins of Parič (Párics) Castle in the Trebišov park The first stage of the construction of the water castle (probably a dwelled tower with fortifications) can be dated into the time from 12th to 13th century. Founded parts of pottery confirm that. The upper polygonal construction made by stone-based bricks was built in the second stage of construction, in the beginning of 14th century. The research confirmed that simultaneously with the fortification on the western side, an early-Gothic palace was built. On the east side of the castle a quadrangle entrance tower was built and at the courtyard was a well, fortified by stone. [ edit ] The Trebišov Park Trebišov park in the autumn months The Park of Trebišov takes an area of 62 ha. The Park has been originally shaped from a swamp - mire forest . The Park layout began its realization at the end of 18th century. It grew as an English countryside forest with buttonwoods and other trees imported from around the world. Today, the Park serves for relax, recreation , cultural and social events, and as a historical-archaeological place. In the area of the Park there are, except the exciting fauna and flora , some historical monuments. [ edit ] Church of the Holy Spirit It belongs to the oldest sacral reminders of Trebišov. Its foundations were found by chance in the Centre of Young Natural Scientists in Trebišov. Its existence confirmed the records of Popes Corporals made in 1332–1337. The archaeological research shows, that the church had a rectangular boat. In 65 bone graves this dead were buried on their backs without coffins and mostly without gifts. Jewels, parts of clothing and coins were found in 16 graves. They were: earrings, rings, Hungarian coins from 2nd half of 12th century and 1st third of 13th century, 3 casted bronze crucifixes , which belonged probably to the East Church ( Kyjevská Rus ). Based on these discoveries, the church can be dated back into the first half of 13th century and its extension round 1400. [ edit ] Mausoleum of The Andrássy Family in The Town Park The Mausoleum is one of the most beautiful monuments in Trebišov. It was built in the neo-Gothic style in 1893 by the German architect Arthur Meining . The sarcophagus is a work of the Hungarian sculptor György Zala from the years 1893–1895. In the Mausoleum there is buried the count Gyula Andrássy from 1894, the prime minister of Austria-Hungary (1867). In the sarcophagus there are relicts of his wife Katalin Andrássy. Above the sarcophagus there are two bronze cartouches with the signs of the count and his wife. Beside that there is the tinny coffin of Tódor Andrássy (1857–1905). Their souls are protected by the sculpture of an angel . Near the sarcophagus sorrows the bronze sculpture of Helena, the wife of the count Lajos Batthyány . In the interior there are the starry vault and the neo-Gothic windows. [ edit ] The National History Museum In 1786 the count Imre Csáky started building a great Baroque castle. The three-winged castle has a ground-plan form U. The terrace is supported by eight Classicistic pillars. In the Baroque gable there are signs of the Families Csáky and Andrássy . The castle has a great French garden with a fountain and a labyrinth. From 1916, in the castle there were military barracks and after The Second World War there was a hospital. Today the castle is used as The National History Museum .

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Humenne, Slovakia

Humenné ( pronunciation ( help · info ) ; German : Homenau ; Hungarian : Homonna ) is a town in the Prešov Region ("kraj") in eastern Slovakia and the second largest town of the historic Zemplín region. It lies at the volcanic Vihorlat mountains and at the confluence of the Laborec and Cirocha Rivers.
Characteristics Humenné is a center of one of the easternmost districts ("okres") in Slovakia. Its life is rich in cultural and sports events. The town is a starting point for tourism, because there are numerous opportunities in the picturesque countryside of the East Carpathians , though this field still requires an intensification of business activities and funding. The most attractive places are the Vihorlat Mountains boasting of their Morské oko lake, and the Poloniny (Wooden Carpathians ) at the border of Slovakia, Poland , and Ukraine , which are part of the National Park Poloniny . The surroundings of Humenné, with their romantic ruins of medieval castles and an open-air museum of architecture situated in the town park, are a source of knowledge and relaxation. Castles in the surroundings of Humenné: Brekov Castle (in ruins, 3 km to the south) Jasenov Castle (in ruins, 7 km to the southwest) [ edit ] History Humenné castle The Laborec river and the Carpathian mountains predetermined the development of the town and its surroundings, a silent witness of which has been Vihorlat volcano, at 1,075 m the highest peak of the Vihorlat mountains. Thanks to its advantageous location and pleasant climate, preconditioned by the neighboring mountains, the town has been an attractive place for people since the Stone Age , which is evidenced by a number of archeological findings. The Slavic forefathers of the Slovaks gradually moved to the basin of Humenné during the great migration of peoples, starting in the 5th century. An intensive and organized settlement of this area started as late as in the middle of the 13th century, after the Mongol raids. The first written document mentioning Humenné dates back to 1317. The history of Humenné is closely connected with the Drughets (Drugets, Drugetovci), a distinguished aristocratic family originally from Naples , who, accompanying the king Charles Robert of Anjou, came to the Kingdom of Hungary (Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary) at the beginning of the 14th century. The Drugeths made Humenné their seat and changed it into the centre of one of the largest feudal dominions in Slovakia. King Matthias Corvinus conferred civic privileges (town status) on the town, which were validated by a seal with coat of arms. At that time, the town was crossed by an important trade route connecting the Kingdom of Hungary with the Kingdom of Poland . Humenné is mentioned among royal customs offices, and later on it received the right of storehousing and supposedly market rights, too. This was also the time of an ever increasing influence of shepherd colonization from Carpatho-Ukraine by the so-called Walachians ( Ruthenes , Poles , and Romanians ). The most significant town monument, a Renaissance castle, was built on the place of an original stone castle in about 1610. The castle came to be an indispensable characteristic feature of the town and serves for museum and cultural purposes at present. In 1613, during the Counter Reformation , a Jesuit college was established as the first secondary school in the history of Humenné. The Drugeth line died out in 1684 and new feudal lords moved in, notably the Csakys and the Wandernats . The abolition of some feudal duties and the reforms of Maria Theresa promoted the development of crafts, and Humenné became the seat of the so-called "salt office". The town's population consisted of Slovaks , Ruthenes , Hungarians and Jews . Latin was used as the administrative language, which appeared to be a stabilizing factor in such a mixture of nationalities. The Andrassy family from Transylvania started to influence the history of Humenné in the 19th century, a period characterized by economic growth. Moreover, many new buildings were erected at that time. The main fields of activities of town inhabitants were agriculture, crafts and trade. The first train appeared in Humenné in 1871, stimulating the development of trade and wood cutting. In 1899(?) the first business academy in Austria-Hungary was established in Humenné. Toward the end of the 19th century, Humenné counted 4,000 inhabitants. The 20th century brought along a cultural revival. Humenné was famous for its markets and fairs. This promising, though timid, development was interrupted by World War I. A short period of the existence of Czechoslovakia between the two world wars proved to have positive effects upon the life of Humenné. As a corollary of World War II, however, all the effort had to start from the very beginning. Until 1956 Humenné was an administrative rather than an economic centre. Then the construction of a plant for the production of textile polyamide fibres, the present CHEMLON company, triggered a real chain effect on the town's growth. Humenné was gradually becoming a centre of chemical, building, food and mechanical engineering industries. This had a positive impact on the development of technical colleges. The industrial development entailed large-scale housing projects, and the town area was completed by new housing estates. While there were 7,000 inhabitants living in Humenné in 1948, the population now amounts to over 35,000. [ edit ] Demographics According to the 2001 census , the town had 35,157 inhabitants. 87.80% of inhabitants were Slovaks , 4.84% Rusyns , 3.27% Roma , 2.11% Ukrainian and 0.77% Czechs . [1] The religious makeup was 57.91% Roman Catholics , 23.00% Greek Catholics , 8.69% people with no religious affiliation, 5.91% Orthodox and 0.98% Lutherans . [1] [ edit ] Famous people Peter Breiner , pianist, conductor, and composer Michal Kováč - first Slovak president in the modern era Jozef Cardinal Tomko , cardinal Joachim Jacob Unger , rabbi Kristian Kotov chess master Buddy Nestor , first winner of Slovakia's Overweight Competeition (2003) MARTIN SUCHAR , ARCHITECT
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Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia
Spišská Nová Ves ( pronunciation ( help · info ) ; German : (Zipser) Neu(en)dorf ; Hungarian : Igló ; Polish : Nowa Wieś Spiska ; Romany : Noveysis ) is a town in the Košice Region of Slovakia . The town is located southeast of the High Tatras in the Spiš region, and lies on both banks of the Hornád River. It is the biggest town of the Spišská Nová Ves District ( okres ). As of 2006 the population was 38,357. Tourist attractions nearby include the mediaeval town of Levoča , Spiš Castle and the Slovak Paradise National Park. A biennial music festival, Divertimento musicale , is held here, attracting amateur music ensembles from all over Slovakia.
History Spiš Museum in Spišská Nová Ves Settlement in the town's region dates to the Neolithic age. There is evidence of a prosperous society that was familiar with copper mining and processing. When the Celts arrived they brought with them advanced iron technology. Celtic coins have been found in the region. During the 6th century, the period known as the Great Migration , Slavic tribes appeared in the Spiš region. During the 10th century the structure of their settlements stabilized and important communication roads were established. The settlement was included within the state of Great Moravia . By the 12th century at the latest a Slovak settlement had been established known as Iglov , situated between Mlynská street (Mill Street) and the Reduta, in the centre of the present town. The settlement suffered greatly from the invading Tartars in the 13th century. Saxon ( Carpathian German ) colonists were settled here in the 13th century and their settlement became known as "Villa Nova” ("New Town" in Latin) or "Neudorf" ("New Town" in German), covering the area of the present town. Iglov and Neudorf were amalgamated into one town in the second half of the 13th century. The town received market rights in the 14th century and grew to become an important market town. It became an official mining town in 1380 and had the largest street market in Slovakia. Copper mining was an important activity. The metal was processed in furnaces, which were fuelled with wood from the surrounding forests. A Gothic bell foundry was established by Konrád Gaal who made a large hanging bell for Louis I of Hungary , and was consequently knighted in 1357. The bells made by Konrád Gaal are still hanging and form an important conlegacy of European Gothic metal foundry. In 1412 Spišská Nová Ves, along with several other Spiš towns, was pawned as loan security by the Hungarian king Sigmund to the Polish king Vladislaus II Jagiełło . This pledge lasted for 360 years. Blacksmiths were the first local craftsmen to unite into a guild , which was given royal privileges in 1436. They smelted their own ore , or built water-driven forges along the rivers Hornád and Dubnica . Coppersmiths made kettles of a specifically defined weight because kettles were widely used as a means of payment. There were charcoal burners and even resin pickers who collected resin from trees to produce tar for greasing wagons. There were wheelwrights , coopers , weavers , joiners , gunsmiths , basket-makers , bakers , furriers , tanners , cooks and millers , hunters , fishermen and beekeepers . There were many Germans living in Spiš and through their influence the town became Lutheran in the 1540s. Between 1569 and 1674 Catholic services were forbidden in the pawned towns. There were many contacts with Poland and this helped to stimulate the national consciousness of the Slovak people. The pawned towns were returned to the Kingdom of Hungary in 1772. In 1778 Spišská Nová Ves became the capital of the "Province of 16 Spiš towns". In the 19th century the manufacture of stoneware was important in the town. The products all bore a trademark formed from the word “Iglo” with two crossed miners’ hammers. Other industrial activities included oil production and a weaving plant as well as agricultural machines. The railway provided an important means of communication from 1870. A power station was built in 1894 and living conditions improved. In July 1929 the Podtatranská výstava (Sub-Tatras Exhibition) showed results of economic growth and made the town famous in Slovakia. [ edit ] Spišská Nová Ves today Reduta Theatre in Spišská Nová Ves Main street in Spišská Nová Ves Spišská Nová Ves is a popular tourist attraction today, both because of the town itself and because of the unique natural beauty of the nearby Slovak Paradise mountains . The core of the town is a lens-shaped square (a square with bulging sides), typical of medieval towns. It is a cultural, administrative and business centre of the Spiš region, and is rich in art and historical monuments. Foremost is the three-naved Gothic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary . The relief on the tympanum on the south side of the church is considered to be amongst the most beautiful in the Spiš region. The tower is 87m high, the highest church tower in Slovakia. Another valuable architectural monument is the Province House, now housing a museum. It has a baroque façade , but the basement dates from the 13th century. The Town Hall was built between 1777-1779 in the Classical style , and was reconstructed in the mid 1990s. [ edit ] Demographics According to the 2001 census , the town had 39,193 inhabitants. 94.21% of inhabitants were Slovaks , 1.93% Roma and 0.51% Czechs . [1] The religious makeup was 69.81% Roman Catholics , 16.95% people with no religious affiliation, 3.17% Lutherans and 3.05% Greek Catholics . [1] [ edit ] Partner towns Kisújszállás , Hungary Alsfeld , Germany Clausthal-Zellerfeld , Germany Grójec , Poland Havlíčkův Brod , Czech Republic Joinville , Brazil L'Aigle , France Nitra , Slovakia Preveza , Greece Youngstown, Ohio , USA
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Kosice, East Slovakia, Slovakia
compare to other cities i've visited, there's not much to see. but as a citizen:) my duty is to recommend, especially if you are a first time visitor, the historical old town in the centre of the city.. Hlavna st. with slovakia's largest gothic church St. Elisabeth cathedral from the 14th century, St. Urban tower, the neo-baroque State theater and many more monumental buildings standing on this street. For an eating visit:) worth restaurant 12 apostols on the Kovacska st. which is in the building of national cultural monument or great sushi restaurant Bamboo, or Kelt restaurant on Hlavna st. For a nightlife definitely and only go to the club Ibiza at Novomeskeho st. (just say Ibiza, everyone will know) or Jazz club on Kovacska st.
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Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia
Spišská Nová Ves ( pronunciation ( help · info ) ; German : (Zipser) Neu(en)dorf ; Hungarian : Igló ; Polish : Nowa Wieś Spiska ; Romany : Noveysis ) is a town in the Košice Region of Slovakia . The town is located southeast of the High Tatras in the Spiš region, and lies on both banks of the Hornád River. It is the biggest town of the Spišská Nová Ves District ( okres ). As of 2006 the population was 38,357. Tourist attractions nearby include the mediaeval town of Levoča , Spiš Castle and the Slovak Paradise National Park. A biennial music festival, Divertimento musicale , is held here, attracting amateur music ensembles from all over Slovakia.
History Spiš Museum in Spišská Nová Ves Settlement in the town's region dates to the Neolithic age. There is evidence of a prosperous society that was familiar with copper mining and processing. When the Celts arrived they brought with them advanced iron technology. Celtic coins have been found in the region. During the 6th century, the period known as the Great Migration , Slavic tribes appeared in the Spiš region. During the 10th century the structure of their settlements stabilized and important communication roads were established. The settlement was included within the state of Great Moravia . By the 12th century at the latest a Slovak settlement had been established known as Iglov , situated between Mlynská street (Mill Street) and the Reduta, in the centre of the present town. The settlement suffered greatly from the invading Tartars in the 13th century. Saxon ( Carpathian German ) colonists were settled here in the 13th century and their settlement became known as "Villa Nova” ("New Town" in Latin) or "Neudorf" ("New Town" in German), covering the area of the present town. Iglov and Neudorf were amalgamated into one town in the second half of the 13th century. The town received market rights in the 14th century and grew to become an important market town. It became an official mining town in 1380 and had the largest street market in Slovakia. Copper mining was an important activity. The metal was processed in furnaces, which were fuelled with wood from the surrounding forests. A Gothic bell foundry was established by Konrád Gaal who made a large hanging bell for Louis I of Hungary , and was consequently knighted in 1357. The bells made by Konrád Gaal are still hanging and form an important conlegacy of European Gothic metal foundry. In 1412 Spišská Nová Ves, along with several other Spiš towns, was pawned as loan security by the Hungarian king Sigmund to the Polish king Vladislaus II Jagiełło . This pledge lasted for 360 years. Blacksmiths were the first local craftsmen to unite into a guild , which was given royal privileges in 1436. They smelted their own ore , or built water-driven forges along the rivers Hornád and Dubnica . Coppersmiths made kettles of a specifically defined weight because kettles were widely used as a means of payment. There were charcoal burners and even resin pickers who collected resin from trees to produce tar for greasing wagons. There were wheelwrights , coopers , weavers , joiners , gunsmiths , basket-makers , bakers , furriers , tanners , cooks and millers , hunters , fishermen and beekeepers . There were many Germans living in Spiš and through their influence the town became Lutheran in the 1540s. Between 1569 and 1674 Catholic services were forbidden in the pawned towns. There were many contacts with Poland and this helped to stimulate the national consciousness of the Slovak people. The pawned towns were returned to the Kingdom of Hungary in 1772. In 1778 Spišská Nová Ves became the capital of the "Province of 16 Spiš towns". In the 19th century the manufacture of stoneware was important in the town. The products all bore a trademark formed from the word “Iglo” with two crossed miners’ hammers. Other industrial activities included oil production and a weaving plant as well as agricultural machines. The railway provided an important means of communication from 1870. A power station was built in 1894 and living conditions improved. In July 1929 the Podtatranská výstava (Sub-Tatras Exhibition) showed results of economic growth and made the town famous in Slovakia. [ edit ] Spišská Nová Ves today Reduta Theatre in Spišská Nová Ves Main street in Spišská Nová Ves Spišská Nová Ves is a popular tourist attraction today, both because of the town itself and because of the unique natural beauty of the nearby Slovak Paradise mountains . The core of the town is a lens-shaped square (a square with bulging sides), typical of medieval towns. It is a cultural, administrative and business centre of the Spiš region, and is rich in art and historical monuments. Foremost is the three-naved Gothic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary . The relief on the tympanum on the south side of the church is considered to be amongst the most beautiful in the Spiš region. The tower is 87m high, the highest church tower in Slovakia. Another valuable architectural monument is the Province House, now housing a museum. It has a baroque façade , but the basement dates from the 13th century. The Town Hall was built between 1777-1779 in the Classical style , and was reconstructed in the mid 1990s. [ edit ] Demographics According to the 2001 census , the town had 39,193 inhabitants. 94.21% of inhabitants were Slovaks , 1.93% Roma and 0.51% Czechs . [1] The religious makeup was 69.81% Roman Catholics , 16.95% people with no religious affiliation, 3.17% Lutherans and 3.05% Greek Catholics . [1] [ edit ] Partner towns Kisújszállás , Hungary Alsfeld , Germany Clausthal-Zellerfeld , Germany Grójec , Poland Havlíčkův Brod , Czech Republic Joinville , Brazil L'Aigle , France Nitra , Slovakia Preveza , Greece Youngstown, Ohio , USA
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
you must go out at night in budha bar!
great music, great people!
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Trencin, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Iif you are coming to Slovakia during July, don't miss a great music festival Pohoda in Trencin!!
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
great place to go any time of year, starting point of many interesting routes. if u re staying longer, u might take a trip to Vienna, a boat trip to Devin castle, at the meeting point of 2 beautiful rivers, or a bit further to Heinburg, in summer time horse races, loads of outdoor sports (skating, cycling) available at the river bank, all the lakes are ready to accomodate anyone who needs to cool down after 30 degrees summer temperatures, with many handy refreshment stalls, ice cream, cold drinks or local beer, which is really worth trying. In winter don t miss beautiful christmas markets with traditional fast food, live music and gluh wine, outdoor skating rank on the main square in front of the historical building of the national theatre.
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Teahouse Podzemie-unforgetable place with nice atmospehre,exotic music good snacks and delicious teas!
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Hi there, if You stay in Bratislava for the night, one of the best place is at Botanicka - Druzba students dormitory, its placed just by the river, and from the windows You may have great view at Danube!!! It's not far from the Old Town, and You can walk up there also by the riverside, what is taking about 25 minutes on foot to get to Novy Most with fantastic view point on the top of the bridge!!! If You chose the other way, with the buses you can get as well to Devin Castle, and Sandberg where are real dunes!!! What i can recomend you is definitely two things - walking up the Kamzik and tring the national food - bryndzowe haluszki (sheep cheese dumplings) in "Koliba" in Mlynska Dolina!!! Slovakian people are definitely crazy about meals, and even in MacDonalds you can find their fried cheese!!! And now watch out - in Slovakia you can buy leggaly Absint, the famous alkohol which was driving mad many poets in XIX century :D Of course You cannot miss Obchodna i Kapucinska, Kamenne Namestie (where is also Tesco haha), but if You plan make some shopping Billa is much better than Tesco for sure. From Hlavna Stanica - main train station, you can easily get to Tatra Mountains, the highest in all Carpathian Range, and getting couchette costs about 20 euro and if you leave at 9pm you will get to capital of the mountains at 6 in the morning!!! The same price in both ways this time is to Vienna, also by the ferries, which is so cool, traveling to Budapest is not bad, though not many hungarian people talk in english, lol If You need sports, then fabulous thing is going for the ice hockey, but if you need a high culture, try in Narodne Divadlo (theather - national opera house), i watched there russian "Eugeniusz Oniegin" and that was great! The best thing is to come up for Christmas Market, i still havent been in Dresden, but in Bratislava i saw even enchanted Bawarian people so it must be one of the best in Europe!!! If we talk about Osterich culture, then please go to Hlavne Namestie and visit Kaffee Mayer and try the best cakes they have!!! mmm... Someone said "Bratislava is fun, polite and small" and i mean it :-) P.S. Hey girls, in the beginning of the year and then after summer there are fabulous sales in shops, like Terranova and other big companies, and in compare to west european countries difference is really pretty big!
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Martin, Slovakia
It is my "born" city, very historical and with wounderful natural around
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Humenne, Slovakia

Humenné ( pronunciation ( help · info ) ; German : Homenau ; Hungarian : Homonna ) is a town in the Prešov Region ("kraj") in eastern Slovakia and the second largest town of the historic Zemplín region. It lies at the volcanic Vihorlat mountains and at the confluence of the Laborec and Cirocha Rivers.
Characteristics Humenné is a center of one of the easternmost districts ("okres") in Slovakia. Its life is rich in cultural and sports events. The town is a starting point for tourism, because there are numerous opportunities in the picturesque countryside of the East Carpathians , though this field still requires an intensification of business activities and funding. The most attractive places are the Vihorlat Mountains boasting of their Morské oko lake, and the Poloniny (Wooden Carpathians ) at the border of Slovakia, Poland , and Ukraine , which are part of the National Park Poloniny . The surroundings of Humenné, with their romantic ruins of medieval castles and an open-air museum of architecture situated in the town park, are a source of knowledge and relaxation. Castles in the surroundings of Humenné: Brekov Castle (in ruins, 3 km to the south) Jasenov Castle (in ruins, 7 km to the southwest) [ edit ] History Humenné castle The Laborec river and the Carpathian mountains predetermined the development of the town and its surroundings, a silent witness of which has been Vihorlat volcano, at 1,075 m the highest peak of the Vihorlat mountains. Thanks to its advantageous location and pleasant climate, preconditioned by the neighboring mountains, the town has been an attractive place for people since the Stone Age , which is evidenced by a number of archeological findings. The Slavic forefathers of the Slovaks gradually moved to the basin of Humenné during the great migration of peoples, starting in the 5th century. An intensive and organized settlement of this area started as late as in the middle of the 13th century, after the Mongol raids. The first written document mentioning Humenné dates back to 1317. The history of Humenné is closely connected with the Drughets (Drugets, Drugetovci), a distinguished aristocratic family originally from Naples , who, accompanying the king Charles Robert of Anjou, came to the Kingdom of Hungary (Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary) at the beginning of the 14th century. The Drugeths made Humenné their seat and changed it into the centre of one of the largest feudal dominions in Slovakia. King Matthias Corvinus conferred civic privileges (town status) on the town, which were validated by a seal with coat of arms. At that time, the town was crossed by an important trade route connecting the Kingdom of Hungary with the Kingdom of Poland . Humenné is mentioned among royal customs offices, and later on it received the right of storehousing and supposedly market rights, too. This was also the time of an ever increasing influence of shepherd colonization from Carpatho-Ukraine by the so-called Walachians ( Ruthenes , Poles , and Romanians ). The most significant town monument, a Renaissance castle, was built on the place of an original stone castle in about 1610. The castle came to be an indispensable characteristic feature of the town and serves for museum and cultural purposes at present. In 1613, during the Counter Reformation , a Jesuit college was established as the first secondary school in the history of Humenné. The Drugeth line died out in 1684 and new feudal lords moved in, notably the Csakys and the Wandernats . The abolition of some feudal duties and the reforms of Maria Theresa promoted the development of crafts, and Humenné became the seat of the so-called "salt office". The town's population consisted of Slovaks , Ruthenes , Hungarians and Jews . Latin was used as the administrative language, which appeared to be a stabilizing factor in such a mixture of nationalities. The Andrassy family from Transylvania started to influence the history of Humenné in the 19th century, a period characterized by economic growth. Moreover, many new buildings were erected at that time. The main fields of activities of town inhabitants were agriculture, crafts and trade. The first train appeared in Humenné in 1871, stimulating the development of trade and wood cutting. In 1899(?) the first business academy in Austria-Hungary was established in Humenné. Toward the end of the 19th century, Humenné counted 4,000 inhabitants. The 20th century brought along a cultural revival. Humenné was famous for its markets and fairs. This promising, though timid, development was interrupted by World War I. A short period of the existence of Czechoslovakia between the two world wars proved to have positive effects upon the life of Humenné. As a corollary of World War II, however, all the effort had to start from the very beginning. Until 1956 Humenné was an administrative rather than an economic centre. Then the construction of a plant for the production of textile polyamide fibres, the present CHEMLON company, triggered a real chain effect on the town's growth. Humenné was gradually becoming a centre of chemical, building, food and mechanical engineering industries. This had a positive impact on the development of technical colleges. The industrial development entailed large-scale housing projects, and the town area was completed by new housing estates. While there were 7,000 inhabitants living in Humenné in 1948, the population now amounts to over 35,000. [ edit ] Demographics According to the 2001 census , the town had 35,157 inhabitants. 87.80% of inhabitants were Slovaks , 4.84% Rusyns , 3.27% Roma , 2.11% Ukrainian and 0.77% Czechs . [1] The religious makeup was 57.91% Roman Catholics , 23.00% Greek Catholics , 8.69% people with no religious affiliation, 5.91% Orthodox and 0.98% Lutherans . [1] [ edit ] Famous people Peter Breiner , pianist, conductor, and composer Michal Kováč - first Slovak president in the modern era Jozef Cardinal Tomko , cardinal Joachim Jacob Unger , rabbi Kristian Kotov chess master Buddy Nestor , first winner of Slovakia's Overweight Competeition (2003) MARTIN SUCHAR , ARCHITECT
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Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia
if you like winter sports, and beautiful counry, hight mountins this is the best place for you
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Jezersko, Slovakia
Jezersko is a nice small village in the northeast Slovakia. It is a quiet place good couples and families. It is a good starting point for ventures into the surrounding nature and national parks.
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
It has a nice but small Old Town. The rest of the city is a communist-era creation with prefabricated apartment buildings and factories. There are several CS and HC members here so there's no need to stay always at a hostel. Some of my favourite places for a night-out or drink are: 1. Slovak Pub, Smadny Mnich, Harley, Cirkus Barokk, Aligator, Maly Bajkal.
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Poprad, Slovakia
Poprad is a cool little town, but it's better to stay overnight in the villages right at the base of the mountains, like Strbske Pleso, Nova Lesna, Vysoke Tatry.
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Much less touristy than Prague. In the summer, you can stay in great university dorms for really cheap and be right near the old town.
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Nice quiet town. You don't need more than a day or two here. Check out the Slovak Pub for yummy local cuisine.
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Bratislava, West Slovakia, Slovakia
Ville trés mignonne, calme... peut être un peu trop, on cherche encore un bar sympa indiqué par le guide du routard !!
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Trebisov, Slovakia

Trebišov ( Hungarian : Tőketerebes ; German : Trebischau ) is a small industrial town in the easternmost part of Slovakia , with a population of around 23,000. The town is an administrative, economic and cultural center with machine ( Vagónka ), food ( Frucona ) and building materials industries.
History Archaeological findings are from the Neolithic , Bronze Age and continuous Slovak/Slavic findings since the Great Moravian period. The first written reference to the castle stems from 1254. The village is mentioned in 1330, when it received town status, for the first time. The castle and the village became one settlement in the 14th century. After the fall of Communism some factories in the region were shut down and the city became the site of a kind of ghetto [ citation needed ] for approximately 4,000 Roma people people who moved in from the villages to be able to receive unemployment benefits. In the spring of 2004, in order to induce the unemployed in Slovakia to search for a job, the Slovak government immediately reduced all social benefits for long-term unemployed in Slovakia by half. This led to rioting among the Trebišov Roma population in which several shops were looted. The riot leaders claimed the Roma were starving . After three days riot police and army motorized infantry reestablished order using a water cannon against a stone-throwing [ citation needed ] crowd. In an attempt to calm down the situation, the government offered free firewood collection opportunity and free food stamps to compensate the unemployed for the loss of monetary aid. [1] [ edit ] Noteworthy structures Parič Castle ruins – built 1786 using stones of a water castle from the 13th century, with: a National History and Geography Museum – in the castle a park – once one of the prettiest parks in Austria-Hungary , contains remnants of the old water castle (13th cent.- 1786) Andrássy Mausoleum – a nice neo-Gothic mausoleum of 1896 Catholic church – ca. 1400, Gothic, reconstructed in 1696 Paulinist monastery – 1502, connected with the Catholic church Orthodox church – 1825 manor house – 1786, adapted in the Empire – neo-Renaissance style Mausoleum of the Andrássy family [ edit ] Roman-Catholic Church of Virgin Mary's Annunciation The church has been dated already in 1404. It belongs to the Gothic architecture . The church has the main part and the aisle chapels. The interior is composed of the altars , mural paintings and a triumphal arch . On the ceiling, there are painted scenes from the life of the Virgin Mary. In the church there are set two marble epitaphs of János and Imre Perényi, pictures The Virgin Mary's Annunciation (1780), Saint Pavel Hermit (18th century), Saint Justin Martyr (1835), a stone baptistery (18th century) and the pseudo- Rococo seat. Under the church, there are crypts of the Pereny's family and Péter Szapáry and Júlia Csáky. [ edit ] Paulin Monastery It was built in 1502 and two years later, Imre Perenyi invited the Pauline -monks to the monastery. The object of the Renaissance monastery in the shape of "L" has been linked right to the church with the south wing. The monastery has been reconstructed, in 1678 and in 1760. With the cancellation of the Pauliny's in 1786 by King Joseph II ., the monastery has lost its original function and has been used for many purposes. Now, it houses the Basic School of Arts and the Roman-Catholic Parsonage Office. [ edit ] Immaculata Immaculata The Immaculata is a work of art of an unknown sculptor. It has been made around 1800. There are three statues: The main is Madonna trampling on a snake ; on her right there is a statue of St. John of Nepomuk ; on her left a statue of the patron and protector from fire, St. Florian . At present, it is placed in its third place. Originally it was placed in front of the manor house. Later, in 1907, it was placed south of the church, on the edge of the city park. In the 1980s, it has been restored and placed between the Roman- and Greek-Catholic churches. [ edit ] Greek-Catholic Church of Virgin Mary's Ascension The headstone of the church was put in 1817. It was built by the architect József Turcsány during the years 1818–1825. It was dedicated in 1826. In 1886 its interior was rebuilt. There are a lot of icons: The Death of Virgin Mary , icons of Jesus Christ , St. Nicholas , Twelve Apostles , Virgin Mary and John the Baptist . In 1901 the temple got the sacristy, the art lustre, the ceramic paving and the art windows in 1907. In the 1920s it got the bell called "Georgij" (George). [ edit ] Ruins of Parič Castle Ruins of Parič (Párics) Castle in the Trebišov park The first stage of the construction of the water castle (probably a dwelled tower with fortifications) can be dated into the time from 12th to 13th century. Founded parts of pottery confirm that. The upper polygonal construction made by stone-based bricks was built in the second stage of construction, in the beginning of 14th century. The research confirmed that simultaneously with the fortification on the western side, an early-Gothic palace was built. On the east side of the castle a quadrangle entrance tower was built and at the courtyard was a well, fortified by stone. [ edit ] The Trebišov Park Trebišov park in the autumn months The Park of Trebišov takes an area of 62 ha. The Park has been originally shaped from a swamp - mire forest . The Park layout began its realization at the end of 18th century. It grew as an English countryside forest with buttonwoods and other trees imported from around the world. Today, the Park serves for relax, recreation , cultural and social events, and as a historical-archaeological place. In the area of the Park there are, except the exciting fauna and flora , some historical monuments. [ edit ] Church of the Holy Spirit It belongs to the oldest sacral reminders of Trebišov. Its foundations were found by chance in the Centre of Young Natural Scientists in Trebišov. Its existence confirmed the records of Popes Corporals made in 1332–1337. The archaeological research shows, that the church had a rectangular boat. In 65 bone graves this dead were buried on their backs without coffins and mostly without gifts. Jewels, parts of clothing and coins were found in 16 graves. They were: earrings, rings, Hungarian coins from 2nd half of 12th century and 1st third of 13th century, 3 casted bronze crucifixes , which belonged probably to the East Church ( Kyjevská Rus ). Based on these discoveries, the church can be dated back into the first half of 13th century and its extension round 1400. [ edit ] Mausoleum of The Andrássy Family in The Town Park The Mausoleum is one of the most beautiful monuments in Trebišov. It was built in the neo-Gothic style in 1893 by the German architect Arthur Meining . The sarcophagus is a work of the Hungarian sculptor György Zala from the years 1893–1895. In the Mausoleum there is buried the count Gyula Andrássy from 1894, the prime minister of Austria-Hungary (1867). In the sarcophagus there are relicts of his wife Katalin Andrássy. Above the sarcophagus there are two bronze cartouches with the signs of the count and his wife. Beside that there is the tinny coffin of Tódor Andrássy (1857–1905). Their souls are protected by the sculpture of an angel . Near the sarcophagus sorrows the bronze sculpture of Helena, the wife of the count Lajos Batthyány . In the interior there are the starry vault and the neo-Gothic windows. [ edit ] The National History Museum In 1786 the count Imre Csáky started building a great Baroque castle. The three-winged castle has a ground-plan form U. The terrace is supported by eight Classicistic pillars. In the Baroque gable there are signs of the Families Csáky and Andrássy . The castle has a great French garden with a fountain and a labyrinth. From 1916, in the castle there were military barracks and after The Second World War there was a hospital. Today the castle is used as The National History Museum .

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Zilina, Central Slovakia, Slovakia
Žilina ( pronunciation ( help · info ) ; German : Sillein , Hungarian : Zsolna , names in other languages ) is a city in north-western Slovakia , around 200 kilometres (120 mi ) from the capital Bratislava . It is the fourth largest city of Slovakia with a population of around 85,000, an important industrial centre, the largest city on the Váh river, and the seat of a kraj ( Žilina Region ) and of an okres ( Žilina District ).
History The area around today's Žilina was inhabited in the late Stone Age (around 20 000 BC). In the 5th century Slavs started to move into the area. However, the first written reference to Žilina was in 1208 as terra de Selinan . The city started to develop around year 1300, and according to records in 1312 it was already a town. In 1321 , King Charles I made Žilina a free royal town. On 7 May 1381 King Louis I issued Privilegium pro Slavis which made the Slovak inhabitants equal to the German colonists by allocating half of the seats at the city council to Slovaks. [1] The town was burned in 1431 by the Hussites . During the 17th century Žilina gained position as a centre of manufacturing, trade and education and during the baroque age many monasteries and churches were built as well as the Budatín Castle . In the Revolutions of 1848 , Slovak volunteers, part of the Imperial Army, won a battle near the city against Hungarian honveds and gardists. The city boomed in the second half of the 19th century as new railway tracks were built: the Košice-Bohumín Railway was finished in 1872 and the railway to Bratislava in 1883 , and new factories started to spring up, for example the drape-producing factory Slovena (1891) and the Považie chemical works (1892). It was one of the first municipalities to sign the Martin Declaration (30 October 1918), and until March 1919 it was the seat of the Slovak government. On 6 October 1938 , shortly after the Munich Agreement , autonomy of Slovakia within Czechoslovakia was declared in Žilina. After the Second World War , the city experienced a boom, with many new factories, schools, and housing estates being built. It was the seat of the Žilina Region from 1949-1960 and again since 1996 . Today Žilina is the fourth largest city in Slovakia , the third most important industrial centre and the seat of a university , the Žilinská univerzita (founded in 1953 ). Since 1990 the historical centre of the city has been largely restored and the city has built trolleybus lines. [ edit ] Geography Žilina lies at an altitude of 342 metres (1,122 ft) above sea level and covers an area of 80.03 square kilometres (30.9 sq mi ). [2] It is located in the Upper Váh region ( Slovak : Horné Považie ) at the confluence of three rivers: Váh, flowing from east into south-west, Kysuca , flowing from north and Rajčanka rivers from south, in the Žilina Basin . The city is surrounded by these mountain ranges: Malá Fatra , Súľovské vrchy , Javorníky and Kysucká vrchovina . Protected areas nearby include: Strážov Mountains Protected Landscape Area , Kysuce Protected Landscape Area and Malá Fatra National Park . There are two hydroelectric dams on the Váh river around Žilina: the Žilina dam in the East and the Hričov dam in the West. [ edit ] Climate Žilina lies in the north temperate zone and has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. It is characterized by a significant variation between hot summers and cold, snowy winters. Average temperature in July is 18 °C (64 °F), in January −4 °C (24.8 °F). Average annual rainfall is 650 - 700 mm (25.5–27.5 in), most of the rainfall is in June and in the first half of July. Snow cover lasts from 60 to 80 days per year.
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