Slovakia

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High Tatras: The Winter Trail to Teryho Chata

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 1 May, 2020 /

Deep in the Small Cold valley, resting at the edge of a cirque, Teryho chata has been weathering the abrupt summer storms and blinding winter blizzards of High Tatras for more than a century. Built in 1899, by the Hungarian Carpathian Association, this mountain refuge was named after the doctor and avid climber Edmund Tery,…

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Bratislava: The First Snow

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 5 March, 2020 /

The forecast said it was going to snow, and indeed, thick flakes had started to fall with the first light of the day. I was looking at them slowly drifting down, layering the dark cobblestone outside the window, thinking what I should do next. It was a frosty but welcoming morning. I grabbed my camera…

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The Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 3 January, 2020 /

Bratislava has an array of excellent museums and galleries to visit, but the most prominent, in my opinion, is actually a few kilometers outside the Slovakian capital, where the borders of Slovakia, Hungary, and Austria meet. There, in a green landscape right on river Danube, built on an artificial peninsula next to Cunovo dam, lies…

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Ski Resorts in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 13 October, 2019 /

Slovakia is often praised for its pristine nature which is consisted of virgin forests and fierce mountain lines among which High Tatras is the most renowned. The country’s ski resorts on the other hand are many times overlooked. Yes, they surely aren’t as big and lush as neighbouring Austria’s but still they are good enough…

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Zelene Pleso: A fun trail on High Tatras

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 11 September, 2019 /

Zelene pleso means “green tarn” and that’s exactly the hue of its crystal clear waters. Located at the end of Bielej Vody valley, this small mountain lake is surrounded by towering peaks that soar one kilometer high above the valley, casting their long shadows on its floor for the biggest part of the day. On…

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Hiking in High Tatras: Popradske Pleso And Koprovsky

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 22 August, 2019 /

Every year, the missus and I try to climb at least one bucket list summit. Since we love hiking in High Tatras, this year’s goal was Gerlakovsky—Slovakia’s highest summit. While organizing the climb though something, or rather someone, came up and we had to adapt accordingly. Koprovsky (2363m) would be as adventurous and challenging as…

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Krnohy : The Traditional Sledge Races of Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 4 February, 2019 /

First Race of the Year Every year between January and March, at the south foot of Low Tatras in Slovakia, a thrilling championship takes place. It’s the annual races of Krnohy—the traditional Slovak wooden sledges. These heavy sledges are stirred by two unstrapped daredevils who race down a steep snow road—usually through the woods, while…

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Spis Castle : A Medieval Masterpiece in Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 23 July, 2018 /

Just east of the imposing High Tatras—Slovakia’s proudest mountain range, on top of a lofty hill, lies the mighty Spis Castle. Though a ruin today, the castle’s strength is still evident on its thick walls and rugged towers. Vast in size it occupies most of the hill casting its shadow on the nearby village of…

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Jasna : Winter Bliss in Slovakia

Jasna : Skiing Chopok Summit in Low Tatras Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 21 December, 2017 /

Jasna is Slovakia’s biggest and most renowned ski resort. Like all winter spots, it has a distinctive festive coziness which I like, so me and Veronika decided to spend three days there as part of our last winter escape. Having grown up in a Mediterranean country, I will always be impressed by northern lands with…

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To Priecne Sedlo and Back

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 2 May, 2016 /

To Priecne Sedlo and Back I was really looking forward for this trip to Priecne Sedlo. For all I knew it looked very promising. A real adventure out in the mountains. And I wasn’t wrong. This trail in High Tatras  was an adventure with all the good and bad things real adventures come with! Our…

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Weekend Escape in Drabsko

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 23 March, 2016 /

Weekend Escape in Drabsko Sometimes you just need a place to escape from your routine, even for a weekend. To have a change of air, to recharge your batteries, and why not? Get in touch with nature. That’s exactly what we were thinking when we booked one room for three days in a tiny village…

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Mercure Bratislava Centrum

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 2 March, 2016 /

  A contemporary 4star hotel , Mercure Bratislava Centrum counts 175 rooms. It has a beautiful pop art design that gives it it’s own character and differentiates it from the usual.     Location Located in Stare Mesto. It’s three minutes from the train station and 15 minutes from downtown and the castle of Bratislava.…

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The Majestic High Tatras

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 28 February, 2016 /

The Majestic High Tatras Standing between Slovakia and Poland the proud mountain range of High Tatras has a special charm and atmosphere. Protected by National Park status and part of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves the Tatras are a great place to be for nature lovers, hikers and climbers. If you love mountains then you have to visit…

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Uhrovec Castle : In the Heart of the forest

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 18 January, 2016 /

The ruins of Uhrovec castle are located on Nitricke Vrchy Hills which are part of Strazovske vrchy. Hidden inside the dense forest, the castle  is really isolated and not accessible by car. But you wouldn’t want to go by car anyway because the trail that leads to the castle from Uhrovec Podhradie is ethreal. It’s…

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Bojnice Castle : Straight out of a fairytale.

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 30 December, 2015 /

Bojnice castle is made from the stuff that fairy tales are made of. The most visited castle in Slovakia is 3 hours from Bratislava and it looks like it came out of a fantasy land with dragons, princes and evil Queens. The turquoise tower tops have definitely something to do with it. It is located…

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Bratislava : Things to Do in The Capital of Slovakia

By Chrisostomos Kamberis / 13 December, 2015 /

The capital of Slovakia lies on the banks of river Danube near the country’s western border, forty five minutes from Vienna, and less than two hours from the other jewel of Danube—Budapest. Bratislava is the smallest of the three and definitely the most underrated. Many people consider it a single day destination, or even worst,…

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