Reasons to Visit

3 reasons why you should visit the Christmas markets in Bratislava

3 reasons why you should visit the Christmas markets in Bratislava

It is the most wonderful time because it is the time of the Christmas markets in Bratislava! For me, this is the highlight of the year. Christmas markets are all about spending quality time with friends and family, lot’s of hot wine, perhaps a schnapps or two, and lot’s of greasy food. You quickly forget about the cold creeping up from the soles of your feet up your legs and through your entire body, because you’ll simply have a great time, you laugh, you get tipsy on hot turbo punch, all the while having your hands full with greasy deep-fried potato pancakes.

If you haven’t been yet and the above description is not enough, let me convince you with 3 good reasons why you should visit the Christmas markets in Bratislava!

A few days walking in the Ždiar region and beyond

A few days walking in the Ždiar region and beyond

Over the past years I have visited most corners of Slovakia. Surprisingly enough, however, the High Tatras remains still very elusive to me. I have visited the obvious places like Štrbské Pleso, but other than that I haven't seen much of this gorgeous region. I therefore got very enthousiastic when my in-laws proposed to spend a long weekend in Lučivná, in the Ždiar region.

Slovakia’s time to shine is now

Slovakia’s time to shine is now

Slovakia is by some (including myself) affectionately described as the “Hidden Gem in the Heart of Europe”. But how hidden should this gem really remain from the rest of the world? Ever since I moved to Slovakia and discovered how beautiful a country it is, I have struggled with the realisation that back home no one really seems to know anything about Slovakia.

In Slovakia, tradition is key

In Slovakia, tradition is key

In Slovakia traditions still hold a very important place in people’s lives. In fact, the year round, the calendar is filled to the brim with traditional habits, happenings that seem to go back centuries, folk festivals, village feasts, Church feasts, very local celebrations and country-wide festivities.

Trenčianske Teplice and a past worth remembering

Trenčianske Teplice and a past worth remembering

Snugly tucked in between two hills at the foot of the Strážovské vrchy mountains, along the river Teplička, one can find a small city called Trenčianske Teplice. Only one and a half hour from Bratislava, my wife and I decided to take a little trip and visit this city, once famous for its Spa hotels and the annual Art Film Fest. Walking through the streets of Teplice, I somehow got a distinct feeling of nostalgia and yearning for the past. To me, what made the visit memorable, were the many buildings that have not stood the test of time.