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Back in Slovakia (part 4): Banská Bystrica, Veľká Fatra, Žilina, Malá Fatra

Slovakia, December 2019

Introduction

My Christmas vacation was a welcome opportunity to spend a couple of days in Slovakia to visit my friends in Bratislava.

But I also wanted to make a few short hiking tours in the Fatra mountains in Central Slovakia, provided that the weather conditions would allow this.

Banská Bystrica

I stayed in Banská Bystrica, a medium-sized city with around 80.000 inhabitants, throughout the whole Christmas holidays.

The most important city of Central Slovakia has a noteworthy history of copper-, silver- and gold-mining. German mining …

Visiting Poland: Kraków, Warsaw, Poznań, Szczecin, Wrocław

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Cities and places
  3. Genealogy
  4. Conclusion

1. Introduction

My mother’s parents are from small towns near Wrocław, a city in Lower Silesia which belongs to Poland since 1945.

My grandparents met in the mid-1930s as my grandfather was working as a butcher in and around Breslau1 (which was the German name of Wrocław) and my grandmother was occupied in her father’s business (Konditorei) in Breslau. They quickly fell in love and married at the end of 1939 only a few weeks after …

Back in Slovakia (part 3): High Tatras, Bratislava, Poprad

Slovakia, October 2019

Table of contents

Introduction

Kriváň , October 1
Predné Solisko, October 2
Rysy, October 3
Skalnaté pleso, October 4

Conclusion

Introduction

With a break of about one month, I returned to Slovakia for hiking in the High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry) and to visit my friends in Bratislava.

Here you can find part 2 (and general information about hiking in the Tatras you will find in part 1).

My hiking-journey started in Poprad in north-eastern Slovakia, as it did in August.

High