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Language learning during travels

Košice, the second-largest city in Slovakia


The second-largest city in Slovakia, Košice, has been on my must-see list for quite a while, yet this blog-post is not going to be as comprehensive as the other articles about Slovakia on this website.

It will be an extension of sorts to my sabbatical page and to my previously published article about the Slovak Paradise.

Short overview

Though just about half the size of the capital Bratislava, Košice is the undisputed nucleus of Eastern Slovakia. The city is lying very close to the Hungarian border, that can …

Spišská Nová Ves and Slovak Paradise (Klauzy)


Winter fades gradually into spring, the days get longer and I spent once more a short holiday in my second home Slovakia.

This time I visited the Slovak Paradise and Košice in eastern Slovakia.

Slovenský raj

The Slovak Paradise (Slovenský raj) is a jagged limestone plateau without one dominating mountain ridge.

The Slovak Paradise National Park, the northern edge located around ten kilometers southwards of Poprad-Tatry (and hence not far off from the High Tatras) and the southern border touching the town Dobšiná, stretches over …

The Veľká Fatra and Malá Fatra mountain ranges

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Banská Bystrica
  3. Veľká Fatra mountain range
    1. Špania Dolina, December 24
    2. Vyhnatová, December 25
    3. Tour to Zvolen, December 26
  4. Žilina
  5. Malá Fatra mountain range
    1. Minčol, December 28
    2. Chata pod Kľačianskou Magurou, December 29
  6. Conclusion

1. Introduction

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

But I also had the plan to make a couple of short hiking tours in the Veľká Fatra and Malá Fatra mountain ranges (that are two large mountain ranges in …