TOP in the worldDo you know, what you won’t find anywhere else in the world except in Slovakia? Get attracted by places unique within the world which are offered to every visitor of this small country.The world highest wooden Gothic altar is to be admired in Levoča, in the St. James church. It is 18,6 m high and his author is Master Paul from Levoča. He carved it of lime wood at the beginning of the 16th century. It took him 10 years.
Oltár majstra Pavla z Levoče
The Kremnica mint is the oldest enterprise in the world which operates without any break. The coins have been made here since 1328 and – for instance – the Slovak Euro-coins are punched here as well.
The so called „Bratislava tapestries“ exhibited in the Primate Palace are the world most complete collection of tapestries made in English royal manufactory in Mortlake (part of London). The collection consists of 6 pieces and is dated back to the 17th century. It shows a tragic love story between the priestess Hero and a young man Leandros.
The world highest sinter column is hidden in the Krásnohorská jaskyňa cave, in its „Giants´ Hall“. It is called „The dripstone of Rožňava speleologists“ and measures 32,6 m. You can find him in the Guinness book of world records as well.
The first technical university in the world was the Mining Academy founded by Maria Theresia in 1762. It was placed in Banská Štiavnica, which used to be the centre of mining science and technical development in Europe.
The building of the first horse railway in The Kingdom of Hungary (connecting Bratislava with Svätý Jur) is one of the oldest railway buildings in the world.
Budova konskej železnice v Bratislave
The Tatra Chamois is a completely unique chamois kind (a separate subspecies), because after the end of the ice ages it evolved thousands of years totally isolated. Therefore it differs from its related chamois in the Alps or Apennines and you wont find this kind anywhere else on Earth. Because at present there are only slightly more than 200 pieces, they are protected very strictly.
Kamzík vrchovský tatranský
In Bratislava was found the only ‘Celtic’ monetagium in the world, in some places in Slovakia were found around 3000 ‘Celtic’ coins. Problem is that nobody can interpret words written on the coins – nobody with knowledge of Celtic language. It is said, those inscriptions represent the names of Celtic rulers but they are not mentioned in any source. But officially it’s called as Celtic monetagium.
TOP within Europe
Do you want to know the TOPs of Europe? Come to Slovakia and get inspired by following rows while planning your trip. They will guide you to places you won’t find anywhere else in Europe.
The Slovenský kras karst is the largest karst area in the middle Europe (440 km2). There are 1110 caves and gulfs and other karst creations located here. The accessible caves are Domica, Jasovská, Gombasecká and Krásnohorská cave, which are part of the UNESCO world natural heritage. A rarity is the Silická ľadnica with a 12 m high icefall.
It is only possible to travel by historic train on narrow gauge forest railway in the Museum of Kysuce village in Vychylovka. That is namely the only preserved and today still operating railway of this type in Europe.
The castle of Spiš is the largest medieval castle complex in the middle Europe. It is more than 40 000 m2 large (it covers an area of more than 40 000 m2). The castle together with monuments in its surrounding is part of the UNESCO world cultural heritage.
The cellar system under the Red Stone Castle in the Small Carpathians is considered to be the largest one in the middle Europe. Its visit is the final part of the attractive castle sightseeing tour. Initially, it should have served as a store/storage, nowadays it is an unusual venue for social events as well as a great film room.
Pivnice pod Červeným kameňom
The Ochtinská aragonitová jaskyňa cave is the only one of its type in Europe. Together with other caves of the Slovak Karst it was registered in the list of the UNESCO world natural heritage.
The gothic St. Elisabeth Cathedral in Košice is the most eastern situated
western-type Catholic cathedral in Europe. It is the largest church in Slovakia at the same time.
Dóm sv. Alžbety
The Andy Warhol Pop Art Museum in Medzilaborce is today the only one of its type in Europe. It was founded as the first one in the world in 1991. The museum is situated near Miková – the village where Warhols parents came from.
Múzeum Andyho Warhola
The New Bridge across the Danube River in Bratislava is unique in Europe. Its steal construction hanging on one pylon weights more than 7000 tons. There is a restaurant located in the pylon 80 m above the ground. The bridge has been in use since 1972 and was awarded the prize „The building of the 20th century“. However, the price for this success was destruction of a large part of historical extramural settlement.
The Janko Kráľ Park (Sad Janka Kráľa) on the right side of the Danube in Petržalka (part of Bratislava) is the oldest public park in Europe. Founded in 1776 is still today a popular place to meet and relax.
Sad Janka Kráľa
The most northern point in the middle Europe, where the Roman legions came to, was Laugaricio – todays town of Trenčín. There is a proof of their stay engraved in the castle rock dating back to 179.
Nápis na hradnej skale
Academia Istropolitana, the first university in The Kingdom of Hungary, was founded in 1465 in Bratislava by the king Mathias Corvinus. Its building, a national cultural monument, also today serves to a university. The University of Musical Art is located there.
The largest Celtic oppidum in the middle Europe used to be located on the Bratislava castle hill and reached to the todays Old Town till the Liberty Square (Námestie Slobody). The medieval Bratislava would suit on this area 3 times.
Will you visit Slovakia after seeing this? 🙂