- East Slovakia
Northeast Slovakia is sometimes known as the most remote and least touristed part of the country. The capital of the Slovak Saris region and a cultural centre for the Rusyn (Ruthenian) minority, Presov has a split personality reminding one of its varied ethnic history. Today it is the third largest city behind Bratislava and Kosice, and a youthfully vibrant town partly due to the university.
Presov, like the region, is a surprisingly beautiful place with a charming Old Town and two easily accessible castle ruins. Svidnik’s proximity to the Dukla Pass, the Valley of Death, several wooden churches and the fading Rusyn culture make it one of the top Slovak destinations.
Kremenec, where the Polish, Slovak and Ukraine borders meet is the furthest east you can go with a stone monument marking the borders meeting in Poloniny National Park.
Down in the Southeast corner of Slovakia, home to the its second largest city of Kosice and to central Europe’s grandest Gothic church outside Prague. In the small villages dotting the landscape from Trebisov to the Hungarian border, the sweet Tokaj wine is produced competing with the Hungarians for worldwide popularity.
Places of interest: Slovensky Raj, Dobsina Ice Cave , Kosice, Presov, Bardejov, Bardejovske Kupele, Levoca.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly any regularly scheduled airline to reach Prague or Vienna, and connect via Czech Air or Austrian Airlines for direct flights to Kosice. Depending on the day of the week, it is also possible to fly discount airline Ryanair from London Luton or Stansted to Bratislava, and connect with Danube Wings from Bratislava to Kosice.