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Unique Slovakia

Unique castles, caves, hot springs, folk architecture, the European equivalent of the Dead Sea, a famous Celtic town, European wildlife and much more. Discover Slovakia’s unparalleled tourist attractions that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

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Slovakia Is a Castle Superpower

The smaller the country, the greater the number of its castles. It’s doubtful whether you would find another country that has as many castles as Slovakia. The first written mention of Devín, Slovakia’s oldest castle, dates back to 868. Spiš Castle is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the ten largest castles in the world, based on the total land area. And the whole world knows the terrifying story of the bloody countess Elizabeth Bathory from Čachtice Castle.
In total, Slovakia has up to 220 castles and castle ruins as well as 425 manor houses.

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First Folk Architecture Reserve in the World

Travel back in time and discover rural life, which was very characteristic of Slovakia for many centuries. The picturesque wooden village of Čičmany at the foothills of Strážovské vrchy (Strážovské Hills) is actually the first-ever folk architecture reserve in the world. How did Čičmany come into existence? How did Slovak ancestors live? How did they dress? How did they build painted wooden houses that resemble fairy-tale gingerbread cottages? This place has many interesting stories from the distant past to tell. After all, the first mention of the village dates back to 1272.

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World Rock Rarity

Apaches once visited this place and said it even surpassed the uniqueness of their own cliff dwellings, because in Brhlovce, there are people who live all year round in caves, whereas Apaches use their caves only in summer. Can you believe that some people in Slovakia still live in stone “caves”? In the Brhlovce municipality, you can find unique houses carved into the rock. According to tradition, first such dwellings were made in the 16th century in response to the imminent danger during the Turkish wars.

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Wolf Mountains – Wilderness and Lost Paradise

It is said that European wilderness ceased to exist centuries ago. But you can still find it in Slovakia. In the Poloniny National Park on the border with Poland and Ukraine lies pristine woodland called Vlčie hory (Wolf Mountains) with trees that are over a thousand years old. This proves that wild European nature can be just as amazing as that in Africa. In a single area, where there are no people far and wide, this beautiful wilderness is home to many endangered animal species, such as the lynx, wolf, bear, beaver, wild horse and the huge prehistoric European bison. A particularity of this place is that it is free from light pollution, so you can feast your eyes on the dark sky dotted with stars.

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Forever Mysterious – Stone Balls in the Village of Megoňky

The largest one has a diameter of about 2.15 metres and has been named Mary. Such huge stone balls comparable to similar world-famous findings in Mexico and Costa Rica can be found in the Klokočovské skálie nature reserve in the Kysuce Region. It is in fact the largest known stone ball site in Europe. The secret of these stone balls is millions of years old. So far no one has been able to explain their origin.

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Herľany Geyser – a World Rarity

The geyser in the spa village of Herľany has been shooting out water from under the Earth’s surface for over 140 years. Although the spring currently reaches a height of “only” 20 metres at regular intervals every 32 to 36 hours, in 1874 the water erupted continuously for 10 days to a height of 112 metres! What makes it different from other geysers? While the vast majority of geysers around the world gush hot water, Herľany Geyser is renowned for its low temperatures of 14-18°C. Between 1957 and 2006, it even was the only cold geyser in all of Europe. Today, similar geysers can be found only on Iceland.

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The Only Horologe Showing True Solar Time

The only Slovak horologe in Stará Bystrica in the Kysuce Region is also the only horologe in the world to display the so-called true solar time. Since it is extremely complicated to build a horologe and explain how it works, suffice it to say that the one in Stará Bystrica is the only one in the world to show the exact solar time, because it is especially configured for the place where it is situated.

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Kremnica Mint – A Seven-Hundred-Year-Old Enterprise

The Kremnica Mint has been minting coins since 1328 and is the oldest continuously-operating enterprise in the world. It also manufactures Slovak euro coins and is renowned within the field of numismatics as well as the history of art and technology. The Kremnica Mint reached its production peak during the reign of Maria Theresa.

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The Equivalent of the Dead Sea right in the Heart of Europe – the Magic Waters of Podhájska

Did you know that the water from the hot springs in Podhájska village has even more beneficial effects than the world-famous Dead Sea water? The water of Podhájska is unique throughout Europe, and its composition is truly a world rarity.

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Tatra Chamois

These animals represent a completely unique species of chamois, as they evolved for thousands of years after the Ice Ages in a totally isolated environment and they also differ from the related chamois species of the Alps and the Apennines. There are only a thousand of them left. This endemic species cannot be found anywhere else on the planet but in the High Tatras.

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20 December 2016
Money laundering and terrorist financing: Council agrees its negotiating stance
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20 December 2016
Control of firearms: Council confirms agreement with the European Parliament
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9 November 2016
Statement by the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic on the adoption of the 2016 Enlargement Package
The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic welcomes the adoption of the European Commission’s 2016 Enlargement Package, which contains assessment reports concerning the individual candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership. We recognise the fact that this year’s package is centred around an assessment of the implementation of last year’s strategy, while also taking stock of trends in the region in key areas such as the rule of law, fundamental rights, migration, the functioning of public authorities, economy and regional cooperation. The reporting methodology introduced last year was expanded to cover additional areas. This has facilitated a better assessment of the overall progress made over the past year, as well as mutual comparisons between the individual applicants.
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23 August 2016
Joint Statement: Ministerial Conference on the European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Totalitarian Regimes
(Bratislava, 23 August 2016)
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12 July 2016
Speech by Foreign Minister M. Lajčák at the EP Committee AFET
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7 October 2016
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16 December 2016
Notice: Last Council under the Slovak Presidency dealing with the revision of the emission trading system
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14 December 2016
Notice: Robert Fico, Prime Minister of Slovakia, at the meeting of the European Council in Brussels
The Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, will attend the regular meeting of the European Council in Brussels on 15 December 2016. On this occasion, Mr Fico will meet with the prime ministers of the Visegrad Four countries, the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, and fellow leaders of the EU member states.
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12 December 2016
Notice: Enlargement package dominating GAC agenda
On Tuesday 13 December, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Miroslav Lajčák will chair the General Affairs Council (GAC) in Brussels.
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12 December 2016
Notice: Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico to visit the European Parliament in Strasbourg
On Tuesday 13 December 2016 the Slovak Prime Minister, Robert Fico, will travel to Strasbourg to visit the European Parliament, to mark the end of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.
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23 June 2016
Presidency glossary
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23 June 2016
Slovak Presidency Website eu2016.sk
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22 June 2016
Accreditation and registration
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Venezuela
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on EU strategy on China
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19 July 2016
Council conclusions on Turkey
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19 July 2016
EU priorities at the United Nations and the 71st UNGA
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