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									is one of the youngest Central European
members of European Union.
   The capital city: Bratislava
    (population: 452.288)
   Area: 49.035 sq. km (18.933 sq.
    miles)
   Population: 5.395.000 (ranks it in
    22nd largest in Europe)
   Government: parliamentary
    democracy
   Bordering countries: Austria
    (127km), The Czech Republic
    (265km), Hungary (679km),
    Poland (597km), The Ukraine
    (98km)
   Official language: Slovak
   Other larger regional cities:
    Košice, Prešov, Nitra, Žilina,
    Banska Bystrica, Trnava, Martin,
    Trenčin, Poprad, Prievidza,
    Zvolen
   Administrative division: 8 regions
    and 79 districts
   Nationality: Slovak (86 %),
    Hungarian (10,8 %), Romany (1,8
    %), Czech (1,2 %), and other (1
    %)
   Religion: Roman-Catholic (60 %),
    Greek-Catholic (3,4 %),
    Lutheran-Augsburg denomination
    (7 %), Reformist (1,6 %),
    Orthodox (0,6 %)
        Holidays and Festivals
   1.1.- Slovak Republic Day
   6.1.- Epiphany (Twelfth Night
    and Christmas Day of the
    Orthodox Church). The last
    Friday before Easter – Good
    Friday. The First Monday
    following the vernal equinox –
    Easter Monday
   1.5.- May Day – Labour Day
   8.5.- Victory Over Fascism Day
   29.8.- Slovak National Uprising
    Anniversary
   1.9- The Slovak Republic
    constitution Day
   15.9.- The Lady of Seven Sorrows
    Day
   1.11.- All Saints Day (All Souls
    Day)
   17.11.- Day of Struggle against
    Totalitarianism
   24.12.- Christmas Eve
   25.12.- Christmas Day
   26.12.- Boxing Day
   Elevation above sea level: 95 m
    (river Bodrog) – 2.656 m (Gerlach
    peak in the High Tatras)
   Climate: The Slovak Republic lies
    in the temperate climate zone at
    the border between the Atlantic
    and the continental part of
    Europe, with distinctive rotation
    of seasons. The average daily
    temperature in the wintertime is -2
    0C and in summertime 21 0C. The

    coldest month is January and the
    warmest months are July and
    August. In average the snow
    keeps up in the highest locations
    130 days per year.
Gastronomy shows the influence of a
  narrow contact with the
  neighbouring countries. European
  meals, home specialities and
  foreign meals are available. In
  Bratislava they offen unlimited
  choice, including kasher food,
  French meals, as well as the
  ”smorgasbord”. Motorests and
  original ”koliba” (chalet) and
  “tchardas” present all kinds of
  regional specialities – Slovak
  cooking from the north of the
  country to Hungarian and fish
  meals from the Danubian region
  to the southern part of the country.
   Traditional Slovak eating and
    drinking habits date back to the old
    Slavic period influenced later by
    Austrian, German and Hungarian
    cooking. Slovak food is based on
    many different kinds of soups, gruels,
    boiled and stewed vegetables, roast
    and smoked meats and dairy products.
    The style of cooking varies from
    region to region. Slovak specialties
    include both sweet and savoury dishes
    made with flour, including
    dumplings.
   Popular drinks include Slovak         • Bryndzové haluisky (small potato
    beer, wine and mineral waters. are    dumplings with sheep’s cheese).
    particular specialties, as are wine   • Mutton with sauerkraut (flavored
    from the Tokay region and             with prunes, mushrooms and
    sparkling wine from the               apples).
    Bratislava region.                    • Cabbage leaves filled with
                                          minced meat (served with a milky
   Restaurants and other catering
                                          sauce).
    establishments are many and
                                          • Sulance (potato dough turnovers
    varied, including cafes, buffets,
                                          filled with plum jam
    snack bars, inns, ale houses and
                                          Nacional drink
    wine taverns. All restaurants are
                                           Borovicka (strong gin).
    graded according to quality. The
                                          • Slivovica (plum brandy)
    main meal of the day is usually
    lunch, comprising soup, a main
    meal and desert.
   The capital of Slovakia , Bratislava, is a pleasant and lively city,which has
    much to offer the visitor. It is a city with a celebrated past, where
    empresses lived and musicians like Mozart and Liszt performed. Dating
    back to 9th century, Bratislava became a centre of trade in the River Danube
    Basin.Bratislava rejoiced its glory days in 16th century, when it became a
    coronation city of the Kingdom of Hungary. Another heyday was the
    1770s, when Maria Teresa, the Habsburgs’ Empress, made her home in a
    grand castle perched just above the blue Danube.
    Bratislava lies very close to both the Austrian and Hungarian frontiers and
    has a cosmopolitan atmosphere, but with none of the sightseeing crowds of
    Prague or Vienna. It is a city of contrast, where rococo palaces are
    neighbours to glass towers of bank headquarters, and a stunning suspension
    bridge.
   The best places to start a romantic
    stroll through Bratislavas
    medieval old town is the
    Hviezdoslavovo Square, at the
    Ganymede fountain, in front of
    the Slovak National Theatre and
    the Reduta concert hall. A little
    northeast of here is the adjoining
    Main Square a distinguished inlet
    of ornate building linked by a
    network of cobblestone pedestrian
    walkways. This is a cosy quarter
    edged with Baroque, Rococo and
    Gothic houses, some of witch
    have been converted into cafes,
    restaurants or wine bars.
   The east side of the square is
    dominated by the Old Town Hall,
    a lively blend of Gothic,
    Renaissance and nineteenth-
    century styles housing the main
    City Museum.
    Close to the Main Square is the
    Mirbach Palace, the finest of
    Bratislavas Rococo structure,
    preserving much of its original
    stucco decor. The Neoclassical
    Primates Palace is famous for its
    Hall of Mirrors, where Napoleon
    and the Austrian emperor signed
    the Peace of Pressburg in 1805.
   And other places: St.Martins
    Cathedral, Novy most bridge,
    Good Shepherd, Bratislava Castle,
    Spiš Castle, St. Catherines
    Church, Holy Trinity Square,
    Baroque plague column, The
    Outdoor Mining Museum, Pieniny
    National Park ...
                  Leisure activities
    Hiking in Slovakia National Park,
    Children camps,
    Skiing trips,
    Spa stays,
    Golf packages,
    Sport programs,
    Hunting and fishing,
    The attraction of this area is suicing
    on wooden rafs on the biggest canyon
    in Central Europe on the Dunajec river from
     the float port Majere – Kvašne Luky – to
     Lesnica is 11km long, from the Červeny
     Klaštok port to Lesnica 9km or according
     to wishes.
          The cave is situated in the Spiš-
    gemer Karst, in the National Nature
    Reserve stratena in the territory of the
    Slovensky Raj National Park. The
    lenght is 1,232 m. Ice filling occurs in
    the forms of floor ice, icefalls, ice
    stalagmites and columns. The volumr
    of ice is 110,132 m3, and the greatest
    thickness of ice is 26,5m.

								
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