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 Bratislava, the largest and the most important Slovak city, has a rich history. From its beginnings and throughout its historical development it has ranked among the most prominent cities of central Europe. It has played an important role in the spheres of economic, politic, administrative, cultural, national, and social transformations, and in decisive historical events. Slovakia features natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns, folk architecture, spas and ski resorts.

More than 1.6 million people visited Slovakia in 2006, and the most attractive destinations are the capital of Bratislava and the High Tatras. Typical souvenirs from Slovakia are dolls dressed in folk costumes, ceramic objects, crystal glass, carved wooden figures, črpáks (wooden pitcher), fujaras (a folk instrument on the UNESCO list) and valaškas (a decorated folk hatchet) and above all products made from corn husks and wire, notably human figures.

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, straddles both banks of the Danube River, a major European waterway, and the foothills of the Little Carpathian Mountains, which form the beginning of the huge Carpathian Arc. The Little Carpathians recede to the Danube lowlands on the Southeast, and to the Zahorska lowlands on the Northwest. Both the Austrian and Hungarian borders are just “a stone’s throw” from the city centre.

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