Slovakia is a true jewel of the Eastern European countries. But, only a trip to its popular capital Bratislava can’t do enough justice to this spectacular country, which stores remarkable hidden gems ready to explore. Here are a few cherry-picked choices for you to experience the heart and soul of Slovakia, with all its mystic majesty.
Castle Hotel Galicia Nueva (Halič Castle)
Slovakia is dotted with fairytale castles. They are just not the treats to the eyes, but real treats too! Few of the castles offer luxury stays for the visitors. The Halič Castle or now ‘Castle Hotel Galicia Nueva’ is a stunning 4-star hotel, complete with a gorgeous garden. Dated back to the 15th century, the castle used to be occupied by Hungarian Kings. After its renovation in 2006, it gets its current splendid structure. Still retaining its authentic historic vibe, the elegant castle hotel provides a range of modern amenities like regal rooms with flat TVs and free WiFi, gym, spa, pool, and a sauna-on-site.
The tiny medieval town of Bardejov is considered the ‘most gothic’ town in the country. A part of the UNESCO World Heritage, this is one of the oldest towns in entire Slovakia. The incredibly picturesque Market Square of the Old Town is the best-preserved reminisce of the era. Postcard-perfect rows of gothic buildings and pastel-hued houses with colorful rooftops surround the stunning square. Climb up the topmost tower of the Basilica of St. Egidius, for a breathtakingly beautiful birds’-eye view of the whole town perched on rolling hills.
High Tatras (Vysoké Tatry)
For many Slovaks, one of the major sources of national pride in the High Tatra Mountains. And when you visit there, you will know why. Matching the majesty of the Swiss Alps or the Italian Dolomites, this breathtakingly beautiful range has several amazing hiking trails, which come with less cost and crowd, unlike the other two. Snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls, and turquoise lakes complete the scenic grandeur of the entire area. Making it a skier’s paradise, the spectacular landscapes change into a winter wonderland during the season, offering wonderful pistes in 3 resort towns of Tatranská Lomnica, Starý Smokovec, and Štrbské Pleso.
Where to Find the Best Noodles in All of Asia
Asian cooking has introduced many different foods to the world, but the region is perhaps best known for its noodles. While the humble noodle is pretty common everywhere, if you want the best of the best, then these places in Asia are where to go.
Chow Mein – Hong Kong
The chow mein noodle is a staple for many people getting Chinese takeout. Instead of being boiled or added to a broth, Chow Mein is fried, which gives it its unique texture. They are versatile and can be made alongside a wide range of ingredients. The best crispy style Chow Mein in Asia can be found in Hong Kong.
Flat Rice Noodles – Thailand and Vietnam
Flat rice noodles are the ones you would typically find in a Pad Thai, and they are some of the most comforting to eat. Their flat style means they glide into your mouth, and they are used in many dishes across Asia. To prevent them from sticking, they are brushed with oil after steaming.
Ramen – Japan
Japan loves ramen, and in certain parts of the Asian country, noodles are even considered gourmet. Sure, you can buy a cup of them for less than a dollar, but what makes Japanese ramen so tasty is the broth. There is even a Michelin-starred ramen restaurant in Tokyo.
Plain Noodles – Shanghai
Plain noodles are the basis for all other styles, and they often play a supporting role for bold broth and sauce flavors. This noodle is made with wheat, and once they are shaped, they don’t require any other preparation. Some of the most popular dishes in all of Asia that use plain noodles are found in Shanghai, and they have to be tasted to be believed.
Noodles come in many different shapes and sizes. The versatile dish is a favorite all over Asia, and these places are where to find the very best versions of our favorites.