A Travelers Guide to Slovakia

Slovakia, formerly part of Czechoslovakia, itself created as a state at the end of World War One, became an independent republic in 1993. As part of Czechoslovakia, and despite the spring uprising of 1968, it had been within the Communist bloc from 1948 to 1989. Since 2004 it has been a member of the EU.

Landlocked, Slovakia has borders with the Czech Republic, Austria to the west, Hungary to the south, Ukraine to the east, and Poland to the north. Vienna is just thirty miles away – within commuting distance – and Budapest and Prague just a couple of hours away.

Mountains dominate the central and northern parts of the country while the south is mainly lowland. It has a temperate climate.

The Foreign Office reports that in 2004, Slovakia was commended in a World Bank report for improving its investment climate, joining the 20 ‘easiest’ countries in the world for doing business. ‘Recent economic policy in Slovakia has resulted in strong growth with falling inflation and budget deficits, keeping the country on course to join the Euro’.

The UK is the sixth largest investor in Slovakia. One major investment was the acquisition by Tesco Stores of seven department stores in 1996, and the more recent major development of a chain of hypermarkets.

Tesco is now the top retailer in Slovakia, and has thirty two hypermarkets and five department stores. Other major UK investors are Shell, Provident Financial, CP Holdings (Slovakia’s biggest health spa, in Piestany), and Tate and Lyle. Next, Mothercare and Accessorize are among the established and well-known franchises that have recently opened stores in Bratislava.

Again the Foreign Office reports a thriving British Council presence in Slovakia. The Council promotes English language teaching, educational partnerships and academic links, as well as exchanges in the arts, science and culture. It works with the Embassy and Slovak partners to foster good governance.

It says Slovakia shares a threat from terrorism with the rest of Europe. ‘Attacks could be indiscriminate and against civilian targets’. However, ‘most visits to Slovakia are trouble-free. The main type of incident for which the majority of British nationals required consular assistance in Slovakia in 2006 was petty theft’.

There is a growing incidence of such theft in Bratislava where pickpockets operate around the main tourist areas, and foreigners are easily identified and targeted.

Visas are not required for British citizens to enter Slovakia. Those intending longer stays should register with the Police within three days of arrival and can apply for a Slovak ‘green card’, which can then be used as proof of identity (otherwise visitors must carry their passports at all times).

Being EU citizens, UK investors can buy property in Slovakia, although there are restrictions on the purchase of agricultural land and forestry.

Property in transferred by way of a pre-purchase commitment to buy when a deposit is paid – followed by a surveyor’s report, completion and registration with the land registry – the Kataster. This last step to formal ownership can take some weeks although it is possible to pay for accelerated registration.

The law requires that registration including a plan and description of the property, the name of the registered owner and details of any charges over the property or restrictive covenants or easements.

Mortgages are available from Slovakian banks. Buying costs are estimated to be between two and 6 per cent.

Czech Republic Holidays – History, Spas, Beers and a Great Cultural Scene

You’ve almost certainly heard of Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities, but what about the rest of this small country in the heart of the continent?

Here are ten facts and observations to encourage a visit the Czech Republic, to help start your holiday planning and further research.

Old city: Prague is great for walking and soaking up the atmosphere – and if you travel midweek or off-season, it isn’t over-crowded. The medieval streets and squares are a showcase of architecture ranging from Gothic to Art Nouveau, and a trip across Charles Bridge to Prague Castle offers striking river views and lots of street entertainers.

Modern city: Prague has all the attractions you would expect in a European capital, including museums, concert halls, opera houses and a wide choice of bars and restaurants.

Hearty food: International food may have come to Prague and other major centres, but try typical dishes including roast pork and dumplings, and many varieties of sausage.

Have another beer: The Czechs are Europe’s greatest consumers of beer per head of population, with brands that have been exported or imitated around the world. The type of lager known as pils originates in the city of Pilsen, with Pilsner Urquell being one of the best-known brands.

Wine too: Czech wines are little known in the UK, but the Moravia region produces some fine whites.

Spas: The curative waters of the Czech Republic have been appreciated for centuries, and now there is strong emphasis on beauty and wellness treatments as well as taking the cure. The Western Bohemia spa towns of Karlovy Vary and Marianske Lazne are also elegant places for a few days’ relaxation and exploring the surrounding countryside.

Go golf: Golf has developed rapidly over the last decade and there are now around 80 courses to choose from. Royal Golf Club Marianske Lazne is one of the best.

Boutique style: Large, impersonal hotels are now very much in the minority, while boutique hotels are booming. Chateau-style rural hotels are also growing.

World Heritage: Twelve sites are recognised by UNESCO for their cultural significance, only one of which is in Prague. The historical centre of Cesky Krumlov, in Southern Bohemia, makes a memorable trip.

Beyond the borders: The Czech Republic shares frontiers with Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia, all of which are EU members. It’s easy to cross borders to discover more of Central Europe.

The Czech Republic is a small country with a big heart, that has been transformed over the last 15 years into one of the most welcoming and accessible countries in Europe.

With availability of low cost flights to the Czech Republic from all over Europe, holidays in the Czech Republic remain affordable and a great alternative to the more traditional European holiday centres.

What’s the Deal With ESTA? Visa Waiver Travelers, Listen Up

ESTA is a web-based data collection system, initially launched by the Department of Homeland Security in August 2008, which determines the preliminary eligibility of visitors to travel “visa-free”, under the VWP, prior to traveling to the United States.

According to recent DHS data, more than 1.2 million ESTA applications have been received, and over 98% of applicants have been approved. DHS further states that will take a ‘reasonable approach’ to travelers who have not obtained an approved travel authorization via ESTA, and will continue an aggressive advertising and outreach campaign throughout 2009.

Travelers without an approved ESTA are advised, however, that they may be denied boarding, experience delayed processing, or be denied admission at a U.S. port of entry.

The citizens or nationals of the following countries are currently eligible to travel to the United States under the VWP: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.

Eight of these countries joined the VWP in 2008, and their citizens and nationals have been required to comply with an ESTA since their designation as VWP participants: the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Malta.

There has been some degree of confusion as to when and how ESTA applies. In brief, ESTA only applies to foreign nationals (Non-U.S. citizens) who are eligible to travel to the United States under the terms and conditions of the Visa Waiver Program, without a Visa or Green Card, or other government-issued permission.

Any person who needs a visa or has a visa already does not need to complete the ESTA process prior to traveling to the United States. Essentially anyone who would complete a WHITE I-94 card at arrival in the U.S., does not participate in ESTA. On the flip side, anyone who would normally complete a GREEN I-94W card at arrival in the U.S. MUST now complete ESTA.

While the ESTA is geared to eventually phasing out paper I-94W cards altogether, it is CBP’s current advice and recommendation to complete BOTH, the ESTA online, AND the paper I-94W card for inspection. It is further recommended that the ESTA-traveler bring a paper printout of their ESTA application response in order to maintain a record of their ESTA application number.

Reasons to Travel to Eastern Europe

In the nearly 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down, countries that were once considered unstable have strengthened economic backbones to join the European Union and open the doors to tourists from all over the world. These countries, once considered off limits to American tourists, now offer beautiful natural wonders, as well as some of the finest architecture in the world. Countries which are easily accessible from Germany, Austria, and Italy include Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

Forests cover about half the country of Slovenia and are greatly valued by its people. There are a wide range of trails and paths available to the public which keeps tourists coming back for more. The Julian Alps and the nation’s highest peak Mount Triglav remain popular destinations for tourists and locals alike looking to get outside. Perhaps even more famous is Slovenia’s Postojna Cave, is Europe’s most popular tourist cave, which has attracted over 30 million visitors. This massive cave and its branches make up over 20 miles of mountain exploration. Ljubljana is a city of culture, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic academies in the world. More then 10,000 cultural events take place Ljubljana each year, as well as 14 international festivals.

Slovakia will offer you the Tatras Mountains, which have numerous hiking and skiing opportunities. You can also find nearly 12,000 spa beds to relax in. There are also new caves being discovered, which attracts many adventure seeking tourists. Slovakia is home to many castles, such as the ruins of Devin Castle, and Bojnice Castle. There is also a lively music scene, and many performances in the capitol city of Bratislava.

Poland has many beautiful cities to visit, each filled with modern aspects as well as traditional Polish cultural events. Cities like Wroclaw offer a beautiful mix of gothic and baroque buildings for you to marvel at. Communication is generally not too much of an issue, as nearly everyone speaks some form of English, and youngsters will want to practice as much as possible. Lovers of beer will be happy, as the breweries are known for being some of the best in the world. Cities like Krakow offer many historical landmarks as well as beautiful museums and castles, just waiting to be discovered by you.

The Czech Republic is a place worth visiting as much as anywhere else in Europe. The city of Prague is home to some of the continents most beautiful architecture and was where Mozart performed many of his now famous works. Prague is also home to many museums, restaurants, malls and historical landmarks that make the city truly unique. Regions of the country like PlzeHsko, Bohemia, and Moravia each offer different cultural aspects and historical journeys. The town of Pilzen is famous for the delicious Czech beer, Pilsner Urquell.

Hungary is a nation that oozes a rich culture, everywhere you go. Hungary offers beautiful architecture, strong sense of pride, and smart mathematicians, such as Erno Rubik, creator of the Rubik’s Cube and is well known for paprika, goulash and masterful inventions. The thermal lake of Heviz is the largest one of its kind in the world, and attracts millions. In the spring, this mineral lake has such a high output, that it is flushed out every two hours! Spa culture in general is very popular, as there are over 1500 thermal springs in the country.

Many people plan to visit these countries every year. One popular way of doing so, is driving over while on vacation in neighboring countries like Germany, Austria, or Italy. If you plan to rent a car in Europe to drive into Eastern Europe, you will need to obtain permission from your car rental supplier. Some suppliers may charge a fee for this, but as you can see, it will be well worth it. Make sure to bring your international drivers license to avoid any local issues, and learn the rules of the road to enjoy your safe holiday!

Adventure Travel Destinations

Our world is a place that needs to be discovered, and thankfully, there are a few people who seek to have adventures while exploring the earth. The world has many adventure travel destinations which are located in every corner of the world. What is so interesting about adventure travel destinations is that in most cases, they have a unique, ancient history, yet, not many people have had the guts to go to explore them. Being amongst the few people who dare to visit such places in earth is courageous!

Most adventure travel destinations are located in Africa and Asia. Nevertheless, these continents differ in so many aspects. On the one hand, Africa has unpopulated areas where only ancient tribes may have lived, while in Asia we are talking about cities and villages which have a particular history. Africa’s adventure spots are mostly located in Ethiopia, Kenya and the central Africa, while in Asia they are found mostly in Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia and Indonesia.

European adventure travel destinations are common mostly in Eastern Europe, including here Russian cities and especially villages. Siberia is another fantastic adventurous place, but it’s definitely not for the faint-hearted! The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and so on also offer adventurous trips in various small and large cities. Balkans is also a perfect place to have adventures in Europe! South America is also a perfect place to have adventure traveling! I am not talking about the Amazon jungles, because that takes some bravery, but I’m mostly thinking of small South American villages, which are one of a kind!

Why Should You Travel to Austria?

When you say Austria you almost instantly think about winter sports and culture. These are the best two words that can perfectly describe this attractive country. Austria is located in Central Europe, surrounded by Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Slovenia and Italy.

Austria is one of Europe’s most well-known tourist destinations due to its historic cities, magnificent mountain panoramas and superior ski resorts. Along with Switzerland, Austria has been named Europe’s winter sports capital.

A tripper who is interested in seeing Austria should make his homework regarding this country. There are several activities that one could be involved in while seeing this country. There is something for each age and taste.

First of all, people come to Austria for performing a different variety of winter sports. Austria offers a great collection of ski resorts that are looking forward to welcome you. It is crucial for Austria to have its tourism industry functioning as neat as possible. Therefore, Austria takes full advantage of its winter sports tourists. However, it is important to know that Austrian resorts are mostly medium-sized, in contrast with those in Switzerland and France. This fact has both advantages and disadvantages. What could be a disadvantage for those seeking for a luxury resort, represents a great advantage for the tourists interested in cheaper, cozier and friendlier resorts.

Another attraction that might get you interested is the influential Austrian cycle touring. There are famous routes that go along the largest rivers. The route between Passau and Vienna, following the Danube, is the most important cycle path in Austria and even Europe. Thousands of cyclists gather here each year during the summer to test themselves.

Austria’s musical heritage draws each year thousands of music lovers from all around the world. In Vienna or Salzburg tourists may entertain themselves by listening to classical music, jazz or world famous operas. During summer, Austria hosts a great range of music festivals, for all tastes and ages. The most important music festival that takes place in Austria is the Salzburg Festival. Beside this famous classical music festival, Austria proud itself with a wide assortment of other music genres such as pop festivals, rock festivals or folk festivals.

The cinematic culture of Austria should not be ignored. A curious tourist might uncover great things about the Austrian cinema. The most renowned Austrian actor is beyond all doubts Arnold Schwarzenegger, now the Governor of California.

A very important aspect of Austria is the fact that here people put great emphasis on respect. You may see that Austrians can be very pushy while in public. People generally take this as extremely unfriendly. Don’t let yourself be tricked by this; it’s a sign of simplicity and formality, two very appreciated qualities in Austria.

Austria is a great place to visit. If you ever get the opportunity of taking a trip to Austria, don’t have any doubts. Just pack your bags and book a flight to this great country. You will definitely be left speechless by its beauty, its people and its attractions.

An Overview of Slovakia

Slovakia is a wonderfully varied place to explore. This is reflected in the geography with the plains of the Danube basin in stark contrast to the enlivening peaks of the High Tatras mountain range. Yet it is also seen in the ethnic diversity of its population resulting in a wonderful mix of cultures and styles. From once in a lifetime meals in Bratislava to stunning country towns, Slovakia can give you a wealth of experiences. It would be impossible to fit all the wonders Slovakia has to offer in one trip but here is a guide to some of the fascinating sights the country has to offer.

Bratislava wears the scars of many Eastern European cities but there is much more to the city than meets the eye. In particular, the city is famous for its gourmet culture and has an astonishing array of international cuisine at a variety of prices. If you wish to splash out, Camouflage is an expensive but outstanding restaurant with original Andy Warhol pictures hanging on the war. The food and service are superb and delivered in sophisticated surroundings. Alternatively, the Modrá Hviezda will give you a taste of traditional local cuisine for a very reasonable price.

Leave the urban sprawl behind and visit Banská Stiavnica, a UNESCO-protected former mining town set in stunning scenery. It is particularly known for the Holy Trinity Column, a daunting red marble structure. It is Banská Stiavnica’s background of the High Tatras however which is the main point of interest due to the sheer exhilaration and awe inspiring views they provide. Kosice in Eastern Slovakia is a livelier destination with a more cosmopolitan atmosphere. Its bid for the 2013 European Capital of Culture has really invigorated the city and makes now an ideal time to visit. The Cathedral of St Elizabeth is thought by some to be the finest in Slovakia. Building was first begun in 1378 and it’s an unusual construction with striped roof tiles and two contorted towers, one of which provides excellent views of the city.

Arriving in Slovakia is relatively straightforward. The country is well served by budget international airlines, with most international visitors flying into Bratislava or Kosice airports. For those who prefer to travel by train, Slovakia also has reliable rail connections with Austria, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, most of which terminate in Bratislava. If you have time to spare, a fantastic way to travel is to take the hydrofoil along the Danube and travel to Bratislava from Vienna or Budapest. Make sure you are well prepared before visiting the country. Be able to truly relax on your holiday and enjoy peace of mind by arranging travel insurance. If you intend on spending a lot of time in the mountain range during the skiing season, you can get specialist ski travel insurance for you individual needs.

To get an quote, and buy your annual travel insurance online in 5 easy steps visit Go Travel Insurance.

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Slovakia: An Overseas Property Investment Story of the Future

Overseas property investors looking for the next emerging market should investigate Slovakia. The world bank in 2005 stated that Slovakia had the fastest transforming business economy and the trend is set to continue.

About Slovakia

Slovakia landlocked republic in Central Europe bounded by the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and by Austria. Slovakia is modern European country with a deep rural tradition. Geographically, it is primarily a mountainous country with numerous winter activities. Bratislava is its capital and largest city.

Buying property in Slovakia an overseas property opportunity.

Overseas property investors looking for the next emerging market should investigate Slovakia. The world bank in 2005 stated that Slovakia had the fastest transforming business economy and the trend is set to continue.

Overseas buyers welcome in Slovakia

Slovakia lifted all restrictions on property acquisition on 1 May 2004. All foreign nationals can acquire real estate or land in Slovakia directly, without having to set up a company and have a local legal signatory. The minimum amount of equity required is generally 30% of the purchase price. Alternatively, you can use the equity in your existing property or simply arrange a loan at home.

Where to buy in Slovakia

Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital and largest city, is one of the rare places offering you exceptional capital growth potential AND increase in rental income at the same time. Quaint and jovial with a surprisingly rich cultural life, Bratislava is a capital city without the usual congestion. The High Tatras are a magnificent range of European mountains (only second to the Alps in elevation) dotted with villages with deep peasant traditions.

How to buy property in Slovakia.

Once you found your Slovakian property be prepared to part with a deposit of 10%. This is required by the buyer to start the buying process. A pre purchase agreement is signed by both parties. A surveyor will complete a report and provide this to the seller’s solicitor who will then prepare a contract of sale. It is important to have any agreement signed translated. The title deeds are then transferred to you after a period of about 4 weeks. Agents’ fees are between 1.5 and 3 percent.

Slovakian Climate

Slovakia has a continental climate, with four distinct seasons. Winters are typically cold and dry, while summers tend to be hot and humid. The average daily temperature range in Bratislava is -3° to 2° C (27° to 36° F) in January and 16° to 26° C (61° to 79° F) in July; temperatures tend to be cooler in the mountains. Bratislava receives an average of about 650 mm (about 26 in) of precipitation annually. In areas of high altitude, snow is often present for as many as 130 days each year.

Travelling to Slovakia

Depending on the country you come from and the reason you come to Slovakia for, you may need an ID card, a passport or even a visa in order to enter Slovakia.

Citizens of the European Union should be able to travel with their ID card only. Contact embassy of the Slovak Republic in your country for more information.

More information on visa and passport needs for citizens of non-EU countries can be found in the English section of the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic: http://www.foreign.gov.sk

Nicholas Marr is clearly an observer of life and front row spectator of the events in the overseas property market.His articles dare to challenge trend of thought in this industry which is besieged by the big boys.A lifetime property investor his UK based company Marr International owns http://www.homesgofast.com one of the fastest growing overseas property websites in Europe. His articles are informative and sometimes a bit uncomfortable for some in his industry to read. What ever the subject they will always be informative and will hold your interest. Bravo to freedom of speech!

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Reasons to Travel to Eastern Europe

In the nearly 20 years since the Berlin Wall came down, countries that were once considered unstable have strengthened economic backbones to join the European Union and open the doors to tourists from all over the world. These countries, once considered off limits to American tourists, now offer beautiful natural wonders, as well as some of the finest architecture in the world. Countries which are easily accessible from Germany, Austria, and Italy include Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary.

Forests cover about half the country of Slovenia and are greatly valued by its people. There are a wide range of trails and paths available to the public which keeps tourists coming back for more. The Julian Alps and the nation’s highest peak Mount Triglav remain popular destinations for tourists and locals alike looking to get outside. Perhaps even more famous is Slovenia’s Postojna Cave, is Europe’s most popular tourist cave, which has attracted over 30 million visitors. This massive cave and its branches make up over 20 miles of mountain exploration. Ljubljana is a city of culture, and boasts one of the oldest philharmonic academies in the world. More then 10,000 cultural events take place Ljubljana each year, as well as 14 international festivals.

Slovakia will offer you the Tatras Mountains, which have numerous hiking and skiing opportunities. You can also find nearly 12,000 spa beds to relax in. There are also new caves being discovered, which attracts many adventure seeking tourists. Slovakia is home to many castles, such as the ruins of Devin Castle, and Bojnice Castle. There is also a lively music scene, and many performances in the capitol city of Bratislava.

Poland has many beautiful cities to visit, each filled with modern aspects as well as traditional Polish cultural events. Cities like Wroclaw offer a beautiful mix of gothic and baroque buildings for you to marvel at. Communication is generally not too much of an issue, as nearly everyone speaks some form of English, and youngsters will want to practice as much as possible. Lovers of beer will be happy, as the breweries are known for being some of the best in the world. Cities like Krakow offer many historical landmarks as well as beautiful museums and castles, just waiting to be discovered by you.

The Czech Republic is a place worth visiting as much as anywhere else in Europe. The city of Prague is home to some of the continents most beautiful architecture and was where Mozart performed many of his now famous works. Prague is also home to many museums, restaurants, malls and historical landmarks that make the city truly unique. Regions of the country like PlzeHsko, Bohemia, and Moravia each offer different cultural aspects and historical journeys. The town of Pilzen is famous for the delicious Czech beer, Pilsner Urquell.

Hungary is a nation that oozes a rich culture, everywhere you go. Hungary offers beautiful architecture, strong sense of pride, and smart mathematicians, such as Erno Rubik, creator of the Rubik’s Cube and is well known for paprika, goulash and masterful inventions. The thermal lake of Heviz is the largest one of its kind in the world, and attracts millions. In the spring, this mineral lake has such a high output, that it is flushed out every two hours! Spa culture in general is very popular, as there are over 1500 thermal springs in the country.

Many people plan to visit these countries every year. One popular way of doing so, is driving over while on vacation in neighboring countries like Germany, Austria, or Italy. If you plan to rent a car in Europe to drive into Eastern Europe, you will need to obtain permission from your car rental supplier. Some suppliers may charge a fee for this, but as you can see, it will be well worth it. Make sure to bring your international drivers license to avoid any local issues, and learn the rules of the road to enjoy your safe holiday!

Written by Ryan Ericsson
http://www.kemwel.com

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Why Slovakia is Hot For International Property Investors

It’s rare for me to get excited about a new emerging market but I believe Slovakia is worth getting excited about. Real estate investors seeking new frontiers to invest in international real estate should get on the internet right now and start to research the prospects that the Eastern European country offers.

Despite the global slowdown that has reduced confidence in many European housing markets it seem Slovakia remains an attractive proposition to investors.

During 2008 Slovakia’s economy has been one of the bright spots in Eastern Europe this year, and it is expected to come in at over 7 percent growth for the year. While the country’s central bank and other analysts have lowered the forecast for growth in 2009, it is still expected to be near 5 percent or even above that amount. That will make it one of the strongest economies in Europe.

Slovakian real estate prices are still low compared to other European countries and leave plenty of room for capital growth. The only restriction Slovakia has imposed on the purchase of real estate by overseas buyers is on agricultural and forestry land.

The Slovakian government demonstrates its forwarding thinking by its approach to renewable energy. Slovakia is looking at solar energy as a means to provide the country with clean, renewable energy resources. The country has two solar power plants in the works in Rimavska Sobata and Orechova Poton.

The country has a small but growing economy focused on automobiles, electronics and construction. The slowdown in Europe will affect the exports of these products, but they should still see solid growth, according to experts. The country will officially adopt the euro as its currency at the beginning of 2009, which will lock in lower interest rates and is expected to help boost the economy.

Bratislava’s M.R. Stefanik Airport (BTS) is set for expansion, which will help the growing country and the capital area. The airport is the main international destination in Slovakia and is 12 kilometers to the northeast of downtown Bratislava. The airport currently serves over 2 million travellers , which is an increase of 700% since 2001. The airport is served by several low cost companies, including Ryanair and SkyEurope, which has helped to grow in the past several years. Other companies that fly here include Aeroflot, Lufthansa, Air Slovakia and Czech Airlines, plus a number of charter carriers which are in service mostly during the summer holiday season.

In addition to its main industry, travel and tourism are taking an increasingly important share in Slovakia’s economy. The capital city of Bratislava is a growing hub of culture as well as being the focus of political and economic life. It has many museums and cultural festivals every year that draw in thousands of visitors. The National Gallery is the largest and most well known art museum in the country.

Outside of the capital city, the many small towns have plenty of old and interesting buildings for visitors to explore and enjoy. The country’s location between Vienna and Eastern Europe means it has a wide range of buildings constructed over the past 1,000 years. Influences include the Austro-Hungarian Empire as well as the Ottomans. Castles, churches and countless old towns and villages are a history lovers’ dream.

The outdoors also offers plenty of attractions for those who visit Slovakia. The country has several beautiful national parks as well as mountains, valleys, forests and rivers to explore. The Tatra Mountains in the northern part of the country offer great scenery and the most visited national park, the High Tatras or Vysoke Tatry. There is skiing, mountain climbing, hiking and lots of natural wonders to see. Other parks have more to offer, including forests, rivers and caves for explorers.

It seems that the case for investing property in Slovakia is a solid one but like any investment their is always an element of risk, however Slovakia is definitely ticking all the right boxes.

Nicholas Marr is clearly an expert in his field of international real estate. His articles are based on his experience gained from working on behalf of hundreds of real estate agents and property investors in his role as CEO ay overseas property portal http://www.HomesGoFast.com

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