Take some time to get to know Slovakia and be rewarded by ascending the alpine peaks of the Tatras Mountains. Enjoy a night stay at a mountain cottage and try to spot chamois and marmots. A large part of Slovak landscape is protected within nine national parks. Explore Slovakia’s most famous natural wonder, the karst regions of limestone canyons and caves. Taste sweet tokay in an authentic wine cellar, or savor a meal of halušky with bryndza cheese. Kneel beneath the tallest Gothic wooden altar in the world, or tour the Kremnica Mint. Creating coins since 1328, it’s the oldest continuously running manufacturer in the world. Historic mining towns, deep caverns, authentic folklore, and cultural life in Bratislava and Košice add to the distinct experiences in Slovakia.
Sometimes the best way to experience Europe is by taking the road less traveled. Or in some cases, not taking a road at all. The natural side of Europe consists of vast countrysides, towering mountains, calm waterways and more. Browse this gallery of some of Europe’s best adventures that are off the beaten trail. Then, load up your backpack and be on your way.
Europe is full of big adventures. Adventures so big, in fact, that they can’t be contained within four walls. Welcome to the wild side of Europe, where trees shade your discoveries and rivers refresh your explorations. In short, there are a lot to enjoy about the wonders of nature in Europe. From the European Alps to all of the national parks in Europe, adventure awaits. So put on your walking shoes and let’s get moving.
There’s so much more to Europe than just the big cities and landmarks. Go off the beaten track and discover some of Europe’s lesser-known cities, hidden towns and secret villages that are rich in natural beauty and history.
How architecture and contrasts changed Europe’s cities.
In Slovakia’s Pieniny National Park, take in the serenity of a clear river beneath you and lush forests around you.
Whether you aim for Olympic speed or gentle slopes, here is a list of the coolest and lesser-ridden ski resorts in Europe, which are waiting for you.
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European Heritage Sites include archives, monuments, archeological sites, and places of seminal cultural or political value, from the classic age to the present. Since the label’s inception in 2013, thirty-eight sites have been designated, bringing passages in Europe’s history to the foreground to honor, celebrate, and remember who built Europe, how, and why. They are lessons from the past to guide the future of Europe.