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Where to Find the Legendary Lipizzan Horses

Where to Find the Legendary Lipizzan Horses

Even if you’ve never heard of Lipizzan horses, you probably know what they look like. These beautiful white horses are practically the stuff of legend. The breed dates back to the 16th century, when they were intended for the Hapsburg royal family. A village in modern-day Slovenia, Lipica, or Lipizza in Italian, provided the name. While both

Don’t Miss Devin Castle in Bratislava

Don’t Miss Devin Castle in Bratislava

One of the oldest castles in Slovakia, Devin Castle in Bratislava is an interesting site that many visitors to the capital unfortunately miss out on, even though it’s only about 10 minutes from Old Town. While it may not be as stately as Bratislava Castle, it’s well worth seeing. Not only because Devin is an incredibly atmospheric spot that will

European Fall Festival Guide 2015

European Fall Festival Guide 2015

Autumn is a gorgeous time to visit Europe. Crowds have thinned, sunny days are still a possibility, and the locals are back from their summer holidays, giving cities a more lived-in vibe. Plus, cultural calendars are bursting with events after the summer shutdown. Here’s a roundup of some of the best festivals and events in

EU Enlargement 10th Anniversary

10 Years Ago Today

Today is the tenth anniversary of the accession to the EU of ten countries, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. All except for the Mediterranean islands are destinations that we offer. The day is being commemorated with events in all of the countries to mark the occasion, just as

10 Tips for Driving a Rental Car in Central & Eastern Europe

10 Tips for Driving a Rental Car in Central & Eastern Europe

Some of our guests prefer the ‘freedom of the open road’ for getting between cities on their Central & Eastern Europe tours and we are happy to arrange car hire for them with our local car rental partners, but before we do, we like to make sure that they have fully considered the decision. Before you

Slovakia’s UNESCO Sites – Banska Stiavnica

Slovakia’s UNESCO Sites – Banska Stiavnica

Banska Stiavnica, on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1993 is the oldest mining town in Slovakia and due to its mineral wealth (gold, silver and copper were all mined here) it was both prosperous and sought after – the Turks tried to conquer it during a prolonged invasion of Central Europe in the 16th

Slovakia’s UNESCO sites – Vlkolinec

Slovakia’s UNESCO sites – Vlkolinec

Many of the sites on the UNESCO list are the Old Town areas of large cities (Prague, Krakow) or whole walled towns like Cesky Krumlov, but this particular site – Vlkolinec – is a village of 45 very well preserved log houses high up a hillside in the middle of Slovakia, near the entirely missable