Slovakia is a land of castles and mountains. Right in the heart of Europe and more than twenty five years after the break-up of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia has emerged independent and confident. The capital of Bratislava, right next to Vienna attracts visitors to its impressive old town and affordable culinary and bar scene. Slovakia however shines brightest for lovers of the outdoors. From the winding hiking trails of the High Tatras to shimmering glacier lakes, Slovakia is a true pearl of the East.