** SLOVAKIA  Autumn 2008 **

Slovakia is one of the least visited of the new East European republics and offers a significant challenge to travellers, with a wealth of natural and historical interest. It is a rugged and mountainous country, dotted with many lakes and crossed by significant tributaries of the Danube including the Rivers Hron and Vah. With the Carpathian Mountains extending across the northern half of the country, more than 80% of Slovakia is over 750m above sea level. Most of the mountain ranges are blanketed in vast, dense forests with some 45% of the country forested. With significant Karst limestone terrain, the country is riddled with caves, spectacular in scale and formations. Campsites are generally straightforward, but within the brief camping season there are sufficient to cover the country.

We are pleased to present the series of webs, originally published live during our Autumn 2008 9-week trip to Slovakia; we hope these will be both of interest and usefulness to others considering Slovakia as a travel destination. To view each web edition's pages, click on the respective navigation-link below or the appropriate area of the map:

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