The Hron River meanders throughout this region, binding the different peoples and cultures of Central Slovakia. Throughout the region there are caves and mountains bringing their majesty and mystery to visitors, as well as thick forests and small villages where travelers can get to know the local landscape in a quiet setting.
The heart of Slovakia is not an urban mecca, and instead is a land of national parks, caves, UNESCO-recognized natural phenomena and places to enjoy the peace of secluded forests and meadows. It is quite hilly and offers plenty of karstic topography. There are also numerous Old World constructions, including the leading medieval settlement of the region and maybe the country, Kransa Horka castle east of Roznava. It dates to the 14th century and is fortified with cannon bastions as well as a cannon terrace. However, it also harbors much religious significance as the chapel's main altar features a painting of Black Madonna that has become the center for many processions.
When it's time to dine, you'll find Austrian, German and Hungarian influences in the meats, stews and dairy products favored by Slovaks at the table. Dumplings and other floury creations are also a staple. Favorite beverages include mineral waters as well as beers and wines with flavors and tastes that differ by region.
The Slovakian cottages will bring you back to modern comfort when you've left the medieval manors and castles behind.
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