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Hope the following helps someone. Just made first trip to slovakia. One cannot help comparing it to near neighbour austria and the catch up race communism has created. An example. If you are wheelchair bound bring your 4xdrive version to negotiate the pavements and curbing. Whilst a country many perhaps skirt around (vienna-budapest) it has considerable beauty if one knows where to look. The entry point from vienna is short by train standards between capitals. Roughly an hour. Bratislava train station and surrounds may warrant a makeover but the area is functional with buses and taxis right out the door. The old town area is perhaps a little too far to walk with a bag (note footpath commets) but some of the hotels are walkable. The streets are not aligned so gps or a map is useful if planning to wonder. The castle will not always be in view although some tall buldings stick out. The old town area is charming with little streets and cobblestone. Danube is close by. Trams run around the streets with buses. A tram line is always a good indication one is on the right path to somewhere if walking. a couple of days should be plenty before moving on. The city has an interesting history with vienna not always being the centre of the regions universe. The central city area is compact and walkable. 3 or so hours away to the east lies the region that contains jasna ski area. Interesting experience. The ski facilities at jasna are very good. Cable cars and chairlifts. A free bus service to holders of liptov cards is supplied transporting from various areas at the base of the tatras. The card is given out at the hotel. No one seems to check it on the bus. Perhaps there are inspectors? Be careful with times and getting right bus down mountain. There are 5 or so different destinations. Sadly the snow was very poor. Grass almost coming through piste. Nature trumps all. Snowmaking to an extent helps. Plenty of accomodation and some nice towns in the region to base oneself if not using a mountain resort. The prices are pretty good. 15 euro ski hire and 38 euro day pass with online recharging at what looks like a discount. Food and alcohol in region also well priced when compared to ski areas further west. The rather perplexing thing to be frank is that the area is principally geared to the eastern european market. It is a big market and no doubt pays the bills for the slovakians. But what that seems to mean for western visitors is that one will find russian more freely spoken than english and one will be assumed to be russian until one speaks. Not the end of the world. It is cheaper apparently to fly or drive west than ski in the urals. Understandably therefore the area gears up for these eastern visitors which no doubt attracts growing numbers. Essentially one feels a little swamped by the tide. The only discernabke language being spoken in bars etc and on slopes is not slovakian but russian. Finding english speakers is very hit and miss. In a nutshell the area is relatively cheap to ski and has good facities. One just has to understand one will be entering an area,in january at least, akin to going to bavaria and hearing nothing but swedish or spanish spoken everywhere, including by the locals. Or at least it seeming that way. This may become something of a challenge in the coming years for the slovak community if they wish to increase the western/asian/etc visitor market. Slovakia is a country worth considering giving some travel time to. The trains are good buses understandable in operation and services pretty good value. I imagine summrr presents good hiking and mountainbiking opportunities at the same relatively modest prices. Perhaps even cheaper.

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Thanks for the detailed and frank report. I wish you'd thrown in a couple of paragraph breaks though! :)

Interesting that you only heard Russian being spoken - the market must be huge for Eastern tourists then. I've only been skiing once in Slovakia, and I didn't hear a word of Russian.

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Typed on phone so excuse presentation. To be fair one suspects the eastern groups arrive (some tell me they come every year) only for a specific period. It may be a time of year thing. They holiday january and observe orthodox church xnas. It is no issue at all for a few days. They are engaging if opportunity presents but often such opportunity does not seem to present. Stay a little longer and it may feel a little isolating. Just an opinion

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Think you're right about the Orthodox holiday being related to travel - Bratislava is crowded with Russians at the moment... and you must have amazing patience to type all of that on your phone!

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Well reported. I also found many Russians flew into High Tatra and this caused "inflation" above the market price in Slovakia. Sadly man of my Slovak friends go to neighboring countries for the price reasons.

By having said that, Slovakia still offers better value in terms of accommodation and B&F.

The snow condition is common in these areas and it is not limited to Slovakia due to the warmer than normal temperature and weather conditions.

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