tourism industry has grown remarkably since independence. By
the late 1990s the country was receiving more than 500,000 visitors
each year. Slovakias historic towns and numerous mountain
ski resorts are the more popular tourist destinations.
There's a refreshing absence of McDonald's-style commercialism
that is rampant across Western Europe. Quaint and jovial with
a surprisingly rich cultural life, Bratislava is a capital city
without the usual congestion.
The High Tatras are a magnificent range of mountains
dotted with villages with deep peasant traditions. You'll find
Slovaks to be an extremely helpful, pleasant people prepared
to go out of their way to welcome you.