Slovakia  or the Slovak Republic (Slovak: Slovensko or Slovenská republika, both names are officially recognised), is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Not to be confused with Slovenia. It is surrounded by Austria to the west, the Czech Republic to the north-west, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north and Ukraine to the east. Slovakia is a modern democratic country and is a member of the European Union. The main reasons to visit Slovakia are its natural beauty, vivid history and great opportunities for relaxation (and due to the small size of the country, it is quite easy to combine all three). For the same reasons Lonely Planet put it in as number 5 on its Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 countries list , being best for “culture, adventure and off the beaten track”.
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