Exploring Slovakia, and Austria!

Trip Start Apr 18, 2010
Trip End Jul 07, 2010

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Flag of Slovakia  , Trnava,
Thursday, June 10, 2010

After 5 days of solid rain, the sun finally came out and I was able to start exploring my surroundings. There's plenty to see and do in Slovakia, but the bad weather severely limited my time and I really only had a few days to see stuff. Fortunately a family friend operates her own Slovakian travel agency so she was able to help me plan my itinerary and she even arranged a free bus tour!

The bus tour was really great! It was a full day trip to Austria! Our first stop was the Seegrotte which is a huge mine that accidentally flooded creating Europe's largest underground lake. During WWII it was also the place the German's used to secretly build and hide the world's first jet fighter. They still had some of the original parts on display! That was cool. After checking out the mine, we headed to Laxenburg Castle to spend the afternoon having lunch and exploring. They have these great electric boats you can rent and drive around the huge man-made lake built to protect the castle. The bus tour wrapped up with a stop down by the Danube River for some authentic Apple Strudel with ice cream. Mmmmmm. The river however was overflowing due to the heavy rains all over Central Europe so we weren't able to hang out by the river.

On another great sightseeing adventure, Anna and I set off to find this really cool remote castle. Again I'm so glad I had my GPS iPhone App because I would've gotten lost for sure. When we finally arrived, I went in to purchase tickets for the tour and as I walked through the door I heard Guns & Roses blasting really loud from the computer at the ticket desk. Turns out the really cute blond ticket girl loves rock and was jamming out to GnR! You just never know what you'll find in the middle of nowhere Slovakia. The tour was great but the picture police were out in force so I was only allowed to take photos in certain areas including the cellars, which are the largest in Europe!

Both of these trips were really great and of course there is much more to see and do here in Slovakia, but I just don't have the time……
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