Advice on buying real estate or living in Slovakia.
Slovakia should be more popular than it is. Bratislava is civilised, cultured and packed with fine restaurants and cafés that serve sumptuous cuisine. And the prices are enough to make you swoon…apartment rents are as low as $140 a month…a substantial lunch can come in at less than $5…with flavors of Vienna, this city should not be ignored. As for the Slovakian countryside, well, it’s marvelous. Central Slovakia is full of deep valleys, and the Tatras Mountains are covered in stunning forests.
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- Population: 5,488,339
- Capital City: Bratislava
- Climate: Temperate, cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters
- Time Zone: GMT+1
- Language: Slovak, Hungarian
- Country Code: 421
- Location: Central Europe, between Poland and Hungary
Bratislava is more beguiling and livable than you may imagine. Straddling the Danube, Slovakia’s capital certainly captivated me. At the heart of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire, it’s jolly, cultured, and civilized. When did you last see youths rushing to give up tram and bus seats to the elderly?
You’ll find plenty of opportunities for the short-term rental market in Slovakia’s capital. Thursday, May 8, 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Learn more about Europe in International Living Postcards—your daily escape My Bratislava home is a short-term rental: a third-floor studio on Rajska Street. This is city center, District 1—but not the historic center. The studio is […]
You can indulge in traditional medicinal spa treatments in this five-star palace for $165 per night. Wednesday, May 7, 2008 Piestany, Slovakia Read more about Europe in International Living Postcards —your daily escape I went to check out Slovakia’s premier spa town, Piestany, which is just 90 minutes by bus from Bratislava. You can come […]
The site of the sophisticated new Eurovea development certainly exceeded my expectations. Tuesday, April 22, 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Read more about European real estate in International Living Postcards—your daily escape It’s not every day you find yourself sharing a bedroom with the wife of the Slovak foreign minister… I’ve gate-crashed a launch party in Bratislava, […]
There is an undiscovered niche in Bratislava’s real estate market… Monday, April 21, 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Learn more about Eastern Europe in International Living Postcards—your daily escape “Dobry den.” (Good morning.) “Hovorite po anglicky?” (Do you speak English?) As I mentioned last week, I’m in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital , and searching for real estate bargains. […]
The old town of Bratislava, where you can experience European culture for less money. Thursday, April 17, 2008 Bratislava, Slovakia Read more about Europe in International Living Postcards —your daily escape Bratislava is an eye-opener. On the banks of the Danube, it’s the capital of Slovakia, a small central European country established in 1993. I’ve […]
US$1 equals 32 Slovak koruna Less than two years ago, British couple Ann and David Darrell worked and lived in England. David, 38, was a chartered accountant specializing in insolvency. Ann, 54, owned several small businesses, including a design and communications company and a beauty shop. In February 2004, the couple, married five years, sold […]
Less than two years ago, British couple Ann and David Darrell worked and lived in England. David, 38, was a chartered accountant specializing in insolvency. Ann, 54, owned several small businesses, including a design and communications company and a beauty shop. In February 2004, the couple, married five years, sold their home and their businesses. They spent six months traveling around Europe looking for the right place to begin the next chapter of their lives. That place, it turned out, was Slovakia.