The Jewish cemetery at Kosice in Slovakia, a country once home to a thriving Jewish community.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Most people around the world know that Israel is still in its infancy, but it turns out that there are other countries that are even younger. With the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in December of 1991, a number of new nations were born, including the Slovak Republic. Slovakia, a young state with a rich past that separated from the Czech Republic in 1993, is a landlocked nation that shares a border with Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Ukraine and Poland.While its neighbors have been popular among Israeli tourists for many years, interest in Slovakia has recently increased due to accessibility and cheaper low-cost airlines that operate weekly flights in the summer. Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is full of ancient castles. The country has hot springs and of course is home to the Tatra Mountains. These mountains are one of the Slovakia’s main tourist attractions; in the summer they draw serious hikers and in the winter ski enthusiasts.