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Slovakia's Top 12 Spots

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Slovakia - TOP 12 places you need to see

HikeTheWorld

Top contributor HiketheWorld created this stunning aerial tour of the top spots in Slovakia, the Central European country which was once the eastern half of Czechoslovakia.  The video features bird's eye views of the following locations: Banská Štiavnica, Bojnice castle, Súľov Rocks, Orava Castle, Slovak Paradise, Bratislava Castle, St. Elisabeth Cathedral, Vlkolínec Village, the High Tatras, Spiš Castle, Devín Castle, and Čičmany Village. This video was a Drone Video of the Week nominee for May, 2019.

Winter in the Little Carpathians

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Frozen Kingdom

HikeTheWorld

The 'Little Carpathians' are an approximately 100km long section of the Western Carpathian Mountains, covering the northern half of Slovakia and giving the Central European country most of its majestic mountainous landscape.  Over 40% of Slovakia is densely covered by fairytale-like forests, and when covered with a fresh blanket of pure, white snow, the scene is breathtaking.  HikeTheWorld was a Drone Video of the Week nominee for this stunning aerial video of this magical slice of Central Europe.

High Tatras: Highest in the Caucasus

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High Tatras - the smallest alpine type mountain range in the World

HikeTheWorld

Drone Video Award Finalist HikeTheWorld created this stunning video from the High Tatras mountain range in Slovakia.  These mountains, which form part of the boundary between Slovakia and its northern neighbor Poland, include the highest peaks in the greater Carpathian range of which they are a part. The highest of the High Tatras is Mt. Gerlach (Gerlachovský štít), which has a maximum elevation of 2.65k meters or about 8.7k ft. and is one of 20+ peaks over 2.5k meters (around 8.2k ft.).

Spiš Castle

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Spiš Castle, Slovakia

Ivan Dovala

Spis Castle (sometimes called Spisky Castle) in the eastern portion of Slovakia is one of the largest and best known castle ruins in all of Europe. Built in the 13th century and then destroyed by a fire in the late 18th century, the castle is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage cultural site.  It's been used as the shooting location for numerous movies, including Dragonheart and the Last Legion.  Contributor Ivan Dovala flew a drone over Spis on a foggy morning and created this sensational bird's eye view.

Bratislava: Slovakia's Capital City

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Sunset over the Danube, Bratislava Slovakia - Dji Mavic Pro - Skydronauts.uk

SKYDRONAUTS

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is set along the Danube River near the borders with Austria and Hungary. The city, which dates to the 10th century, is surrounded by mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails.  Contributor Skydronauts used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create an amazing video of this impressive Central European city, which became the capital of Slovakia when it separated from the Czechoslovakia in the early 1990's.  It's one of four European capital cities located on the Danube.

Fall in the High Tatras

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Catching Autumn in the High Tatras

Eaglewood Pictures

The Tatras Mountains, the highest of the Carpathian range, form the border between Slovakia and Poland to its north.  The highest of the Tatras lies in Slovakia and reaches an altitude of 2.7k meters (8.7k ft).  In this video by contributor Eaglewood Films, you will soar above the pure beauty of the Slovakian mountain wilderness from the view of a drone, at the height of the Fall season. Watch it and you'll see why these mountains have become one of the hottest tourist destinations in Europe.

Plavecky Castle

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Plavecky Castle

Pavol Turčani

Plavecky Castle is a beautiful medieval castle in western Slovakia.  It lies in the town of Plavecké Podhradie, in the western part of the country, not far from the capital city Bratislava.  In this video, contributor and drone pilot Pavol Turcani flies over and around this spectacular Gothic style landmark, which was constructed in the 13th century.   The aerial view of the castle ruins, sitting on the forested hilltops of the Little Carpathian Mountains, is stunningly beautiful.  

Bojnice Castle at Sunrise

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Bojnice Castle Slovakia, at sunrise

dellboi90

Prepare to be amazed by this stunning 4K video of one of Central Europe's most famous castles, compliments of delboi90.  It's called Bojnice Castle, and it's in the Trenčín Region of northwestern Slovakia.  The original structure is a 12th century Gothic style fortress, but the castle was extensively renovated around the turn of the 20th century to emulate the famous Renaissance style chateaus of the Loire River Valley in France.  Open to the public, it's one of the most popular destinations in Slovakia.

Slovakia's Carpathians

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Take Me to the Mountains of Slovakia

roman.malik

The Tatra Mountains occupy a portion of northern Slovakia and a somewhat smaller smaller part of neighboring Poland, acting as the border between the two.  They are part of the great Carpathian Mountain range which forms a great arc running through Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.  In this video, contributor Roman Malik gives us an unforgettable aerial tour of this alpine zone, whose peaks are not as high as those of the Alps but which are nonetheless spectacular.  

Orava Castle

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Orava: Breathtaking Castle of Slovakia

Thecastlehunter

Orava Castle is a famous 13th century castle in northern Slovakia, near the border with Poland.  Originally a wood fortification built during the time of the Mongol invasions, it was reconstructed during the 19th century to assume its present Neo-Gothic design.  Contributor Castlehunter used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this epic aerial view of the castle, which was used to film a well known 1920's horor movie.  Orava appeared in the top 10 list of Slovakian castles in a recent ranking by Trip Advisor.    

Mala Fatra National Park

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Malá Fatra from above | Slovakia

HikeTheWorld

In this video, contributor HikeTheWorld takes us on a winter aerial tour of Mala Fatra National Park in western Slovakia.  Watch it to experience flying over the snow-covered park in the Mala Fatra Mountains, part of the Western Carpathian mountain range.  This is a fairy tale like alpine wonderland which lies just a short distance from the Slovakian capital city of Bratislava.  The park was created in 1988, just a few years before Slovakia separated from what had been Czechoslovakia.

Košice: Slovakia's Second City

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Košice, Slovakia from Above: DJI Mavic Pro

DRONE PILOT SVK

Košice is the second-largest city in the Central European nation of Slovakia, and the largest in its eastern region.  In terms of cultural importance, it is on a part with Bratislava, the country's capital, which lies at the opposite (western) end of of the country.  Kosice is situated on the Hornad River, which runs through into neighboring Hungary.  Contributor Drone Pilot SVK used a DJI Mavic Drone to aerially film this well preserved medieval city, which currently has a population of about 250,000.

Čachtice Castle

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Čachtický Castle

Pavol Turčani

Contributor Pavol Turčani created this stunning drone video of one of the most well known castles in Slovakia. Čachtice Castle is situated in the northwestern Trenčín Region.  The 13th century castle derives its fame in part from its association with a Hungarian noblewoman named Elizabeth Báthory, who was accused of murdering dozens (perhaps hundreds) of people in the castle around the turn of the 16th century.  The castle was used to film the opening scene of Dragonheart (1996) starring Dennis Quaid.  

Lietava Castle

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Lietava Castle

Pavol Turčani

Contributor and drone pilot Pavol Turcani used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this marvelous aerial videos of one of the most well known castle ruins in Slovakia.  Lietava Castle is located in a mountainous area in the northern part of the country.  It was built in the 13th century, a golden age for castle building in Central Europe.  The castle fell into disrepair and its ownership fragmented in the 17th century, following which it was abandoned.  It's now owned by a non-profit organization.

Beckov Castle

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The Mysterious Fortress of Beckov

guydrory

Beckov Castle is one of the most important castles in Slovakia.  It's in the Nové Mesto nad Váhom District in the western part of the country.  Like many famous Slovakian castles, it was built in the 14th century.  It was reconstructed as a Renaissance fortress in the 16th century, and fell into disuse in the 17th century.  In this video, contributor Guydrory gives us a marvelous bird's eye views of the castle, which was named as one of the top Slovak castles in a recent survey by the Trip Advisor website.  

Strecno Castle

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Morning walk || Strecno castle

Luke´s Studios

Prepare to be amazed by these aerial views of the Strečno castle ruins in northern Slovakia.  The spectacular structure sits atop a steep hill in the Žilina District, not far from the area where Slovakia comes together with the Czech Republic to the west and Poland to the north.  Built in the 14th century, the castle has been in a ruined state since the late 17th century.  In this video, you'll get an epic bird's eye view of the mist-enshrouded castle by contributor and drone pilot Luke's Studio.   

Trenčín Region: Vršatské Podhradie

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Vršatské Podhradie

Pavol Turčani

Contributor Pavol Turčani gives us this aerial view of a spectacularly beautiful area of western Slovakia.  It's near the village of Vršatské Podhradie, in the Trenčín Region.  It's in the White Carpathian mountain range, which run across the Czech-Slovak border and are part of the larger Carpathian range.  While the peaks are not especially high (the highest are around 1k meters (3.3k ft.), they feature spectacular rock formations, which are captured in abundance in the video.  

Trenčín Castle

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Trenčiansky hrad

martini

Here's a great aerial view of one of the most well-known castles of Slovakia, compliments of contributor martini.  It's called Trenčín Castle (Trenčiansky hrad), and it's in a town, district and region of the same name in the northwestern corner of the country.  Like many castles in Central Europe, it's a hilltop structure built on older Roman fortification.  Its rotunda likely dates to the 8th-9th century AD, and most of the rest of the site dates to the late Middle Ages.  The castle is open to touring and is home to a castle museum.  

The Tatra's in Winter

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Winter in High Tatras, Slovakia

HikeTheWorld

The Carpathian Mountains take different names in different countries.  In Slovakia, they are known as the Tatras.  The highest sub-chain is the High Tatras, which are located in the north central part of the country.  These mountains are home to the highest peaks in the entire Carpathian range, which extend for 1.7k km (about 1k mi.) across Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. In this video, HikeTheWorld gives us a spectacular drone's eye view of the High Tatras in the winter.   

Orava Castle

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Orava Castle

Tomáš Golej

Contributor Tomáš Golej did a phenomenal using natural lighting to create this beautiful drone video of one of the most famous castles in Slovakia.  Orava Castle is a 13th century landmark near the town of Oravský Podzámok in the northern part of this Central European country.  Situated in the Western Carpathian Mountains (which go by different name depending on the country), the castle was built on the site of a fort used to contain the first Mongolian invasion of what was then Hungary in the mid-13th century.  

Košice Region: Krásna Hôrka Castle

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Slovakia's Krásna Hôrka Castle by DJI Mavic Pro

DRONE PILOT SVK

Drone Pilot SVK used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to create this aerial tour of a famous Slovakian castle which was devastated by a fire in 2012.  Krásna Hôrka Castle is built on a hilltop in the Košice Region, which occupies the southeastern part of the country.  Built by Hungarian noblemen in the 13th century by Hungarian noblemen, it was considered one of the best preserved castles in the country.  In 2012, the castle was devastated by a fire and is currently being rebuilt.  

Western Carpathians: Little Fatra

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Little Fatra in Winter - Slovakia

HikeTheWorld

Malá Fatra is a mountain range in north central Slovakia, part of the Western Carpathian Mountains (which go by different names in different countries).  Their highest peak, Veľký Kriváň, has an altitude of about 1.7k meters above sea level (just over 5.6k ft.). Who better to show off the gorgeous mountains in the dead of winter than top contributor HikeTheWorld? In this video, they do a marvelous job of capturing the beauty of this winter alpine scene from a bird's eye perspective.  

Tematin Castle

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Tematín Castle

Pavol Turčani

Check out this marvelous drone video of Slovakia's Tematín Castle, compliments of contributor Pavol Turčani.  Using a DJI Mavic Pro, he brings out the beauty of this semi-ruined structure in the western region of the country.  Like many of Slovakia's castles, it was built in the 13th century, at a time when most of modern-day Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary.  Tematín Castle fell into its current state after it was beseiged during an uprising against Habsburg power in the early 18th century.

Bratislava Region: Červený Kameň

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Castle Červený Kameň

Pavol Turčani

Červený Kameň is a castle in the western part of Slovakia.  Originally constructed in the Gothic style during the 13th century, it lies near the village of Častá in the Bratislava Region, which covers the westernmost portion of this Central European country.  The castle is in the foothills of the Little Carpathian Mountains, a subchain of the greater Carpathian range.  The original structure was built as part of the defensive system of the Kingdom of Hungary to protect itself from further Mongol invasions.  

Fall in Slovakia's Mountains

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Autumn landscape

etrax

Like much of Central Europe, vast areas of Slovakia become a sea of beautiful Fall colors during the Autumn months.  The Carpathian Mountains and their various subranges and foothills (which go under various names), which cover much of the, are relatively low altitude peaks.  Their tree coverage is heavily of the deciduous (leaf-bearing) variety, unlike the pine-covered areas of the higher reaches of the Alps to the west.  In this drone video by etrax, you'll get a bird's eye view of this gorgeous fall landscape.  

Pajštún Castle

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Castle Pajštún

NikolSpark

Check out this drone video of one of the most well-known castle ruins in Slovakia, compliments of contributor NikolSpark.  It's called Pajštún Castle, and it's located just a short distance north of the capital city Bratislava in the western part of the country.  The semi-ruined structure dates to the 13th century, but was substantially rebuilt in the 1600's due to the threat posed by the Ottoman Turks at the time.  It was heaviy damaged by lightning in the 18th century and then blown up by French troops early in the 19th. 

Slovakia in Winter by Drone

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Winter in Slovakia from above

HikeTheWorld

Top contributor HikeTheWorld put together this marvelous aerial tour of the nation of Slovakia blanketed in winter snow.  The video features footage of the following locations in this Central European nation: Kráľova Hoľa, the highest mountain in the (Low) (easter) Tatras; the Little Fatra National Park in the Malá Fatra mountain range; hundreds of years old oaks in Gavurky, at the base of the Malá Fatra; and the quaint village of Špania Dolina, located near the city of Banská Bystrica in the center of the country. 

Fall in Slovakia

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Slovakia in Fall | Cinematic drone footage in 4K

DRONE PILOT SVK

The Slovak Republic has a traditional 3-month-long fall that is littered with color. The beauty of the country is shown in this 3-minute, 4K drone video shot on a DJI Mavic 2 Pro by DRONE PILOT SVK. Filled with color, mountains, historic cities, rivers, and so much more, this video is one to watch. Slovakia became part of the European Union in 2004 and has continued to climb many international travelers' bucket lists ever since due to the vast and gorgeous Carpathian Mountains and its many historic sites. 

Drone Views of the High Tatras

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High Tatras Aerials

Forster Aerials

Europe's Carpathian Mountain range goes by several names; in the area where it functions as the border between Slovakia and Poland, the mountains are known as the High Tatras.  In this drone video by Forster Aerials, you'll get a great view of beautiful Tatras from the Slovakian side of the border.  The video features footage of the Popradské Pleso mountain lake, Rysy Mountain, a 2.5k meters (8.2k ft.) peak right on the national border, and Štrbské Pleso, a well-known resort located on a lake of the same name.  

Súľov Rocks, Žilina Region

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AMAZING SLOVAKIA SÚĽOV ROCKS in 4K DJI Mavic AIR

Marian Peciar

Content creator and drone pilot p3c0 put together this marvelous aerial video of a nature preserve in the Central European country of Slovakia.  The Súľov Rocks was declared as a national nature preserve in 1973, when Slovakia was still part of Czechoslovakia.  It's located in the northwestern part of the country in the Súľov Mountains, which are part of the Inner Western Carpathian Mountain range.   Part of the Žilina Region, the preserve is a popular area for hiking, climbing, and biking.  

Bird's Eye Views of Čachtice Castle

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Čachtice Castle - Slovakia

MIAPVIDEOS

Čachtice is a well known castle in Slovakia with a gory history.  Located in a town of the same name in the western part of the country, it was built in the 13th century and subsequently renovated in the Renaissance style.  It is best known as the home of Elizabeth Báthory, a Hungarian noblewoman who is regarded as the most prolific female serial killer in history.  She was accused of brutally killing possibly hundreds of young women in the castle between 1585-1609, and died in prison. 

31 Spots in Slovakia

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SLOVAKIA - TOP 31 places you need to see

HikeTheWorld

HikeTheWorld brings us this epic aerial reel from the Central European nation of Slovakia.  The video features footage from 31 different locations across the country, which had been the eastern part of Czechoslovakia until it separate to become a sovereign nation in the early 1990's.  Highlights include Bratislava Castle (:50), Nitra Castle (1:10), Orava Castle (1:50), Bojnice Castle (1:55), Trencin Castle (2:00), and Spis Castle (2:07), plus numerous shots of the Tatras Mountains (including in the wintertime), and more. 

Banská Bystrica Region: Šášov Castle

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Šášov Castle

Pavol Turčani

See what remains of Šášov Castle and its mountainous surroundings in this incredible aerial video by pilot Pavol Turčani.  The castle sits on the Hron river in the Banská Bystrica Region in the south-central part of the country. According to legend, the lord to the nearby Zvolen Castle built it for his court joker who had saved his life while out hunting. The castle was built to guard a trade road, then became a royal property in the 14th century, meeting its demise during the Rebellion of Estates in 1708. 

Hiking in the Tatras

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Hiking the High Tatras of Slovakia

andrey_stepanov

The Tatra Mountains are part of the Carpathian mountain chain in Central Europe. They create a natural border between Slovakia and neighboring Poland, offering some of the most spectacular natural scenery to be found in either country.  With a peak elevation of around 2.65k meters (around 8.7k ft.) above sea level, the range is a popular destination for winter and summer sports like hiking and skiing. Drone pilot andrey_stepanov takes us to the Slovakian side of the Tatras in this aerial video, shot on the DJI Mavic 2 Zoom.

Bojnice Castle

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Castle Bojnice / Slovakia

HikeTheWorld

Bojnice is one of the most famous castles in Slovakia, a country known for its castles.  Built in the 12th century at the town bearing the same name, it lies in the valley of the Nitra River in the central part of the country.  In the late 1800's and early 1900's, it was reconstructed to resemble a French Loire Valley Chateau.  Contributor Hiketheworld flew over Bojnice with a drone to create an amazing aerial view of this landmark, which also houses one of the country's most popular museums.

Spis Castle: Gothic Classic

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Spis Castle Slovakia

etrax

Here's a nice 4k aerial view of one of the world's most famous Gothic castles, compliments of contributor and drone pilot etrax.  Spis Castle sits atop a hill in east-central Slovakia.  The current castle was built on the ruins of two older structures in the 15th century, with the site retaining elements of the prior constructions.  It was considered an important provincial outpost of the Kingdom of Hungary.  It was heavily damaged in a fire in 1780 and partially (and meticulously) reconstructed in the 20th century.  

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