In 1993 the nation of Czechoslovakia went through a separation process which was named the ‘velvet divorce’ a cute way of describing a nation breaking off into two separate unions which was done so amicably and without a single drop of violence or conflict. The countries which came out of the separation were the Czech Republic and Slovakia, both in their own right, great nations and two wonderful places in northern Europe for any traveler to tour.
Which one is better is the question we are looking at today and whilst we will stay on the fence with this one, here is some information about the key parts of each country from a travelers perspective.
Czech Republic’s jewel in the crown is Prague, an ultra modern city which treats tourists to a perfect combination of European charm and cultural heritage. Prague has become popular for couples in love and stag parties throughout the years thanks to its low cost, love of beer and classy restaurants.
Slovakia’s best city offering is without doubt is its capital Bratislava, sat on the swirling River Danube with the backdrop of carpathian mountains. Overlooking the city is the 18th Century castle which sits atop the capital and peers over the city streets and the surrounding vineyards. A beautiful European city with much to offer tourists.
The key attractions throughout the Czech Republic are historical offerings such as castles and forts, synagogues and gothic churches as well as sights like the 900 year old Prague city clock.
Slovakia packs quite a punch when it comes to attractions as well, Devin castle, carved into the side of the mountains, the cathedral in Bratislava and many wonderful gothic sculptures throughout the city are key points of interest in the country.
Both countries offer outstanding natural beauty and in the Czech Republic you will find things like the great hill of Petrin, which towers above Prague, the protected lands of Bohemian Paradise, a 95 kilometer wide nature reserve and the towering Tatra mountains, part of the Carpathian range.
Slovakia offers tourists Slovak paradise, a mountain range in the eats of the country, the Demanovska Cave of Liberty, a cave network with intricate stalagmites and also the low Tatras, the other side of these great mountains. Slovakia has more landscape and open space than the Czech Republic and nature lovers will adore touring through the Slovak regions.
When it comes to cost of traveling and cost of living, Slovakia is the cheaper, but only just and travels can easily traverse these two European nations on a very low budget. Prague and Bratislava are considered cheap in relation to other capital cities but to really get by on a budget you will need to get outside of the capitals. Food, accommodation, transport and attractions are all some of the cheapest in Europe and there is little to separate th two countries when it comes to the cost.