SLOVAKIA IS LOCATED IN CENTRAL EUROPE. It borders Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, and Hungry. Bratislava (the capital city) is small, but has a thriving cafe scene in the warren-like, pedestrian-only old town. Extending across most of the northern half of the country, the Carpathian Mountains are home to the high peaks of the Fatra-Tatra Area and outstanding hiking. Slovakia’s small size is probably its biggest attraction and the diversity of the countryside makes exploring the nation a good introduction to Central European culture. And don’t leave without enjoying a dram of Slivovitz (plum brandy) — nazdravie!