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1. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

Im flying into katowice on june 30th, and am flying out of budapest on the 16th july...

i plan on checking out krakau and auschwitz for 4 days then heading down to slovakia but theres where im stuck... i dont want to just go straight to bratislava. I want to maybe check out the lesser fatra or something in the mountains where i can go hiking and enjoy the nature... anyone been there or can recommend a good place to go? Im going to try and couchsurf a bit, but ill be a single female traveller and im sure that i cant find places all the time, so any nice hostels would be appreciated as well!

a friend of mine recommended slovensky raj, zakopane... but she says getting there is a bit of a hassle... any tips?

my idea of an itinerary looks like this...

Krakau and auschwitz 3 or 4 days
Bratislava 2 days
budapest 3 or 4 days

Im just wondering what i should put in between these cities! i love good food, nature and architechture... so any tips would be great!

2. Posted by coldwarspy (Travel Guru 1108 posts) 8y

I went from Krakow to Hungary by taking local trains that went thru much of eastern Slovakia and backwater villages. Go to Spisky Nova, from there u can hike to Spisky Hrad, the largest castle Iv ever seen. The view form the nearby hillside is amazing!

3. Posted by Mr.Mey (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

You have to see Wieliczka (old salt mine) near Krakow and Zakopane in mountains. In Slovakia I recommend you Liptovski Mikulas (and slovakian tatras, unfortunetly polish tatras are overcrowded). Small, lovely city. Bratislava is nice but small and without many atractions.
Good luck.

4. Posted by jaxstar84 (Respected Member 415 posts) 8y

thanks alot for the tips!

my friend that lived there suggested spissky hrad as well, and from on the net it looks really awesome so ill def go there!

zakopane also looks like a great place to visit, so i think ill go there too!

any tips on hostels if i cant find a couch?

also, anything between bratislava and budapest worth seeing?

[ Edit: Edited on May 19, 2008, at 2:56 AM by jaxstar84 ]