The Rivers of Slovakia
Many of the rivers of Slovakia serve as parts of natural
boarders separating it from other countries; the Dunajec that flows
between Slovakia and Poland, for example. Skirting the Southernmost
boarder that separates Slovakia and Hungary is the Danube. This
iconic river flows through the capital city of Bratislava, and
connects Slovakia with many of the countries in Europe.
The Váh River, pronounced Vax, is another of Slovakia's rivers,
and a tributary of the Danube. With the entire length of 252 miles
flowing entirely in Slovakia, this river curls around from the
north-eastern end of the country, round to near the Czech boarder,
before avoiding Bratislava to join the Danube on the
Slovakia-Hungarian border. This serene stretch of water cuts
through many of Slovakias towns and cities, including the quaint
town of Liptovský Mikuláš, a rather lovely 10th century town that
is popular with tourists thanks to the Demänová Ice Cave and the
Demänová Cave of Freedom nearby.
Slovakia has shown signs of habitation from as early as 270,000
BC, thanks to statues, tools, and even skeletons having been found
in the area. Slovakia was another country that was once overtaken
by the Roman Empire, which arrived there in 2 AD. In the 4th
century, the Huns used the country as a jumping off point for the
rest of Europe, setting up their base just north of the Danube.
Following the Huns, Slavic tribes began to make their settlements
there, becoming known as Great Moravia, and in the 11th century it
was absorbed into the Kingdom of Hungary, where it remained until
1918, and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Following World War I, Slovakia was part of Czechoslovakia along
with modern day Czech Republic. Until 1938, the country was in
relative peace, having allied itself with France, Romania, and
Yugoslavia, however in that year, the Munich Agreement was made,
allowing Nazi Germany control over parts of the country known as
the 'Sudetenland'. During World War II, the area of Slovakia
seceded from the country of Czechoslovakia and allied itself with
Nazi Germany, and was claimed by the Russian 'Red Army' in 1945,
and remained a communist country until 1993, when it officially
became independent of Czechoslovakia.