#AtoZChallenge Day 26: Žilina

Hiking near an abandoned castle

Žilina is a city in Slovakia.

I lived in Žilina for a few months while volunteering at the Stanica arts center. It was a place my school had visited for cross-cultural comparison reasons, and I ended up falling in love with it. There is such a lively youth scene, and the events that go on at Stanica are unlike any other arts space I’ve ever seen. What’s more impressive is that the program is incredibly successful, and fully funded. You don’t see stuff like that in the US.

The view of the Tatras from my apartment.

I had an awesome flat while in Žilina, and lots of fun, new Slovak friends to hang out with. I got to try halušky, which is like the Slovak version of macaroni and cheese, and drink Kofola along with some great Slovak beer. My views included the Tatra mountains in the distance, which were the first snow-peaked mountains I ever saw.

Hanging out outside of Stanica

Žilina is a hidden gem within Slovakia. Not many tourists go there because it’s A) not advertised widely and B) it’s about two and a half hours from the capital of Bratislava, which is basically the only place people go in Slovakia (well, maybe Kosice too). But there is so much to experience in Žilina and I would recommend it to any traveler looking for a change to Eastern Europe. I love Žilina and always will!



  1. Thelma Zirkelbach
    Apr 30, 2013

    Wanted to let you know I’ve listed my 26 favorite blogs from the Challenge, including yours. Stop by http://www.widowsphere.blogspot.com and see

    • Katka
      May 1, 2013

      Wow, thank you! Congrats on the challenge!


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