Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Places: Žilina

Wikipedia tells us:

Žilina /ˈʒɪlɪnə/ German: Sillein [zɪˈlaɪ̯n] or [ˈzɪlaɪ̯n], Hungarian: Zsolna, names in other languages) is a city in north-western Slovakia, around 200 kilometres (120 mi) from the capital Bratislava, close to both the Czech and Polish borders. It is the fourth largest city of Slovakia with a population of approximately 85,000, an important industrial center, the largest city on the Váh river, and the seat of a kraj (Žilina Region) and of an okres (Žilina District). It belongs to Upper Váh region of tourism.

A couple of weeks back we went to Zilina, and liked the city very much. Even though the city was empty (it was halloween) and cold, it was so beautiful and cosy. People were more open than in Bratislava. The food was good and the nature beautiful.

Here are some pictures from our trip.



Natalie said...

Since the Wikipedia article gives the name in German and Hungarian, I'm curious: are there large German and/or Hungarian populations in this town?

And how are your Hungarian studies coming along?

Zsuzsi said...

Hi Natalie! Thanks for the comment.
Well, a big part of Slovakia used to belong to Hungary, so many places had Hungarian names before Czechoslovakia came into existence. There is still a large Hungarian-speaking minority in the country as well. As for German, I don't know. Could be from Austro-Hungarian times as well.
My Hungarian is on ice as I'm so busy. Will hopefully go to Budapest soon, though, so I might get to use it a little bit :)