Europe’s heart is Slovakia—literally set in the middle of Europe. Aside from the bustling Bratislava, the Spis castle, the biggest castle in Mid-Europe, the spa town of Bardejov, and Vlkolinec, a small village with reserved rustic architecture, it is the perfect winter vacationing country. In fact, it is outside the cities where you can still find traditional villages, strong folk traditions and a picturesque hilly countryside. History's has made of this country an interesting contrast in styles, while the people display a proverbial welcoming spirit. Foreign influences can be distinguished in the 18th-century rococo town buildings, Gothic churches and 15th-century squares.