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Nitra Castle , Nitra
Nitra Castle (Slovak: Nitriansky hrad, Hungarian: Nyitrai vár) is a castle located in the Old Town of Nitra, Slovakia. It dominants the city
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A beautiful half-day trip along the Small Carpathian mountains, through historical little towns, visit of Slovak Folk Pottery, Red Stone Castle and trying of Slovak wines… Come and enjoy your tour with our expert Guide-driver.
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History Museum
SNM - Bojnice Castle Museum belongs among the most significant monuments and most visited museums in the country. The museum traces the histo
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Nitra is a city in western Slovakia, situated at the foot of Zobor Mountain in the valley of the river Nitra. With a population of about 79,472, it is the fifth-largest city in Slovakia. Nitra is also one of the oldest cities in Slovakia; it was the political center of the Principality of Nitra. Today, it is a seat of a kraj.EtymologyThe first mention of Nitra dates back to the 9th century. The name of the city is derived from the Nitra river. The name is Indo-European, but the question of its pre-Slavic or Slavic origin has not been satisfactorily answered yet. Nitra might be derived from the old Indo-European root neit-, nit- meaning "to cut" or "to burn" using a derivation element -r- (see also slash-and-burn agricultural technique). The same root is still present in the Slovak verb nietiť (to make a fire), but also in other Indo-European languages like Latin nitere (to burn) or in German schneiden (to cut). Another view to the origin of the name is related to the Latin Novi-iter or Neui-iter meaning "new territory behind the limes". The hypothetical Latin name could be adopted by the Quadi and later by the Slavs. In the build up to your vacation in Nitra, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Slovakia trip planner.

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