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From Zilina, it is about 80 miles northeast to Krakow and 110 miles southwest to Bratislava.
If you're longing to reconnect with the sights and sounds of nature, grab your daypack and head to Sulov Rocks, located 8 miles away from Zilina. Also consider Lysa hora, 25 miles away.
Why not find out more about the area's past by stopping by one or two of its historical sites? Begin your tour at Marianske Namestie or Budatin Castle.
When the snow is falling and the slopes are well groomed, go to Rabka-Zdroj Ski Resort or Zawoja Ski Resort. From the middle of Zilina, the former is 60 miles and the latter is 45 miles.
Statue of Juraj Jánošík and Strecno Castle are popular sights in Dolná Tižina, a destination 8 miles away. Belá, another worthwhile place, features Vrátna Valley and Považké Museum. This destination is 10 miles away.
Consider organizing a trip to Martinske Hole, a regional hub just 10 miles to the southeast of Zilina. The area is home to a variety of attractions, such as Slovak National Museum, Narodny Cintorin and Slovak National Literary Museum. Martina Benka Museum and Museum of the Slovak Village are also great choices if you're still looking for more.
Make sure you indulge your senses in this region's alluring cafés and restaurants.
Make sure you look out for the most frequently used regional ingredients, like potatoes and cabbage.
A couple of popular meals worth sampling are bryndzové halušky (gnocchi with sheep cheese) and kapustnica (cabbage soup).
Try some štedrák (layer cake) for a dreamy end to your meal. This exquisite dessert is sure to go down a treat.
Take a break and relax with a Smädný mních. This thirst-quenching beer is a top choice with the locals.
If you're looking for a non-alcoholic beverage, ask for kofola (soft drink).
For something on the harder side, order some bošácka slivovica (plum brandy) and propose a toast to your hospitable hosts.
During your dinner, you might like to try out some of the region's wines. Get the table a carafe of Welschriesling or Blaufränkisch. Your dining companions are bound to be impressed.
As your adventure draws to a close, spend what's left of your euros on last-minute souvenirs and bid "Dovidenia" to the people you've met and the places you've seen.
The closest airport, Leos Janacek Airport, is 45 miles to the northwest.
Those who want stay in Zilina are advised to book a room ahead, as currently there isn't a wide range of Zilina lodging options available.
Located in the heart of Zilina, this spa hotel is 0 mi (0.1 km) from Marianske Namestie and within 9 miles (15 km) of Budatin Castle and Lietava Castle. Sulov Rocks and Povazsky Hrad Castle Ruins are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Situated in Zilina, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Marianske Namestie and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Budatin Castle. Lietava Castle is 6.8 mi (11 km) away.
Situated in Zilina, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Marianske Namestie and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Budatin Castle. Lietava Castle is 7 mi (11.2 km) away.
Located in the heart of Zilina, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Marianske Namestie and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Budatin Castle. Lietava Castle is 6.5 mi (10.5 km) away.
Located in the heart of Zilina, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Marianske Namestie and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Budatin Castle. Lietava Castle is 7.8 mi (12.5 km) away.
Situated in Zilina, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Marianske Namestie and 2.8 mi (4.4 km) from Budatin Castle. Lietava Castle is 8.1 mi (13 km) away.
Situated in Zilina, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Marianske Namestie and within 6 miles (10 km) of Budatin Castle and Lietava Castle. Sulov Rocks and Martina Benka Museum are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Situated in Zilina, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Marianske Namestie and within 9 miles (15 km) of Budatin Castle and Lietava Castle. Sulov Rocks and Povazsky Hrad Castle Ruins are also within 20 miles (32 km).