King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands concluded their state visit to Slovakia on a high note with a visit to the picturesque Tatra Mountains region on March 4, 2023. The royal couple was accompanied by President Zuzana Caputova, who was eager to show them the beauty and diversity of her country.
Their first stop was in the town of Poprad, where the King and Queen visited a center for Ukrainian refugees. Given the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, Slovakia's border has become a gateway for many who are seeking safety and refuge. Over one million Ukrainians have crossed the border since the war started, and the Dutch royals were keen to see first-hand the efforts being made to support them.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's next stop was the historical Spisska Sobota district of Poprad. The district is a testament to the cultural heritage of Slovakia and the Carpathian Germans, a recognized minority in the country. The royal couple was impressed by the well-preserved buildings and the rich history behind them.
The state visit culminated in a visit to Tatra National Park, where King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima got to witness the natural beauty of Slovakia's mountainous landscape. The park boasts stunning views of the Tatras, the highest mountain range in the Carpathians. The royal couple, along with President Caputova, enjoyed a hike in the park, taking in the fresh air and the beautiful surroundings.
The state visit was a success, as the Dutch royals were able to deepen their ties with Slovakia and learn more about its culture and history. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima's visit to the center for Ukrainian refugees demonstrated their commitment to supporting those in need, while their tour of Spisska Sobota and Tatra National Park showcased the beauty and diversity of Slovakia's heritage and natural landscape.