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Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe with a population of almost 5.5 million people. A relatively new country, it became fully independent in 1993, when Czechoslovakia peacefully separated to become two nations: the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Mountains and forests define the land of Slovakia and have helped establish the country as an adventure destination.
Like many of its neighboring countries, Slovakia is known as an outdoor haven. With mountains spread across the country, it has become the ultimate (and less expensive) destination for hiking, skiing and all your mountain activities. Many people are choosing Slovakia over more frequented countries because it’s more affordable and less crowded. The country is also known to have extraordinary castles, storybook villages and an established beer culture. It may not be as famous at Italy’s cuisine, but Slovakia has been making a name for itself when it comes to food, and people are catching on.
Start the adventure in Bratislava where you can taste local beer and wander through the Old Town to discover the city’s most iconic landmarks like Bratislava Castle, the Blue Church and Primate's Palace. For a truly breathtaking experience, head to the High Tatras Mountains where you’ll uncover crystal-clear lakes, epic hiking trails and in the wintertime, majestic ski trails. Venture east to Spiš Castle, which offers incredible valley views and is a sight in and of itself. Though there are nine national parks in the country, Slovak Paradise National Park is arguably one of the best. Don’t miss the Dobšinská Ice Cave or the Monastery Gorge
To take advantage of the plethora of outdoor activities available throughout the country, visit during the summer months from June to September. Of course, if the outdoor activity is skiing the best time to visit is during winter. If you visit around Christmastime, you’ll be able to wander through the beautiful holiday markets. There are a number of festivals and events throughout the year that are worth planning a trip around as well.