The wonders of Slovakia

Things to do in
Slovakia

This mostly mountainous country is a paradise for nature lovers who see unparalleled beauty as they trek through the High Tatras. Urban adventurers enjoy their own wonders with cities like Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, a bustling modern day city but set in a backdrop of Gothic architecture and baroque palaces.

What to do in Slovakia

Discover the best experiences, tours, activites and excursions in Slovakia in one place. Read articles, travel tips and guidebooks from locals.

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About Slovakia

Slovakia in a nutshell

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.

Why is Slovakia so popular to visit?

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.

Things to do in Slovakia

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

What is the best time of year to visit Slovakia?

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.

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