Slovakia is a well-known destination for skiing and snowboarding, particularly for its ski resorts in and nearby the town of Vysoké Tatry. Its capital city of Bratislava is also a great place to visit, with its 18th-century Old Town and many restaurants along the Danube River. Enjoy a beer tasting tour or head to the vineyards that surround the capital for a special treat.
“The walks were great, but the real highlight was the hotels. If your budget allows, book the 4 star Solisko upgrade, is on the shore of Strbske Pleso lake. There is no point to book the half board supplement anywhere because this limits your choice. Overall a great expereince, thanks to the natural adventure team and their Slovakai agents.”
“The whole week was packed with activities which could be enjoyed by everyone, including complete beginners. To mention just a few, dog-sledding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, tobogganing, We also enjoyed cultural visits to local museums and a mountain top ice chapel. The activities were moderately strenuous but no prior technical ability was needed.”
This relatively new and mountainous country stands as a welcoming bastion of modernity and liberty. With universal health care, extensive maternity leave, and an excellent free educational system Slovakia is a wonderful place to live, and an exceptional place to vacation. Churches, castles, caves and cuisine make this a destination worth your consideration as you plan your next trip.
Carpathian Wooden Churches built in the 16th to 18th century, mostly without the use of nails, provide a unique religious and architectural attraction to Slovakia. These registered UNESCO World Heritage sites are located in various cities around the country.
With 180 different castle’s or ruin sites in Slovakia, choosing just one to visit may be too challenging a task to undertake, but for the romantic feel of a storybook castle, it’s hard to beat Bojnice.
There are literally dozens of caves in Slovakia, but for a one-of-a-kind experience, visit Ochtinska cave, an aragonite cave of exquisite beauty.
Slovakia cuisine is something you must experience while you’re here. Slovakian food is best served on location! Try the Zivanska, Placky, or other potato based dishes.
See the highest wooden alter in the world at the Renaissance Era Saint James Church in Levoca.
Tired of over-crowded tourist sites? Then go for a hike among the rivers, waterfalls, and gorgeous valleys of Slovak Paradise National Park.
If hiking is on the agenda, travel in June or July, all the trails are open and the weather is most accommodating; for great music festivals, try visiting in September or October.
Public transportation is reliable and affordable with buses, trolleybuses, and trams available in major cities, and even some in smaller towns, but be sure to validate your ticket, or you’ll run the risk of paying a fine.
If you encounter an emergency, dial 112 for assistance.
Stay on marked trails when hiking to avoid unwanted encounters with wolves, bears, or even ticks. The ticks may be the worst as they can carry encephalitis. Better to be safe than sorry.