Reviewed on 22 Apr 2021
Reviewed on 26 Jan 2021
Reviewed on 26 Aug 2020
This landlocked country in central Europe has stunning mountain scenery, fascinating architecture and numerous open-air adventures. Slovakia offers cultural enjoyment and outdoor adventure. See deep valleys, clifftop medieval castles and towns filled with historic and artistic treasures.
The country’s nine national parks provide many opportunities for experiencing diverse scenery. Hike along the trails of the High Tatras, a northern mountain range. Climb aboard a raft for a trip down the Dunajec River in Pieniny National Park. Head for Jasná ’s ski slopes in the Demanova Valley.
Slovakia also has many cave systems. Explore the frozen halls and corridors of the Dobšinská Ice Cave at the Slovak Paradise National Park. Venture into the cave beneath Bojnice Castle and look for bats in Harmanecká Cave. Demänovská Cave of Liberty is where you’ll see underground waterfalls, stalactites and even water lilies.
Bratislava is Slovakia’s capital. This cultural, commercial and industrial hub lies on the banks of the Danube River in the country’s southwestern region. Walk along the northern bank of the river near the Old Town where numerous flower gardens flourish near impressive castles. Nearby, visit the Slovak National Gallery and the Slovak National Museum. Board a boat for a short river cruise.
Visit Baroque palaces and relax on the terraces of the city's many cafés. Walk up the hill to Bratislava Castle where you can learn about Slovakia’s ancient past and appreciate views of the city from the stronghold’s highest tower. Enjoy additional spectacular vistas from the UFO watch.taste.groove restaurant, shaped like a flying saucer, at the top of the support pillar of the Most SNP bridge.
Just outside the city is the Small Carpathian region that has been known for its wines since Roman times. Join a guided tour of the wine route that leads to vineyards, wineries and rural villages.
Find fascinating attractions in some of the country’s other cities. Travel to Košice for its medieval monuments and underground archeological museum. Browse the traditional craft stores of Žilina and soothe your body in the natural warm spa waters of Piešťany.
Come to Slovakia for year-round adventure, culture and the scenery.