Slovakia

What you need to know before you go

    Slovakia in Central Europe attracts travellers with its medieval cities and castles, as well as its spa towns surrounded by mountains. This predominantly Catholic nation is one of the best places to experience Europe’s Christmas markets, carnival events, and Christmas itself – locals and travellers alike often dress up in traditional costumes to drink, dance, and celebrate the night away. 

    Slovakia also attracts adventurous travellers with its vast natural landscape. The High Tatras form a natural border with Poland and are protected national park lands on both sides of that border. Here you can hike past glacier lakes and towering mountains in summertime, and enjoy winter sports during the colder months. Cascading waterfalls and deep caverns dot the Slovak Paradise National Park, while the Slovak Karst mountain range, with its many caves and abysses, is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

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    • Bratislava

      Bratislava, set on the Danube River, serves as Slovakia’s capital and borders both Austria and Hungary. Its Old Town dates back to the 18th century and here you can explore historical landmarks such as the Town Hall, Church of St. Elisabeth, and Bratislava Castle. There’s also the modern UFO Observation Deck, which stands at 100 metres in height, offering panoramic views of the Danube and Bratislava Old Town. 

      About 13 km west of Bratislava, Devin Castle is one of the oldest structures in Slovakia. The castle ruin occupies a hill above the confluence of the Danube and Morava – resulting in spectacular views of the rivers and surrounding countryside.

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