Bratislava region is the smallest region in Slovakia, bordering with Austria and Hungary. It features the capital city – Bratislava, the Little Carpathians and wonderful lowlands of vineyards.
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Slovak Paradise (Slovensky raj) features lively forests, wide meadows and plateaus, chasms, canyons, gorges, underground caves (as many as 350!) and garrulous waterfalls.
In the lands of Spis, the north-western region of Eastern Slovakia, large castle is standing proudly on the hill above the plebs.
Romantic fairy-tale Bojnice Castle is one of the most visited and most attractive castles in central Europe. The Chateau is located near Prievidza, on the edge of the Strážovské vrchy mountains over the town of Bojnice.
One the most beautiful and largest castles in Slovakia, in the northern Orava region, Orava Castle is situated on a high rock above Orava river.
Bratislava Castle, the landmark overlooking the capital, was built in 9th century. It stands on the hill above Danube river.
The well-preserved ruin is noted for a marvellous geographical position, offering terrific panorama views upon the confluence of Danube and Morava rivers.
Site of a medieval castle that was gradually pulled down, Cerveny Kamen (pronounced CHER-ven-ee KAH-men) retains that castle’s name (from “Rothstein” in German, meaning “red stone”).
The Trenčín Castle is a castle above the town of Trenčín, housing exhibitions of the Trenčín Museum. History of the castle goes back to the age of the Roman Empire.
This hunting estate of almost 50 rooms was owned by the noble Bebek family and then Andrássy family for centuries
It’s impossible to overlook the ruins of a castle on a rocky cliff above the river Vah on the road from Žilina to Martin. The small castle, defender toll station, has become the best fortified castle of the area.
A large stone castle built in the 14th century to protect trade routes to Poland. It was an important administrative center, as well as a shelter for the Polish crown jewels.
Ideally located ruin of “the mysterious castle in the Carpathian Mountains” was made famous particullary because of its last resident, chatelaine Elizabeth Bathory.
Plavecke Podhradie Village is located 20 km from Malacky. A huge castle was built in the 13th century above the village to fill the role of the frontier fort.
Krasna Horka (“Beautiful Hill”), majestic castle in the heart of Slovakia. Now in the reconstruction due to extensive fire in 2012.
Standing on a steep high cliff above Vah – the longest river of Slovakia, magnificent ruins of Beckov castle are a dominant feature on the horizon.
The mansion built at the end of the 19th century by the Palffy family is dominating the village, where people lived since the New Stone Age.
Spectacular old ruin from 13th century close to the capital, Pajstun is a popular place among rockclimbers. Wonderful views and nice walk through the beautiful Carpathian woods.
Very preserved castle with bright white walls is standing on the road between Banska Bystrica and Brezno. An important route led here in medieval times – Via Manga.
A special combo of a preserved ruined castle and a Renaissance manor house on the edge of the town of Liptovsky Hradok offers stylish accommodation, restaurant and a very untraditional place for a visit.
A wonderful, romantic castle serves as a convention centre, used for conferences, symposia, seminars and weddings. Open for public in July and August.
At the exit from Žilina to Kysuce, at the junction of the Rivers Vah and Kysuca, there rises the far-visible water tower of the former medieval castle.
History of Likava Castle goes back 700 years. It was once a royal guardian castle, later rebuilt as a sumptuous private residence.
Trnava region is located in the southwestern part of Slovakia. Zahorie lowland, Little Carphatians and Danubian lowland form its territory. It borders with Austria, Hungary, Bratislava region, Trencin region and Czech republic. This territory belongs to the oldest cultural areas of Slovakia. It has been proved by finding the ancient archeological objects. The most famous is “Moravian Venus”. It […]
Trencin region is located in the north-western part of Slovakia. It is the region with famous history mixed with a strong dose of cultural wealth and natural attractions. Historical Sightseeings Trencin city belongs to one with the most historical towns in Slovakia. You definitely should not miss the Trencin castle which dates back to the Great […]
Nitra region and its metropolis – Nitra played an important role in creating the Slovak nation, its culture and its education. It is one of the warmest and agriculturally most productive centers of Slovak Republic. It borders with Trnava, Trencin and Banska Bystrica region and with Hungary in the south. Zitny Island is the largest river island in […]
Banska Bystrica region is situated in the territory of historical Zvolen region. The largest of all regions is situated in the central part of Slovakia.
Zilina region, the third largest region in Slovakia, is situated in the northern part of Slovakia. It is a varied area and you can find here beautiful valleys, rivers and streams and hills. The whole area is mountainous and these mountains belong to the Western Carpathians. They include Javorniky, the Greater Fatra, the Lesser Fatra, Oravska Magura, Western, […]
Presov region is situated in the north-eastern part of Slovakia. It borders with Poland and Ukraine. There are mostly highland and hilly lands.
Kosice region is the second largest region in Slovakia. It borders with Hungary and Ukraine. The terrain consists of two main land systems – the Eastern Slovak Lowlands and the Spis and Gemer karst.
Bratislava is a small historical city, but largest in Slovakia and a youngest european metropolis. Enjoy the shopping, dining and natural wonders Bratislava has to offer as a reemerging sparkler of history, culture, business and recreation.
The main city of eastern Slovakia and the country’s second largest city (population roughly 250,000) offers a wider selection of services than anywhere outside of Bratislava.
Poprad is one of the most important cities in eastern Slovakia, thanks to mountain tourism – it is the administrative, economic and cultural center of the Tatras region.
One of Slovakia’s eight regional seats, Trencin in western Slovakia is one of the country’s most picturesque towns, with its distinguishing castle dominating the historical centre from above. Restaurants and shops, and the town’s grandest hotel, cluster around the town square.
Piestany attracts many who seek health-oriented spa treatment, especially those who seek high value for the cost.
This former free royal town lies at the southern heel of the Levoca Peaks in the centre of one of the oldest and most distinctive regions of Slovakia – Spis. The town and its sights is among the most beautiful in Slovakia. The oldest written mention of Levoca dates back to 1249.
Situated in the hills that once hid central Europe’s richest silver mines, Banska Stiavnica in south-central Slovakia is an easy day trip from Budapest, and a slightly longer day trip from anywhere in Slovakia.
The historical gem of eastern Slovakia, Bardejov is today mainly known for its outstanding old town square, though for several centuries until recently it was also a centre of light industry. Today tourism is one of the main industries here.
Because of its great acoustic conditions, the concerts of classical canned music were organised here. In recent years, the cave is used for convalescent speleo-climatic stays.
The Bystrianska cave is located in the southern part of the Low Tatras in Banská Bystrica region, in close distance to the holiday resort of Tále.
This little natural travertine cave under the castle is part of the Bojnice castle tour. It is interconnected with 26 m deep castle well.
Dead Bats Cave is located in the mountainous terrain and protected NAPANT area. It is a unique opportunity to visit a mysterious underground of Low Tatras.
The Demänovská Cave of Liberty is located in the northern part of the Low Tatras in Liptov region within Demänovská Valley. It is the most visited cave in Slovakia.
The Demänovská Ice Cave is located in the northern part of the Low Tatras in Liptov region within Demänovská Valley. It has the all year long ice filling.
One of the most famous ice caves in the world and the largest ice cave in Slovakia. The ice filling has a volume of 110.132 m3 and occurs in the form of ground ice, waterfalls, ice stalagmites and columns.
Domica Cave lies on the Slovak-Hungarian border and is part of a 25 km long cave system, out of which a quarter is located in Slovakia. It is a large (the largest in the Slovak Karst) and gorgeous. No wonder that UNESCO has added it to its list.
Only a short walk from the Smolenice castle, in the picturesque Little Carpathians, lies a charming underground world full of peculiar stalactites and atmospheric ponds.
This UNESCO listed cave in Slovak Karst has a specific feature: long tenuous sinter straws growing out of the ceiling. It’s fairytale flowstone rain!
This cave is located in Velka Fatra, in Harmanecka valley. No wonder that it got stuck with a name “White Cave”. The top wall is of pure limestone and there is a rich presence of soft white sinter.
Thanks to the enterprising monks from a nearby monastery, Jasovska cave is the oldest one in Slovakia open to the public – and that is since 1846.
Rope girders, foot-bridges, ladders, extreme narrow spaces and other natural obstacies, all that awaits the visitor accompanied by a speleo-guide in Krasnohorska Cave, an UNESCO natural heritage site.
Three generations of aragonite were discovered in the cave. The oldest is 138 thousand years old! Aragonite decoration in the shape of needles, tufts, branches, spirals, tips, sun and countless other forms was created by the activity of atmospheric waters in crystalline limestones of white and blue-gray color. The Milky Way Hall is perhaps the […]
Janska Valley conceals more than 200 caves, not accessible to the public… except for one. Stanisovska cave opened in 2010 thanks to caving enthusiasts offers a unique atmosphere to be experienced only with the light of your headlamp.
In a distinctive village under the Tatras lies a fabulous cave. It is the ancient home of the cave bear, who lived and raised their young there 15,000 years ago.
Bad Hole Cave in eastern Slovakia in the Bachuren mountains is the only accessible private cave in the Presov region. We recommended it for all romantics and crawlers.
National Park High Tatras (Vysoke Tatry) is situated in the north of Slovakia, shared partly with Poland. The only mountains of Alpine type in the whole Carpathian Mountain range are often called “the smallest alpine mountains in Europe”.
National Park Low Tatras (Nizke Tatry) lies in the north of Slovakia, below its bigger brother High Tatras, sprawling between the valleys of rivers Vah from the north and Hron from the south. It features dense untouched forests, breathtaking views, brisk waterfalls, lifeful fauna.
Velky Rozsutec is considered to be one of the most beautiful mountains in Slovakia, simply a pearl of Mala Fatra. There is a legend saying that somewhere on the top of the mountain there is gold hidden.
The Velka Fatra National park lies in central Slovakia. Known for its continuous forest and long valleys, Velka Fatra has many attractions to offer, even to the most demanding tourists.
Have you ever heard of a place where history and nature “live” in harmony? One of such places is the national park Pieniny.
It is a unique international biosphere reservation. Why international? Because, it is situated in three states. Ukraine, Poland and Slovakia.
Does your dream holiday include watching the dog sled race, collecting herbs, visiting cultural and folklore events, fishing, hiking and tasting the sheep cheese? If so, go on reading.
The Slovak Karst is one of the most beautiful and charming areas in Slovakia. It is located in the east of Slovakia between Kosice and Roznava. The following places are worth visiting and you should see them if you want to explore the natural beauties of our country.
Climb through bizarre gorge, wild waterfalls, stunning views of Liptov and a monument of old mills, the walk through picturesque Liptov twins promises all that.
Súľovské rocks, a part of Strazovske mountains, are the “Slovak Dolomites”. Outstanding rock formations, castle ruins and gorgeous views make up for a perfect hiking trail.
Geravy is the most beautiful shortest gorge of Slovak Paradise. An adventurous semi-demanding ascent up the stream leads to a beautiful meadow in the middle of the forest with a mountain hotel.
Take a wonderful relaxing walk (on foot or by bike) through the short and very romantic canyon of the Hnilec stream, which stretches between the villages of Stratena and the Dobsinska ice cave.
A 514 m high hill with adjacent forests and meadows is your perfect destination, if you enjoy relaxing hikes where you can admire the beautiful scenery and wander around places marked by ancient history.
The oldest public park in Central Europe and the closest one to the city centre, Garden of Janko Kral is a favourite place for people to meet and relax.
In Liptov, one of the favourite cycle routes lead around the Liptovska Mara reservoir, a popular recreation centre. Best start is in Liptovsky Mikulas, but since this is a closed circuit, it is possible to connect to it at any point.
Located between Banska Bystrica and Ruzomberok on the corner of Velka Fatra and Low Tatras, PARK SNOW Donovaly is everything you need for an unforgettable ski experience: more than 11 km of ski runs, 17 downhill runs, artificially covered with snow, excellent terrains for free-riding, peppered with a lot of rails and obstacles, magical evening skiing, ski and snowboard […]
The largest SKI resort in Slovakia is located in the Low Tatras mountains and offers great conditions for winter sports for expert and beginner skiers. The monument of Jasna is definitely Chopok, the second highest peak of Low Tatras (2024 m), known for excellent ski and hiking options.
Holiday in the heart of the Slovak Paradise. SKI MLYNKY invites you to great skiing on its slopes and for the lovers of cross-country skiing there are kilometers of cross-country trails available.
Located inside the beautiful scenery of High Tatras, this ski resort offers the most spectacular slopes, a highest and longest one in Slovakia among them – Lomnicke sedlo. You can ski down from 2190 meters above the sea level all the way down to Tatranská Lomnica, which makes for a 1300 m vertical drop.
Tale Ski Resort is located 17 km north from the town of Brezno, under the southern slopes of Chopok. The resort offers 6 ski lifts and ski slopes with a total length of almost 3 km.
Malinô Brdo, jedno z najlepších lyžiarskych stredísk na Slovensku, sa nachádza na okraji mesta Ružomberok, v podhorí Veľkej Fatry. Ski park ponúka 12 km nádherných zjazdoviek všetkých stupňov obtiažnosti. Jedna zo zjazdoviek je takmer 4 km dlhá!
Modern SKI Oravice resort offers a unique combination of skiing and relax in a thermal park right at the foothill of the slopes. Add a beautiful panoramic views of High Tatras and you get a first-class level of ski experience!
The highest point of the resort in the highest settlement in Slovakia is Solisko with an altitude of 1825 m. Strbske Pleso offers 9 km of beginner-friendly to advanced ski tracks on southern slopes of Solisko mountain, which are popular with families with children but also experienced skiers.
The Stary Smokovec ski center is divided into two sites: Jakubkova meadow and Hrebienok, both 600 m apart. Both are ideal for casual family skiing. Day and evening sledging at Hrebienok belong amongst the best winter experiences for kids.
Winter Park Ski Resort Martinky is located in Little Fatra, directly above the town of Martin. It is known for its ski trails, beautiful scenery and views of all the Slovak mountains.
Skiing in the heart of the Low Tatras in Čertovica saddle is amazing. The main tourist artery leading along an entire ridge of Low Tatras leads through the saddle.
Palcmanská Masa is the largest water reservoir in the territory of the Slovak Paradise, created by the stream of Hnilec river. The reservoir is about 85 ha large and contains a clean water perfect for summer activities.
The “Orava Sea”, spreading on the area of 35 km, has a magical natural scenery, many unique historical places around and even an Island of Art in its middle.
A water dam in the western Slovakia, just 12 km from the spa town of Bojnice, lies in the picturesque valley between the Strazovske and Magura mountains.
Liptovska Mara dam is a sought-after tourist destination under the Tatra peaks. This is the place to spend summer in Liptov!
Well-known holiday resort of the biggest man-made lake in Slovakia provides exceptional conditions for water sports, fishing and hiking.
Ruzin dam is situated in the fabulous natural setting, not far from Kosice. The dam and its surroundings is a sought-after recreation place for many easterners.
A lake created on the site of the digging hole, near the largest Bratislava residantial part Petrzalka, is a green oasis in the middle of the concrete panel jungle.
You do not have to travel far if you want to experience a real swimming heaven – it’s the Green Water, near the town Nove Mesto nad Vahom, just a couple of minutes from the D1 motorway.
Water in Cunovo Lake is the cleanest and clearest of all lakes in Bratislava. It is not deeper than 4 meters. There are two super grass beaches and you can taste Slovak beer and sausages in a buffet.
Teply Vrch dam (translates as a “warm hill”) has the highest average water temperature in Slovakia. Nice sandy beaches and lots of things to do make it a perfect place to spend your day!
The scenery of Domasa dam is marvellous – greeny bays, rich woods and flowering meadows. Its green-blue water is clear and has a self-cleaning ability.
Located just a few minutes’ drive out of Bratislava, the recreation area made up of 5 individual lakes is a popular place during hot summer days.
Easily accessible by bike from Petrzalka, this lake area is made up of two former water reservoirs. The water is clean and the greenery provides privacy. Also a popular naturist spot.
The quiet area of Duchonka, at the foot of lovely mountains, is an ideal place for relaxation and recreation for whole families. It lies only 30 km from the spa town of Piestany.
Recreation area Kunov is just 5 km away from Senica. Except the nice grassy shore around the water dam, there is a 250 m long sand beach.
Situated just 10 km from Michalovce, north of Zemplinska Sirava dam, Vinne lake resort offers you everything for a great holiday in a wonderful forrested natural setting.
A perfect mid-size natural lake only 7 km northeast of the capital’s old town. The water area stretches 400 metres, the grassy shore offers an ideal surface for many summer sport activities.
Kuchajda is a great place near a major shopping mall to relax all year around. In summer you can swim or water bike, in winter it serves as an outdoor ice skating surface.
The water reservoir Slnava, situated between the world famous spa town Piestany and the village Drahovce, is ideal for water sports and summer holiday.
Situated in the south of Slovakia between the towns of Roznava and Lucenec, water reservoir Ruzina has the best climate and very warm and calm water to make any swimmer or fisherman happy.
A favorite summer spot of all those sexy residents of Kosice city, lake Bukovec is a recreation area that offers clean water and nice shores.
Kosice as the first (and so far only) city in Slovakia has its official 7 wonders. St. Elizabeth Cathedral is a first of them. The largest church in Slovakia with a capacity of over 5,000 people and the easternmost Gothic cathedral in Europe is a heart and center of Kosice.
It towers high above the city. A sought-out oasis of silence associated with piety and reverence to nearly 6,000 soldiers who fell during the battle of Bratislava in the last weeks of the 2nd World War.
Open-air museum in Havránok is the most important archeological monument in the Liptov region. It showcases the reconstruction of the Celts farm settlement.
A truly magnificent art nouveau Little Blue Church got its name to its sky-blue-and-white roof tiles and walls.
The St. Michael’s Gate is the last preserved gate of the medieval city fortification. Its tower offers magnificent views of the Old Town and the surrounding area.
Your faith will heal you! It is rarely as true as at this sacred place, where crowds are annually flowing and asking Mother of God for the blessing and forgiveness of their sins.
12 m high cascade waterfall located right in the center of the village Lucky, under the church of Elevation of the Cross enchants all visitors as it’s falling into small ponds from the edge of the travertine terrace.
The chapel, which can be found a short distance from St. Elisabeth Cathedral, comes from the 14th century. It represents the culmination of the gothic period and is surprising by its stylish precision, intimacy and harmony.
Located between the Old Town and the Castle, St. Martin’s Cathedral have seen the crowning of nearly twenty kings and queens.
The Old Town hall with its lovely courtyard, is facing onto the capital’s Main Square (Hlavne namestie). It houses the city’s oldest museum, the Bratislava City Museum.
Bratislava ZOO in a pleasant scenery of Mlynska valley surrounded by deciduous forest, meadows and streams, accommodates 700 mammals, 200 birds and 40 reptiles. It lies on 96 hectares – if you want to see it all, you need more than one visit.
History of theater in Kosice has more than 600 years old tradition. The theater is more than 100 years old, and is an important historical monument and an important landmark of the historic center of Kosice.
Fitting almost 6.000 visitors, the magnificent church in Sv. Kriz is one of the largest wooden constructions in Central Europe. Its ground plan has a shape of a cross and is 43m long.
A national monument – complex of water mills Oblazy is located in a picturesque Kvacianska valley. It is an excellent place to relax and get to know the history of Liptov.
Jewish Synagogue with monumental Classicistic exterior and Art Nouveau interior, was built on the site of a former wooden synagogue, which burned down in 1878.
The third oldest gallery in Slovakia in the center of Liptovsky Mikulas in a beautiful historic place includes 5,000 works of art from the 15th to 20th century. It also boasts the largest exhibition hall of its kind in Slovakia.
A Baroque-classicist palace in the heart of Bratislava, where Napoleon signed a peace treaty ‘The Peace of Pressburg’ in 1805, is one of the architectural jewels of Slovakia.
Visiting the theater definitely belongs to the cultural experience. Enhance your festive feeling as you enter the premises of the oldest professional theater in Slovakia!
The outdoor museum in Pribylina is an extended exhibition of Liptov Museum in Ruzomberok. It features buildings from the flooded area of Liptovska Mara and some villages of upper and lower Liptov.
If you are in Slovakia for the first time or you are just spending your annual holiday, definitely do not miss the opportunity to visit Vlkolinec – a village in Velka Fatra.
The Cachtice Museum is branch exhibitions of the Trencin Museum. It is housed in the former Draskovic Renaissance manor house.
Aside from the bustle of Hlavna (Main) Street and the pedestrian zone in the eastern district of Košice’s old historical town, in the alley, which still preserves the medieval atmosphere, stands Mikluš prison.
Comprehensive picture of the nature of Liptov, its history from the earliest times to the present, artistic and historical treasures and history of paper manufacturing in Slovakia, all that can be found in Ruzomberok’s museum.
Standing on the Namestie osloboditelov (“Liberation Square”) in the center of Liptovsky Mikulas, this museum features rich 700-year history of the city.
Natural History Museum SNM in Bratislava belongs among Slovak major museums. It is housed in the main building of the Slovak National Museum on the Danube’s banks.
Near the castle lies a unique Slovak museum (skanzen) – ethnographic exhibition in nature, documenting the evolution of folk architecture and old crafts.
Churches, town walls and palaces pay tribute to the centuries of history. Thematic and humorous bronze statues, and a laser light show on summer evenings, are more modern additions. When you’re tired and ready to relax, you can move to the Danube and just watch the great river flow.
Hike to the Rysy is one of the most popular but also the hardest hiking path which earned its popularity mostly for the beautiful view. The view from the very top brings on the unforgettable feelings of triumph.
This is the time when we get to brag a little about Slovakia’s rich history. Once upon a time…. only God knows when this pretty area got occupied by people for the very first time. Some say it was 250 000 years ago.
Question from our reader Marc L.: I am interested in a hiking trip in Slovakia and the Tatras looks like a beautiful place to hike. This is for a group of 4 people. What time is best to go?