The Slovak Republic is a small European state that is ready to offer tourists from all over the world its stunning nature, amazing mountains, and well-preserved architecture. This is a small country with a mild climate, so its tourist sites are ready to receive visitors all year round.
The well-preserved architecture of Slovakia is highly valued all over the world. The Spiš and Trenčianska castles, the museum village of Vlkolinec, as well as the Bojnice Castle and Bratislava Castle are among the most visited sites in this country. The tangled streets of Bratislava's Old Town blend harmoniously with modern facilities such as the SNP Bridge and its UFO-shaped observation deck.
Nature lovers will be able to fully enjoy the unique landscapes, mountains and caves of Slovakia. Travelers who prefer a comfortable family vacation will certainly appreciate the high standards of Slovak hotels. Crystal, elements of national clothes, Figaro chocolate, as well as locally produced wines are usually brought as a gift from the Slovak Republic.
What to see in Slovakia?
The most interesting and beautiful places, photos and a brief description.
Old town of Bratislava
A cozy historic district, narrow streets and beautiful architecture - this is all the Old Town of Bratislava. Here is the Cathedral of St. Martin, in which the rulers of Hungary were crowned, as well as the Old Town Hall and the Bratislava Castle. For lovers of organized walks around the Old Town, sightseeing buses run.
Jasovska Cave is the oldest accessible cave in Slovakia. Skeletons of extinct animals such as the cave bear and the cave hyena have been found here. A sightseeing tour of this stalactite cave lasts about 45 minutes, and the length of the excursion route is more than 700 meters.
Spissky Castle is the largest castle in Slovakia. It is included in the list of national cultural monuments, and is also under the protection of UNESCO. Currently, on the territory of Spissky Castle there is a museum of medieval weapons and armor. The history of the castle will be told to tourists by guides dressed as knights and princesses.
UFO observation deck in Bratislava
The highest observation deck in Bratislava, designed in the form of a UFO aircraft, is located at an altitude of 95 meters above the SNP bridge across the Danube. In the left pillar of this road bridge is an elevator that takes visitors to the observation deck. The UFO site offers a magnificent view of the river and the city.
Spisska Sobota, although it is an administrative part of the city of Poprad, is considered a city-reserve. The most important architectural monument here is the Church of St. Yuray, the construction of which dates back to the middle of the 13th century. Most of the residential buildings were built in the XVI-XVII centuries, however, they have been perfectly preserved to this day.
Aquapark Tatralandia is open to visitors all year round, it is located near the town of Lithuanian Mikulas. In addition to sea water, water from local thermal springs is used here, which makes visiting Tatralandia not only pleasant, but also useful. Those who wish to stay for a few days can stay in a hotel complex near the water park.
One of the most beautiful castles in Slovakia is located on a sheer cliff above the town of Trencin. This fortress began to be built in the 11th century, and in subsequent years it was rebuilt several times. Now on the territory of this castle there is a weapons museum, a gallery of paintings and an exhibition of archaeological finds.
Main square of Bratislava
The main square of Bratislava still bears the name of the Market Square and is the true heart of the city. Local architecture organically combines baroque, gothic and classicism. Here is the Old Town Hall - one of the oldest buildings in Bratislava. The most colorful Market Square looks during the Christmas and Easter markets.
City of Bardejov
The city of Bardejov, located at the foot of the mountains in the north-east of Slovakia, is rightfully considered one of the most beautiful cities in this country. Local architectural monuments are perfectly preserved, thanks to which the city received a UNESCO gold medal. There is a medical water resort five kilometers from the city.
At the confluence of the Danube and the Morava, on a rock 212 meters high, there are the picturesque ruins of the Devin castle, the first foundations of which were laid back in the 9th century. Today, you can see a historical exposition here, explore the remains of a Roman fortress, and also visit a wine-growing village located right under the castle walls.
For those who like to take a break from the bustle of the city, a walk to the Skok waterfall is well suited. This picturesque place is located next to the Strbske Pleso lake. Specially marked hiking trails will help you get from it to the waterfall. This route is considered easy, but still, it is better to wear sports shoes.
Church of Saint Elizabeth
The Church of St. Elizabeth is an unusually beautiful Catholic church, made in the Art Nouveau style. The creation of Eden Lechner was consecrated in 1913 and is still in effect. The amazing architecture and unusual color of this church attracts many visitors.
City of Banska Stiavnica
Once Banska Štiavnica was a mining town, where gold, precious stones and silver were mined instead of coal. Today this city is famous for the architecture of the Old and New Castles, St. Catherine's Church and one of the largest Plague Columns in Europe. Banska Štiavnica also houses an open-air mining museum.
Tatra National Park
The Tatras are the oldest and most famous national park in Slovakia. It is located in the north of the country and offers its visitors about 600 kilometers of hiking trails. There are several waterfalls and many lakes in the Tatra Park. Both animals and plants are protected here.
Bojnice Castle is located in the city of the same name and is one of the most valuable and oldest buildings in Slovakia. The first documents mentioning Bojnice Castle date back to the 12th century. This building is also called the Haunted Castle because of the countless legends. In May, the International Festival of Spirits and Ghosts is held here.
One of the most notable sights of the capital of Slovakia is Bratislava Castle. This monumental building hosts many historical and archaeological exhibits throughout the year. You can get to Bratislava Castle both by public transport and on foot from almost anywhere in the capital.
Dobshinskaya Ice Cave
The Dobšinska Ice Cave is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, and thanks to its impressive size, it is also the largest ice cave in Europe. The observation trail is about 500 meters long and the tour lasts about 30 minutes. Even in summer, the temperature in this cave remains below zero.
Cathedral of Saint Martin (Bratislava)
The Gothic Cathedral of St. Martin, whose construction began in the 8th century, now belongs to the national cultural monuments of Slovakia. In 1884, the famous composer Franz Liszt played his Coronation Mass here, whose monument is located near the church. The underground crypt of the cathedral is open to tourists all year round.
City of Levoca
In the eastern part of Slovakia, the city of Levoča is located, appreciated by tourists for its rich history and beautifully preserved ancient buildings. The parish Roman Catholic Church of St. Jacob, built in the 14th century, the local Town Hall of the 16th century, as well as the Renaissance Turzov House are among the most visited places in this city.
A place not disturbed by modern buildings, as well as a beautiful primeval example of Carpathian architecture, is the village-museum Vlkolinets. The settlement consists of two streets and 45 wooden houses, and the population of Vlkolinec is 35 inhabitants. The most convenient way to get to this village is from the town of Ružomberok.
Lake Strbske Pleso
The extraordinarily beautiful lake Strbske Pleso is located in the High Tatras. There are many hotels, as well as several resorts. The highest ski resort in Slovakia is located on the Strbske Pleso lake. Hikers will love the local well-maintained hiking trails.