Slovakia was part of the Kingdom of Hungary during the 9th century until it was annexed by the Austrian Empire in the 19th century. Following World War I and II, Communist rule was established, followed by independence in 1993 when Czechoslovakia peacefully split into two nations: Slovakia and Czech Republic.
The capital of Slovakia is Bratislava, where tourists can explore the vibrant downtown area and take in views of the Danube River. Other main cities include Košice and Žilina – both popular tourist destinations. For those looking for a quieter experience, Poprad provides some pristine nature and delightful architecture while still being close enough to major tourist hubs.
Slovakia is full of attractions – especially for hikers and nature lovers! Some must-visit places include The Slovak Paradise National Park, High Tatras Mountains, Spiš Castle, Kláštorisko Gorge, Bojnice Castle and the incredible Vlkolínec Village. There's also plenty to explore from an architectural standpoint such as St Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava and many churches and monasteries scattered across the land. Slovaks are very proud of their culture so visitors can expect to find unique festivals throughout the year with colourful local costumes.
Things to Do
No matter the activity level you are seeking, Slovakia can provide it! From wandering through historical towns to canoeing down rivers or even skiing in the mountains during winter – there's truly something for everyone. Come summertime, travellers can enjoy biking tours or cycle along one of Slovakia’s national wine trails. If you're after a more daring experience be sure to give Climbing or Paragliding a try.
Local Cuisine & Drinks
If you love exploring traditional flavours then get ready to embark on an exciting culinary journey! Popular dishes include Bryndzové halušky (potato dumplings), Pulanský guláš (Stuffed with potatoes, peppers and sausages), Knedle (plum dumplings) and Bratislavské rožky (pastry spirals). Wash it all down with some authentic Slovak beer or locally produced Tokaj wines.
Is It Expensive?
Slovakia isn’t known as an expensive destination, but prices do depend on the season – during the peak months (July-August) you can expect accommodation costs to increase. However, compared to most European destinations it still remains fairly reasonable.