Home to not only incredible natural beauty but also great history, visitors in Slovakia will love what it has to offer. The High Tatras provide beautiful, unspoilt mountain landscapes, with lakes and waterfalls aplenty; one of the best starting points for hikes is Štrbské Pleso, where walking trails access the lovely Skok Waterfalls.
An alternative to the High Tatras National Park, the Slovak Paradise National Park in the east of the country is also a superb hiking destination and invites visitors to explore the magical forests and valleys of Slovakia.
In addition to glorious natural resources, Slovakia is home to many ancient castles and romantic ruins which are well-preserved and still in use. The most popular with tourists include Spiš Castle, a UNESCO-listed ruin and one of the biggest castles in Europe; Bratislava Castle, looming above the capital city; and Devín Castle, said to be more than 5,000 years old.
Slovakia is renowned for its rich folkloric traditions and well-preserved architecture, with Bratislava's Old Town home to many historic buildings and a number of interesting skanzens, open-air museum villages, scattered around the country.
The UNESCO-listed town of Vlkolínec boasts the best wooden folk architecture in the country, while the Východná Folk Festival, held annually in July in the village of Východná, is said to be one of the best folk music and dance festivals in the world.
Situated on a hill 269 feet (82m) above the city, Bratislava Castle is a prominent structure on the city's skyline and provides excellent views of the city, as well as over Austria and even as far as Hungary in fine weather.
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Perched 696 feet (212m) above the confluence of the Morava and Danube Rivers, Devín Castle is one of the most important archaeological sites in Slovakia. Its image is depicted on postage stamps and Slovakian money. The oldest traces of settlement date back to 5,000... see full details
High Tatras National Park
The majestic peaks of the High Tatras are a must-see in Slovakia, stretching through Tatra National Park and across the northern part of the country in the Carpathian Mountains near Poland. The mountains, valleys, and lakes of the Tatras offer innumerable opportunities for hiking,... see full details
Located just an hour's drive north of Bratislava, PiešÅ¥any is Slovakia's premier spa resort town and a great place to go for tourists looking to relax and rejuvenate in style. The range and quality of treatment available in PiešÅ¥any is world class. But due... see full details
Old Town Hall
Set in the heart of Bratislava's historic city centre, the Old Town Hall is the perfect place to begin your holiday in Slovakia's capital city. The oldest stone building in the downtown area, its Gothic tower was erected in 1370 before the rest... see full details
The small town of Vlkolínec is the best place to experience the famous and unique folk architecture of Slovakia, consisting of medieval houses and churches often built from logs joined without nails. Located about three hours from Bratislava, near the Czech Republic border, Vlkolínec... see full details