Slovakia

Set against a backdrop of wooden churches, brooding forests and snow-capped peaks, Slovakia is a land where folktales come to life. Boasting ancient castle ruins, cool street art and an array of cafés and bars, Slovakia offers an opportunity to discover a relatively tourist-free place before it changes forever. Still searching for its ‘famous for…’ line, Slovakia captivates its travellers with its mix of old and new, Bratislava’s quirky character and the tremendous peaks of the Tatra Mountains.

Slovakia Tours & Travel

Top deals in Slovakia

Departing Days Price USD
21 Dec 2014 Family Slovakian Snow Adventure 8 $1495

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Best of Central Europe

15 days from
USD $2,395
CAD $2,495
AUD $2,440
EUR €1,680
GBP £1,395
NZD $2,720
ZAR R24,420
CHF FR2,035

The Best of Central Europe tour combines popular sights with unique experiences while travelling through Austria,...

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Vienna to Dubrovnik

29 days from
USD $4,695
CAD $4,850
AUD $4,755
EUR €3,270
GBP £2,750
NZD $5,295
ZAR R47,590
CHF FR3,960

Travel from Vienna to Dubrovnik and discover Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia...

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Tatra Mountain Adventure

8 days from
USD $1,645
CAD $1,665
AUD $1,730
EUR €1,195
GBP £1,035
NZD $2,050
ZAR R15,745
CHF FR1,485

From raft adventures to ice caves and cycling to cheese making, this week-long family adventure is the beautiful...

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Family Slovakian Snow Adventure

8 days from
USD $1,495
CAD $1,525
AUD $1,580
EUR €1,100
GBP £950
NZD $1,875
ZAR R14,380
CHF FR1,360

The snowy Tatra mountains make a magical backdrop to a family winter holiday with a difference. Have fun trying dog...

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Articles on Slovakia

slovak wilderness struggle

Posted on Wed, 12 May 2010

Founded in 1949, Tatra National Park (TANAP) is the oldest national park in Slovakia and the former Czechoslovakia. It was created to protect the large coniferous forests, alpine meadows, glaciers [...]

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About Slovakia

At a glance

Trips Available: 2
Capital city: Bratislava (population 460,000)
Population: 5.4 million
Language: Slovak
Currency: EUR
Time zone: (GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type E (French 2-pin, female earth)
Dialing code: +421

Best time to visit Slovakia

Slovakia enjoys four very distinct seasons. Summers are blissfully warm with July and August the most popular times to visit. To skip the crowds, travel in spring and autumn. Be sure to bring warmer clothes, as nights can get quite cold, especially in the mountains. Slovakia turns into a white wonderland over winter and temperatures drop below freezing. Excessive snow cuts off the Tatra Mountains from November to March.

Slovakia weather chart

Geography and environment

Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, stretches out into the lowlands, where the Danube rolls past farms and meadows. Further to the north and west, the country abounds with natural beauty including the Tatra Mountains, lakes, forests and caves. The Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Ukraine and Austria are all within easy reach of this tiny landlocked country and Vienna is easily reached as a day trip from Bratislava.

Top Picks

Top 5 Folksy Places in Slovakia

1. The Tatra Mountains

With soaring peaks, thick forests and simple villages, the Tatra Mountains are straight out of a storybook. Stretch the legs with a hilly hike or take a funicular to one of the heady peaks.

2. Hidden Treasures

Bratislava is filled with hidden treasures. Search out the curious Peeping Tom statues poking out from doorways and manholes. And be sure to look up when walking past older buildings, you might see a cannonball, courtesy of Napoleon, still embedded in the walls.

3. Bratislava Castle

Perched high above the city on a rocky outcrop is the grand Bratislava Castle. Walk around the grounds for sweeping views all the way to Hungary.

4. Devin Castle

The rocky ruins of this 13th-century castle conjure up images of dragons, witches and epic quests. Take a boat along the Danube for your own adventure and gaze up at the ruins on a river cruise.

5. Danube River

One of Europe’s mightiest rivers winds its way past forest, cliffs and castles. Take a walk along its banks or even hire a bike to cycle its banks.

FAQs on Slovakia

Tipping in restaurants is becoming more common in Slovakia. Leave around 10%.
Internet access is good in Slovakia. Internet cafes can be found all over the country.
Slovakia has excellent mobile phone coverage. Ensure you have global roaming activated with your carrier if you wish to use your phone.
Slovakia has western-style flushable toilets. Keep loose change handy to pay for public toilets.
Bottle of soft drink = 1 Euro
Beer in bar or restaurant = 1.50 Euro
Cup of coffee = 1.50 Euro
Three-course meal = 9 Euro
Short taxi ride = 4 Euro
Yes, tap water is considered safe to drink.
Credit cards are widely accepted.
There’s good access to ATMs in nearly all towns and cities.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

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Jan 1 Independence Day of the Slovak Republic
Jan 6 Epiphany
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
May 1 Labour Day
May 8 Victory Day
Jul 5 Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
Sep 1 Constitution Day
Sep 15 Day of Our Lady of Sorrows
Nov 1 All Saints’ Day
Nov 17 Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas Day
Dec 26 Boxing Day

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Slovakia/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

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From New Zealand?

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From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Slovakia Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Slovakia

1. Be considerate of Slovakia’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Slovak Tales for Young and OldPavol Dobsinsky
A History of Slovakia: The Struggle for SurvivalStanislav J. Kirschbaum