Top 10 things to do in Slovakia

Slovakia

Interesting for its countryside, especially the Tatra Mountains.

Slovakia is a country.

Slovakia i/sloʊˈvɑːkiə/ or /sləˈvækiə/ (officially the Slovak Republic; Slovak: Slovensko (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈslovɛnsko] ( listen)), long form Slovenská republika (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈslovɛnskaː ˈrɛpublɪka] ( listen))) is a sovereign state in Central Europe. It has a population of over five million and an area of about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi). Slovakia is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. The largest city is the capital, Bratislava, and the second largest is Košice. Slovakia is a member state of the European Union, Eurozone, Schengen Area, NATO, the United Nations, the OECD and the WTO, among others. The official language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic language family.

The Slavs—ancestors of the Slovaks—arrived in the territory of present-day Slovakia in the 5th and 6th centuries during the migration period. In the 7th century, Slavs inhabiting this territory played a significant role in the creation of Samo's Empire, historically the first Slavic state which had its center in Western Slovakia. During the 9th century, Slavic ancestors of the Slovaks established another political entity, the Principality of Nitra, which later together with the Principality of Moravia, formed Great Moravia. After the 10th century the territory of today's Slovakia was gradually integrated into the Kingdom of Hungary, which itself became part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire or Habsburg Empire. After WWI and the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, the nation of Slovaks and Czechs established their mutual state - Czechoslovakia. A separate Slovak state existed during World War II and was a client state of Nazi Germany (from 1939 to 1944). In 1945 Czechoslovakia was reestablished. The present-day Slovakia became an independent state on 1 January 1993 after the peaceful dissolution of Czechoslovakia.

Slovakia is a high-income advanced economy with one of the fastest growth rates in the European Union and the OECD. The country joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009.

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Top 10 things to do in Slovakia

Banská Štiavnica

Banská Štiavnica
Banská Štiavnica ; German: Schemnitz, Hungarian: Selmecbánya - often the short form is used: Selmec; Turkish: Şelmec Ban'a is a town in central Slovakia, in the middle of an immense ...

Liptovský Mikuláš

Liptovský Mikuláš
Liptovský Mikuláš ; until 1952 Liptovský Svätý Mikuláš, German: Liptau-Sankt-Nikolaus; Hungarian: Liptószentmiklós is a town in northern Slovakia, on the Váh River. It lies in the Liptov region, in Liptov ...

Tatra National Park, Slovakia

Tatra National Park, Slovakia
Tatra National Park is one of the nine national parks in Slovakia. It is situated in North Central Slovakia in the Tatra Mountains. The park is important for protecting a ...

Ždiar

Ždiar
Ždiar is a village and municipality in the Poprad District in the Prešov Region in Spiš in northern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in ...

Muránska planina National Park

Muránska planina National Park
Muránska planina National Park is one of the youngest national parks in Slovakia. It is situated in Central Slovakia, in the districts of Brezno and Revúca, in the Banská Bystrica ...

Zuberec

Zuberec
Zuberec is a village in northern Slovakia and a popular tourist center at the foothills of the Western Tatras. Zuberec features numerous accommodation facilities, restaurants, museum and a tourist information ...

Donovaly

Donovaly
Donovaly is a village in the Banská Bystrica Region of central Slovakia. Being situated in an important pass between the mountains of Veľká Fatra and Starohorské vrchy, on the route ...

Terchová

Terchová
Terchová is a large village and municipality in the Malá Fatra mountains in the Žilina District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.HistoryThe village was established in ...

Bratislava

Bratislava
Bratislava ; formerly Slovak Prešporok; German: Pressburg or Preßburg; Latin: Posonium; Hungarian: Pozsony is the capital of Slovakia and, with a population of about 500,000, the country's largest city. Bratislava ...

Poprad

Poprad
Poprad ; Hungarian: Poprád, German: Deutschendorf is a city in northern Slovakia at the foot of the High Tatra Mountains famous for its picturesque historic centre and as a holiday ...

Smolenice

Smolenice
Smolenice is a village and municipality of Trnava District in the Trnava Region of Slovakia, on the foothills of the Little Carpathians. It is 60 km northeast of Bratislava and ...

Zázrivá

Zázrivá
Zázrivá is a village and municipality in Dolný Kubín District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia. It is located in the Orava region, around 35 km from Žilina and 20 km ...

Špania Dolina

Špania Dolina
Špania Dolina is a village and municipality in central Slovakia, near the city of Banská Bystrica. Although its permanent population does not exceed 200 people, it is a picturesque historic ...

Čičmany

Čičmany
Čičmany is a village and municipality in Žilina District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia. It is known as the first folk architecture reserve in the world .

Oščadnica

Oščadnica
Oščadnica is a village and municipality in Čadca District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia. The village is now a well known touristic resort, offering private apparments and agrobusiness. ...

Rajecké Teplice

Rajecké Teplice
Rajecké Teplice is a spa town in the Žilina District, Žilina Region in northern Slovakia.HistoryThe first reliable written record was in 1376. It has town status since ...

Piešťany

Piešťany
Piešťany ; German: Pistyan; Hungarian: Pöstyén, Polish: Pieszczany is a town in Slovakia. It is located in the western part of the country within the Trnava Region and is the ...

Červený Kláštor

Červený Kláštor
This is an article about the Slovak village. For the monastery, see Červený Kláštor Červený Kláštor is a small village and municipality in the far north Kežmarok District in the ...

Levoča

Levoča
Levoča ; Latin: Leuchovia, German: Leutschau, Hungarian: Lőcse, Polish: Lewocza is a town in the Prešov Region of eastern Slovakia with a population of 14,600. The town has a historic ...

Vysoké Tatry

Vysoké Tatry
Vysoké Tatry , informally Mesto Vysoké Tatry , is a town at the feet of the Slovak part of High Tatras in Slovakia including all the major resorts in that ...

Stará Lesná

Stará Lesná
Stará Lesná or "Old Forest" is a village and municipality in Kežmarok District in the Prešov Region in north-central Slovakia. Stará Lesná is located in an area traditionally known as ...

Trenčianske Teplice

Trenčianske Teplice
Trenčianske Teplice is a health resort and small spa town in western Slovakia, in the valley of the river Teplička, at the foothills of the Strážovské vrchy mountains.

Staré Hory

Staré Hory
Staré Hory is a village in the Banská Bystrica Region in Central Slovakia. It is situated in the Staré Hory Mountains, between the Veľká Fatra and Low Tatra mountain ranges. ...

Štrba

Štrba
Štrba is a village in the Poprad District, Prešov Region, northern Slovakia. It is situated in the Sub-Tatra Basin, which separates the High Tatras and Low Tatras at the European ...

Dedinky

Dedinky
Dedinky is a village and municipality in the Rožňava District in the Košice Region of eastern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in 1386.

Tatranská Javorina

Tatranská Javorina
Tatranská Javorina is a village in Poprad District in the Prešov Region of northern Slovakia.GeographyThe municipality lies at an altitude of 1000 metres and covers an area ...

Košice

Košice
Košice , German: Kaschau, Hungarian: Kassa, Hungarian pronunciation:   is the biggest city in eastern Slovakia and in 2013 was the European Capital of Culture together with Marseille, France. It is ...

Trenčín

Trenčín
Trenčín ; German: Trentschin; Hungarian: Trencsén is a city in western Slovakia of the central Váh River valley near the Czech border, around 120 km from Bratislava. It has a population ...

Púchov

Púchov
Púchov is an industrial town in the centre of Púchov District in Slovakia, with a population close to 20,000.GeographyIt is located on the main train line between ...

Nová Lesná

Nová Lesná
Nová Lesná is a village and municipality in Poprad District in the Prešov Region of northern Slovakia.GeographyThe municipality lies at an altitude of 747 metres and covers ...

Modra

Modra
Modra is a city and municipality in the Bratislava Region in Slovakia. It has a population of 8,704 as of 2005. It nestles in the foothills of the Malé Karpaty ...

Habovka

Habovka
Habovka is a village and municipality in Tvrdošín District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in 1593.

Krompachy

Krompachy
Krompachy is a town in Slovakia, with a rich mining and metallurgical history, well-known both in Slovakia and in its close neighboring countries for its Plejsy ski center.

Myjava

Myjava
Myjava is a town in Trenčín Region, Slovakia.GeographyIt is located in the Myjava Hills at the foothills of the White Carpathians and nearby the Little Carpathians. The ...

Veľká Lomnica

Veľká Lomnica
Veľká Lomnica is a large village and municipality in Kežmarok District in the Prešov Region of north Slovakia.GeographyThe municipality lies at an altitude of 639 metres and ...

Snina

Snina
Snina is a town in Slovakia located at the confluence of the Cirocha river and the small river Pčolinka in the valley between the Beskydy foothills and the mountain of ...

Liptovské Revúce

Liptovské Revúce
Liptovské Revúce is a large village and municipality in Ružomberok District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in 1233.

Handlová

Handlová
Handlová is a town in the Prievidza District, Trenčín Region in the middle of Slovakia. It is made up of the three parts Handlová, Nová Lehota and Morovno.

Žilina

Žilina
Žilina /ˈʒɪlɪnə/ German: Sillein or , Hungarian: Zsolna, Polish: Żylina, names in other languages is a city in north-western Slovakia, around 200 kilometres from the capital Bratislava, close to both ...

Oravský Biely Potok

Oravský Biely Potok
Oravský Biely Potok is a village and municipality in Tvrdošín District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in 1567.

Vyšná Boca

Vyšná Boca
Vyšná Boca is a village and municipality in Liptovský Mikuláš District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in 1262.

Námestovo

Námestovo
Námestovo is a town in northern Slovakia. It is the capital and largest town of Námestovo District in the Žilina Region. As of 2005 its population was 8,094.

Makov

Makov
Makov is a village and municipality in Čadca District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in 1720. ...

Červený Kameň Castle

Červený Kameň Castle
Červený Kameň Castle is a 13th-century castle in southwestern Slovakia in the Little Carpathians near the village of Častá.HistoryA stone castle was built in the 13th century ...

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle , German: Pressburger Schloss, Hungarian: Pozsonyi Vár is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on an ...

High Tatras

High Tatras
The High Tatras or High Tatra Mountains , are a mountain range along the border of northern Slovakia in the Prešov Region, and southern Poland in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship. ...

St. Elisabeth Cathedral

St. Elisabeth Cathedral
The St. Elisabeth Cathedral , Hungarian: Szent Erzsébet-székesegyház, German: Dom der Heiligen Elisbeth is a Gothic cathedral in Košice. It is Slovakia's biggest church, as well as one of the ...

Pavčina Lehota

Pavčina Lehota
Pavčina Lehota is a village and municipality in Liptovský Mikuláš District in the Žilina Region of northern Slovakia.HistoryIn historical records the village was first mentioned in 1365.

Michael's Gate

Michael's Gate
In Bratislava, Slovakia, Michael's Gate is the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest town buildings. Built about the year 1300, ...

Lomnický štít

Lomnický štít
Lomnický štít is one of the highest and most visited mountain peaks in the High Tatras mountains of Slovakia. Connected by cable car to Tatranská Lomnica, its summit is 2634 ...

East Slovak Museum

East Slovak Museum
The East Slovak Museum in Košice, Slovakia, is one of the oldest Slovak museums; it was founded in 1872.A neo-Renaissance building was erected in the early 20th century. It was ...

Bojnice

Bojnice
Bojnice is a historical town in central Slovakia at the upper Nitra river, near the city of Prievidza. It has population of 4,983 . Bojnice is best known for its ...

Devín Castle

Devín Castle
Devín Castle is a castle in Devín, which is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.DescriptionOwing to its strategic position, the cliff at the confluence of ...

Gerlachovský štít

Gerlachovský štít
Gerlachovský štít , translated into English as Gerlach Peak is the highest peak in the High Tatras, in Slovakia, and in the whole 1,500 km long Carpathian mountain chain, as well ...

Spiš Castle

Spiš Castle
The ruins of Spiš Castle , Hungarian: Szepesi vár, German: Zipser Burg in eastern Slovakia form one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe. The castle is situated above ...

Church of St. Elisabeth

Church of St. Elisabeth
St. Elizabeth's Church may refer to:St Elizabeth's Church, Ashley, Cheshire, EnglandSt. Elisabeth's Church, Marburg, GermanySt. Elisabeth's Church , EnglandSt. Elisabeth's Church , AustriaSt. Elisabeth Cathedral, Košice, SlovakiaSt. Elizabeth's Church , ...

Hrebienok

Hrebienok
Hrebienok is a small ski resort in the Tatra Mountains, in northern Slovakia. It is connected by the Starý Smokovec–Hrebienok funicular to the town of Starý Smokovec, which is in ...

Košice Zoo

Košice Zoo
The Košice Zoo is a zoo in Košice, Slovakia in the local city part of Kavečany. Encompassing 292 hectares , it is the largest zoo in Slovakia and the third ...

Most SNP

Most SNP
Most Slovenského národného povstania , commonly referred to as Most SNP or the UFO Bridge, and named Nový most from 1993 to 2012, is a road bridge over the Danube ...

St. Urban Tower

St. Urban Tower
The Urban Tower in Košice, Slovakia is originally a Gothic prismatic campanile with a pyramidal roof. It was erected in the 14th century.A church bell installed in the tower has ...

Belianska Cave

Belianska Cave
Belianska Cave is a stalactite cave in the Slovak part of the Tatra mountains, the largest and the only one open to the public in the Tatras. It is located ...

Primate's Palace

Primate's Palace
The Primate's Palace is a neoclassical palace in the Old Town of Bratislava the capital of Slovakia. It was built from 1778 to 1781 for Archbishop József Batthyány, after the ...

St. Michael Chapel

St. Michael Chapel
The Saint Michael Chapel is a Gothic style chapel in Košice, Slovakia.HistoryIt was probably erected in the first half of the 14th century. It was built as ...

Grassalkovich Palace

Grassalkovich Palace
The Grassalkovich Palace is a palace in Bratislava and the residence of the president of Slovakia. It is situated on Hodžovo námestie, near the Summer Archbishop's Palace.The building is a ...

Belianske Tatras

Belianske Tatras
Belianske Tatras is a mountain range in the Eastern Tatras in North Central Slovakia. The Eastern Tatras are part of the Tatra Mountains, which are part of the Inner Western ...

Slovak Technical Museum

Slovak Technical Museum
The Slovak Technical Museum is a museum based in the eastern Slovak city of Košice, with branches throughout Slovakia. It was established in 1947 and opened to the public in ...

Bratislava City Museum

Bratislava City Museum
The Bratislava City Museum is a museum in Bratislava, Slovakia, established in 1868. Its headquarters are located in the Old Town, near the Main Square at the Old Town Hall. ...

Kriváň

Kriváň
Kriváň can refer to:Kriváň , peak in the High Tatras, SlovakiaVeľký Kriváň, the highest peak in Malá Fatra, SlovakiaKriváň , village in Slovakia in the Detva District ...

East Slovak Gallery

East Slovak Gallery
The East Slovak Gallery in Košice was founded in 1951 as the first regional gallery in Slovakia.The Baroque-Classical palace-type building was erected in 1779 for the needs of the Abov ...

Slovak National Theatre

Slovak National Theatre
The Slovak National Theatre denotes:the oldest Slovak professional theatre consisting of 3 ensembles , andthe theatre's large modern theatre building in Bratislava near the Danube, which opened on 14 April ...

Štrbské pleso

Štrbské pleso
Štrbské pleso is a picturesque mountain lake of glacial origin and a top tourist destination in the High Tatras, Slovakia. It is the second-largest glacial lake on the Slovak side ...

Jesuit Church, Bratislava

Jesuit Church, Bratislava
The Holy Saviour Church also called the Jesuit Church, is an originally protestant church from the 17th century on the Franciscan Square in the Old Town of Bratislava, Slovakia. Today, ...

Slavkovský štít

Slavkovský štít
Slavkovský štít is a mountain peak in the High Tatras mountains in Slovakia. Its summit is 2452 metres above sea level. It can be reached by foot on a walking ...

Slavín

Slavín
Slavín is a memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the burial ground of thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War ...

Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki

Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki
Mięguszowiecki Szczyt Wielki or the Mięguszowiecki Grand Peak is a mountain in the Tatra Mountains, Poland, located on the Slovak-Polish border.It is the highest of the three Mięguszowiecki Summits and ...

Bratislava Transport Museum

Bratislava Transport Museum
Bratislava Transport Museum is a transport museum in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is a branch of the Slovak Technical Museum in Košice, is situated on the site of the first steam-railway ...

Slovak National Museum

Slovak National Museum
The Slovak National Museum is the most important institution focusing on scientific research and cultural education in the field of museological activity in Slovakia. Its beginnings "are connected with the ...

Franciscan Church, Bratislava

Franciscan Church, Bratislava
The Franciscan Church is the oldest existing religious building in the Old Town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The church was consecrated in the year 1297 in the presence ...

Bratislava Zoo

Bratislava Zoo
The ZOO Bratislava is a 96-hectare zoo in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the borough of Karlova Ves. It lies in the Little Carpathians forest. As of 2007, the zoo has an ...

Slovak National Gallery

Slovak National Gallery
The Slovak National Gallery is a network of galleries in Slovakia. It has its headquarters in Bratislava.The gallery was established by law on 29 July 1949. In Bratislava, it has ...

Roland Fountain

Roland Fountain
The Roland Fountain is the most famous fountain in Bratislava, Slovakia, as well as one of the city's important landmarks. It is located in the Old Town, in the Main ...

Zlaté Piesky

Zlaté Piesky
Zlaté Piesky is a lake and a summer resort in northeastern Bratislava, Slovakia, near the D1 motorway.CharacteristicsThe water area stretches 400 metres, with the depth reaching 30 ...

Devínska Kobyla

Devínska Kobyla
Devínska Kobyla is the highest peak in the Devín Carpathians, part of the Little Carpathians mountain range, and the highest point of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is located ...

Trinitarian Church of Bratislava

Trinitarian Church of Bratislava
The Trinitarian Church or Trinity Church, full name Church of Saint John of Matha and Saint Felix of Valois , is a Baroque-style church in Bratislava's Old Town borough, on ...

Tower 115

Tower 115
Tower 115, now owned by J&T Bank, formerly Pressburgcentrum and Presscentrum, is a high-rise building in Bratislava located in Pribinova street.Building height is not 115 meters, as the name suggests, ...

Esterházy Palace

Esterházy Palace
Schloss Esterházy is a palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, the capital of the Burgenland state. It was constructed in the late 13th century, and came under ownership of the Hungarian Esterházy ...

Vydrica

Vydrica
Vydrica may refer to:Vydrica , a 17 km long river in the Little Carpathians in Bratislava, SlovakiaVydrica , a medieval city borough of Bratislava, Slovakia established in 1360s and demolished ...

Bibiana

Bibiana
Bibiana can refer to:PlacesBibiana, Piedmont, Italian communeSanta Bibiana, church in RomeNameSaint Bibiana, fourth-century Italian saintBibiana Aído , Spanish politicianBibiana Beglau , German actressBibiana Candelas ...

Spišské Podhradie

Spišské Podhradie
Spišské Podhradie is a town in Spiš in the Prešov Region of Slovakia. Its population is 3,826.Spišské Podhradie is situated at the foot of the hill of Spiš Castle. It ...