Thinking about traveling to Slovakia? Slovakia is a country in the central Europe that boasts lovely mountain scenery, rich historical heritage and highly diverse cultures. It’s best suited for people who are looking for a peaceful retreat in the heart of nature and those interested in the exploration of old heritage sites. Its neighboring countries are Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland and the Czech Republic. The population of the country is 5.4 million and the area is 49,035 square kilometers.
Below you will find Slovakia’s interesting travel destinations and the most important attractions that are part of the country’s untouched nature.
If you enter the country from the west, you will bump straight away into its capital city, Bratislava. The city lies at the border with two independent countries, Austria to the west and Hungary to the south, which makes it unique worldwide. Bratislava is an international city with influences from Hungarians, Germans, Austrians, Turks and Roma.
While strolling the pebbled streets and compact squares, you will notice a combination of Romanesque, Oriental, Hungarian Secessionist and Contemporary architecture styles that complete each other perfectly. Old Town features a cluster of crammed medieval buildings that serve now as cafés, restaurants and shops.
Bratislava Castle is a stately historical building perched on a hill and overlooking the Danube, offering eye-pleasing views. In clear weather, you can even see Austria and Hungary.
Other highlights in the capital city include the Blue Church, the Danube embankment with its lots of entertainment, the Historical Museum and the Music museum.
Central Slovakia is a place where you can reconnect with nature, experience the traditional culture and learn the history of Slovakia. The region is characterized by softly rolling hills, winding mossy pathways and lush cultivated fields. The towns are steeped in rich historical heritage and romantic nationalism as the main national uprisings throughout the centuries started in the country’s centre.
Banská Štiavnica is the oldest mining settlement in Slovakia. Although mining work here stopped a long time ago, the town remains a tourist attraction, featuring a lovely town plan with meandering cobbled boulevards romantically decorated and lined with buildings painted in warm, pastel colors. Some memorable landmarks include the Holy Trinity Column, the Gothic Church with clock, and the New Castle.
The hills around Banská Štiavnica are great for hiking, rambling and berry picking. You can stroll the winding pathways while enjoying the town immersed in lush greenery. The most captivating trail is the one leading to Calvary, a cluster of chapels and churches set on the top of an inactive volcano.
The east has more correlation to the past than the west. Acting as a natural barrier, the Tatras Mountains helped the local communities to keep folk traditions and old dialects alive. There are many places in eastern Slovakia that can spark travelers’ interest, particularly of those who are passionate about heritage and history.
Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia and a popular tourist destination in the east. The center forms a buzzy promenade with shops, cafés, restaurants, churches, parks, museums and hotels. Wandering the streets will get you familiar with Kosice’s diverse architecture styles, Renaissance, Baroque, Historicism and Art Nouveau. After finishing the city tour, don’t hesitate to visit one of the many restaurants to try Slovak traditional food and regional specialties.
Other highlights in the east include St. Elisabeth’s Cathedral, Vojtech Löffler Museum and Spiš Castle.