Slovakia is well-known for its impressive collection of historic castles. For such a small country, Slovakia has over 100 of them, many of which are situated along the Danube River. Slovakia is known for its opportunities for hiking and rock-climbing in the Tatra Mountains, located in Slovakia`s east. While in the Tatras, Slovakia`s remotest corner, take some time to tour the traditional Slovakian villages, where time has stood still for generations and Slovak culture is lovingly preserved. Then head south to Tokaj wine country, one of six wine regions in the country, and enjoy some farm-to-table cuisine with your vintages.
The best time to visit Slovakia is during the shoulder season, which correspond to two specific times of year: May and June, and September and October. The weather will be at its most beautiful and lines at popular tourist attractions will be smaller. The first of the two shoulder times is also spring blossom season, so flowers will be at their peak in May in particular. After the summer holidays end in early September, crowds begin to subside nationwide as people go back to school and work.
We recommend approximately 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Bratislava.
We recommend seeing Slovakia by train or by car. The national rail network in Slovakia is developed and modern, with the western portion of the country having more rail lines than the east. EuroCity and InterCity trains stop in Bratislava and Kosice. As far as roads are concerned, Slovakia has four national motorways and eight regional expressways that connect to thousands of miles of smaller roads in the national road system.
The currency of Slovakia is the Euro. U.S. dollars are not accepted, nor is the Czech koruna. Please have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for euros upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at many locations throughout the country.
English is spoken by a sizable portion of the populace in Slovakia, in particular young people and those who have studied at university. You will find English speakers in abundance in Bratislava and Kosice, as well as at many tourist attractions and hotels and resorts. Don`t expect people to be able to speak to you in English everywhere you go in Slovakia, however. Be prepared to learn basic Slovak phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, and the numbers from 1-10. To say `Do you speak English`, show them this sentence: Hovoríte po anglicky?