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Slovakia destination guide

Slovakia is in Central/Eastern Europe and shares borders with Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine and Hungary. It is a landlocked country and has low mountains (Tatras) on the Polish border.

Facts - find out the country's currency, language, time zone, visa requirements etc...
Country Highlights - where to go, top tourist attractions
Best Times to Visit - when to go according to climate and other factors
Getting There & Around - search for flights to get there and how to get around
Where to Stay - find accommodation
Official Tourist Information
Other Sources of Information

 
Slovakia - Bratislava
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Slovakia facts


Capital City: Bratislava

Other Major Cities: Kosice

Currency: Slovak Koruna, sk (SKK)

Official Language(s): Slovak

Predominant Religion(s): Roman Catholic

Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 (+2 in Summer)

Drive on: right

Country Dialling Code: 421

Internet Country Code: .sk

Electrical Plugs: European Two-Pin 230V 50Hz

Visa Requirements: see our section on visas


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Slovakia tourist highlights and attractions

  • Bratislava - see the castle and wander the beautiful old town
  • High Tatras - spectacular jagged granite peaks
  • Mineral springs and spas
  • Caves - Ochtinska Aragonite Cave and Demanova Ice Cave are of particular note; 13 are open to the public
  • Castles - Bojnice and Spis (the largest fortified castle in Europe) are two of the best
  • Slovak Paradise (Slovenský raj) - a beautiful mountain range with gorges and waterfalls
  • Vlkolínec - picturesque UNESCO World Heritage village
  • Bardejov - medieval spa town
  • Levoca - historic walled town with much Renaissance architecture
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Slovakia climate and when to go

Summer is when most Slovaks take their vacations so it can be busy and expensive but the weather is good. Better alternatives would be May, June and September, which still have good weather and are less crowded. April and October are cooler months but cheaper as it's outside peak season. November to March can be rather cold and the lack of visitors can mean tourist attractions close.

According to the climate, for general tourist visits the best months to go to Slovakia are shown below in green, the amber months are okay, and the red months represent the worst months due to less favourable climate conditions.

When to go to Slovakia

Bratislava Climate Chart:

Bratislava Climate Chart - Average Temperatures and Rainfall

Source: our climate chart data is obtained from the most reliable source available which in many cases is official data from the National Meteorological & Hydrological Service of the country. Climatological information provided here is usually based on monthly averages for a 30-year period. It should be noted that significant deviations from these average conditions can and do occur at any time.

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Slovakia flights and ground transport

Airlines that operate between the UK and Slovakia are:
Ryanair
Rather than fly to Bratislava, Vienna in Austria could be used as an alternative airport as it is only an hour away.

For help finding flights to Slovakia, click here.

Bratislava Airport
Vienna Airport
Mahart - Hydrofoil between Bratislava and Budapest or Vienna
LOD - Hydrofoil between Bratislava and Budapest or Vienna
Twin City Liner - boats between Vienna and Bratislava
Train Timetable Vienna to Bratislava (Austrian Railways)
Slovak State Railway Network (ZSR) online timetable query
Slovak Train Operator, ZSSK
Bratislava public transport (not official company site but apparently very accurate)

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Slovakia accommodation

Find accommodation in Slovakia here.

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Slovakia official tourist information

Official Tourist Information Websites:

Slovakia
Bratislava (official city website)
Bratislava Culture and Information Centre

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Slovakia - further tourist info

Other Useful Websites:

Slovakia listings under UNESCO World Heritage
Slovak National Gallery
Bratislava City Gallery
Slovak National Museum
Bratislava City Museum
Slovak National Theatre
Slovak Philharmonic, Reduta Building, Bratislava
Bratislava Inline Skating
Bicycle Bratislava - rent a bike and guided bike tours
Pohoda Music Festival

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