Where to go on Holiday

Bratislava Castle

Where To Go On Holiday In Slovakia

Slovakia has gained in popularity in recent years, however it still remains one of the less touristy European countries. With mountains aplenty, lush countryside and beautiful cities there’s lots to keep you occupied, and with prices lower than that of many other European counterparts Slovakia offers a truly affordable escape.

The Low Tatras mountain range is home to several reasonably priced ski resorts such as Jasná, Europe’s largest resort, close to the tourist town of Liptovsky Mikulas (accessed by direct train from Bratislava). Here you can test yourself on countless cross-country skiing trails. During the summer months the region becomes a playground to the adventurous, with kayaking, rafting, hiking, fishing and boating on the lake all possible. And for a well deserved bit of relaxation the Tatralandia hot springs aqua park provides a welcome break.

The jewel in Slovakia’s crown is its capital Bratislava. Overlooking the Danube, the castle is one of the most prominent features of the cityscape, as well as the striking Kamzík TV Tower complete with observation deck and a rotating restaurant. Bratislava is packed with attractions such as The Grassalkovich Palace (home to the Slovak president), St. Martin's Cathedral, the Nový Most and Apollo bridges and the Slovak National Theatre.

For an insight into the countries past a visit to Levoca is a must. The walled town boasts plentiful Renaissance architecture as well as curiosities such as the Cage of Shame punishment cage located outside the old Town Hall. Nearby are the ruins of Spis, Slovakia’s largest castle and one of the largest castle sites in Central Europe.

Up on the border with Poland are the High Tatras mountains where hikers can enjoy views of valleys and glacial lakes, as well as a wide variety of wildlife including bears, wolves, golden eagles and marmots. During the winter months the High Tatras boasts many ski resorts such as Stary Smokovec and Strbske Pleso, and day trips to the Ziar and Rohace Valleys and the town of Zverovka are all possible.

Bratislava Castle