An enchanting country of picture-perfect castles, charming, traditional towns and dramatic landscapes, ideal for an adventure in the great outdoors. Nestled in central Europe, Slovakia is home to the impressive High Tatras Mountains, complete with dazzling waterfalls, a plethora of lakes and idyllic alpine meadows. While in the heart of the country, the Slovensky Raj National Park with its rocky plateaus, ancient forests and peaceful trails is another hiker’s paradise.

Known for its lively drinking culture and exuberant beer halls, Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava, is also an architectural treasure. Discover its medieval and Gothic old town, ornate baroque palaces and its renaissance-style castle. For history buffs, the adventure continues in the old-world towns, churches and castles scattered across the countryside, including the delightful town of Bardejov with its traditional burgher houses and historic Jewish quarter.

Top Recommendations

  • Bratislava’s charming Old Town, with magnificent castles overlooking the Blue Danube
  • The Sprawling, rocky mass of Spis Castle, Europe’s biggest fortress
  • Explore the Gothic-Renaissance burghers’ houses in Bardejov
  • Hike the national parks of Mala Fatra & Slovensky Raj
  • Ski and snowboard in the powdery snow of the High Tatras Mountains

When to Visit

During the spring and summer months, which run between May to September. Throughout this time you’ll experience warm sunny weather which peaks in August, perfect for hiking. The fringe months offer milder temperatures better suited for exploring the country’s cities. Finally, those after winter fun should visit late December through to March when the ski lifts are spinning and snow blanks the mountains.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Bratislava.