Slovakia may be a relatively young nation, but its towns resound with a rich history, and its many ski resorts offer vacationers a winter haven. The largest draw for winter visitors is found in the Tatra Mountains, where activities include downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding and dogsledding.
The warmer summer months see hiking take precedence in the High Tatras, where countless lakes and multi-level waterfalls offer picturesque views in every direction. Slovakia’s diverse landscape also features the geyser of Herl’any and a vast wine-growing region sprinkled with wine cellars.
Located in the capital city, Bratislava Castle overlooks the waters of the Danube River. The castle is also home of the Slovak National Museum, which hosts theater performances, concerts, Shakespeare festivals and other live events each summer.
Thick forests, majestic mountains and mysterious caverns define the quiet region of Central Slovakia. Centuries-old castles—some preserved, others mere ruins—evoke the romance of a bygone era. The towns here are quaint, picturesque and, often, medieval.
The Gothic splendor of St. Elisabeth's Cathedral in the bustling city of Kosice is the antithesis of the simple wooden temples found in the forests and woodlands of the Upper Zemplin region. The Herlany Geyser is one of the most visited natural attractions in Eastern Slovakia.
Stretching along the border of Poland, the Tatra Mountains of Northern Slovakia are some of the best known peaks in Europe. The High Tatras are filled with ravines, cliffs and nearly 100 lakes, while the flatter, greener Low Tatras include the remarkable Demanova Ice Cave.
With its brick-paved streets and the architectural artistry of Old Town, Bratislava on the Danube is a most charming European capital. Outside the city lies a rugged region with medieval castles, gothic cathedrals, a baroque palace, spa towns and the notable Vah Valley wine region.