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Slovakia Information


Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is surrounded by Austria to the west, Czech Republic to the northwest, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north and Ukraine to the east.

With numerous medieval gothic and barogue towns, nine exciting national parks, plenty of caves, well preserved folk architecture and traditions, a lively and cosmopolitan capital city and probably the highest number of castles and chateaux per capita in the whole world, there's something for every traveller to enjoy in Slovakia.

Much of the central and northern part of Slovakia is rugged and mountainous. Gerlachovský štít at 2,655 m in the High Tatras is the highest point. The Tatra Mountains in the north, shared with Poland, are interspersed with many scenic lakes and valleys. The lowlands are in the south with the lowest point of the Bodrog River being 94 m above sea level.

Slovakia is also a country of massive medieval castles built on the rocks, beautiful detailed ones located on plains (there is about 180 castles and ruins) as well as country of caves. Only a small number of over 3000 caves (12) is open for public for several hours daily from Tuesday to Saturday. Mostly traditional karst caves, ice caves, aragonite cave etc. In 1918 the Slovaks joined the closely related Czechs to form Czechoslovakia. Following the chaos of World War II, Czechoslovakia became a communist country within Soviet-ruled Eastern Block. Soviet influence collapsed in 1989 and Czechoslovakia once again became free. The Slovaks and the Czechs agreed to separate peacefully on 1 January 1993 and Slovakia became a country in its own right.


    * Bratislava - capital and the largest city of Slovakia with a beautifully restored historical centre full of gothic and baroque churches, renaissance and baroque houses and palaces, cobblestone streets, fountains, pleasant cafes and lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. The city has two castles: Bratislava castle which is the main sight and symbol of the city and Devin medieval castle lying on the confluence of the river Morava and Danube. The city is also famous for the world´s biggest crown placed on the top of the St. Martin´s Cathedral, museum of the Roman settlement Gerulata and a tomb of the most celebrated jewish rabbi Chatam Sofer. Outside the city lies numerous vineyards where small historical towns and castles can be found.
    * Banská Bystrica - was in the past one of the most imortant mining town of Hungarian part of Austro-Hungarian Empire; beautiful restored square, many churches, castle and worthful museum and memorial of the Slovak National Uprising
    * Žilina - Fourth biggest city with a well preserved historical city centre influenced by German architecture and unique museum of the tinker´s culture located at the Budatín castle.
    * Košice - metropolis of the east, second biggest city of the country with the easternmost situated gothic Cathedral in the World, the oldest European coat of arms, a great historical city centre with the Cathedral Complex, numerous churches, palaces and interesting museums.
    * Levoca - magnificent medieval pearl of the Spis region surrounded by town walls with a unique renaissance town hall, burger´s houses, numerous churches and St. James Cathedral where the biggest gothic wooden altar of the world is situated
    * Banska Stiavnica - probably the most beautiful medieval town lying on the hills of Stiavnicke mountains listed in UNESCO heritage list. The town has two castles, numerous churches, well preserved baroque and renaissance houses, mining museum and very interesting technical instruments in the surroundings.
    * Levice - enjoyable castle which is now a museum of the Tekov region
    * Bardejov - town famous as the "most gothic town" in the former Czechoslovakia listed in UNESCO heritage list
    * Nitra - one of the oldest slovak towns with the castle and well preserved historical centre consisting many baroque palaces and burger´s houses
    * Poprad - gateway to the Tatras National Park
    * Prešov - the best example of renaissance architecture in Slovakia, numerous churches and nearby lying Solivar which is one of the most interesting salt mine museum in Europe
    * Rajecké Teplice - very peaceful spa town surrounded by magnificient Mala Fatra National Park
    * Trencín - one of the most beautiful slovak town with a castle lying above the city overlooking the historical centre and the river Váh
    * Trnava - the oldest slovak town with the highest number of churches (12) and well preserved baroque architecture
    * Tvrdošín - centre of the Orava region, gateway to Orava´s magnificent natural areas

Other destinations

    * Slovenský Raj - Slovakian Paradise National Park
    * Vysoké Tatry - High Tatras
    * Vlkolínec - UNESCO heritage list village
    * Spissky Hrad - one of the biggest castles in Europe, UNESCO listed
    * Nizke Tatry - Low Tatras National Park

Driving in Slovakia

Traffic in Slovakia drives on the right. In urban areas, the speed limit is 60km/h. Elsewhere, it is 90 km/h and on highways it is 130km/h. Speed limits are rigorously enforced with radar traps. Some toll roads exist. Passes for to