36 Best Things to do in Slovakia: Top Places to visit

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Why visit Slovakia?

It is almost unbelievable that Slovakia does not enjoy more tourist interest. For a small country, it offers more than enough.

Did you know that:

  • in Slovakia you can find the smallest mountains in the world?
  • is one of the best countries for hiking all year round?
  • the first electrically lit caves in Europe?
  • there are as many as 2,500 caves, some of which are on the UNESCO list?
  • in Slovakia built the largest castle in Central Europe?
  • the largest belt of native beech and fir forests in Europe stretches across Slovakia?
  • nine areas have been declared national parks because of their unique character?

Best Things to do in Slovakia

Things to do in Slovakia: nature, mountains, hiking


The Tatra Mountains are the highest mountain range of the Carpathian arch stretching from Moravia, through Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia, and the only alpine mountain range in the Carpathians.

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The Tatras are part of the Tatra National Park. The oldest and largest national park in Slovakia. It is divided into the more touristic Eastern Tatras and the much quieter Western Tatras.

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Eastern Tatras and Zelené pleso

In the Eastern Tatras don’t miss the easy hiking trails around Štrbské pleso or to Zelené or Popradské pleso. If you’re looking for a day hike, try Velké Hincovo pleso and then Koprovský štít, the peaks of Rysy, Kriváň, Slavkovský štít, Téry’s chalet or take the cable car to Lomnický štít.

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Lomnicky Peak

The Western Tars are on average 400 metres lower in altitude, but they will get you with their beautiful ridge routes. A nice easy trail leads to the Roháčské pleso or enjoy the views from the peaks of Sivý vrch, Bystrá, Rákoň, Volovec, where you will have to work a bit harder.

Roháčské pleso

All about the High Tatras, including descriptions of individual routes, can be found in our guide to the High Tatras .

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Low Tatras

When you say mountains in Slovakia, most people think of High Tatras . But have you tried the Low ones? If you love hiking, you will find something to do in the Low Tatras.

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We are going to their ridge, which is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful routes in Europe.

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And what will the Low Tatras National Park offer you besides ridge trails with great views? Green carpets, karst formations and ice caves.

The Demänovská valley and the Chopok peak are a great starting point for many routes. From here you can go to the highest peak of the Low Tatras, Ďumbier, or to an easy ridge in the direction of Dereše.


You will also enjoy the Demänovská Cave of Liberty, where you can climb to the top of the Krakow Hole. Here, you’ll find great but more intimate views.

All about the Low Tatras, including descriptions of individual routes, can be found in our guide to the Low Tatras .

Accommodation in the Low Tatras

Printed travel guide: Low Tatras: guide and maps

Little Fatra

The Malá Fatra National Park is a place full of beautiful views, rock formations, gorges and gorges, where you can enjoy both easy routes suitable for children and high mountain hikes. It can be found in the northwest of Slovakia near Žilina.

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In addition, you will also find the most beautiful peak in Slovakia – Velky Rozsutec (1610 m). If you are looking for peaks with easier ascent, try Velký Kriváň or Chleb. Other beautiful places include the Jánošikovy hole gorge system, Šútovský waterfall and Vrátná valley.

The Great Rift Valley

Accommodation in the Little Fatra Mountains

Read also: Detailed guide to Mala Fatra

Printed travel guide: Malá Fatra: guide and maps

Great Fatra

Velká Fatra is a mountain range and largely a national park dominated by deep forests, caves, rock overhangs and a ridge route full of pastures and beautiful views. Apart from the most popular tourist spots, you often don’t see a single living thing here.

You can just walk in the local forests and occasionally climb one of the peaks and enjoy the landscape – for views try the peaks of Ostredok, Frčkov, Lysec, Ploská, Čierny kameň or Zvolen. And how about exploring the bowels of Veľká Fatra – Harmanecká Cave, where you can admire the stalactite decoration?

Accommodation in the Great Fatra Mountains

Printed travel guide: Velka Fatra: hiking routes and maps (in Slovak)

Poloniny National Park

A place where you can see the Milky Way with your own eyes. In the very east of Slovakia lies the Poloniny National Park, which is part of the UNESCO-listed Eastern Carpathians Biosphere Reserve.

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Its hallmark is the Poloniny, or wild mountain meadows on the ridges that surround the largest beech and fir forests in Europe. And wooden churches built without a single nail (churches).

St. Archangel Michael in Uličská Krivá

All you have to do is wander in the deep, quiet forests, where you may encounter more wolves and bears than people. And bison, because the Polonina National Park is the last area where you will come across wild bison.

During your exploration, do not miss the climb to the top of Riaba Skala via the Ďurkovec saddle or the highest peak and the easternmost point – Kremenec.

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The Woodpecker

Printed travel guide Poloniny, Bukovské vrchy, Vihorlat, Zemplínská Šírava: map 1:40 000 (in Slovak)

There are many more opportunities for hiking in Slovakia – beautiful nature can be found in the Muránská planina National Park, the Chočské and Strážovské vrchy mountains, Čergov and the Orava Protected Landscape Area, among others. For more information, including tips for trips to the above mentioned mountains, see the article, where to go to the mountains in Slovakia .

Protected Landscape Area Vihorlat and Zemplínská šírava

The Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area is part of the Vihorlat Hills and is adjacent to the military district, which is already accessible by marked routes. It is an area bearing traces of former volcanic activity, which will take you through beech forests and wooden churches, many of which are under UNESCO protection.

The most popular spot is the crystal clear Morské oko lake, which can be reached after 15 minutes by a well-maintained route from the paid parking lot in the direction of Remetská Hámre. Expect an influx of tourists especially in high season.

You can go around the lake and continue to the top of Sninský kameň, which offers a beautiful view of the lake and the surrounding landscape of the Vihorlat Hills. And if you have more time, take it across the Little Sea Eye lake, where the number of tourists is significantly decreasing ?.


As a starting point for exploring, you can choose the Zemplínská Šírava reservoir south of the mountains, which has water like coffee in summer (around 25 degrees). Want to see the dam from a bird’s eye view? Climb up to the ruins of Vinenské Castle.

Accommodation near Zeplínská šírava at the foot of the Vihorlat Protected Landscape Area

Travel guide Poloniny, Bukovské vrchy, Vihorlat, Zemplínská Šírava: map 1:40 000 (in Slovak)

Sulov Rocks

The rocks of Sulov are exactly the kind of place that most people fall in love with. Romantic corners among the rocks, ravines and viewpoints, which will make the surrounding landscape, which falls within the protected area of the Strážov Hills, as if in the palm of your hand. Moreover, they are almost beyond Czech borders.

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The ideal starting point is the heart of the Súlovské Rocks – the village of Súlov-Hradná. They are also well accessible from the surrounding villages such as Hlboké nad Váhom, Jablonové (where our Slovak relatives live ?) or Podhorie.

The rocks of Sulov are not large. A weekend is enough to discover places such as Sulov Castle, Gothic Gate, Brada Saddle, Roháčské sedlo, Štefánikova vyhlídka and in the vicinity of Záskalie Kostolecký Dóm, Manínská gorge and Partizánská jaskyňa.

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Gothic Gate

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Slovak Paradise

The Slovak Paradise is a region full of gorges, canyons, high waterfalls, wild greenery, dense forests and places that can only be reached by ladders, footbridges and chains. Get ready to get your body kicked here. It is a popular place for families with children and those who love ferrata.

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Excursions and hiking in the Slovak Paradise

  • The Suchá Bela Canyon is one of the most beautiful canyons in the Slovak Paradise. On the other hand, it is also the most visited.
  • Dobšinská Ice Cave is the largest ice cave in Slovakia and one of the most beautiful in the world.
  • Rock outcrop Tomášovský výhled, it is such a Slovak Preikestolen?. The easiest way to get here from Spišské Tomášovce is to take the green trail.
  • The longest gorge in Slovakia, the Prielom Hornádu, is accessible from Spišské Tomášovce or Letanovce along the nature trail.
  • The ruins of the Carthusian monastery Kláštorisko, which can be reached from Letanovce over the Carthusian Bridge.
  • Havraní skála, a place with a great view, which you can reach from Stratená along the green (more demanding) or yellow hiking trail.

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Slovak Karst

The Slovak Karst is a breathtaking national park consisting of 5 plains with steep rocky slopes and deep valleys. Getting to these plains can be a chore, but it’s worth it. The most visited is Silická planina. The main spectacle of the Slovak Karst takes place underground – up to 1,300 caves and sinkholes, where even in summer you can’t do without a winter jacket. Do not go to the plains without a good supply of water and preferably outside the summer months.

Among the caves in the Slovak Karst are:

  • Krásnohorská cave, where you get a helmet, overalls and a torch and literally penetrate into the bowels of the underground. You will be treated to a 34 m long stalagmite, one of the largest in the world.
  • The Domica Cave with an important system of underground waters, where part of the route is covered by boats. It is one of the most beautiful stalactite caves in Europe.
  • Gombasecká Cave, which is called “fairy-tale”. It is unique for its colourfulness and up to 3 m long thin sinter straws. The cave is connected to the glacial abyss Silická Lednice.

When visiting the Slovak Karst, do not miss the Zádiel Canyon, which is the largest canyon in the entire Slovak Karst with its depth of 400 m. The best view is from the top of Zádielský kameň.

Accommodation in the Slovak Karst

Pieniny National Park

Pieniny National Park is small in size, but lovers of beautiful nature will definitely find something to do here. A limestone mountain range with many rock lookouts from which you will have spectacular views of the Pieniny Mountains, the Red Cloister and the nearby Tatra Mountains.

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Three crowns

The park is located on the border with Poland, where the most interesting part of the Pieniny Mountains also extends. The imaginary centre of the area is Červený Kláštor, around which the crystal clear river Dunajec flows.

Excursions and hiking around Pieniny National Park

  • Ascent along the ridge to the top of Durbaszka from the village of Veľký Lipník from Lesnický sedlo
  • The route to the Cerla saddle from Červený Kláštor, from where you will have a great view of the Three Crowns and Seven Monks massif in Poland.
  • Climb over the most popular peaks of the Three Crowns and Sokolica on the blue trail from the village of Krościenko nad Dunajcem (symbolically charged, but the ticket is valid for both rock viewpoints at the same time).
  • Forestry saddle with paid parking, from where there are beautiful views. Starting position to climb to the top of Šľachovka on the border with Poland on the yellow trail.
  • Haligovské skály (Haligovské rocks) near the village of Haligovce along the green tourist trail
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top of Durbaszka

The biggest attraction for paddlers is the Dunajec River, which partly follows the border with Poland. It is one of the most beautiful waterways in Slovakia. But even if you don’t like rafting, you can take a ride along the river with guides (rafters) in costumes who will show you the highlights of the national park.

For culture, head to the impressive Ľubovniansky Castle and the local open-air museum.

Accommodation in Pieniny National Park

Modra wine region

Modra is an area where you can walk through the vineyards and taste the local wines. It is the only mountain winery in Slovakia, which can be found at the foot of the Little Carpathians.

There are many points of interest in the surrounding area. Apart from the already mentioned beautiful nature of the Small Carpathians, you can take a trip to the historical Trnava or to Bratislava on the other side. In summer, try swimming in the Sun Lakes near Senec (see below).


Accommodation in the surroundings of the Modra wine region

Where to go to the water in Slovakia in summer?

Sun Lakes

The Sunny Lakes are natural lakes with clear water, grassy beaches and a gradual entry into the water. You can find them in the village of Senec near Bratislava.

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The northern part is ideal for those who want to have fun. Look for more tranquillity in the south, although it can get busy in high season too. There is a promenade around the lake, which is great for bikes and skates. It also includes a wide range of facilities including a number of restaurants, kiosks and shops.

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Accommodation at Sunny Lakes

Liptovská Mara

Liptovská Mara is the largest dam in Slovakia, located on the Váh River near the popular resort of Liptovský Mikuláš. It lies in the grip of several mountain ranges – the High Tatras, the Low Tatras and the Choč Mountains.

There are a number of smaller beaches, you can rent boats or take a steamboat ride across the dam. The area around the dam is called Liptov – the dam is an ideal starting point for a variety of excursions when you get tired of swimming (or if you go here at a different time of year than in summer).

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Just down the road, they built the famous water park Tatralandia. It’s huge, and the attractions… …you’ll be entertained for the whole day.

With your children, visit the local contact zoo, where you can admire and pet small tigers, zebras, llamas, rabbits, camels, eagles, owls and more. A few minutes from the zoo stands House upside down – Heliport . As the name suggests, you will experience what it’s like to live upside down :).

You can visit the nearby spa in Bešeňová or Lúčky, where there is also a beautiful waterfall. You will stretch your legs during the hike up to Liptovský hrad, where you will have the surroundings in the palm of your hand.

Accommodation near the Liptovská Mara dam

Where to go in Slovakia to spas and thermal baths?


Let’s start with the most famous, largest and most visited ones – Piešt’any Spa, which is characterized by its typical mud sulphur baths. The local mud from the Váh River is unique in its composition and helps to nourish cartilage and muscles.

There is also an outdoor thermal swimming pool with an indoor pool. You can practice water sports on the nearby Slňava lake or just stroll with a cup through the spa promenade and park.

For cyclists and hikers, the neighbouring highlands of Považský Inovec are a paradise. You can go to the ruins of Beckov or Tematín castles, to the freely accessible stalactite cave Čertova pec or to the lookout tower on Marhát Hill.

ruins of Beckov Castle

Trencianske Teplice

Trenčianske Teplice is the oldest spa in Slovakia, located in the heart of the Strážov Hills. Moravians have them just behind the hills of the White Carpathians. They are known for their sulphuric thermal springs, which are used mainly for the treatment of the musculoskeletal system.

Green Frog thermal swimming pool

You will enjoy the Hammam baths, built in Moorish style, or walks through the spa colonnade or the surrounding hills.

Patince and Komárno

The small village of Patince is located in the south of Slovakia in the Danube Plain near Hungary, the area with the longest sunshine and highest measured temperatures. The main attraction is the local complex of swimming pools, which use water from a thermal well. It has a positive effect on the musculoskeletal system.

For a wellness and relaxing holiday in the resort by the water you will find everything – relaxation pool, massage water beds, massages, massage water cannons, Finnish saunas, cooling pool, children’s pool with attractions and much more.

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The thermal swimming pool consists of a swimming pool, a sports pool, a recreational pool and a children’s pool with a water slide. Just a short distance away, they have built an artificial lake that is ideal for water sports, water biking and fishing. There are also volleyball courts, mini golf and tennis courts.

Komárno, with another thermal bath, is just 15 km away. It is worth mentioning the town itself, which oozes history – you can admire the Zichy Palace, the Officers’ Pavilion, the water tower resembling a castle, the ancient Fortress or the Courtyard of Europe, where each building is built in different architectural styles according to the different European countries (Holland, Spain, Hungary and many others).

Courtyard of Europe


Podhájska Spa is located north of Patince Spa in the Podunajská hills. The thermal swimming pool consists of a total of 9 pools and several water slides. It is nicknamed the Slovak Sea.

The composition of the water is similar to that of the Dead Sea. Its use is wide (respiratory tract, joint pain, vascular diseases, cosmetic treatments and others).

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Thanks to kilometres of cycle paths, the Podhájská area is a paradise for cyclists.


An hour’s drive from Podhájska in the eastern direction lies the spa Dudince. The smallest town in Slovakia in terms of population (1400). Right in the heart of a fertile wine region.

The local springs are full of minerals and have a high content of carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide, so they are recommended for bathing and drinking. In the vicinity of the town you can find the so-called. Roman baths or pools carved into the travertine from earlier times.


Bešeňová is a spa situated in the beautiful landscape of Liptov between the Choč Mountains and the Low Tatras. The local thermals have been known since Celtic times. You can enjoy plenty of fun and relaxation in the year-round aquapark and thermal swimming pool with outdoor and indoor pools.

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Besenova is an ideal starting point for many excursions in the area. You can take a boat ride on the largest Slovak reservoir Liptovská Mara, visit the unique village of Vlkolínec or climb one of the peaks in the limestone mountains Chočské vrchy (and maybe the highest one – Velká Choč).


Turčianske Teplice

Turčianske Teplice is situated at the foot of the Velká Fatra mountain range. One of the oldest spas, which attracts with its spa area, historical buildings, pure nature in combination with the healing effects of the local springs.

Not only the healing springs are good for your health, but also a good hike ?. A number of hiking trails lead directly from the spa to Veľká Fatra. A mountain range that will absolutely blow you away with its limestone peaks and formations combined with deep forests.

Try a day hike to the top of Drienok, or go a little higher to the village of Blatnica. Several routes lead from here. With children, the Gaderská dolina is ideal after the yellow trail, which leads past small mills to the Devil’s Gate. Or turn left right at the beginning and you will reach Blatnická Castle.

A more demanding circular route, but with wonderful views, awaits you from the Gaderovská valley over the peaks of Tlstá, Lubená and Ostrá. You’re gonna feel like you’re in Dolomites .

Rájecké Teplice

For a change, another Teplice and this time Rájecké Teplice between Strážovské vrchy and Malá Fatra. They are situated in the valley of the Rajčianka river. The local thermal springs have beneficial effects on the nervous system, musculoskeletal system and occupational diseases.

The centre of the spa is the Aphrodite Spa House with its water and sauna world, around which the spa park extends.

And where to go on a trip to the surroundings? Try a short walk to the viewpoint directly above the spa or a short walk further to the White Rock. You will also enjoy the nature reserve Slnečne skaly, where a nature trail leads directly from Rájecké Teplice (about 2 hours). A short distance away is Budatín Castle or Strečno Castle or the beautiful Súlovské Rocks.

Accommodation in Rájecké Teplice

Where to go in Slovakia for culture?


Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. It is almost obligatory to visit its historical part and the local castle. In contrast to old Bratislava is the five-storey Nedbalka Gallery, where you can find up to 1,000 works dedicated to the Slovak people and landscape. For a good meal, go to the Old Market Hall.

If you go exploring Bratislava in the summer, after a day of walking, a swim in the natural lake Zlaté piesky will definitely be a highlight. And all year round you can explore the beautiful landscape of the protected area of the Malé Karpaty Mountains, which stretches from the outskirts of Bratislava northwards.

The mountains are full of hiking and cycling trails. You can enjoy a beautiful view of the rolling hills of the Little Carpathians, for example from the top of Vysoká (754 m).

Small Carpathians

Accommodation in Bratislava


Kežmarok is considered the most beautiful town of the Spiš region, located east of the High Tatras. The dominant feature is the Gothic castle, but be sure to stroll through the historic square with typical Spiš houses with shingle roofs.

gothic castle

The Church of the Holy Trinity is a wooden church with the oldest organ in Slovakia, which is also a UNESCO monument. Adjacent to it is the New Evangelical Church with a striking red facade.

From Kežmarok it is only 20 minutes by car to Tatranská Lomnica, which is one of the main resorts in the High Tatras. From there you can take the cable car to Lomnický štít or walk to Zelené pleso.

view from the Lomnicky Peak

Accommodation in Kežmarok

Levoča – Spišské Podhradie

The area between Levoča and Spišské Podhradie will delight lovers of culture and nature. The town of Levoča itself has a valuable historical centre with the Church of St. James, where the highest wooden Gothic altar in the world is located.


Just a short distance away lies the town of Spišské Podhradie with the famous Spiš Castle, which is the largest in Slovakia and Central Europe. Directly from the castle, a scenic trail leads through the rock town to the top of Drevenik.

Spiš Castle

Spišská Kapitula with the Cathedral of St. Martin. And if you want to see a piece of beautiful Slovak nature, head north to the Levoča Mountains or south to the Slovak Paradise.

Accommodation in the surroundings of Levoča – Spišské Podhradie


Bojnice is situated on the Nitra River at the foot of the Strážov Hills. It is a spa town where they specialize mainly in the treatment of the musculoskeletal system.

Here you will find the most beautiful castle in Slovakia – Bojnice Castle. You can take your children to the House of Illusions, the Mirror Maze, the ZOO, the thermal swimming pool or take a ride on the local train.

Bojnice and its surroundings will be at your fingertips from the Čajka v oblacích lookout tower. You can experience a beautiful view from the Bojnice Calvary towards Šútovce.

Lookout tower Čajka in the clouds

Accommodation in Bojnice Spa


Košice is the second largest city in Slovakia and one of the most beautiful. The dominant feature of the town is the House of St. Elizabeth on the Main Square with its singing fountain and the Urban Tower. Just behind it is the beautiful St. Michael’s Church with a park and the East Slovak Gallery.

House of St. Elizabeth

All you have to do is walk through Košice and admire it. The city has the largest concentration of historical monuments in Slovakia.


On the first Sunday in October, the oldest marathon in Europe (and the second oldest in the world) takes place here – the Košice Peace Marathon.

Accommodation in the historical centre of Košice

Banská Štiavnica

Banská Štiavnica is a historic town with a number of silver and gold mines in its surroundings. Thanks to its geological and architectural character, it is aUNESCO World Heritage Site.

Museum of Mining

During your visit, do not miss the Old and New Chateau and the old Calvary on the hill of the same name directly above the town.


The city has been declared a City of Culture in 2019. This is a guarantee that culturally you will definitely not be bored here.

The town is located in the middle of the protected area of the Štiavnické Hills. You can take a trip to the top of Zlatý vrch or the ruins of Sitno Castle directly from Banská Štiavnica.

Accommodation in Banska Stiavnica


We’re going to the finals. The town of Bardejov is located in the east of Slovakia in the Prešov Region. It will entertain you especially with its beautiful architecture on the Town Hall Square with the Basilica of St. The fortifications of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Not far from Bardějov in the village of Hervartov you will find another UNESCO monument – the oldest and best preserved wooden church of St. Francis of Assisi in Slovakia. After you have seen the church, continue on foot along the red trail to the Žobrák lookout tower. Not only will you get to know a piece of the unspoilt landscape of the Čergov Mountains, but you will also have the surroundings in the palm of your hand.

Church of St. Francis of Assisi

You can visit the Bardejov Spa, which can be reached on foot directly from Bardejov (just over an hour away). A short walk from the spa is the Museum of Folk Architecture.

Accommodation in Bardejov

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These are our 36 tips for a holiday in Slovakia. What are your tips on what to visit in Slovakia? Have a safe journey!

More information about Slovakia

HIGH TATRAS: See the complete guide to the High Tatras (transport, accommodation, easy and day hikes, excursions).

LOW TATRAS: Find out what to do in the Low Tatras in the Low Tatras guide (transport, accommodation, easy and day hikes, excursions).

MALÁ FATRA: We share tips for the most beautiful places in Malá Fatra in a separate article.

SLOVAKIA: We have also prepared a detailed article with tips on where to go to the mountains in Slovakia.

Summary of the article: The most beautiful places to visit in Slovakia

Where to go in the countryside in Slovakia?

Slovakia is a tourist paradise. Beautiful mountains, unspoilt national parks and hundreds of kilometres of hiking and cycling trails. Enjoy the views from the High Tatras, Low Tatras or Malá Fatra. Discover the untamed landscape of the Slovak Paradise or the Slovak Karst. You can find even more tips in the article.

Where to go for water in Slovakia?

The Sun Lakes will make you feel like you’re at the sea. Or visit one of the complexes of thermal pools – for example Podhájská, Patince, Komárno, Bešeňová.

What are the most beautiful cities in Slovakia?

Among the most beautiful cities in Slovakia are Bratislava, Košice, Kežmarok and Levoča. Slovakia also has beautiful monumental castles, which have been preserved in excellent condition.

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