Facts about Slovakia

Slovakia, located in Central Europe, borders Austria to the west, the Czech Republic to the northwest, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north and Ukraine to the east. The northern and central areas are mountainous, while the southern ones are low-lying. It is a land of beautiful landscapes and includes the highest part of the Carpathians known here as the Tatras. The highest point is 2655 meters / 8710 feet. Slovakia offers natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and cities, folk architecture, spas and ski resorts. In total, there are 9 national parks, 12 limestone caves open to the public, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the highest number of castles per. per capita in the world and numerous mineral and thermal springs, resulting in many spas.

What to see in Slovakia?

Slovakia’s capital, Bratislava with its beautifully restored center, is full of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance churches, houses and palaces. There are many cobbled streets, fountains, cozy cafes and a lively, cosmopolitan atmosphere. A historic city known for its old-world charm and interesting architecture, it has been part of the Roman Empire, the Kingdom of Hungary and the Habsburg monarchy for various periods.

Kosice is the second largest city in the country with the easternmost Gothic cathedral in the world, the oldest European coat of arms, a stunning historic city center with a cathedral plus numerous churches, palaces and interesting museums. Presov is another historic city whose wealth and influence were greatest in the 15th to 17th centuries, the periods most remarkably represented in the historic buildings on and around the town square. The church here in the center is from the 13th century.

Banska Bystrica was one of the most important mining towns in the days of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The city has a beautifully restored square, many churches, castles and museums and a memorial to the Slovak National Uprising. Bardejov is a spa town in northeastern Slovakia, the city has many cultural monuments in the completely intact medieval town center and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Banska Stiavnica is a medieval mining town in central Slovakia and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city has Renaissance palaces, 16th century churches plus elegant squares and castles. The city center blends in with the surrounding landscape, which contains important relics of past mining and metallurgical activities.

Levoca is a magnificent medieval town surrounded by walls with a unique Renaissance town hall, town houses, numerous churches and the cathedral where the largest Gothic wooden altar in the world is located.

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    Questions and answers

    The language of Slovakia?

    What language is spoken in Slovakia?

    The official language is Slovak which is a Slavic language. The vast majority of younger people speak excellent English, many of the older generation also speak German.

    How many inhabitants does Slovakia have?

    The total population of Slovakia is approximately 5,450,000

    What is the capital of Slovakia?

    The capital and largest city of Slovakia is Bratislava

    When did Slovakia join the EU?

    Slovakia is a member of the EU, the country was admitted on March 29, 2004

    Is Slovakia part of Schengen?

    Yes, Slovakia has been a member of the Schengen cooperation since 21 December 2007

    Is Slovakia part of NATO?

    Yes, Slovakia has been a member of the NATO Alliance since 12 March 1999

    What time is it in Slovakia?

    Slovakia has a time zone which is UTC +1. So no matter where you are in the country, the time is the same.

    Can you drink tap water in Slovakia?

    There are generally no problems with drinking the water from the taps. Those who want to be on the safe side buy bottled water, it is not very expensive and it can be bought in kiosks everywhere.

    When is the best time to travel to Slovakia?

    When is the best time to holiday in Slovakia?

    The best period to holiday in Slovakia is spring and autumn, summer in Slovakia can get uncomfortably hot if you want to experience the big cities. If you want to holiday in the mountains, summer is of course a good period, as the temperature is cooler in the mountains.

    Is it safe to travel in Slovakia?

    It is safe to travel in Slovakia which has low crime rate as long as you take the same precautions as you would do in any other country. This means avoiding deserted areas and refraining from openly displaying valuables in public places.

    The only thing you need to take care of is, like all places where there are tourists, pickpockets. Apart from these pickpockets, there is nothing to fear.

    Family holiday with children in Slovakia

    If you need to take children on holiday to Slovakia, here is a link to experiences for children and families.

    Website – Family vacation – Slovakia with kids

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