Travel to Slovakia is often overlooked in favor of her neighboring countries in Central Europe but ignoring Slovakia would be a mistake! Nestled between the Tatra-Fatra range of the Carpathian Mountains and the Danube River, Slovakia is a gorgeous tiny country - a short hydrofoil ride away from both Prague and Vienna.
Originally the Principality of Nitra, it was absorbed into the Hapsburg Empire and then became a part of Czechoslovakia post World War I, and only gained complete independence after the fall of the Soviet regime because of the Velvet Revolution that took place across the Soviet Bloc in 1989.
Its capital, Bratislava, lies on the banks of the Danube River. Bratislava is a fairy-tale city with stunning architecture, and it was once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary and an important city for the Hapsburg Royal Family during the Astro – Hungarian Empire era. The thick Tatra forests form a natural boundary between Poland and Slovakia. A designated national park, the region is home to the Tatra Chamois, marmot, lynx and bears. Gerlach, the highest peak in the Tatras, falls into Slovakia.
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For custom luxury travel and tours to Slovakia, please contact one of our travel experts, or read on below for more information about where to go and when, along with our Insider's Guide.
Slovakia has a continental climate. High summer (August) can be hot and more crowded than usual. April, May, June, June and September are ideal times to visit for good weather. Blossoms in the spring and fall foliage in the Autumn months.
The Bratislava May festival has its 15th Anniversary coming up and is a fantastic time to visit for the performing arts, particularly concerts, however there are cultural events nearly every month of the year and can see a perform of any type whenever you want.
Like its former brethren, the Czech Republic, you can enjoy mulled wine and Christmas décor in December with the start of Christmas fairs that you can find across the country.
Slightly younger than her neighbors, Bratislava has the vibrant feel of a university town with historical, old-world, fairy-tale architecture, both medieval and baroque. In the summer months, why not take a boat from Vienna? It takes just over an hour and can make a relaxing day trip. Alternatively, enjoy a break at the end of a tour of Poland in the Tatra mountain range. Perfect for hiking or simply relaxing in a five-star resort hotel.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel in Slovakia based on your exact preferences and interests. Slovakia can be a country specific destination and it can be combined with other Central European nations.
Enjoy the freedom of driving yourself and discovering small towns and villages? Slovakia is the ideal self-drive destination. Our self-drive programs allow you to do just that with the help of a pre-programmed GPS delivered to you before you leave home and with the services of our 24-hour local staff. We can craft the perfect self-drive itinerary to fit your taste, pace and budget. Let us introduce you to the essentials of each city and give you suggestions of what to do on your own. Just plug in your Exeter pre-programmed GPS and let your adventure begin!
Slovakia combines well with Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, and Hungary Road and train connections between the Central European capitals are excellent, or we can arrange for a private car and driver. For the ultimate independence you can choose to self-drive, and we will arrange for you to meet your guides in each destination. Alternatively, you may choose to take trains between the various cities, or, in the summer, take a Hydrofoil boat from Vienna!