Often confused with Slovenia or thought of as part of Czechoslovakia, Slovakia was born in 1993 and has a strong desire for recognition. And, considering the many assets of this small republic on the borders of Central Europe, it deserves it well! A true concentrate of romanticism and mystery, its natural spaces are at least as exceptional as its rich historical heritage. Half of the territory is covered by dense forests such as the Poloniny forest, where impressive fauna and flora abound - of which the brown bear is a symbol - while underground there are formidable cave networks. The mountain ranges of Tatras or Malá Fatra are also Slovak treasures as well as incredible playgrounds for hikers and skiers. Slovakia is also home to fortified castles built on blocks of powerful rocks rising above the void, and the medieval character is still present in the heart of towns and villages, starting with the capital Bratislava. This is the picture that the tourist guide of Slovakia proposes to explore, that of a rich and tormented history, marked by Hungarian and then Czech domination, and 40 years of communism. The Slovaks are very patriotic, and the stories you hear in the taverns, accompanied by a glass of brandy, are fascinating. A member of the EU since 2004, Slovakia is today a destination with unsuspected charms that just need to be discovered.

What to visit Slovakia?

When to go to Slovakia?

When to go to Slovakia? The high season is in July and August throughout the country and from 15 December to 15 January in mountainous areas, the peak being of course between Christmas and New Year's Day. Most hotels and tourist sites take these tourist peaks into account, both in their schedules and in their prices. The half or low seasons run from February to mid-June and from mid-September to early December. The best time to go to Slovakia is at the beginning and end of the summer, i.e. the last fortnight of June and the first fortnight of September, when temperatures are pleasant and hotel rates are affordable. When to go to Slovakia to enjoy the joys of winter sports? From December to March, avoiding the peak of the last week of December

How to go to Slovakia? Our advice & tips

  • Organised trips
  • Going alone
  • Moving around

Slovakia, like its neighbour the Czech Republic, continues to attract the curious, so that tourism specialists in Central Europe have taken up the challenge and offer very well-crafted turnkey trips. In general, there are offers for long weekends combining flights to Bratislava and accommodation, but also week-long itineraries throughout the country. To be combined with the discovery of neighbouring countries if you have enough time.

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As always, the secret of a successful trip is anticipation, at least if your budget is limited. A return flight from France costs between €50 and €100 via low-cost airlines, and between €150 and €200 with traditional airlines. Accommodation options are numerous and inexpensive: hostels and inns, private rooms, modest pensions and luxury hotels. No safety problems to report in Slovakia.

Buses are the most popular mode of transport in Slovakia: they are cheap and more frequent than trains. Taxis work well in cities as well as the road network across the country. Bratislava is connected to the other two Danube capitals, Vienna and Budapest, by boat

We advise you to consult the must-see CP website (Cestovné Poriadky), the best comparative travel site in Slovakia, listing all connections in Slovakia and abroad.

Prepare for your trip Slovakia

Transportation
  • Book a ferry
  • Car Rental
  • Taxi
Accommodations
  • Find a hotel
  • Holiday rental
Stays
  • Tailor-made trip
Services / On site
  • Book a table
  • Activities & visits

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When to travel?

When to go to Slovakia? The high season is in July and August throughout the country and from 15 December to 15 Janua...
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Weather forecast

The climate is continental: winters are long, cold and snowy, while in summer, temperatures in Slovakia can rise ver...
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Budget

In Slovakia, the minimum wage is half as high as in France, so if you avoid periods of high tourist numbers, the coun...
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Formalities

Slovakia is a European country. European nationals do not need a visa, an identity document is sufficient. Prefer a p...
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Health

No specific vaccine is required to travel to Slovakia. Be sure to keep your vaccinations up to date, especially agai...
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How to travel by yourself?

As always, the secret of a successful trip is anticipation, at least if your budget is limited. A return flight from...
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How to get organized?

Slovakia, like its neighbour the Czech Republic, continues to attract the curious, so that tourism specialists in Cen...
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Getting around

Buses are the most popular mode of transport in Slovakia: they are cheap and more frequent than trains. Taxis work we...
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