From Europe’s oldest marathon to cycling routes as challenging as the Tour de France and slopes that attract the world´s elite skiers, unique opportunities for sports abound in Slovakia.
Runners from all over the world, unite!
Slovakia’s second largest city is familiar to anyone into marathon races. The International Peace Marathon held in Košice is considered the third oldest marathon in the world and Europe’s first modern 26-miler. This extraordinary race celebrated its centenary in 2023. On the first Sunday of October, the race welcomes scores of international elite distance runners. You are welcome to join them!
Where stars are born
Are you a winter sports fan? Jasná, in the Low Tatras, has the largest ski resort in Central Europe and will once again host the Alpine Ski World Cup in January 2024. Witness thrilling races by the world’s best female skiers, including Slovakia’s number one, Petra Vlhova, the reigning Olympic slalom champion. You yourself can enjoy over 50 km of meticulously groomed slopes suitable for all levels of skill. The powdery flats on the southern side of Chopok peak are perfect for beginners, while experienced freeriders love the steep runs on its northern side.
Get your own Tour de France jersey
Have you ever wondered what it’s like for the world’s best cyclists to make it to the podium? Get a firsthand experience in the homeland of well-known cyclist Peter Sagan! Take part in the legendary L’Etape Slovakia amateur race. The race conditions are much like those of the Tour de France, including the world-class mechanical support. Closed routes, the highest safety standards, professional support and the official ceremony on the podium with Tour de France jerseys all figure in the experience.
Meet your cycling heroes
Experience the crème de la crème of the cycling world. Visit Slovakia in mid-September when the stage road race Okolo Slovenska (Tour of Slovakia) takes place. Since 2017 it has been classified as a 2.1 event in the UCI European Tour World. This is It offers a great opportunity to see European champions and top teams. Cheer them on as the international peloton crosses the country.
If you want to design your own tour, get excited: Slovakia has more than 16,000 kilometers of well-marked cycling routes of various levels of difficulty. With its road cycling, mountain biking, EuroVelo routes and downhill trails, Slovakia satisfies every type of cyclist.
Training center for elite athletes and for you
In the town of Šamorín, just a 30-minute drive from Bratislava, is the world-class training facility x-bionic® sphere. This oasis for all kind of athletes covers an area of one million square meters and offers outstanding facilities for 26 Olympic sports. Try your best in the 50-meter-long Olympic pool, take part in a friendly basketball match or feel the excitement at one of many international horse races. How about a thrilling car drive in the nearby Slovakia Ring?
Discover all the sporting opportunities in Slovakia!
If you love downhill skiing, mark your calendar for 20-21 January 2024 and visit Jasná in the Low Tatras. The largest ski resort in Central Europe will host the Alpine Ski World Cup. Get ready to see the best female skiers in the business.
Košice International Peace Marathon
Do you dream of challenging the top long-distance runners worldwide? In Slovakia, you can take part in the Košice International Peace Marathon, the oldest modern 26-miler in Europe.
Banská Bystrica Region
Peter Sagan’s motherland boasts over 16,000 kilometers of clearly signposted biking trails, offering options for cyclists of all kinds. Delight in its splendor while pedaling through the country’s landscapes.
Mid-September in Slovakia presents an ideal opportunity to rub shoulders with your favorite cycling idols. The “Okolo Slovenska” road stage race attracts European champions and top teams every year.
Train like the best. You can push your limits all year round at the most modern sports center in Šamorín. This one million-square meter oasis offers state-of-the-art facilities for 26 Olympic disciplines.
Ready to feel like a Tour de France rider? Come to Slovakia in August and take part in the legendary L’Etape Slovakia, designed by the experts and awarded with the famous jerseys.