In Slovakia, there’s no chance tof ever getting bored. Whether you seek a premium sporting experience, a city break with compelling architecture, or unique culinary delights, each season in Slovakia brings new opportunities for a spectacular visit.
Ski, cycle and run with the elite
Slovakia’s terrain ensures that skiing is always within reach. Embrace the snowy winters and explore the many ski resorts scattered across the country, from smaller resorts focused on families to serious slopes suited to professional-level skills. Stay in top form on 50km of meticulously groomed ski runs in Jasná in the Low Tatras, which will host the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships on 20-21 January 2024.
Challenge yourself on over 16,000 km of cycle routes of all levels in the home country of cycling star Peter Sagan. If you take part in the prestigious L’Etape Slovakia amateur race in August, you’ll have a chance of winning your very own Tour de France jersey!
Want to run in the world’s third oldest marathon? Fly to Košice, Slovakia’s second largest city, where the International Peace Marathon has been held for over a century on the first Sunday in October.
Fall in love with the capital city — again!
History buffs love Slovakia, the castle superpower with the highest number of castles per capita anywhere: over 180! One of the most famous resembles an overturned table; it’s in the capital, Bratislava, once the coronation city of Hungarian kings. Now, the capital is one of the world’s greenest metropolises, where past meets present, and wine, food, culture and nightlife abound. Visit the dynamic city center with architecture by Zaha Hadid. Cool off at the 45-meter linden tree flower fountain in Freedom Square, or check out the iconic, newly reopened Salvator Pharmacy, with its rare Baroque furniture, original ceramic tiles and ceiling paintings; guides can tell you its history back to 1904. After over 20 years of extensive renovation, the Slovak National Gallery has also reopened. It’s a fabulous experience for art lovers. For the best experience, visit between mid-June and the end of September, when Bratislava Cultural Summer fills the streets with concerts, guided walks, and a wide range of events.
Sip award-winning wines in century-old cellars and tree-top villages
Slovakia’s diverse gastronomy pairs perfectly with its award-winning wines. Just outside the capital lie the Small Carpathians, the largest of Slovakia’s six wine regions and home of the royal Blaufränkisch, the original Devín and Skalický rubín. Experience local culture at autumn wine festivals, when vintners proudly show their centuries-old cellars as well as new wineries with the latest technology.
Enjoy famous, refined sweet Tokaj in a tree-top village at Malá Bara, where rope bridges connect seven elevated houses, just an hour’s drive from Košice airport. Enjoy the sauna and whirlpool for a truly unforgettable experience!
Discover all the exciting travel opportunities in Slovakia!
Jasná, Low Tatras
Ski enthusiasts should mark their calendars for 20 and 21 January 2024 and head for 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.
Do you dream of taking on the world’s best distance runners? In Slovakia you can take part in the Košice International Peace Marathon, the third oldest marathon in the world.
There is always something new to discover in dynamically developing Bratislava: head to the city center to see world-class architecture designed by Zaha Hadid.
In the Small Carpathians region, just outside the capital, you can choose from dozens of historic cellars and cozy wineries serving award-winning wines. Sip ruby-red Blaufrankisch (“Frankovka”), a favorite of Empress Maria Theresa herself, at the popular autumn wine festivals.
Tree-top village of Malá Bara
How about the world-famous sweet wine of the Tokaj region in the east? The tree-top village of Malá Bara is the place to be for your tasting. This unique attraction is designed with a sauna and whirlpool for a truly unforgettable experience.
Družba Fountain, Bratislava
Of the public spaces that have been transformed, visit the restored iconic Družba Fountain, in the shape of a lime blossom, on Liberty Square. Enjoy a picnic in the shade of the newly planted trees and cool off at one of the largest fountains in Slovakia.
Bratislava Coronation Days
In the capital of the castle superpower, be sure to visit a former residence of the Hungarian monarchs. During the Bratislava Coronation Days at the end of July 2024, the city will return in time to become Pressburg again.
Ready to feel like a Tour de France rider? Come to Peter Sagan’s homeland in August and participate in the legendary L’Etape Slovakia, designed by experts and awarded with the famous jerseys.
Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava
Every art lover is invited to enter the monumental new premises of the Slovak National Gallery in Bratislava, which has recently undergone extensive renovation.
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Europe’s rich literary traditions have filled libraries with some of the world’s best-loved poems, plays and novels. Many of the settings in famous stories, or places where your favorite authors wrote their masterworks, still exist today. Turn to the pages of a map and pick your adventure. Classic stories, authors and history await.