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About Slovakia

Slovakia is a landlocked country in central Europe, bordering Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Austria, and the Czech Republic. With sprawling mountains, rolling hills, springs, and rivers, the country boasts some stunning landscapes. Slovakia is also a perfect country to visit for medieval history lovers, having the highest number of castles and chateaux per capita in the world. It also has numerous Baroque and Gothic cities and towns. In the last decade, tourists not only flock to the country for its beauty and history, but also for its medical centers. The country has some of the best medical centers in the world, offering first-class services for affordable prices. Foreign patients, particularly from Austria, France, England, and Italy, come to Slovakia to undergo high-quality plastic surgery, dental care, and fertility procedures. In addition, the country also offers climatic treatment, with numerous specialist resorts providing professional spa treatments. 

Popular Cities and Regions in Slovakia

Slovakia has a population of over 5 million people, and about 583,600 people live in its capital, Bratislava, making it the most populous city in the country. Home to stunning churches that date back to the 15th century, quirky museums, medieval old town, tiny squares, lively nightlife, and countless cafes, Bratislava is the perfect introduction to Slovakia. Besides Bratislava, Banská Štiavnica, a town in central Slovakia, is also a popular place to visit. This UNESCO-listed historic town has a glittering history and is surrounded by ancient volcanoes. Tourists can also find wonderfully intact Renaissance and Gothic buildings lining its streets. The highlight of this town includes the Old Castle, Kostol SV Kataríny, Kalvária, and Holy Trinity Plague Column.

Transport in Slovakia

Most international flights to Slovakia land at M. R. Štefánik Airport (also known as Bratislava Airport). It serves flights to numerous countries around Europe and the Middle East, including London, Dubai, and Moscow. Several budget airlines operate flights from this airport, including Ryanair and Wizz Air. Domestic flights are available, but since distances are not too great, it is more cost-effective and easier to use the bus and rail network. Trains are slow but scenic and stop at major cities, while buses cover a more extensive network and are generally faster. Inside cities, affordable metered taxis can be an option. Buses, trolleybuses, and trams are available in most major cities and towns.

Visas in Slovakia

Slovakia is part of the Schengen area, which allows visitors to travel to all participating countries without a visa. Nationals of EU countries do not need a visa to visit Slovakia regardless of the length of stay and/or purpose. US nationals, Canadian, Australian, and citizens of several other countries do not need a visa to stay in Slovakia for up to 90 days. Citizens of other countries not listed in the visa-free agreement have to obtain a visa to visit Slovakia.

Weather in Slovakia

Slovakia has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. Summer, from late June to September, has warm weather with an average of 21°C. Winter, starting in December, brings cold temperatures. During this season, the temperatures plummet to as low as -2°C. Spring (March – June) and autumn (October – November) are generally pleasant.

Additional Info
  1. Local Currency: Slovakia adopted the euro (€) on 1 January 2009. €1 is equivalent to around US$1.18. 
  2. Money & Payments: It is generally easy to find ATMs in all major cities and most tourist destinations. Major hotels and restaurants usually accept credit cards. While tipping is not necessary, rounding up bills to the nearest euro is common practice.
  3. Local Language: The official and commonly spoken language are Slovak. Russian and German are widely spoken, whereas English is becoming more commonly spoken, especially with the younger generation.
  4. Local Culture and Religion: The culture of Slovakia is deeply rooted in various folk traditions influenced by its position in Central Europe. Christianity is the biggest religion in the country. However, the country’s law guarantees freedom of religious belief.
  5. Public holidays: Christmas Day, Three King’s Day, and Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic are some of the widely celebrated holidays in Slovakia.