Thinking about traveling to Slovakia?
The country is a great choice, being right on the edge of where Central Europe becomes Eastern Europe. There are plenty of great things to do, places to visit, things to eat, and historical sites to see in Slovakia, and you definitely won’t regret it!
So, let’s get to it, shall we?
Here is our list of the best things to do in Slovakia:
1. Visit the Bratislava Castle
Located in the center of Slovakia’s capital Bratislava, seeing the Bratislava Castle is one of the best things to do in Slovakia. Bratislava Castle is a focal point not just of the city, but also of Slovakian folklore. Also, it’s quite ancient, with parts of the castle dating all the way back to the 9th century!
2. Head Back in Time at the Red Monastery
Červený Kláštor, or the Red Monastery in English, is located near the village of Červený Kláštor (named after it) in the north of Slovakia near the border with Poland.
Founded way back in the 14th century, the Red Monastery has an interesting history. According to court records from 1307, a man from Brezovica named Kokos was found guilty of murder and sentenced to build six monasteries, this one being one of them!
Today, you can visit the Red Monastery as a museum. Check out their website for more details.
3. Stroll Around Ružomberok
Ružomberok is a small town of only about 30,000 located in the historical Liptov region of northern Slovakia. It was part of the Kingdom of Hungary for almost a millennium until 1918, but it was a town established by Germans.
The town of Ružomberok is surrounded by mountains and offers some great hiking and skiing opportunities throughout the year. The mountain ranges of Chočské vrchy, Greater Fatra, Low Tatras, and the Malinô Brdo are all relatively close by.
Andrej Hlinka Square is the unofficial center of town; in and around the square are the Roman Catholic Church of St. Ondrej (St. Andrew), the town hall, and the church and monastery of the Holy Cross. Other attractions include Calvary and the Mausoleum of the Slovak revivalist priest Andrej Hlinka.
The town also has under its administration another smaller village, Vlkolínec village, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
4. Tour Banská Štiavnica
Banská Štiavnica is a cute little town and one of the best places to visit in Slovakia. It’s pretty unique, as the town sits in a giant caldera caused by the collapse of a volcano which used to be in the same spot. Also, UNESCO made the entire town and its surrounding areas a designated World Heritage Site due to it being a perfect example of a well-preserved medieval village.
5. Jump in a Lake
Or just have a picnic near one! Slovakia has a lot of scenic lakes, many of which are in the mountains originating from glaciers. The one above is Popradské Pleso, or Lake Poprad, in Vysoké Tatry, Slovakia. Other gorgeous mountain lakes include Štrbské Pleso, Skalnaté Pleso, Velické Pleso, and Veľké Hincovo Pleso, which is the deepest and largest lake in Slovakia’s High Tatras formed from glaciers.
Well, that’s our guide on the best things to do in Slovakia, and we hope it helps you make the most of things in this amazing central European country! Got any questions, feedback, or other Slovakia things to do? Let us know in the comments below, and thanks for reading!