10 Things to Do in Slovakia That You Shouldn't Miss

Slovakia lacks the glitz of its former compatriot, the Czech Republic, but since its independence in 1993, the country's been shedding its Eastern Bloc past and embracing its own folk culture. The capital of Bratislava is a popular destination but don't bypass the old-world essence of places such as the Spis castle overlooking Spisske Podhradie; Liptovska Sielnica, with its preserved historical homes; and the spas of Piestany. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy hiking and skiing the High Tatras.

1. Bratislava Old Town

Bratislava, Slovakia Other, Sights & Landmarks, Historic Walking Areas, Neighborhoods More
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4.5 based on 8211 reviews

Bratislava Old Town

Historic neighborhood filled with charming narrow lanes, burgher's houses and nobles' palaces in addition to many of the city's important buildings such as the former Palace of the Hungarian Estates, the late-Gothic building of the Academia Istropolitana and the Leopold de Pauli Palace where Franz Liszt performed as a child.

Reviewed By Anthony S - Brisbane, AustraliaBrisbane, Australia

Great to visit but be early

I was there early in the morning, 8:30, and already the crowds of tour groups were gathering blocking the streets, even the wide ones, so make sure you are there early.

2. Demanovska Cave of Liberty

Low Tatras, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia Nature & Parks, Caverns & Caves
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4.5 based on 404 reviews

Demanovska Cave of Liberty

Reviewed By Alar J - Tallinn, EstoniaTallinn, Estonia

Amazing place

Amazing caves. Only ticketing system is outdated -- no clear understanding, when tour starts and in what language it is.

3. St Elizabeth's Cathedral (Dom Svatej Alzbety)

Hlavna 30/54, Kosice 040 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
Excellent
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4.5 based on 644 reviews

St Elizabeth's Cathedral (Dom Svatej Alzbety)

Reviewed By Soccca - Tolmin, SloveniaTolmin, Slovenia

Amazing cathedral

The cathedral has magnificent exterior and even more beautiful interior. We were there some minutes before closing time so we had luck to be the only visitors. We were amazed by beautiful altar, sculptures, stained glass windows. Definitely a must in Koši

4. Devin Castle

Muranska 10, Bratislava 841 10, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Museums, History Museums, Castles, Historic Sites More
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4.5 based on 2496 reviews

Devin Castle

Located a few miles west of Bratislava. Devín Castle ranks among the most important archeological sites in Central Europe. Located at the banks of the Danube, where once the Danube and Amber Roads intersected, it watches over the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. Archeological research proves the area was settled about 7000 years ago and has since then been populated by one group or another, almost without interruption until today. Already during prehistory, it was a fortified center of power. During the Roman period the first several brick buildings were erected here. The first written source on Devín dates back to 864 and mentions a “Dowina Castle”. The Great Moravian period saw the erection of a church with colorful interior wall painting on castle grounds. Throughout the Middle Ages the Castle was an important border fortress, often passing from one noble family to another. In 1809 the Castle was intentionally demolished using explosives. In 1961 Devín Castle was declare

Reviewed By Thombly - Bologna, ItalyBologna, Italy

Ruins on a hill, wonderful views

Devin Castle is a must-see. It's close to Bratislava, easily reachable by public bus (n.29) or by bike (really worth it!). The castle itself is not particularly interesting (ruins), but its history (during ancient Rome, it was on the border of the Empire)

5. Church of St. Egidius

Hviezdoslavova 348/33, Poprad 058 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Churches & Cathedrals, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 25 reviews

Church of St. Egidius

Reviewed By spriggsie2016 - Shrewsbury, United KingdomShrewsbury, United Kingdom

A amazing church full of history

A beautiful church set in the heart of Poprad, it shows the marks of an amazing history and was a delight to be married in (a childhood fantasy of my wife), and the amazing people of this beautiful city made this English man feel at home.

6. Zelene pleso

Vysoke Tatry, Slovakia Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks, Hiking Trails, Scenic Drives More
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5 based on 54 reviews

Zelene pleso

Reviewed By Dorenika - Gold Coast, AustraliaGold Coast, Australia

Stunning!

Absolutely amazing, beautiful and peaceful place. I might be a bit biased as my partner has proposed to me here but I think it is the most beautiful place in Tatras.

7. Zoo Kontakt

Raztocka, Liptovsky Mikulas 031 01, Slovakia Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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4.5 based on 215 reviews

Zoo Kontakt

Reviewed By andreimikael - Warsaw, PolandWarsaw, Poland

Good zoo but with limited contact

Good zoo with healthy looking animals. Very nice guide telling the story and answering all the questions. Impressive to be with the small tigers that was quite frightening even if they were that small. Quite small but still worth the visit. The people wor

8. Jasna Nizke Tatry

Demanovska Dolina 72, Liptovsky Mikulas 031 01, Slovakia Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Ski & Snowboard Areas
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4.5 based on 354 reviews

Jasna Nizke Tatry

Reviewed By Mihai_BM - Baia Mare, RomaniaBaia Mare, Romania

Nice cable cars, poor tracks

I was pleasantly surprised by the number and the variety of gondolas, ski-chairs, but very disappointed by the tracks. Only the blue ones had snow layers on, the red ones were either ice or powder snow bumps, who either broke your ski tails, or pushed you

9. Kalvaria

Pod Kalvariou, Banska Stiavnica 969 01, Slovakia Sights & Landmarks, Sacred & Religious Sites
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4.5 based on 145 reviews

Kalvaria

Reviewed By NayiU - Manta, EcuadorManta, Ecuador

Must to see in Banská Štiavnica

We had really nice walk... pity that all three churches and most of chapels are under renovation.There is an amazing view at city from the top of Kalvária

10. Aquapark Tatralandia

21 Raztocka Street, Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia Water & Amusement Parks, Water Parks
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4 based on 985 reviews

Aquapark Tatralandia

Reviewed By Mihai_BM - Baia Mare, RomaniaBaia Mare, Romania

excellent thermal water

I went there 4 days, in a skiing holiday I spent at the Holiday Village just near Tatralandia. It is the same business, Tatry Mountain Resort, who has also few more hotels. The best points of this aqua park are the outdoor thermal pools, which after 1-2 h

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