Slovakia Holidays Guide
Slovakia is a charming country in the middle of Europe. It's popular with people looking for a weekend break, and is also has a thriving outdoors tourist industry – the Tatras Mountains are great for hiking in the summer and skiing in the winter, and are much less busy than the peaks in neighbouring Austria. Slovakia used to be a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and is a good destination if you want elegant castles, wine tours, plenty of culture and even winter sports, but don't want to spend a fortune in cash or time in queues.
Slovakia Holidays Planner
Bratislava, Slovakia's capital, is stuffed with things to see. Bratislava Castle used to be the seat of the Hungarian royalty, and there are numerous museums covering the Slovakia's tumultuous history; the region has been fought over since Roman times. Close to Bratislava is Devin Castle; its towers are impossibly perched on high cliffs – it's a must-see sight. There are also nearby wine routes, and its easy to join a wine tour. Elsewhere in the country, the alpine region of VysokeTatry is excellent for hiking and winter sports; the pleasant mountain resort of StarySmokovec is pleasantly relaxed in the summer, and is popular with skiiers in the winter. This region is also close to pretty historic towns, a great castle at SpisskePodhradie, and is easy to get around to boot.
Slovakia has numerous national parks, which have spectacular gorges and valleys, and there are several very good wine regions. Vampire fans will be keen to visit the castle of Countess Bartholy, who killed numerous serving girls and was reputed to bathe in the blood of virgins, and was bricked into a room for her crimes – and has featured in salacious horror stories and films ever since! You can visit her ruined castle at Cachtice. Bratislava can be visited as a day trip from Vienna, as they are only a couple of hours' apart. A very popular tourist route is to include these two capitals and Budapest – this can be done overland, or as a cruise.