Holiday in Slovakia

During a holiday in Slovakia, the nature and culture here are hosting your vacation. An active vacation offers various possibilities such as hiking and cycling, climbing and rafting. If you want to try something different, you can choose to climb on the Prena Magura in the Low Tatras, a hiking trip through the mountains to the Strato Volcano or a mountain tour to the peaks of the Tatra mountains. The Tatras with mountain lakes, waterfalls and glaciers offer besides a sporting challenge, an extraordinary piece of nature and when staying at a holiday home in the Zilina region for example, you will have the chance to enjoy it all.
Bratislava
A visit to the capital, Bratislava, will certainly be appealing. It is a city of museums, historical monuments and beautiful places, a walk is often the best way to see this city. So you can visit the Michalska Brana, one of the four gates of the town with a copper green color. Here you can visit the Museum of Weapons also. More so, it is close to the shopping area with many attractions and buskers in summertime. The Dino Park is a small zoo with numerous animals, a playground, a 3D cinema and fine hiking trails. There is also plenty of art in Bratislava, you can see it really everywhere in the streets, like in the Old Town.
Culture and Nature
The mix of culture and nature is often encountered in Slovakia. Visit the village of Vlkolinec in Ruzomberok. It is a village of 40 historic wooden houses surrounded by nature where people work and live a normal life. The caves of Aggtelek Karst are the silent witnesses of past times. You cannot distinguish anything specific in their shape and size. All this was born due to a natural chemical reaction many years ago. Think of the Dobsinska Ice cave or the Silica Ice Cave. The historic town of Bardejov is a beautiful city with remnants of medieval culture. Fortunately, all of this is protected by UNESCO so that you and your children can admire these natural and cultural attractions for years to come.

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Skiing, hiking, culture, castles with a holiday home in Slovakia

A holiday home in Slovakia is ideal if you would like to pack history, culture, nature and wellness all into one vacation. Home to nine national parks, including the High Tatras National Park in the Presov region, and an endless number of well-marked hiking trails, Slovakia is a paradise for nature lovers and fans of outdoor adventure. You will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of an unsurpassed nature. For those whose idea of a European vacation involves the exploration of medieval castles, you certainly won't be disappointed here as Slovakia is home to more castles per capita than any other country in the world. Explore medieval landmarks such as Spis Castle, the largest in Central Europe, or head northeast and discover one of the unique wooden churches of Slovakia. If you're vacationing with children, in addition to all the wholesome outdoor fun that awaits you, there are also family-oriented attractions like Aqua City in Poprad, or you can enjoy a family canoe trip down the Danube River in Bratislava during your fabulous holiday in Slovakia.

Gateway to adventure
In winter you can enjoy fabulous skiing in the High Tatras, at resorts like Strbské pleso and Tatranská Lomnica. In a ski resort in thePreschau region you can create your own aprés-ski program. In summer you'll find endless opportunities for hiking as a network of well-marked trails virtually blanket the country. If you're feeling particularly fit, hike the 750-km-long Slovak National Uprising Heroes Trail. Those feeling less heroic can still be a champion on a golf course in Slovakia, play a round of golf at world-class courses like Golf Club Borsa and the Black Stork Golf Resort in Vel'ka Lomnica. With a spacious holiday home by the water in Slovakia you can take the family rafting down rivers such as the Váh or Dunajec, or if you're vacationing with smaller children, hop aboard one of the many tourist trains, like the CHZ near Brezno. It's all aboard for family fun and adventure.

Legendary holiday in Slovakia
If it's history and culture you're after, Slovakia is home to nearly 300 medieval castles, so you're sure to run out of time before you run out of castles to explore! Visit historic landmarks such as Spissky Hrad, one of the largest castles in Europe. Or plan your trip right and you can be on-site for 12th century Bojnice Castle's annual (April/May) International Festival of Ghosts. Those who would prefer to avoid reliving the Dark Ages can embark upon a tour of a traditional Carpathian village (such as Vlkolinec). Don't forget to visit Nitra, the oldest town in Slovakia, with a picturesque Old Town (with castle of course). And no cultural holiday in Slovakia would be complete without a trip to the nation's capital, Bratislava, where you'll find cultural gems like the Blue Church, St. Martin's Cathedral and, not surprisingly, Bratislava Castle. Cross the Danube via the New Bridge and you can have lunch at the UFO restaurant. For a cultural adventure that's simply out of this world, you just must visit Slovakia!

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Types of houses

    Holiday homes Slovakia

    Holiday homes Slovakia

    The holiday homes in Slovakia are the best start to your holiday. These accommodations are cozy and complete with everything you need for a great holiday. The same things apply also when we refer to the entire country of Slovakia. You will find here some high mountains, beautiful nature, cities with museums and historical monuments. The city of Kosice is Slovakia's second largest city. In 1369 the city got its own coat of arms. It is an active city with lots of culture and sports activities. On the first Sunday in April, the second oldest European marathon will be organized, the first one dates back to 1924. Discover the largest zoo here or the beautiful botanical garden and of course the city itself. The landscape of the Slovak Ore mountains, Slovakia's largest mountain range, is very impressive. The national parks like the Muranska Plateau and the Slovak Karst are wonderful locations for nature lovers, peace seekers, for hiking and mountain biking.

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    Apartments Slovakia

    Apartments Slovakia

    The apartments in Slovakia are an ideal starting point for your holiday if you want to go sightseeing in the area, visit the countryside or a beautiful city. Zilinia is a beautiful destination, a walk is one of the ways to get to know the city. Zilina is a city that has it all. The museum of Art in Zilina is definitely recommended, as well as the Church of the Holy Trinity, the Hlinkovo Namestie Church in the square, surrounded by the beautiful mountains of Mala Fatra. In the Zilina dam you can enjoy some activities like running, hiking, inline skating and cycling. On the Stranik hill you will find suitable locations for paragliding. Here you will find culture with the beautiful Budatin Castle or the Starhrad ruins on the Hill. Visit one of the markets such as the fruit and vegetables market or discover the local cheese in local stores near the market. At the Mala Fatra or the Sali rocks you can take long walks. This mix of action and culture is specific to Slovakia.


    Villas from bungalow.net Slovakia

    Villas from bungalow.net Slovakia

    The villas in Slovakia offer coziness and luxury during your holiday here. The country of Slovakia offers a varied holiday with castles and fortresses, nature, good food, nice cities. So is the Spissky castle complex, popular with the tourists. It is a great place and the museum with weapons, coins and torture instruments is definitely worth a visit. The Bratislavasky castle is a good reason to visit the capital. Vlkolinec is a traditional village with wooden houses, painted in distinctive colors, and even the bell tower in the market is made of wood. You can taste the pleasant atmosphere of Slovakia here. The nature of the Slovak Karst and the Slovak Ore Mountains is a complex of limestone caves, partly open to the public. The Dunajec Gorge is a natural border of unparalleled beauty in the nature park of Pienini, with a forested mountain landscape and a great atmosphere. Slovakia is a year-round holiday destination.


    Group accommodations Slovakia

    Group accommodations Slovakia

    The group accommodations in Slovakia are to be found throughout the country, in cities but also in the mountains and around beautiful lakes. If you like nature, the Kremnica mountains (volcanic) are a wonderful destination for a hiking or mountain biking tour. The highest mountain is Flochova with a height of 1317 meters. In winter you will find here ski resorts in Krahule, Sibenicny Hill and the Skalka mountains. Banska Bystrica is a city with a unique location between three mountains; Low Tatras, Veľká Fatra and the Slovak Ore mountains. In the artistic and historical monuments-museums you will find many silent witnesses of the former Medieval mining town. The architecture in the city is a testimony of the old times with richly decorated houses, fortifications and historic buildings. Consider also that the Banksa Bystrica summers are hot and the winters are snowy and cold. History lovers will not have enough time to spend in Banska Bystrica.


    Holiday parks Slovakia

    Holiday parks Slovakia

    The holiday parks in Slovakia are cozy holiday accommodations suited for everyone's taste. Therefore while one takes a walk or plays a game on the sports field, the other can visit a cafe or spend an evening at the cinema. There is also plenty to do and see outside the parks. Explore the area of the Little Carpathians with their 768 meter high peak. Hikers will also enjoy this area. On the south-eastern hills there are several beautiful vineyards. You can also visit the famous castle of Cerveny Kamen Devins in this region. Visit historic towns such Svaty Jur, Pezinok and Modra. Here you will surely discover great wine-houses and cellars. In Modra you can visit also a fortification from the 17th century. Trnava is a city in western Slovakia with beautiful museums. In Piestany, you will find a well-known spa resort with hot springs. The Slnava lake is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts.

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Specials

Practical Information

Documents

You can travel the country with a valid passport or identity card. If you want to stay a little longer in Slovakia, you must inquire at the Embassy if you need a visa. Don't forget your travel insurance papers as well as the health insurance papers. Make a copy of your passport and driver's license, in the event of loss or theft of these documents the declaration you must turn in is very simple.

Driving a car:

You can choose a driving holiday in Slovakia with complete confidence. It is a beautiful country. The roads are well maintained although you will find less highways. You should of course be in possession of a valid driver's license and European insurance papers. Don't forget to purchase at the border the obligatory vignette for a week, a month or a year, for the Slovak highways. There is 0% alcohol tolerance for drivers here. Furthermore, you must respect the normal traffic rules such as wearing a seat belt, lights during the day and not exceeding the speed limit. The traffic speed limits are: 50 km per hour in urban areas, 90 km per hour outside the urban areas, 130 km per hour on highways and motorways. The same applies for each country: therefore you must be a lady/gentleman in traffic.

  • Speed limits:
    Within the city limits: 50km/h
    Outside the city limits: 90km/h
    Highways

General Information

  • Surface area: 49.035 km²

  • Population: 5.425.000 in 2012

  • Capital: Bratislava

  • Form of Government: Republic

  • Language: Slovak

  • Currency: Euro

Currency

The currency in Slovakia is the Euro. The coins are 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Euro cents and 1 and 2 Euro. Bank notes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro.

Food and Drink 

Breakfast in a restaurant here can be comprised of both Slovak and international food, as per your preferences. The Slovaks often serve a hot lunch with soup and a warm dish, you will also often find here bread sandwiches or mayonnaise based salads. The warm dinner in a restaurant is often consisted of a schnitzel, goulash with fried egg or runderlap (steak) which you will pretty much find everywhere. With a meat dish, you can often choose between fries, knedliky (dumplings)-noodles or boiled potatoes.

The Slovaks use everything that comes from nature like fish, mushrooms and berries
Bryndzove halusky – potato noodles with sheep cheese and bacon pieces
Beer is popular - Pivovar Saris or Zlaty Bazant, discover the local breweries

Local wines can be found in Southwest Slovakia, visit the local wine cellars
Drinking tap water is not recommended for hygienic reasons.
Slovak cuisine is partly influenced by the Hungarian cuisine especially when it comes to spices.
You will find many types of cheese in Slovakia, very popular with locals.
Each region has its own specific cuisine
A pretty common breakfast is a cup of strong coffee with cake or pastry
A common dessert is pasta filled with cheese, ham or sweets.
Home-made food or home-made bread is very popular Slovak garlic soup
Segdin goulash
Devil pork meat, consumed with peanut butter

Pets

Traveling with your pet in Slovakia will not be an issue. Make sure your dog is always on a leash and that he is wearing a muzzle. The documents you need to have for traveling are: European dog passport, recent vaccination certificate and valid health certificate from the vet. This way, you will have a carefree holiday.

A few words in Slovak

áno yes
nie no
Prosim! Please! / You're welcome! / What?
Ďakujem! Thank you!
Dobre ráno! Good morning!
Dobrý deň! Hello!
Dobrý večer! Good evening!
Dobru noc! Good night! Sleep tight!
Ahoj. Hello! / Goodbye!
Rád / rada Ťa vidím. Good to see you!
Dovidenia. See you!
Maj sa dobre. Take care!
Dávaj pozor. Be careful!
Ako sa máš/máte? How are you?
Ďakujem, dobre. Well, thank you Prepáčte, ospravedlňujem sa. Excuse me, please excuse me.
Nechcem. I do not.
Nemôžem. I cannot.
Ako sa volaš / voláte? What's your name?
Odkiaľ si / ste? Where do you / did you come from Kedy? / Ako? When? / How?
Čo?/ Prečo? What? / When?
Kde?/ Ktorý? Where? / What?
Kolko? How much?
Kde je...? Where is ...?
Je tam...? Is there ...?

Kde môžem dostať ...? Where can I get ...?
Kde môžem nájsť .....? Where can I find ...?
Kde bývate? Where do you live?
Koľko máte rokov? How old are you?
Koľko je hodín? What time is it?
Zablúdil / zablúdila sum. I'm lost.
Hovorí niekto anglicky / Německý / ... Does anyone here speak English / German / ...
Rozumiete mi? Do you understand me?
Nerozumiem. I do not understand you /
Môžete mi ukázať cestu after mape? Can you show me the way on the map?
Povedali by ste mi ..... Could you tell me ...
Počkajte Wait
staré / nové old / new
dobré / zlé good / bad
drahé / lacné expensive / cheap
veľké / malé big / small
blízko / ďaleko near / far
voľné / obsadené free / busy
otvorené / zatvorené open / closed
vľavo / vpravo / rovno left / right / straight
ťahať/tlačiť push/pull

Cultural habits

The population in Slovakia is very welcoming when it comes to visitors. They like to speak their own language, but since many people do not speak Slovak, more and more of them also speak German. Meet the legends and sagas in Slovakia with a special monument, with the name of a city or a historical event. This is basically an insight on the country and the Slovak people.


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