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!

Mountains, lakes, skiing, nature, culture, a holiday park in Slovakia

Slovakia has a lot to offer when it comes to culture. The city of Nitra is a lovely destination for a city break. The town is beautifully situated in a hilly area, the upper town castle is well worth a visit, it actually has like three churches. You'll also find a Baroque plague column from the 1760's here. There is a great historical library housed here as well. In the lower part of the town there is the Stefan Chapel, the oldest building in Nitra. In the vicinity of the city, you can hike to Zobor Peak with a height of 588 meters, by following one of the numerous trails. The Zobor national park is highly recommended if you love peace and nature. The Jelenia Gastnaica chestnut is also to be seen. Nitra is a nice destination for spending a few days here, and with a holiday park in Slovakia you will have plenty to do here.

The mountains of Slovakia
When you hear the name of the Tatra mountains, you think of Slovakia. The mountains here are divided into the High and Low Tatras. You will find that a holiday in Slovakia allows you to enjoy that little bit of everything; mountain lakes like Liptov, known ski areas such as Banska, special stalactite caves like Demanovska, romantic valleys like Muran. In the High Tatras you will find rugged mountain peaks with heights of up to 2600 meters. In Tatranska Lomnica you will find the Museum of Nature. Stary Smokovec is a beautiful ski resort that you can enjoy from one of our holiday parks in Slovakia. The Low Tatras offer a landscape with rocky ridges and caves, the highest peak is 2024 meters tall, at Chopok. Lovers of nature, tranquility, walks and hikes, challenging mountain bike trips, cozy winter sports are in the right place in the Tatras. Check online for the activity that suits you best and enjoy your holiday in Slovakia.

Fun and variety in Slovakia
You may not be aware of the fact that Slovakia is a wonderful place for cycling. Yet it is indeed and if you consider the hilly landscape you'll realize the country is actually a rather challenging place when it comes to culture. The signs may not be the best, but you can find information about the biking and hiking trails in any supermarket. Just take your bike and explore some of the 5400 miles of trails and paths during your family holiday in Slovakia. Discover the glaciers and the glacial lakes, you'll find them in the most beautiful locations. The national park in the Presov region is known for its special ravines and the deep Dunajec river. If you are adventurous enough, here you can sail on large rafts and live an unforgettable experience. In Slovakia you'll always encounter a beautiful place, an interesting local museum or a local terrace with a culinary treat. It's just one of a kind.

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    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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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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