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Visit scenic Donovaly, Oravský Hrad Castle, drive through the Low Tatra Mountains, and more.

If you have a passion for castles, you’re going to love Slovakia! With more castles and chateaux per capita than anywhere else in the world, more than 6,000 caves and counting, and exceptional diversity in nature, plenty of adventures await in this wonderful country. Bratislava is particularly special as Slovakia’s capital, given that it borders both Austria and Hungary and in doing so, is the world’s only capital to border two countries. As a landlocked country, Slovakia is also bordered by Poland, the Czech Republic and Ukraine. Ancient settlements have been uncovered here that date as far back as 80,000 years ago. 

The discovery of the ‘Moravianska venuša’ (Venus of Moravany) - a sculpture of a woman, carved out of a mammoth’s tusk - is believed to be from 22,800 BC and therefore indicates that Slovakian ancestors lived here in the Stone Age. ‘Name Day’ is a cultural tradition that has existed for centuries, where each day of the year has a first name allocated to it; the calendar date that a Slovakian’s name falls on becomes their ‘Naming Day’ which is celebrated like a birthday. Many famous sportsmen and women were born in Slovakia, including tennis player Daniela Hantcuhová, ice hockey player Pavol Demitra, and figure-skater Ondrej Nepela. 

Must-see landmarks

One site that is well worth exploring while in the capital is the majestic, 9th century Bratislava Castle. Overlooking the River Danube, this epic structure was once a defence fortification but is now home to the Museum of History, exhibiting sculptures, paintings, and art. Complete with a Baroque garden, the ‘Yard of Honour’ with two spectacular gates, and impressive views of Slovakia, Austria, and even as far as Hungary from the castle towers, this is understandably one of the most popular Slovakian landmarks. In the surrounding Old Town, the Maximillian Fountain (also known as Roland’s Fountain) can be found. Built in the 16th century, this statue is shrouded in legendary tales of the stone knight coming to life as the clock strikes midnight for New Year and during Good Friday. However, it is thought that the only people who can see this ‘miracle’ unfold are those who are native locals to the area, who have been of pure heart and actions for the entirety of their life.

Journeying on from Bratislava, the small villages of the Tatra Mountains are another place to include on the sightseeing list. Characterised by austere wooden churches and traditional folk houses, the Tatra mountain range borders Slovakia and Poland and is a protected area, with National Park status on both sides. Idyllic, enchanting views are a given here. Often described as one of the country’s most beautiful castles, Oravský Hrad Castle is another captivating sight to behold, even from afar. This National Cultural Heritage Monument is built atop a steep cliff-face and was first referred to in historical documents in the 1200s.

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Slovakia Travel Tips

On Luxury Gold tours, your Travelling Concierge is fluent in the local language and culture. Before you go, here is more information about Slovakia.

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When to go: June-September for the highest temperatures which allows more comfortable viewing of this mountainous country.


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