Slovakia is a landlocked country in Central EuropePoland borders to the north, Ukraine to the east,  the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, and Hungary to the south. The country covers a 19,000-sq-mi territory that is mostly mountainous. There are many reasons to visit Slovakia, not the least of which its natural beauty, rich history and deluxe rooms for relaxation.

The official language is Slovak. Polish, Ukrainian, and Czech are understood in different areas of the country. Also, people involved in the tourist industry and just young people speak English rather well nowadays. The predominant religion is Catholicism.

Slovakia broke up with Czechoslovakia two decades ago. The now independent state is fast becoming one of Europe‘s most frequented destinations for hikers. Thanks to its dense forest and rugged mountains, the country is perfect for hiking adventures. Because of its relatively small land area, transit is quick and easy. This convenience allows for tourists to chase waterfalls one day and trek on mountains the following day. 

On the other hand Bratislava, the capital city, never lacks unique museums with dense forests as the backdrop. Eastward, you can find fortresses that overlook ancient towns all contrasting modern living.

Poprad is where hikers and skiers are headed. There is no lack of hotels and other accommodations, as well as nightlife facilities. There are a couple of authentic restaurants, where you can try local cuisine and Slovak beer. There is also a water park with a wide range of pools, water rides, and leisure opportunities. 

Belianska jaskyňa (Belianska Cave) is a fascinating stalactite cave, the largest and the only one open to the public in Tatra mountains.

Kosice was the Cultural capital of Europe in 2013. It offers its visitors a range of unique architecture, every building having its own history and legends. 

The currency here is Euro. Foreign currencies and traveler’s cheques exchange is available at bureaus de change, banks, major hotels and big travel agencies. Both credit and debit cards are acceptable, and ATMs are available widely.

Slovakia is a rather cheap country to travel to, comparing to other European countries. A day here may cost as little as 25 Euro (including accommodation in a hostel and a meal).

If you want to rent a car, you can do it at Bratislava airport or in main towns and resorts. Generally, you need to be over 18 years old, but some companies require the minimum age of 21. Cars in Slovakia drive on the right side of the road. Roads are in good condition, the main arteries particularly.

As for electricity, Slovakia uses type E sockets. You need to bring a travel adapter to fit the proper socket type. Check out the above-linked page to see the photos and other useful information. The standard voltage is 230 V.  Many of your devices may need a step-up transformer to match the electrical voltage.

August 9, 2016 12:00 am Published by 1 Comment

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