Tourism in Slovakia offers natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns, folk architecture, spas and ski resorts. More than 4.3 million people visited Slovakia in 2015, and the most attractive destinations are the capital of Bratislava and the High Tatras.
Slovakia or Slovak Republic, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Not to be confused with Slovenia. It is surrounded by Austria to the west, Czech Republic to the northwest, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north and Ukraine to the east.
Slovakia is a modern democratic country and is a member of the European Union.
The main reasons to visit Slovakia are its natural beauty, vivid history and great opportunities for relaxation. For the same reasons Lonely Planet put it in as number 5 on its Best in Travel 2013 – Top 10 countries list, being best for “culture, adventure and off the beaten track”.
Slovakia has nine national parks, which cover a relatively big portion of the country and feature the tallest part of the Carpathian Mountain Range, the High Tatras, which offer great opportunities for mountain and winter sports as well as great vistas.
Geologically, a sizable part of Slovakia is made out of limestone, which in combination with many springs and rivers has resulted in formation of numerous caves and the beautiful rocky formations, canyons and waterfalls of the Slovak Paradise and Slovak Karst.
Even outside these areas, there are some beautiful landscapes, and all of Slovakia is covered by thousands of well-marked hiking trails.
Slovakia is one of the most dynamic nations when it comes to tourism. According to Drobna, the country boasts of picturesque natural landscapes such as mountain and caves, medieval castles and ancient towns, spas and ski resorts as well as a host of other attractions throughout the country (The Heart of Europe).
During the past few years million people visited Slovakia with the most sought tourist’s destination in the country being the capital Bratislava and the High Tatras.
Slovakia isn’t known as a major global tourist destination, but it should be. After all, there are many interesting Slovakia attractions worth seeing.
For starters, Slovakia has many enchanting castles, the most famous of which is the Bojnice Castle. Built in the 11th century, the Bojnice Castle houses a collection of antique furniture and other artistic treasures.
It is also the site of the annual International Festival of Ghosts and Spooks.
Other castles which make remarkable Slovakia attractions include the Betliar Manor House, which has an impressive library and historical garden, as well as the Castle of Trencin, which offers night tours and medieval exhibits all year round.
Slovakia is popular for its wooden churches, too. In fact, most of its wooden churches have been listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites for their unique architecture and beautiful interior.