10 Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Slovakia
Slovakia is one of the most underrated European countries. The landlocked country with the Tatra Mountains at its natural border with Poland boasts spectacular beauty. Slovakia has a total of 9 national parks, numerous caves and abysses of which 12 are inscribed in the UNESCO Natural Heritage List, 14 open-air museums, or skanzens, beautiful landscapes offering many hiking trails and beautiful cities that reflect its culture and heritage. There are beautiful villages like Vlkolinec and many gorgeous cities like Martin, Košice, Liptov, Trenčín and Nitra. You can visit many beautiful castles in the country like the Stará Ľubovňa castle and Orava Castle. Apart from these places, down below we’ve mentioned 10 more Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Slovakia:
The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains. Bratislava is known for its lively bars and cafes. The 18th-century old town set along the Danube River offers many hiking and biking trails. Bratislava is home to the beautiful Bratislava Castle, the Old Town Hall, St Martin’s Cathedral, Grassalkovich Palace, Michael’s Gate and many other major tourists attractions. Bratislava is a great place to start your Slovakia journey as you will find many major touristy places nearby this city. From here you can visit the Devín Castle, the town Trnava which is 47 km to the north-east of Bratislava. In the Trnava region, you can find the spa town Pieštàny for a little break.
2. Spiš Castle:
The ruins of this 12th-century castle is among the largest castle sites in Central Europe. Looking over the town of Spišské Podhradie and the village of Žehra, the Spiš castle is spread over an area of 10 acres. Located in the region of Spiš, the site of the castle is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the Spiš region, you can also visit Spis Jerusalem, nearby Siva Brada and the town of Kežmarok on the Poprad River.
3. Banská Štiavnica, Banská Bystrica:
The town Banská Štiavnica, located in the region of Banská Bystrica, is a medieval town in the middle of an immense caldera created by the collapse of an ancient volcano. The preserved town is home to beautiful castles, chapels, the Počúvadlo lake and the mining museum. You should also pay a visit to the Donovaly village in the Banská Bystrica region along with the city. Donovaly is one of the most beautiful villages you will visit in the country located between the mountains of Veľká Fatra and Starohorské vrchy. The Banská Bystrica is also a popular destination located on the Huron River surrounded by the mountain chains of the Low Tatras.
4. Liptovský Mikuláš & Žilina:
Located on the Váh River, Liptovský Mikuláš is a beautiful town in the Liptov region near the Low Tatra mountains. Here you will find the beautiful Aquapark Tatralandia, the Demänovská Ice Cave, Liptovská Mara which is a reservoir, Zoo Kontakt and much more. From here you can go on to explore the beautiful city of Žilina which is close to both the Czech and Polish borders. Žilina is home to many lovely places including the Budatín Castle, Lietava Castle and Museum of Povazie region. Visit the beautiful villages of Demänovská Dolina and Pribylina.
5. Slovak Paradise National Park:
Slovakia has nine national parks and all of them are gorgeous but the Slovak Paradise National Park and the Low Tatras National Park are the most popular ones. The Slovak Paradise National in East Slovakia was opened in 1988 and it has been protecting the wildlife and nature of the region since. The park is home to picturesque lakes, waterfalls, scenic canyons, and a dense forest with rich flora and fauna. There are many hiking trails with scenic views. The Low Tatras National Park, on the other hand, is located between the Váh River and the Hron River valleys also boasting great natural beauty.
6. High Tatras Mountains:
The beautiful High Tatras are located between Slovakia and Poland. The mountains range is home to many popular skiing resorts, lake, caves, and towns located at the foot of the mountains. Visit the picture-perfect Štrbské Pleso which is a glacial lake and one of the most attractive places to visit in the country. The lively city of Poprad is also a great destination to explore which is also known as the gateway to Tatras National Park. Also, explore the Prešov city and the region with Šariš as well as the historic Szepes.
Gothic church, Renaissance buildings, old well-preserved town wall, historic centre and the highest wooden altar in the world which is carved by Master Pavol of Levoča, Levoča is one of the most popular places to visit in Slovakia. You will find the Basilica of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the hill Mariánska hora which looks over the town Levoča. Located in the Prešov Region along with Levoča is the Kežmarok District which is home to the small but beautiful village of Červený Kláštor. After exploring the tiny village you can also visit the Pieniny National Park.
Another beautiful town of Slovakia, Bardejov is located in the Šariš region on a floodplain terrace of the Topľa River, in the hills of the Beskyd Mountains. Basilica of St Giles, Zborov Castle, Šariš Museum and the alpine peak Busov are the most popular places to visit in Bardejov. The Hervartov village located in the Bardejov District is also a great place to relax.
9. Slovak Karst & The Caves:
The Slovak Karst offers a great opportunity for hikers and adventurers. It is one of the mountain ranges of the Slovenské Rudohorie Mountains in the Carpathians. It was declared a national park on 1st March 2002. With huge karst plains and plateaus, the mountains offer breathtaking views from the peaks.
The Demänovská Cave Of Liberty is the most popular cave in Slovakia. The karst cave located in Low Tatras is the visited cave in the country. Another popular cave is the Domica cave which is situated on the south-western border of the Silicka planina Plateau.
The historical town in central Slovakia, Bojnice is home to arguably the most beautiful castle in Slovakia, the Bojnice Castle. The Romanesque medieval castle with original Gothic and Renaissance elements looks straight out of a fairytale. The 12th-century castle is the most visited castle in Slovakia. The town at the upper Nitra river, near the city of Prievidza, is also home to the oldest zoo in Slovakia and also one among the oldest spa towns in Slovakia.