Untouched nature and cultural wealth
If you love hills, you will love Slovakia. More than half of our territory is covered by mountains and highlands, where you’ll find countless romantic hideaways and that rare peace and quiet, undisturbed by the bustle of big cities. There are nine national parks where you can explore, relax, and recharge your batteries.
Slovakia is also extremely rich in culture and history. The village of Vlkolínec, the best-preserved Slovak folk architectural reserve with original wooden houses, is situated amidst the beautiful nature of Liptov. Unique houses with ornamental decorations can be found in the village of Čičmany.
Banská Štiavnica, situated in the centre of a volcano and surrounded by the Štiavnica Mountains, is a magical and mystical place.
A unique rectangular square with the remarkable Basilica Minor of St. Egidius is located in Slovakia’s most Gothic town, Bardejov.
The historical landmark of Spiš is Spiš Castle, the largest castle ruin in Central Europe.
The highest Gothic altar in the world, made from linden wood, is 18.62 m high and can be admired at the Basilica Minor of St. James in Levoča.
The picturesque wooden churches, scattered mainly throughout eastern Slovakia, are simply enchanting. The oldest of them is the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Hervartov, built in the 15th century.
Don’t forget the castles and châteaus. In the small territory of Slovakia, 180 castles and châteaus and 425 mansions have been preserved – the former seats of famous rulers that resisted enemy attacks and hosted significant historical events.