Have you ever thought about visiting Slovakia, one of the most underrated European countries? Wondering what’s there that’s worth a visit? We can tell you: there’s a lot! Both natural and cultural beauties – and the Tatras (yes, it’s a category of its own).
Living in Budapest, we’re so close to most parts of Slovakia that we often visit it on a weekend getaway. We’ve hiked all over the Tatras in the past 5 years, we did castle and waterfall hunts, and explored places that almost no one else except locals know about. If you’d like to learn about the highlights and the barely known beauties of Slovakia, we’re here to tell you about all of them.
Scroll below to read our tips and guides that help you to have the best of your time in Slovakia.
Best time to visit Slovakia
Slovakia has a continental climate with four seasons. The higher parts of the Tatra Mountains have a high mountain climate with cold, white winters, cool summers and a lot of rain and snow throughout the year.
Days are long and warm (with occasional storms), and all of Europe is on holiday which comes with high prices and crowds. Summer is the main hiking season in the High Tatras though.
April – May & Sept – Oct
Weather is fine, and the number of visitors is lower. This is probably the best time for sightseeing. It’s the worst season for hiking in the High Tatras (most trails are closed, and melting snow in spring can be dangerous), but you can enjoy several other national parks.
Nov – March
HIGH SEASON FOR SKIING
Though winter is low season for sightseeing, ski resorts are busy this time of the year. There’s not much snow at lower elevations, but several of Slovakia’s mountains are high enough to get covered in white during the winter.
Best of Slovakia travel tips
Looking for unique experiences, off-the-beaten-track places and important things to know about traveling in Slovakia? We share what we know about them:
Where to go hiking in Slovakia?
The High Tatras are probably the most well-known hiking destination in Slovakia, and they’re also the highest. But the Low Tatras, the barely known Great and Little Fatras and the charming glens of the Slovak Paradise all have their own charm. Moreover, they offer a longer hiking season, starting from April and ending around mid-October.
We share our favorite hikes in Slovakia with you:
Best of hiking in the Tatras
Here’s the best day hikes we did in the High and Low Tatras:
Best of hiking in Slovak Paradise National Park
This small national park is a real paradise with lush forests, wild creeks, adventurous ravines, glens and waterfalls. We show you the best of it:
Follow our current adventures
We’ve been travelling together for more than 8 years, and our baby boy who was born last year also joined us on our adventures. We have extensively travelled throughout Europe and the USA, especially California. We’ve had a wonderful campervan trip in Australia where we dream to return.
We will continue to explore Europe, but we’d also like to visit more places in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Asia in the following years.
We can’t wait to share our favorite adventures along the way.
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