Castles

  • Spiš Castle One of Europe’s largest castles, Spiš commands sweeping views from its weathered walls.
  • Bojnice Castle Live out courtly fantasies at this spellbinding chateau, modelled on France’s Loire Valley castles.
  • Orava Castle The spooky filming location of Murnau’s 1922 movie, Nosferatu, with its own grisly history.
  • Devín Castle Stare out at Austria from the ramparts of this border-skirting castle from the 9th century.
  • Bratislava Castle Yes, it’s a reconstruction, but the sturdy fortress overlooking Slovakia’s capital is a regal sight.
  • Strečno Castle A medieval castle that looms over spectacular views of meadowland.
  • Beckov Castle A striking 14th-century castle, hair-raisingly perched on a cliff.

Hiking

  • High Tatras The landscape is wild, though surprisingly accessible, along hikes from mountain resorts Smokovec and Tatranská Lomnica.
  • Slovenský Raj National Park This thrilling national park offers rambles through meadows, forests and rocky gorges thrashed by waterfalls.
  • Vrátna Valley Ascend by cable car to Malá Fatra National Park’s most vertiginous walking trails.
  • Ždiar An utterly charming village accessing majestic green treks.
  • Pieniny National Park Combine hiking and river rafting on Pieniny’s peaks and waterways.

Art & Culture

Food & Drink

  • Bratislava From fusion cuisine in high-rise restaurants to Slovak farmhouse food in shadowy cellars.
  • Košice Aspiring to Bratislava’s coffee crown, the old town is lined with cafes pouring excellent brews.
  • Tokaj Macik An exemplary tasting cellar in Slovakia's famous Tokaj wine region.
  • Salaš Krajinka Nibble chewy sheep’s cheese overlooking meadows filled with woolly friends.
  • Štrbské Pleso Game, goulash, baked cheese...farmhouse cuisine never tasted better than in this spa town.
  • Small Carpathians Wine Region One of Slovakia’s six wine-growing regions and an easy road trip from Bratislava.

Quaint Villages

  • Čičmany Haunting symbols are daubed across a living museum of traditional architecture.
  • Vlkolínec A 14th-century village preserved in amber, from candy-coloured houses to its church bell.
  • Wooden Churches Route Barely there villages around Bardejov are crowned with rickety wooden churches.
  • Ždiar Planted in the Belá Tatras, this log-lined border village is a view-laden hiking retreat.
  • Tokaj Wine Country Rolling countryside conceals tiny wine-producing villages like Čerhov and Malá Tŕňa.