- 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.
- 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
- Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum Slovak art enjoys a watery backdrop at a world-class gallery practically afloat in the Danube.
- Museum of City History Religious art and artful furnishings fill Bratislava's adjoining Town Hall and Period Rooms Museum.
- Tatra Gallery Stimulating contemporary art in Poprad's former power plant.
- Museum of the Slovak Village Cottages, churches and hallmarks of 19th-century life are recreated at the country’s largest open-air museum.
- Slovenský Betlehem A woodcarving masterpiece of Slovak landmarks and Biblical scenes – it even moves!
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.
- 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.