Family is the focal point of life in Slovakia, particularly in rural areas. As a result the country is chock-full of child-friendly attractions. Note that in cities, children aren't usually present for evening dining and drinking (as they often are in Western European countries).

  • Bratislava has plenty to keep kids interested, including wacky statues dotted around the old town, plenty of parks to scamper in, castles and cable cars.
  • Open-air museums, where visitors can peep inside old-timey houses and spot farm animals, are often fun for little travellers (with little attention spans); there are great examples in Martin and Bardejovské Kúpele.
  • Košice has a flashy fountain that sings, the centrepiece of a main square lined with ice cream parlours and cafes, plus there's a zoo in easy reach of the city.
  • Kids love Poprad's Aqua City water park, and mountain resorts nearby have plenty of child-friendly activities: summer rowing on Štrbské Pleso's lake, cycling in the Smokovec Resort Towns and in winter, ski slopes for all ages and abilities.

Get tips for family travel with Lonely Planet's Travel with Children.

Practicalities

  • Many hotels provide cots or additional beds for children, usually for a small fee.
  • Nappies, infant formula and baby food are readily available at pharmacies and larger supermarkets across Slovakia.
  • Restaurants and public spaces aren't particularly breastfeeding-friendly, though attitudes are gradually changing.
  • Children under 12 years must not sit in a car's front seat.
  • Some public toilets have nappy-changing areas, though standards aren't often high.