Top things to do in Slovakia

Top Choice Castle in Spišské Podhradie

Spiš Castle

Crowning a travertine hill above Spišské Podhradie village, this vast, Unesco-listed fortification is one of Central Europe's biggest castle complexes. Its bulwarks and thick defensive walls date to the 12th century…
Top Choice Museum in Western Slovakia

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

The windswept location of this world-class art gallery is as invigorating as the works on display. On a promontory jutting into the Danube, the Meulensteen immediately impresses with its outdoor sculpture garden. In…
Top Choice Castle in Central Slovakia

Orava Castle

The sight of Orava Castle, roosting on a forest-cloaked hilltop, sends a chill down the spine. Vampire aficionados may recognise its stern silhouette from Murnau’s classic 1922 movie Nosferatu, but the castle’s hist…
Top Choice National Park in Slovenský Raj & Around

Slovenský Raj National Park

Slovenský Raj's rocky plateaus, primeval forests and interlacing streams form some of Slovakia's most picturesque hiking terrain. Treks often involve scaling metal ladders or balancing on footbridges above waterfall…
Top Choice Museum in Martin

Museum of the Slovak Village

This picturesque recreated village – Slovakia's largest skanzen (open-air museum) – showcases over 120 faithfully reconstructed 19th-century dwellings in a bucolic location, 2km south of central Martin. Wander betwe…
Top Choice Area in Malá Fatra National Park

Vrátna Valley

Limestone pinnacles and thick forest conspire to make Vrátna Valley one of Slovakia's most majestic areas to hike or ski. A scenic road winds south from Terchová up through craggy Tiesňavy Gorge, past picnic sites a…
Top Choice Church in Košice

Cathedral of St Elizabeth

This 14th-century cathedral dominates Košice's main square, its gables bristling above tall, stained-glass windows while colourful roof tiles evoke a resplendent scaled dragon. One of Europe's easternmost Gothic cat…
Top Choice Museum in Bratislava

Museum of City History

Rove through Bratislava's past in the former town hall. First, scale the tower for a lookout over Bratislava. Then tour the exhibition rooms; loveliest of all, despite the dreary name, is the Hall of the Extended Mu…
Top Choice Slovak in Central Slovakia

Salaš Krajinka

A playground for lovers of sheep's cheese, Salaš Krajinka has not only a modern-rustic restaurant but a booth selling smoky, chewy cheese to be eaten at leisure around its gardens and miniature zoo. Decide between p…
Top Choice Winery in Eastern Slovakia

Tokaj Macik

Set among expansive vineyards and pastures, Macik winery is a delightful place to experience the region's famous Tokaj wine. A little advance notice is all that's required to taste between six and 13 varieties at th…