Welcome to Western Slovakia
Castles, vineyards and slow-paced living are the hallmarks of Western Slovakia. Rippling north and east of Bratislava are the Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians), their fertile lower slopes cloaked in vineyards. Beneath ground rush piping-hot mineral springs, feeding spa destinations such as Piešťany, whose healing waters have been renowned for centuries.
Ruined castles in Devín and Trenčín steal the most attention, but there are numerous meaningful detours, from monumental galleries to stately gardens – many of them in easy reach of Bratislava.