Slovak Republic

Slovak Republic

Historic Architecture Amid Natural Wonders

The Slovak Republic packs an incredible number of cultural attractions into a relatively small region, in the heart of Europe. Travellers cab explore UNESCO World Heritage sites like Spiš Castle, nine National Parks, ski resorts and mysterious caves. Outdoor activities shine here, especially in the High Tatras where walking trails lead to glacier lakes and soaring peaks. The capital city, Bratislava, offers the intriguing blend of a Gothic old town with trendy cafes, vibrant nightlife and the Danube River, near the Austrian border.

Along with Austria and 12 other countries, the Slovak Republic is covered by the Danube EU macro-regional strategy. Objectives of the strategy include building prosperity, strengthening connections and protecting the environment, which enhances sustainable tourism in the Slovak Republic. Four fascinating cultural routes pass through the country, allowing travellers to experience highlights such as Jewish heritage, the life of Saint Martin, Romanesque architecture, myths and legends.

How to get there?

Bratislava Airport is the biggest in the country and the entry point for most travellers, along with Košice International Airport. Bus and car travel from neighbouring countries is easy, and direct train routes are available from the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Russia. Most major cities offer reliable public transport systems. Popular cycle trails weave throughout the country and beyond, including EuroVelo routes 6, 11 and 13.

  • Time Zone
    GMT +1
  • Population
    5.4 million
  • Capital
  • Official language
  • Currency
    € or EUR

Citizens of the EU do not require a visa

Cultural Routes in Slovak Republic

The four cultural routes that pass through the Slovak Republic directly link it to other countries in the Danube macro-region. These include the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany and Hungary, as well as many other countries outside the macro-region. Travellers to the Slovak Republic may stop along European Mozart Ways, the Saint Martin of Tours Route, the Romanesque Routes of European Heritage and the European Route of Jewish Heritage.

European Mozart Ways

Illustrious music composer, Mozart, is believed to have visited Bratislava at the request of the Hungarian nobility at the beginning of his career. This route traces his steps across ten countries, connecting the Slovak Republic with Austria, the Czech Republic and Germany within the Danube macro-region. Mozart spent perhaps one-third of his life touring and the route stops by world-renowned opera houses, palaces, villas, hotels and concert halls associated with the composer. Along the way, there are plenty of educational opportunities to delve into his incredible past.

Saint Martin of Tours Route

Saint Martin of Tours travelled across Europe throughout his entire life. The Christian saint was the Bishop of Tours and has been venerated since the 4th century. Thousands of monuments are dedicated to him, including Saint Martin’s Cathedral in Bratislava, among fourteen others across the continent. Overall, the route traverses more than 10 countries, covering more than 5000 km. Travellers explore moments of the saint’s life, from his birth in Tours, to his childhood home and the place of his grave in Italy, while discovering traditions and folklore.


TRANSROMANICA: The Romanesque Routes of European Heritage

The Romanesque architectural style became prominent around the year 1000, as European artists took inspiration from Roman and early Christian tradition. It’s characterised by rounded, Roman arches and harmonious lines. The Slovak Republic features on this route with three monuments located in Spišské Podhradie, Bíňa and Diakovce. Across the entire route of nine countries, travellers discover medieval churches, cathedrals, monasteries and churches across varying cultures. Paths also cross those of important historical figures, such as Otto the Great and Matilda of Canossa.

European Route of Jewish Heritage

The Slovak Republic offers many stops along this route, including the Chatam Sofer Memorial in Bratislava and the Jewish Community Compound in Košice. The route connects the country to most of the continent, highlighting the integral role of the Jewish people as part of European civilisation. Jewish heritage is explored via historic synagogues, cemeteries, archaeological sites, monuments and museums. Travellers are invited to participate in organised events and make use of educational resources, such as libraries and archives, to foster appreciation and understanding of Jewish heritage.

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