Slovakia is bordered by Poland on the north, Ukraine on the east, Hungary on the south, and Austria and the Czech Republic on the west. A series of mountain ranges cover most of the country.

The bleak peaks of the Tatras range are a magnet for climbers and punctuate the western plains. The neighbouring Czech Republic has a more established tourism industry, but here there is much to be discovered from traditional folk festivals and fairytale castles to mint-blue ice caves and snowboarding pistes. Hiking and skiing are big in mountainous Slovakia.

Know before you go

CAPITAL: Bratislava
LANGUAGE: Slovak, Hungarian, Roma and Ukrainian
To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required

POPULATION: 5,459 million

Slovakia Climate

Slovakia’s climate varies greatly by elevation. Temperatures range from a low of 14°F (-10°C) in January to a high of 68°F (20°C) in July.

Travel Warning

Most visits to Slovakia are trouble-free. There is a risk of petty crime, especially in Bratislava. Pickpockets operate around the main tourist areas, particularly the popular Christmas markets and in bars, and foreigners are easily identified and targeted.

There has been an increase in reports of thefts from visitors in nightclubs and, strip clubs around the old town pedestrian area in Bratislava as a result of drink spiking.

Be aware of ‘road pirates’ who target foreign-registered cars. Some will stab a tyre at a petrol station, then follow their target until the car stops; they then offer assistance and rob the target.

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Slovakia, attacks can’t be ruled out. You should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public places, including in places frequented by foreign travellers.

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