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 fairy tale castles, to mint-blue ice caves and snowboarding pistes. Hiking and skiing is big in mountainous Slovakia.
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.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
POPULATION: 5.4 million
LANGUAGE: Slovak, Hungarian, Roma, Ukrainian
CURRENCY: Slovak Koruna
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 220V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +421
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC +1