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Welcome to Slovakia

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Attraction Overview

If you are one who likes a good hike and beautiful scenery then Vrátna Valley is definitely a place for you to visit. Vrátna Valley is an area in the National Park of Malá Fatra and is full of limestone pinnacles and thick forest. Vrátna Valley is not only a place where you will be able to hike, in the winter it is a very popular place to go skiing. You will find scenic roads, picnic sites and roadside lookouts.

One of Slovakia´s most breathtaking castles is Orava castle, with Gothic spires and a vertigo-inducing hilltop setting. You will be accompanied by tour guides, who will explain the castles history regarding the 13th century and the vampires that were rumoured to have skinned servants alive. Visit the chambers that are draped in bearskin rugs, a fencing room full of weapons and the chance to stare at Nosferatu at the end of the tour.

19 royal coronations have been held within the 14th century walls of St Martin´s Cathedral. At the top of the Cathedral you will see the crown, which is 300 kg of real gold and the 85 meter Gothic tower was formerly a look out point. St Martin´s Cathedral was built on the site of what was a site of a Romanesque church as a part of the city´s fortified walls.

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Climate

Slovakia has a typical European continental influenced climate, which consists of dry summers and cold winters.

January is known to be the coldest month of the year and can have a temperature of 0ºC.

July is known to be the hottest month of the year and can reach temperatures of 20-25ºC.

The best time to visit Slovakia is between the months of May and September. 

Duty Free

if you are travelling to Slovakia from the European Union you will be able to import; 800 cigarettes, 1 kg of tobacco, 110 litres of beer, 90 litres of wine, 10 litres of spirits with more than 22% alcohol and 20 litres of beverages with less than 22% alcohol.

Getting Around

Slovakia has all kinds of public transport such as, buses, trains, trolleybuses, tramways and taxis.

Depending on where you are travelling to on the bus the prices will differ. The buses provide lines to all the main cities and villages.

You will be able to catch the train service to almost anywhere. If you are travelling to some of the smaller villages then you may want to check the trains as most of them do not travel to the smaller villages.

You will be able to get a taxi from any taxi rank, which are normally located next to the bus and train stations. If you are out in the smaller town and villages taxis are still easy to come by so you will never find yourself stuck.

Health

If you are travelling to Slovakia then you should get a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles you to state provided medical treatments. 

The doctors and medical equipment are constantly being upgraded in Slovakia. 

Hospital are under maintained and English is barely spoken by the receptionists and nurses.

Language

For nearly 10% of the population the first language is Hungarian.

The rest of Slovakia speak Slovak which is very similar to Czech.

Money

Slovakia currently use the Euro (€) as their currency.

Travellers cheques are still accepted and can be exchanged at banks or bureaux de change.

If you are travelling from Northern Ireland or Scotland then you will not be able to exchange Scottish or Irish notes.

Always check that the shop or restaurant that you want to purchase in accepts the credit or debit card that you want to use. Most places in Slovakia accept all major credit and debit cards.

Safety

In the main cities and most tourist areas you will need to be aware of pickpockets, foreigners are easily recognized and targeted. Always make sure that your belongings are close and never kept unattended. 

If you are going to be enjoying the night life in Slovakia then be aware of your drinks. There have been reports of people being given drinks that have been spiked and waking up hours later with their valuables missing.

If you are going to be hiring a car whilst on your visit then you must be warned of road pirates. Foreign registered and hire cars will be targeted, some will stab a tyre for example and then follow the car until you have to stop, offer you help and then rob you. If you are alone or have belongings in the car then it is advised that you do not accept help from strangers. Keep the car locked and your belongings kept out of site and call the police for assistance.

Time

Slovakia are in the Central European Time Zone (GMT+01:00).

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