When it comes to European destinations to visit, Slovakia isn’t usually at the top of most people’s bucket list. I didn’t know anything about Slovakia before going, and had limited expectations. Well, what a pleasant surprise awaited.

It turns out it’s a beautiful country with so much to offer. It’s a land full of castles, thermal baths, caves, jaw-dropping architecture – not to mention ample opportunities for cross-country skiing in the winter.

If you’re not sure what to do in Slovakia, then here are some of the top attractions you should add to your itinerary on a first time visit.

Visit Bratislava

For us, we felt Bratislava was very romantic. We floated in a ferry down the famous and beautiful Danube River and took the old-style red tourist tram to get some history and an orientation, which stops at the iconic castle for a beautiful view of the city.

Visit The High Tatras

The High Tatras has so much to do it makes it easy to keep everyone happy. Our biggest problem each day was trying to choose between all the amazing things on offer. These are the activities we loved the most in the High Tatras…

Walking and Hiking on the Limitless Trails

We recommend hiking the Strazyska Valley which borders with Zakopane in Poland, as there is a nice waterfall up there and some incredible mountain views.

Row Boats on Crystal Clear Glacial Lakes

Despite being one of the most popular places to visit in Slovakia it’s not a busy place, given that the country has a low population and receives only half a million tourists a year, so you can relax in this gorgeous alpine setting with peace and quiet.

Explore Dobšinská Ice Cave

This impressive UNESCO World Heritage Site was discovered in 1870 by miners, and has since captivated anyone who visits it. It extends for a depth of 960 meters, making it one of the lowest ice caves in the world.

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