Slovakia - Useful Information for Travelers and Tourists
For basic geographic data see Geography of Slovakia.
BRATISLAVA - the capital of Slovakia. Population 586,000, location 48-10' NL, 17-10' EL.
Kosice (population 235,000), Nitra (90,000), Presov (88,000), Banska Bystrica (85,000), Zilina (84,000), Trnava (72,000), Martin (60,000), Trencin (57,000), Poprad (53,000), Zvolen (42,000).
Slovak cities and villages
Slovakia adopted the euro on 1 January 2009. On July 8, 2008 the European Union had formally invited Slovakia to join the European single currency and had set the rate at which crowns (koruna) were exchanged for euros. The official rate was set at 30.1260 crowns to the euro.
See HERE how Slovak Euro coins look. For more information see the National Bank of Slovakia site and the European Central Bank site.
Current exchange rates.
ATM machines are everywhere in Slovakia.
VISA AND CUSTOM DUTIES
On May 1, 2004 the Slovak republic became a part of the European Union. Visa and custom duties are adjusted according to European directives.
As of 21st December 2007, the Slovak republic together with Estonia, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Poland and Slovenia have become part of the Schengen area. Controls at internal land and sea borders between these countries and the current 15 member states were lifted. The checks on external borders remain the same as new Member States to the EU have been applying the Schengen external border acquis since accession. The Slovak Republic has external border with Ukraine.
More information about travelling to Slovakia is on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs page.
CET (Central European Time) = GMT+1 (Summer time (CET DST) +1 hour)
Starts at the end of March and ends at the end of October.
Video System: PAL (newer), sound CCIR D/K
Picture of electricity plug used in Slovakia.
Generally 9 - 18 (some with lunch break). Some hypermarkets are open roundclock. (See the list of holidays below.)
*Banks may close at 3:30*.
Saturday, most stores close at noon.
Sunday, except hypermarkets and shopping centers almost none are open.
Links to biggest shopping malls and hypermarkets in Bratislava.
HOLIDAYS IN 2017
|January 1||Day of the Slovak Republic - shops are closed|
|January 6||Three Kings - shops are closed|
|April 14||Good Friday (Velky Piatok in Slovak) - shops are closed|
|April 17||Easter Monday (Velkonocny pondelok) - shops are closed also on Easter Sunday|
|May 1||Labour Day - shops are closed|
|May 8||VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) - shops are closed|
|July 5||Sts. Cyril and St. Methodius Day - shops are closed|
|August 29||Day of the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising - shops are closed|
|September 1||Constitution Day (Slovak Republic, 1993) - shops are closed|
|September 15||Madonna patron of Slovakia - shops are closed|
|November 1||All Saints Day - shops are closed|
|November 17||Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day - shops are closed|
|December 24||Christmas Eve (Christmas in Slovakia) - shops are closed after midday|
|December 25||I. Christmas holiday - shops are closed|
|December 26||II. Christmas holiday - St. Stefans Day - shops are closed|
Continental with hot summers and cold winters.
The coldest month is January (0°C), warmest July and August (26°C). In high altitude the snow lasts for 130 days per year.
ADDRESSES FOR TRAVELERS
|TOURISM AND RELAX |
Bits and Pieces of Slovak Culture
FOOD About Slovak cuisine (a small culinary dictionary).