Slovakia Travel and Tourist Guide
If you are looking for tourist regions, go to Places of Tourism and Relax in Slovakia.
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.
*Banks may close at 3:30*.
Saturday, most stores close at noon.
Sunday, except hypermarkets and shopping centers almost none are open.
Links to hypermarkets in Slovakia.
Basic Food Products in Slovakia
Metric and other conversions.
HOLIDAYS IN 2014
|January 1||Day of the Slovak Republic|
|January 6||Three Kings|
|April 18||Good Friday (Velky Piatok in Slovak) |
|April 21||Easter Monday |
|May 1||Labour Day|
|May 8||VE Day (Victory in Europe Day)|
|July 5||Sts. Cyril and St. Methodius Day|
|August 29||Day of the anti-Nazi Slovak National Uprising|
|September 1||Constitution Day (Slovak Republic, 1993)|
|September 15||Madonna patron of Slovakia|
|November 1||All Saints Day|
|November 17||Fight for Freedom and Democracy Day|
|December 24||Christmas Eve (Christmas in Slovakia) |
|December 25||I. Christmas holiday|
|December 26||II. Christmas holiday - St. Stefans Day|
CLIMATE 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).
Published: January 6, 2012
Updated: January 1, 1900