Slovakia is small central-European country that became independent in 1993, following the break-up of the former Czechoslovakia. Even though the country lies close to central Europe's large tourist centers – Vienna, Budapest and Prague – it is relatively little known. Nonetheless with a multitude of natural beauty spots and architectural sites concentrated in relatively small area, it is certainly a very interesting destination.
Roads and Riding
Most of the country is mountainous with deep forests spreading over the northern part. Slovakia is known for its numerous and impressive mountain ranges. Roads through the mountains are generally very good and make for excellent riding. It can rain in the mountains of Slovakia, so wet weather riding gear is a must.
Climate and Environment, When to Go
Slovakia’s temperatures in summer are very moderate, rarely climbing above 25 degrees Celsius. Mountain weather can vary. Snow can stay on the higher slopes of the Tatras through to June, and the mountains can attract rain in the spring. Some years sees September quite mild and warm however, with snow and rain holding off until later months.
Sights, People, Food and Drink
One of the country’s biggest attractions are the High Tatras, Slovakia’s highest mountains. They are characterized by deep valleys dotted with traditional peasant villages and steep rocky peaks. Here can be found Slovakia’s highest mountain, the 2,655-metre-high Gerlach. Slovaks are traditional and familial by nature, but a conversation about their beautiful country will open them up quickly.
Facts for the Traveler
|Land area:||49.035 sq km|
|Official language:||Slovak (very similar to Czech)|
|EU Member:||May 2004|
|Religion:||Roman Catholic (60 %), Greek Catholic, Lutheran, Russian Orthodox|
|Time zone:||Central European Time (GMT+1)|
|International dialing number:||+421|
|Visa:||Tourists from most countries (EU, USA, etc) do not need visa. A valid passport is required only.|
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