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Best places to see in Slovakia

By Traveller October 20, 2017

Best places to see in Slovakia

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By Stephanie Traveller October 20, 2017

We have a few days to spend in Slovakia in early November. What do you recommend as the best places to see? We were thinking of Banska Stiavnica and Bojnice castle, but were hoping to see some lesser known places as well. We are a family with two small children and Grandma. Would you recommend these places and do you have any other recommendations? Thanks!

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I wouldnt say this place is lesser known, but its open only for few weeks now so its must see even for Slovak tourists. You wouldnt find it in any foreign tourist guides yet. The page is in Slovak but with a help of google I believe you’ll get the point. Try and see for yourself. It has some educational and fun things for children on its way.
Local October 20, 2017
Thank you! We will look into this!
It depends on how many days you're planning on staying, but some of the places I would personally recommend for a family trip are: Bojnice Castle (however the queues can get very long at times, so it would be better to visit it earlier in the morning, or on a Monday/Tuesday rather than on the weekend), Orava Castle or Trencin Castle; Kremnica and Banska Stiavnica are both beautiful quite close to each other (in Kremnica, a cafe called Cafe Levandula is a locals' favourite, in Banska Stiavnica it's Teahouse Klopacka). If you're able to travel a bit further, a city called Bardejov in the east of the country is one of UNESCO's World heritage sites and is worth visiting. If you feel like We've got plenty of beautiful caves, such as Ochtinska Aragonitova Jaskyna or Demanovska Jaskyna Slobody, I haven't been to either but apparently they're both amazing. And if you'd like to spend a day like in the old old days, why not visit Cicmany? It's a folk architecture reserve and it's quite close to Rajecka Lesna, home to the biggest movable wood carved Betlehem in the world. Hopefully I've answered your questions and if you'd like to know some more specific places to visit, let me know! :) In the meantime, you can watch this video, the guy gives very good tips for travelling through less known places in Slovakia :)
Local October 20, 2017
Thank you for the video. I don't think we will make it so far east as Bardejov, but we will add Cicmany to our list of stops!
Hi Stephanie, nice to hear you want to see rest of the country outside of Bratislava. You definitely picked the right places if you are travelling with the family.
Bojnice - best to get here by car or take direct train from Bratislava to Prievidza (city nearby). In addition to castle, you can visit ZOO as well as walk through the forest park in the local spa resort, where you can also bath in outside thermal pool. It is quiet and family-friendly city that I can recommend, as I grew up there:) If you fancy some nice drinks with your husband, go to Varadero Cuban Bar - they are excellent.
Banska Stiavnica - I have been only once a long time ago but I am getting continuously a good feedback on the city and quality of services.
If you still have some time, you might also consider visiting Poprad / High Tatras region in the north with loads to do - ranging from Spis castle, Besenova / Tatralandia thermal aquaparks or just leasurly strolls around high-mountain lakes such as Strbske pleso in the mountains of High Tatras.

Of course, there are many other places worth seeing but I guess these are the most essential ones :)
Local Ambassador October 21, 2017
This makes me want to spend another night in the area of Bojnice, but I have booked a place to stay near Strbske Pleso so we'll likely see it too. Thank you!
Excellent choice. Enjoy your trip:)