The Slovak Republic has had a long and sometimes turbulent history. Its location in Central Europe made it the nexus for warring factions from the Celts to the Romans and Mongols to name but a few. Today, Slovakia welcomes tourists to learn its history and enjoy its culture.

Most visitors head to the capital of Bratislava as it’s easy to get to from Vienna, Prague and Budapest. From here you can explore all the country has to offer. Rich in culture there are folk festivals throughout the year. The mountainous country is equally abundant in historic sites and traditions worth exploring.

There are castles and ruins, hiking, caves that are open to the public, thermal spas, a variety of accommodations and traditional foods to be enjoyed. And be sure to take a tour of the Small Carpathian Mountains where the Red Stone Castle boasts the largest wine cellar in Central Europe.

Wherever we go, we always have a beaten up guidebook, local phrasebook, and weatherproof map in our backpacks.