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The Slovak Republic, located in Central Europe, borders the Czech Republic in the west, Austria and Hungary in the south, Ukraine in the east and Poland in the north. The prevailing continental climate is characterised by cold winters and warm summers. Average temperatures range from 20º to -5º Celsius.

With its two millennia of history, for centuries the city of Bratislava was the coronation seat of the former Hungarian monarchy. Today Bratislava occupies an advantageous position on both banks of the Danube directly at the foot of the Lesser Carpathians slopes. The most popular sights are Bratislava Castle, which dominates the city, the coronation site of the Hungarian kings, St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Archbishop’s Palace and the historic city centre.

Bratislava is also the seat of the Bratislava Opera and the Slovak National Theatre. Its numerous cafes, bars, wine bars and wine cellars are filled with beautiful melodies of dulcimer bands and provide an irresistible background for the sparkling colour of the fiery Carpathian wine.

The High Tatras are amongst the most popular holiday resorts in Slovakia and a dominant feature situated in the north of the country. The Tatras allow easy access to alpine terrain for hiking and provide suitable conditions for skiing holidays. Starı Smokovec is a traditional recreational resort and a curative centre with climatic spa in the heart of the mountain range. Piešťany is the world famous spa town just 70 kilometers north of Bratislava. The curative springs and mud help to cure rheumatic conditions.
Capital
Bratislava
Language
Slovak
Hungarian
Population
5.4 M
(July 2004)
Currency
Slovak koruna (Sk)
Bordering Countries
Austria
Czech Republic
Hungary
Poland
Ukraine
Visa Requirements
A full 10 year British passport valid for at least 3 months after the date of departure from Slovakia.
National Holidays 2005
Jan 1st, 6th
Mar 25th
May 1st, 8th
Jul 5th
Aug 29th
Sep 1st, 15th
Nov 1st
Dec 24th, 25th, 26th
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