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Central Slovakia is bounded by the Czech Republic and Poland to the north, and Hungary to the south.


Map of Central Slovakia
Map of Central Slovakia

  Kysuce (Čadca, Kysucké Nové Mesto, Krásno nad Kysucou)
Historically one of the poorer regions, it's recovering thanks to car manufacturing, ski and cross-country possibilities.
  Horné Považie (Bytča, Čičmany, Rajec, Papradno, Púchov, Rajecké Teplice, Žilina)
Beautiful countryside.
  Orava (Dolný Kubín, Námestovo, Terchová, Trstená, Tvrdošín)
Orava castle and nature.
  Turiec (Martin, Turčianske Teplice)
Surrounded by mountains with many hiking and skiing possibilities. Mineral springs spa also in Turčianske Teplice. National cultural center in Martin.
  Liptov (Liptovský Hrádok, Liptovský Mikuláš, Ružomberok)
One of the most visited regions, thanks to a plethora of natural and historical sites. Hiking, skiing, water activities, caves, castles - it's all there.
  Horehronie (Banská Bystrica, Brezno)
National parks, caves, skiing and spas.
  Podpoľanie (Zvolen, Detva)
  Hont (Banská Štiavnica, Pukanec)
Contains multiple castles (in Čabradský Vrbovok, Bzovík), mineral water pools in Dudince and others.
  Novohrad (Lučenec, Veľký Krtíš)
Volcanic mountain ranges, mining towns, castle ruins.


  • 1 Banská Bystrica. was one of the most important mining towns of Hungarian part of Austro-Hungarian Empire; beautiful restored square, many churches, castles and museums and memorial of the Slovak National Uprising Banská Bystrica (Q144983) on Wikidata Banská Bystrica on Wikipedia
  • 2 Banská Štiavnica. This medieval mining town in central Slovakia is a UNESCO World Heritage site Banská Štiavnica (Q208110) on Wikidata Banská Štiavnica on Wikipedia
  • 3 Dolný Kubín. Orava castle, skiing in the nearby mountains. Dolný Kubín (Q589309) on Wikidata Dolný Kubín on Wikipedia
  • 4 Púchov. Very peaceful spa town surrounded by magnificent Mala Fatra National Park Púchov (Q258481) on Wikidata Púchov on Wikipedia
  • 5 Liptovský Mikuláš. Historical centre of Liptov, it is located between High Tatras and Low Tatras, near the Liptovská Mara dam. Liptovský Mikuláš (Q272040) on Wikidata Liptovský Mikuláš on Wikipedia
  • 6 Rajecké Teplice. Spa area. Rajecké Teplice (Q135655) on Wikidata Rajecké Teplice on Wikipedia
  • 7 Ružomberok. On the first sight an industrial city, providing plethora of hiking and relaxation possibilities; includes the UNESCO-listed folk village of 1 Vlkolínec. Ružomberok (Q27541) on Wikidata Ružomberok on Wikipedia
  • 8 Žilina. Fourth biggest city with a well preserved historical city centre influenced by German architecture and unique museum of the tinker´s culture located at the Budatín castle Žilina (Q25797) on Wikidata Žilina on Wikipedia
  • 9 Zvolen. Zvolen (Q11874) on Wikidata Zvolen on Wikipedia

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Get in[edit]

There are regular inter-city bus and train connections available, both to Bratislava/Košice and surrounding countries.

D1 and R1 highways connect most of the biggest cities, except the mountainous area between Žilina and Liptovský Mikuláš, where work is still ongoing. Traffic jams occur there in the rush hours (mostly Friday and Sundays afternoon).

Get around[edit]


  • 2 Likava castle ruins (near Ružomberok).
  • 3 Liptov village museum (in Pribylina). A reconstruction of a historical village destroyed while creating Liptovská Mara dam.
  • 4 Modrý Kameň castle ruins. This 13th-century castle of gothic-renaissance style is placed in a town of the same name. Nowadays, a museum of dolls and toys can be visited here. Modrý Kameň (Q13402886) on Wikidata sk:Modrý_Kameň_(hrad) on Wikipedia
  • 5 Orava castle (Nearby Dolný Kubín).
  • 6 Strečno castle (At the road from Žilina to Martin).
  • 7 SNP memorial (in Banská Bystrica).
  • 8 Zvolen Castle (Zvolenský zámok). A castle standing on a low hill. Slovak National Gallery collections displayed.


The area is a great place to go hiking and skiing. Check e.g. Ružomberok or Liptovský Mikuláš.

Mountain ranges:

  • 1 Choč Mountains. Pretty ravines and great overview from the top of the main mountain.
  • 2 Great Fatra.
  • 3 Little Fatra. Peaks like Veľký Rozsutec, or ravine Jánošíkove diery make this area very worth the day or two of stay.
  • 4 Muranska planina National Park..
  • 5 Oravská Magura. and Oravské Beskydy (Orava Beskids)
  • 6 Poľana. Many thousand years ago, this was one of the biggest Earth's strato-volcanoes, with diameter approx. 18km. Nowadays though, it's completely forested and suitable for easy hiking.
  • 7 Low Tatras ("Nízke Tatry" / Národný Park Nízke Tatry). Skiing, multi-day hiking and caves.
  • 8 Tatra National Park. Their most visited part is High Tatras ("Vysoké Tatry"). Great place for one-day hikes, relaxation and skiing.



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Western Slovakia | Eastern Slovakia

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