WELCOME TO SLOVAKIA
Welcome to the country of Peter Sagan and other world-famous cyclists which, in addition to the unique atmosphere of the L'Etape Slovakia Tour de France, also brings you variety of travel experiences!
Slovak capital Bratislava - where the cycling adventure begins, is the ideal place for large family trips in the near and wider surroundings. The advantage of a small state in the heart of Europe, spread over an area of 49,036 km2, is that everything isclose by. Take advantage of it! You can easily get to Slovakia by plane – either directly to the Bratislava Airport or nearby ViennaAirport. Vienna is less than 60 km away from Bratislava and you can get from Schwechat to the capital of Slovakia by train or car in less than an hour. Even from Budapest (Hungary) it is less than 2.5 hours drive to get here.
Beauty on the Danube - as Bratislava is called, will win your heart with its royal history, cosiness, architectural contrasts, and plenty of greenery. Don’t miss Zelezna studnicka area. Enjoy uphill cycling or take a cable car to the Kamzik, where the finish line of the L'Etape Slovakia by Tour de France is on Sunday.
So close to the experience, so close to you
Combine the pleasant with even more pleasant and book a few extra days to discover the country, which will surprise you with its untouched nature and rich history. Did you know that Slovakia is a castle superpower? There are more than 100 castles and 425 mansions for 5.5 million inhabitants. In particular, don't miss the straight out of a fairy-tale Bojnice Castle or the colossal Spiš Castle. Do you aspire more to a polka dot jersey? Go to the smallest alpine mountains in the world and collect mountain points on the two-thousand peaks in Tatras. You can find inspiration in Kosice, the metropolis of the East - the creative city that never sleeps.
Thermal springs will provide perfect recovery for your muscles. The one in Podhájska is even comparable to the Dead Sea withits composition and beneficial effects. And how about an adrenaline expedition into the lost European wilderness? In Poloniny National Park, you can see not only rare bison (aka European bison), wolf, lynx, or bear, but also the Milky Way. Are you more attracted to the mysterious underground? Shine your flashlight on the unique drip decoration in the caves from the UNESCO list, explore the glittering traces of gold in the tunnels of the famous mining towns or try mining the Slovak national gem in the oldest opal mines in the world. In the evening, make up for the energy expenditure by tasting award-winning wines from Malokarpatsky or Tokajsky region.
Beauties of Slovakia are even closer from the bicycle
For those who prefer discovering places from the saddle of a bike, more than 16,000 km of marked cycling routes will take themthrough Slovakia. The EuroVelo asphalt is waitinf for you - as well as the longest bicycle tunnel in Europe.
Take the yellow jersey and unforgettable experiences with you from Slovakia. Get inspired for your trip at www.slovakia.travel.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the official language is Slovak. Bratislava and Vienna are the two closest capitals in Europe, separated by less than 60 km.
Bratislava will delight you not only with its history and monuments, but also with beautiful nature and easily accessible tourist destinations, such as Železná Studnička. From here you can take the cable car to the popular excursion place Kamzík, where the destination of the cycling race L'Etape Slovakia by Tour de France is also located.