Formally part of Czechoslovakia with its neighbour, the Czech Republic, Slovakia has its own, distinctive identity and culture. A small, landlocked country, Slovakia's only major city is Bratislava, near the Austrian border. Slovakia's countryside is picturesque - think forests, valleys and mountains dotted with small towns and crumbling castles.
Along with the stunning High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia has many national parks and many spectacular gorges and valleys to explore. There are also several historic sites that date back to the Stone Age.
Slovakia offers breathtaking natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, delicious cuisine and vibrant cities full of history and charm. From the majestic peaks of the High Tatra mountains and the narrow cobblestone streets of Banská Štiavnica to medieval castles.