Officially the Slovak Republic, this central European country is gaining in popularity with tourists, who are discovering its mighty mountains, rich architecture and year-round activities such as hiking and skiing. The capital city, Bratislava, proudly offers a variety of museums, art galleries and palaces for travellers interested in the history of central Europe.

The Slovak landscape is noted primarily for its mountainous nature, with the Carpathian Mountains extending across most of the northern half of the country. Dotted throughout this landscape are numerous fortified castles -relics from the Middle Ages that still stand tall today. To the north are the High Tatra Mountains which are becoming a popular skiing destination and home to many scenic lakes and valleys.

The Slovak climate is generally temperate, with four seasons. Winters are cold, with average January temperatures of -2°C and snowfall, especially in the mountain regions. Summers are warm with temperatures in July averaging 21°C, though the summer months of June and July do experience the greatest amount of rainfall. The Spring and Autumn months may be the best time of year to visit Slovakia, as there is less crowding and less precipitation - especially in September and October.

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