Hungarian Parliament building and Danube
Hungarian Parliament building and Danube

Slovakia, also known as the Slovak Republic, is a landlocked country in central Europe. It’s a relatively small country, split into three regions – Eastern, Central and Western, but it contains a multitude of sites of historical and cultural interest, with an observable history including finds, sites, buildings and monuments, that span from Early Palaeolithic and Slavic, to its recent history and the splitting of Czechoslovakia.

Bratislava is Slovakia’s capital and largest city. The historical centre of the city has been beautifully restored, and is packed with churches and palaces from Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance periods. It has hillsides with very charming neighbourhoods and pretty cobblestone streets, and many cafés and restaurants – all of which can be viewed from the castle that sits above the city.

Sites outside of Bratislava include the World Heritage Site of Bardejov, with its pristine and intact medieval town centre. The famous castle Bojnice is also worth seeing, with its awesome tower and interiors it seems to have stepped out of a fairy tale. Or Levoča, a beautiful mediaeval town in the Spiš region surrounded with fantastic halls and houses, many churches, and also the Cathedral of St. James, which houses the biggest Gothic wooden altar in the world. There is so much to see in this European treasure.

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Packing advice:

Clothes are generally of the western fashion. Jeans and a t-shirt would fit in casually, but it’s rare to see sub-culture or extremes in clothes styles though. Covering shoulders and wearing and longer skirts are recommended for women while visiting religious sites.

Cultural differences:

Generally if you’re polite, you will fit into Slavic social situations. Formality is appreciated on the very first meeting, so say “dobrý deň”, which is similar to “hello,” rather than the more casual “ahoj" in this setting. Making eye contact when toasting with drinks is also considered polite.




Slovakian tipping etiquette is gradually becoming structured over the years, especially in cities like Bratislava, Trnava, Nitra, and Presov. When paying in a restaurant, it is customary to tip 10% of the bill. However, if there is an automatic service charge, you may opt not to tip. Cash tips are always preferred even if you pay by credit card. Also, give the tip personally to the waiter instead of leaving it on the table.

Andante Travels will take care of gratuities to restaurant staff, local guides and drivers