It is one of the most unknown countries in Europe, but it is also one of the most interesting. We are referring to Slovakia , which has a lot to offer tourists: ancient cities full of charm, spectacular castles, huge mountains, green meadows, a rich cultural heritage … Best of all, you can enjoy all the charms of this Central European country. without having to spend a lot of money, since it is a fairly inexpensive destination.
Today at Vuela Viajes we move to Slovakia to discover some of its most important cities. Specifically, we want to tell you about the 10 most populated cities. As you will discover for yourself below, many of them hide a special charm. Would you like to join us?
How could it be otherwise, let’s start by talking about Bratislava, the capital and the most populous city in Slovakia. It is a picturesque place where tradition and modernity merge on the banks of the Danube. At the top of a hill is its most important monument: the castle. Of course, the city is home to many other points of interest: the Old City, St. Martin’s Cathedral, the Grassalkovich Palace …
The second most populous city in Slovakia is Košice, which is located in the eastern part of the country. Surrounded by mountains , it offers a beautiful historic center, in which the Cathedral of Santa Isabel stands out. In addition, it is important to note that it is the seat of the Slovak Constitutional Court and several universities.
We also have to talk about Prešov, a city that is located in the valley of the Torysa river, in the east of the country. In its historic center you will find examples of Baroque, Rococo and Gothic architecture, although in the suburbs the influence of the Soviet Union is evident.
Zilina is another important city in Slovakia. It is located 200 kilometers northeast of Bratislava, very close to the Hungarian border . Being a university city, it stands out for its lively and youthful atmosphere. In addition, it is important to bear in mind that it is the economic center of the north of the country.
Another city that could not be missing from this list is Nitra, considered the oldest city in Slovakia. In fact, its origins date back to the 9th century, making it a city of great historical importance. We recommend a visit to the old town, the Hrad Castle and the Cathedral of Saint Emmeran.
We continue our tour of the most important cities in Slovakia in Banská Bystrica, which is located on the banks of the Hron River. An important mining center since the Middle Ages, it houses numerous monuments of great artistic and historical value. Also, keep in mind that it has been an important university center since 1950.
We also have to talk about Trnava, a city known as Slovak Rome. Belonging to the Kingdom of Hungary from its founding until after the First World War, today it is known for its food industry and metal processing. In addition, it houses important monuments: the Gothic Cathedral of San Nicolás, the Baroque Church of San Juan Bautista, the museum …
Another of the most populated cities in Slovakia is Martin, which is located near Zilina. Like the previous one, it was also considered part of the Kingdom of Hungary until the beginning of the 20th century. Without a doubt, the best thing about this place is its beautiful natural surroundings .
Trenčín is also an important city in Slovakia, although, like the two previous cities, it belonged to the Kingdom of Hungary until 1919. The third largest castle in the country is located here.
Finally, we have to talk about Poprad, a city famous for its picturesque historic center and for being an excellent place to practice skiing. In fact, in winter it fills up with lovers of this sport.