- South Slovakia
The south of Slovakia is characterised by flat flood plains and sprawling farmlands. The spoken language of choice is Hungarian, and in many areas ethnic Slovaks are a significant minority. Besides Slovaks and Hungarians, the Turks also played a major role is shaping southern Slovakia.
Battles with the invading Turks raged for centuries, and much of this area fell under Turkish control at some time between the 15th and 18th centuries. Dozens of castles were either erected or fortified to defend against the attacks. South of Bratislava is the Gabcikovo dam, an engineering wonder on the Danube River.
The Southeast corner of Slovakia is home to its second largest city Kosice and central Europe’s grandest Gothic church outside Prague. In the small villages dotting the landscape from Trebisov to the Hungarian border, the sweet Tokaj wine is produced.
HOW TO GET THERE
M.R. Stefanik Airport in Bratislava is located 9 kms northeast of the city centre. Discount airlines are readily available including Easyjet with 2 routes to Bratislava from London Luton and Berlin.
Flights can be found from 15 UK Airports including Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Stansted, Bristol, Birmingham, Teeside, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast.
SkyEurope Airlines offers international routes connecting Bratislava with Amsterdam, Zurich, Milan, Berlin, Munich, Stuttgart, Prague as well as flights to London Stansted and Paris Orly.
Fly any scheduled airline to reach Prague or Vienna and connect via Czech Air or Austrian Airlines for direct flights to Kovice.
SkyEurope Airlines also provides the possibility to link its international flights to Bratislava with a direct flight to/from Kosice. Routes from Bratislava to: Presov (1 daily; 7hr); Kosice (6 daily; 5hr-6hr 15min); Poprad-Tatry (6 daily; 4hr-5hr 30min).