Best time to visit Slovakia
Winters can be long with snow hovering on the High Tatras as late as May or June sometimes. But January and February are pretty much guaranteed white, winter wonderlands.
Winter means you can follow tracks of different kinds, taking part in conservation holidays to monitor lynx, wolf and bear populations around February. Although temperatures hit the high 20°Cs in summer, hiking seasons aren’t until late April or May, to guarantee snow free routes. The elevated Tatranska Magistrala Walking Trail doesn’t open until mid-June and closes at the end of October.
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Summer folk festivals
Slovakia’s folk costumes are too beautiful to be left languishing at the back of wardrobes. In the summer months, there are a few folk festivals across the county, where you can see, hear and taste all things Slovak. Východná Folklore Festival takes place in the High Tatras in early July; performances are held in an open-air theatre in the shadow of the beautiful Kriváň Mountain. It gets tens of thousands of visitors – it’s not just an event put on for tourists – and has been running since the 1950s.
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Petr Ivánek from our specialist Slovakia holiday company Slovakia Explorer, on the best time to hike in the High Tatras: “In terms of the weather, I’d say September is the best time for walking. The first two weeks of the month are good, then it gets a bit colder, but overall September is best. The reason is that there are no storms in September – or very rarely. July and August are beautiful, very warm, sometimes even hot – but the thing is that you get more storms. The weather can change quite quickly within a couple of hours.”
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