- The currency in Slovakia and Austria is EURO €.
- In the Czech Republic, the currency is Czech Crowns (CZK) and in Poland the currency is Zloty (PLN) – NOT Euros.
- If you are travelling to the European Union and you need a visa, your visa entry is valid in all Schengen countries (including Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Austria, Czechia, Poland etc.) https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/schengen-visa-countries-list/
- Vienna airport is very close to Vienna and only 30 minutes from Bratislava, the Slovak capital.
- Bratislava airport is more for low-cost and Europe-only airlines.
- The best connection from Vienna airport to Vienna city center is by City Train.
- From Vienna airport to Bratislava city, it‘s best to go by coach. There are plenty of connections and regular coach services at any time. Alternatively, contact us for to arrange transfer by car.
- Austria and Slovakia are more traditional countries. What does this mean?
- In Austria, almost all shops and shopping centers are closed on Sundays.
- In Slovakia, shops are closed during state holidays and also during Christmas and Easter time.
If you plan your holiday in Slovakia be aware of the following:
- December 24th, shops are usually open til 2 pm at the latest.
- 25th and 26th: shops, restaurants and many hotels are CLOSED. A few may be open in the afternoon or evening of the 26th, but most open from Dec. 27th.
- December 31st – shops are open.
- January 1: Public holiday – all shops and many restaurants are closed.
- Museums, castles and other public places are closed from December 24th to 26th.
Therefore, you cannot visit castles or museums during Christmas – 24th, 25th and 26th December.
- Easter time is a little different from Christmas. During Easter, hotels and restaurants are open. However, shops are closed on Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Easter Monday. Only small shops and groceries might be open.
- If you are planning to visit in Slovakia during Summer time, be aware that the High Tatras National Park is the most popular destination during this period. If you intend to travel to Slovakia in August, avoid the end of the August. August 29th is a public holiday, and many Slovaks travel across the country to spend a long weekend in the mountains, especially if August 29th falls on a Thursday or Friday. Therefore, many national parks, such as the High or Low Tatras, are crowded, as well as the traditional Slovak restaurants and lodgings in the area.