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Climate Slovakia - All information about travel time, weather & temperatures
Slovakia is an often forgotten country right in the heart of Europe. Despite our proximity to Slovakia, we often don't even have this exciting country on our radar, right? The country borders directly on our neighbors, the Austrians, and has so many great natural beauties to offer. Hikers and mountain sports enthusiasts in particular get their money's worth here in summer and can enjoy the breathtaking mountain ranges and turquoise mountain lakes.
In winter Slovakia offers a paradise for skiers and snowboarders. If Slovakia is already firmly on your travel list, I have all the information on the topics here best travel time and climate in Slovakia summarized. Take a look at the posts by Bolle and Marco, because they have only just been there and have explored beautiful corners of this country.
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Climate Slovakia & best travel time
When is the best time to travel to Slovakia? I can't give you that very general answer. In the end, it all depends on what you want to do. In summer it can get really hot in cities and temperatures can rise to 35 ° C. In winter, on the other hand, a snow paradise awaits you with temperatures of down to -15 ° C, but also great slopes in the mountains.
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Slovakia is characterized by very different weather conditions, especially due to the mountain ranges. In the southeast the climate is quite continental and very hot in summer. In the High Tatras at 2,700 meters, however, there is a typical mountain climate with cold, snowy winters. The summers are cool and dry here. To make it a little easier for you to find the right travel time, I have listed the best travel time for the respective season here.
Climate Slovakia & best travel time for hiking
If you are a summer mountaineer and would like to travel to Slovakia for long, extensive hikes and are looking forward to the turquoise-blue crystal-clear lakes, I would give you the time between May and the end of September recommend. The daytime temperatures are usually between 18 ° C and 25 ° C. You should have a rain jacket with you, but you won't need it all the time. The sun makes it to 7 hours a day almost every day.
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If you are looking forward to a few less hikers, you shouldn't ignore April, September and October. The temperatures are dropping a bit here, but the golden autumn is still a great day out. Bolle and Marco were really lucky in September and had great temperatures of 18-22 ° C with a clear blue sky. Above all, it was a little cheaper than in the high season between June and August.
Climate Slovakia & best travel time for skiing
Are you a fan of winter sports and are you looking forward to loads of snow and icy temperatures? Then the long, snowy winters in Slovakia are just right for you! From November the thermometer drops and temperatures are between 0 and -10 ° C. Especially in the region around Poprad (High Tatras) it gets icy cold, here January is the coldest month. The sun fights its way through for 2-3 hours a day and is sure to give you one or the other glittering snow.
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You don't have to expect a lot of precipitation during this time, only 5-6 days per month are known on average and with the temperatures you can look forward to a little extra powder snow anyway. The best travel time for the slopes is from December to the end of March and gives you enough snow on over 100 days a year before the temperatures slowly rise in April and the snow clears the mountains for hikers.
Best travel time for a city trip
The beautiful Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is definitely not yet a tourist stronghold. It is often considered the pearl of the Danube. Especially in summer between July and August the city has a very special charm, because life then takes place on the streets. The beautiful old town invites you to linger with its cozy cafés and the ships slowly pull past on the banks of the Danube. In summer the temperatures climb to an average of 26 ° C, but the thermometer can rise to over 30 ° C on hotter days.
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With 10 hours of sunshine a day you can look forward to an optimal climate in summer, even if a rain shower occasionally passes by. But that's not so wild, because you can pass the time in one of the nice cafés. April, May, September and October are also great travel months. The temperatures are already / still sufficiently warm to explore the old town with a thinner jacket and in addition the summer vacationers are already on their way home in autumn.
Precipitation in Slovakia
Due to the mountain ranges of the country, the precipitation in the country is distributed completely differently. In the north and east of Slovakia, on average, there is significantly more rainfall than in the rest of the country. In the area around the High Tatras this can be more than 1600mm per year. If, on the other hand, you are drawn to the flat Danube plain, you need your rain jacket much less, because here the precipitation is only 650mm per year.
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In Bratislava you can expect between 7 and 10 rainy days all year round, in Poprad it is around 5 in winter and around 10 in summer. You have most of the average rainy days per month in the region around Kosice, because here you should be there all year round Expect around 12 days of rain.
Conclusion for the best travel time to Slovakia
As you can see, Slovakia has a lot to offer you in both summer and winter. It is the high season and therefore the most expensive time to travel to Slovakia between June and August. Here the breathtaking mountain ranges shine in a lush green and the sun gives everything for an average of 7 hours a day.
The snowy and cold winters between December and the end of March, here you can ski and toboggan until you drop. If Bratislava should be on your list, July and August with beautiful summer days are certainly suitable, but also spring and beautiful autumn when the main travel season is over and it gets a little quieter. No matter which month you choose, Slovakia rocks!
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