Slovakia or Slovak Republic (in Slovak: Slovensko or Slovenská republika, both names are officially recognized), is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is surrounded by Austria to the west, Czech Republic to the northwest, Hungary to the south, Poland to the north and Ukraine to the east. Slovakia is a modern democratic country and is a member of the European Union.
The main reasons to visit Slovakia are its natural beauty, vivid history and great opportunities for relaxation (and due to the small size of the country, it is quite easy to combine all three). For the same reasons Lonely Planet put it in as number 5 on its Best in Travel 2013 - Top 10 countries list, being best for "culture, adventure and off the beaten track".
Slovakia has nine national parks, which cover a relatively big portion of the country and feature the tallest part of the Carpathian Mountain Range, the High Tatras, which offer great opportunities for mountain and winter sports as well as great vistas. Geologically, a sizable part of Slovakia is made out of limestone, which in combination with many springs and rivers has resulted in formation of numerous caves (12 open to the public, several of which are UNESCO listed) and the beautiful rocky formations, canyons and waterfalls of the Slovak Paradise and Slovak Karst. Even outside these areas, there are some beautiful landscapes, and all of Slovakia is covered by thousands of well-marked hiking trails.
For history lovers, Slovakia has the highest number of castles and chateaux per capita in the world, ranging from simple ruins to well-preserved habitable castles with furnishings, so if you are a fan of medieval history, look no further. There are also numerous Gothic and Baroque cities and towns across Slovakia, including the capital. There are also well-preserved examples of wooden folk architecture, including churches made entirely out of wood and the tallest wooden altar in the world.
There are numerous mineral and thermal springs in Slovakia, and around some of these world-famous spas have been built that offer great curative therapies or just simple relaxation. You can also chill out, swim and sunbathe at the shores of several local lakes and pools or try AquaCity water park if you are feeling more adventurous. In particular, Bratislava https://www.visitbratislava.com/ boasts a lively nightlife as well and is a popular partying destination
The official currency in the Slovak Republic (Slovakia) is the Euro. For current exchange rates please visit http://www.nbs.sk/en/statistics/exchange-rates/ecb-foreign-exchange-reference-rates (the information is provided by the National Bank of Slovakia). Banks are usually open Monday – Friday, 9.00–17.00. On Saturdays and Sundays, money can be exchanged at the airport, at exchange points located in the city, and in hotels.
The Slovak Republic has a moderate climate with four seasons. For detailed information on climate and current weather forecast please visit: http://www.shmu.sk/en/?page=1
Credit Cards and Traveller’s Cheques
Credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club and American Express are widely accepted in hotels, department stores, shops, restaurants, etc. Traveller’s cheques are not widely accepted in the Slovak Republic. Stores and restaurants will generally not accept them.
Electricity supply in the Slovak Republic is 220 V – 50 Hz, AC.
The organising institute or the professional organiser of the meeting will not be responsible for any losses, damages, health injuries and problems, damage to personal property, or other contingencies, which may afflict the participant during his / her journey or his / her stay in Bratislava. Therefore, we recommend that you arrange for yourselves personal and travel insurance for your journey and stay in the Slovak Republic, which would eliminate possible consequences of such unpleasant contingencies.
Should you need an invitation in order to obtain an entry visa to the Slovak Republic, the host institution - The Institute of Plant Genetics and Biotechnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IPGB SAS) of the 2nd INPPO World Congress, will send you an invitation letter upon request. You are kindly asked to e-mail your request to the conference secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) well in advance.
Note: Invitation letter can be requested only by persons already registered for the 2nd INPPO World Congress whose registration and other applicable fees have been received by the organizer. Invitation letters are issued solely for individuals and e-mailed (pdf) to the participants only.