Planning a family trip for this summer? Have you thought about sunbathing in clubs in Antalya or the Greek islands? Step out of the box, and you might find a slightly different trip – to the Trnava region of Slovakia. This beautiful area offers a variety of attractions and activities perfect for families with children – from historical sites to water park adventures and water sports – to suit the whole family.
If once Slovakia was mentioned in one breath with medical tourism, spas and the like, now you can combine a family trip of parents and children in this beautiful country, 40% of which are forests. Slovakia is located in Central Europe, and from there you can reach other countries (Austria and Hungary). In recent weeks, a new destination, three and a quarter hours from Israel, was inaugurated in the city of Piestany. The small airport, located in Trnava province, has had direct flights from Israel in recent weeks.
In the pastoral town of Piešťany in the Trnava district there are spa hotels, with a variety of exciting activities suitable for both the whole family and as a destination for the good life vacation, with a selection of treatments and relaxation attractions. Those who wish can stay like the medical tourists all week with round-the-clock treatments. One of the hotels is Thermia Palace on the Vah River, whose famous natural mud is not only a skin treat, but also a gateway to health and relaxation. Soak in a mud bath at the spa, attend mud-related events or engage in outdoor activities along the river – whatever you choose, the natural mud and thermal waters offer a unique and unforgettable experience.
Slovakia, photo: Avi Cohen
Journey to "Little Rome" in Slovakia
If you came with the whole family, then there is no doubt that you will discover less of the wonders of the natural resource of mud and engage more in activities around the clock. The journey can be started at the Museum of Military History at Piešťany Airport. If you are a history buff, military enthusiast or just curious about the past of weapons, a visit to this museum guarantees an enriching and unforgettable experience.
One of the highlights of the museum is the extensive collection of vehicles and military equipment. From armored tanks and artillery to fighter jets and small arms – everything is Eastern European. The displays offer a glimpse into the technological advances and firepower used over the years, from World War II through the Cold War to today.
Military History Museum at Piešťany Airport, Photo: Avi Cohen
From there you can head to Trnava's charming old town, known as "Little Rome". Walk through the cobbled streets, admire the medieval architecture and visit Trnava's iconic city tower. Don't miss the chance to explore the Basilica of St. Nicholas, a magnificent Gothic church with stunning interior decorations.
Slovakia, photo: Avi Cohen
From rare animals to rafting
For animal lovers, a visit to Malkia Park, the local zoo, is a must. This small but charming zoo is home to a variety of animals, including lions, tigers, bears, reptiles and birds and more. In this zoo they were saved from life in the circus as well as from private homes. Children will have the opportunity to observe and learn about different species, while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere, as well as feeding different animals.
One of the packages offered to Israelis is accommodation at Thermal Park Dunajska Streda, located in the heart of Slovakia. The hotel offers a variety of pools, water attractions and wellness facilities, making it a perfect destination for those looking for rejuvenation, recreation and marine fun. In some of the pools it is hot thermal water, which is rich in minerals and known for its healing properties. The park has several outdoor pools with hot water, allowing visitors to enjoy a relaxing dip regardless of the season. For younger people looking for adventure and thrills, the park offers a variety of water attractions and slides, as well as floating peacefully in the river.
Those who didn't have enough time for the water park and are looking for an extra adrenaline rush can head to Divoka Voda, which offers additional opportunities for extreme sports: rafting in a rushing river - an activity that allows you to take a dip in the wild waters and experience up close the beauty of nature; canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding; jet skis; sailing on the Danube River; Riding ATVs and even paintball.
Alpaca at the Slovak Zoo Malkia Park // Photo: Avi Cohen
The Hero of Local Culinary: Potato
Slovakia boasts a rich culinary heritage reflecting its diverse history, geography and cultural influences. Slovak cuisine was influenced by Austrians, Hungarians, Czechs and Turks. Potato cultivation became common, and the Slovak menu began to adopt potato foods, such as potato soup or mini dumplings made from dough made from potato flour. Slovaks also have many cheese-based dishes. Slovak cuisine offers a delightful combination of comforting dishes and flavoured specialties to suit everyone. All restaurants also have a children's menu, even schnitzel with potatoes.
To complete your culinary journey, don't forget to sample some traditional Slovak drinks, such as honey-based alcoholic beverages, which are a popular choice. Slovakia also boasts a growing wine industry, with vineyards producing excellent white, red and rosé wines.
Winery in Slovakia, Photo: Avi Cohen
Summer Season Packages & Pricing
Flights to Slovakia: from $ 299 (in summer about $ 416). The price includes baggage of 20 kg and trolley up to 8 kg.
Spa package: 4-star hotel per week including flights, baggage, transfers and 1 treatments per day on half board basis - EUR 474,<> per person in a double room.
Organized tour to Slovakia: comprehensive tour with an emphasis on the Tatra Mountains, 7 nights half board including baggage - from 1,390 euros per person in a double room.
Family tour: including water parks and rafting. 7 nights half board including baggage - from EUR 1,349 per person in a couple and child room.
Fly & Ride packages: The price includes all insurance of the vehicle including unlimited deductible and mileage. From 499 euros per person for three passengers. The price includes flights, baggage and a car for 7 days.
Vacation packages for families: Ensana Splendid Hotel All Inclusive Package and private car for the entire period - from 899 euros per person per double and child room, including flights and baggage.
Water Park Packages: ThermalPark Dunajska Streda. The price starts at EUR 849 per person in a double and child room including flights, baggage, 7 nights on accommodation, breakfast and car basis. The hotel is suitable for large families.
The reporter was a guest of Genesis Overseas Tourism and the Slovak Tourism Board
Hotel in Slovakia, Photo: Avi Cohen
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