The most attractive tourist locality of the northern Slovakia is the Orava Castle lying on the river Orava near the village Oravský Podzámok, below impressive cliffs. In 1370, it became a county castle and the seat of the Orava Castle estate, which included almost the whole region of Orava.
- Horehronie, Gemer & Malohont, Poiplie, Pohronie
- Košice, Lower Zemplín
- Ponitrie, Podunajsko
- Tatras & North Spiš, Upper Zemplín, Šariš, Southern Spiš
- Lower Považie, Záhorie
- Upper Nitra, Central Považie
- Liptov, Orava, Žilina, Turiec, Kysuce
The dominant of the oldest Slovak town Nitra is the Castle of Nitra. It was built in the 11th century on the site of a bulky Slav fort, the seat of the Nitra Princedom and Great Moravian rulers. Today it is the seat of the Bishopric of Nitra.
The village of Topoľčianky, which is located north of the western Slovak town of Zlaté Moravce at the foothill of the Tribeč Mountains, boasts an extensive English garden, which features a picturesque Classicist-style manor house that forms the southern wing of an old castle.
One of the first manufactures in Slovakia founded by the husband of Empress Maria Theresa, Francis of Lotharingia, was put in operation in Holíč in western Slovakia.
The great Gothic monument, St Nicholas Basilica, parish church stands on the square Námestie Sv. Mikuláša on the site of an older Romanesque church from the 14th century (on the site of the oldest settlement). It was a cathedral church of the Esztergom Archbishop in the years 1543-1820.
An important cultural and historical monument in environs of the world-famous spa Piešťany in south-western Slovakia is the Renaissance manor house with a park situated in the village Moravany nad Váhom.
On a limestone cliff of 711 m over Stará Ľubovňa in the north-east of Spiš stands Ľubovňa Castle. Rulers met here in the past, it is the place where Polish coronation jewels were hidden and where famous adventurer, noble man and King of Madagascar, Móric Beňovský was imprisoned.
The Mojmírovce Mansion is situated 15 km southwards from the region center Nitra in the village of Mojmírovce. The first written reference to a former town with rich history dates back to 1156. There are several monuments in the village that are a testimony to its interesting past. One of them is the aforementioned Mojmírovce Mansion that is located in the romantic setting of a park reserve.
The most beautiful castle in the Malé Karpaty mountains, situated just several tens of kilometres from the Capital Bratislava is one of the best preserved Slovak Castles - Červený Kameň. In the 16th century, it was rebuilt into a bulky fortress with a fortification system that was then one of the top military-defensive systems.
Fans of history will certainly visit the ruins of the Branč Castle towering on the easily discernible cone-shaped hill at the altitude of 475 m above the village Podbranč north-east of Senica in south-west of Slovakia.
The village Cerová lies below the Malé Karpaty Mts. in the south-west of Slovakia. It is one of the starting points for the trip to the ruins of the Korlátka Castle built in the mid-13th century. As a Royal Castle, it protected the western frontier of the Kingdom of Hungary.
North of Smolenice is the village Buková with water reservoir and a marked route, which leads southward to the romantic ruins of the Castle Ostrý Kameň from the 13th century. The Castle was a royal border fort guarding the Czech road in the past.
Situation of the village Dobrá Voda in the inner-mountain basin is also picturesque. Ruins of the Castle Dobrá Voda Castle tower above the area of the Dobrovodský karst.
The Malé Karpaty Mts. offer several landmarks. The one of them is the Smolenický zámok Chateau, one of the Romantic buildings in Slovakia built to the design imitating central France chateaus.
The Castle of Budatín with a strategic position at the confluence of the Váh and the Kysuca rivers is a dominant of Žilina.
Devín Castle standing on a massive rock hill above the confluence of the Danube and Morava is an unusually impressive landmark. It is part of the oldest history of Slovakia.
On the left bank of the Váh river, close to Žilina, you find the Strečno Castle on top of the limestone rock. In the past it was the safest fort in the Považie region.
The Castle of Sklabiňa towers on the edge of the basin Turčianska kotlina and the mountains Veľká Fatra. It was first mentioned in 1242. After 1320, the Sklabiňa Castle became the seat of the county administration of Turiec.