September - November - (Autumn)

September is a lovely month to visit Slovakia, in the valleys, it is grape harvesting season with festivals held at vineyards to celebrate, and up in the mountains, it is the month with the fewest storms. The quaint region of Tokaj is known for its wine festival held the last week of September, and many other winemakers offer special weekends away at vineyards to celebrate the harvest. Slovakia is a heavily forested country where visitors can appreciate the changing colors of the fall foliage. The weather in September is great for walking and hiking, it starts to get a bit colder towards the end of the month, with very few storms occurring. October is still a great month for outdoor activities including water sports on the many lakes, and rivers, rafting, kayaking, and canoeing which are all popular in Slovakia. The last cycling trips along the Danube and hikes in the High Tatras are in October before they close for the winter.

Events and Festivals

-Salamander Days - early September - Banska Stiavnica - A tribute to Slovak Republic's miners, oilmen and ironworkers.

-Apple Festival - October - Held in Modra in a medieval castle with several fresh apple products ready to be sampled, along with competitions and games.

-Bratislava Music Festival - Sept 25th - Bratislava hosts the annual festival filled with classical concerts, opera, and ballet.