The Central European continental climate consists of long, hot summers and cold, snowy winters. The best time for walking tour is between April and October.
In the summer months it can get quite hot. Bear in mind that it will be cooler on the mountain tours at this time. May June and September are generally good months to take advantage of the cooler, but still warm weather.
It must be noted that, according to the tourism calendar, the first two weeks in August are when most people go for their holidays. Generally July and August are the busiest months. We mention this with regard to seeing cultural monuments and UNESCO protected areas with greater ease and with less people around.
You might wish to adjust the times of your tour to coincide with the following festivals and cultural events:
The Cultural Summer and Castle Festival (2 June – 14 September 2017)
The Summer Shakespeare´s Festival (July, August 2017)- an open-air theatre show of works of this most significant world playwright. It is held in the unique scenery of the Bratislava Castle
http://www.wshakespeare.sk/ (only in Slovak)
Coronation Ceremony (23 – 25 June 2017) – Largest cultural event in Slovakia. Bratislava returns back to the time of Renaissance. Experience the crowing of Rudolf II – a Hungarian king in St. Martin´s Dome. Take part in the royal procession, watch the dubbing of the knights of the Golden Stirrup, witness the royal oath and join the grand feast with folk merrymaking.
Bratislava Music Celebration (October 2017) – International Music Festival
Bratislava Jazz Days (October 2017) – International Jazz Festival
International Dixieland Festival Banska Bystrica (May 2017) – Festival with
prominent Slovak and foreign Dixieland orchestras.
Culture Summer of Banska Bystrica (June 2017) city days with a rich and varied cultural program
Banska Bystrica days (June 2017) City days with a rich and varied cultural program
Mining Days of town (July 2017) – presentation of the city´s mining traditions
Puppetry festival “Babkarska Bystrica” (September 2017) – International festival of Slovak puppetry theatres with the puppetry theatre in Central Europe and select world ensembles.
Radvan market (September 2017)-traditional Radvan market, which preserves the traditions and values of the past and features the mining city´s craft masters
Festival Barbakan (September 2017) – unique festival vombining film, music, modern and literary arts
Banska Bystrica Music Days (October 2017) Slovak opera and music festival, opera performances, symphony concerts, chamber music concerts, solo performances, singing choirs and dance and theatre performances.
Festival of Nice Music (July 2017) – International festival of classic music.
Cap á l´Est (August 2017) – European festival of poetry, theatre and music
Festival of crafts and entertainment (May 2017) – Exhibition of crafts, theatre, games and attractions for children.
Salamander Days (September 2017) mining, historical parade called Salamander in period costumes – the ambience of ancient times