The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is set along the River Danube, just about one hour by train from both Vienna and Budapest. The city is overlooked by the Bratislava Castle, which is picturesquely situated atop a hill. The 18th-century old town (Stare Mesto) is very pretty and easily walkable as it’s mostly pedestrianised. The rest of the city boasts some really interesting art spaces. Just outside the city stand the densely forested Small Carpathians mountains and plenty of enticing vineyards.
Slovakia’s made some progress in terms of LGBT rights since the end of communism, when it formed Czechoslovakia with the Czech Republic. But unlike the former co-nationals, who have a much more liberal attitude and legislation towards LGBT rights, Slovakia has experienced a much slower path, even banning same-sex marriage constitutionally. Despite this, generally gay visitors do not experience any issues, especially in the capital. Bratislava has actually a decent, open and varied LGBT scene.