Events in Slovakia
Slovakia - a landlocked country in Central Europe features natural landscapes, mountains, caves, medieval castles and towns, folk architecture, spas and ski resorts. Its capital Bratislava (also known as Pressburg) on the river Danube bordering with Austria and Hungary is quickly reemerging to a centre of business, culture and innovation in the region. Newly built hotels provide perfect conditions for business travellers from around the world.
Why meeting, conference or incentive trip to Bratislava or Slovakia?
1. STRATEGIC LOCATION
Bratislava - the capital city is located within driving distance from Vienna, Budapest and Prague, 2 international airports are within an hour drive from Bratislava city centre (Bratislava International Airport, Vienna International Airport) and Bratislava is a fast growing business base for many international companies.
2. NEW DESTINATION
Have you been organising incentive trips or conferences for years and you need a new fresh air into your programs or destinations? Try Bratislava – it definitely is on the map of interesting & unexplored cities for incentive trips in CEE region. And it promises to exceed your expectations.
Bratislava is full of new, not only international chain hotels with high class services, high capacity conference rooms and modern spas.
River Danube gives this city not only trade opportunities related to water transporation but also a fascinating touch of greatness. You can cross it on foot, tower over it (try bridge SNP or New Bridge and restaurant U.F.O.), eat on it, stroll or even cruise along it (way down to Budapest or Vienna) or just watch the traffic on it.
Chateau Hotels, Spa & Golf Resorts set in the beautiful and peaceful countryside, it all was built to satisfy needs of company event planners. Moreover, large number of cultural, historical and natural places of interest is located in quite a small area in Slovakia.
|Capital||Bratislava (426 thousands inh.)|
|Electricity||220 V, 50 Hz|
|Opening hours||9 am - 5 pm, major shopping areas and galleries 10 am - 8 p.m. Shops in Bratislava are open on Sundays!
|Important Phone Numbers|
|All emergency calls||112|
1 January - Day of the establishment of the Slovak Republic, 6 January - Epiphany (The Three Magi), Good Friday, Easter Monday, 1 May - Labour Day, 8 May - Day of victory over fascism, 5 July - St. Cyril and Methodius Day, 29 August - Slovak National Uprising anniversary, 1 September - Day of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic, 15 September - Lady of Sorrows Day / Blessed Virgin Mary, 1 November - All Saints` Day, 17 November - Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, 24 December - Christmas Eve , 25 December - Christmas Day, 26 December - St. Stephen`s Day
|Major Cultural Events|
|Bratislava Jazz Days||www.bjd.sk|
|ArtFilm International Film Festival||www.artfilmfest.sk|
|Official tourism portal||www.slovakia.travel|
|Bratislava International Airport||www.airportbratislava.sk|
Things to do in Bratislava and Slovakia
|Open-Air Museums||Bratislava - Vienna by Hydrofoil|
It is one of the most significant and dominant sights in Bratislava. The palace, with central couryard and four corner turrets, was built in the reign of the hungarian king Sigismund of Luxemboug in the 15th centruy. In 1811, the palace with all its wings and considerable part of settlement around the castle, was destroyed by fire. After a complex reconstruction of the former royal seat in 1953-1967, the castle serves as a representative state residence. At present, historical expositions of the Slovak national Museum are housed in the castle as well.
The ruins of the ancient Devin Castle tower over the confluence of the rivers Danube and the Morava. The fortress, used as a watch-tower by the Slavonic Count Rastisla, was mentioned in the manuscripts as early as the 9th century AD. A fortress is a national cultural monument and one of the most significant archaeological sites in Slovakia. Finds uncovered there document the presence of man in the late Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age. Devin Castle embodies the Slavonic traditions intertwined with the Great Moravian Empire and the rule of its kings. For generations of national revivalists it became and remains the symbol of Slovak identity.
Slovak National Theatre
Bratislava's opera house – known officially as the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre – is a Neo-Renaissance-style building opened in 1886 as the City Theatre, according to the design of Viennese architects F. Fellner and H. Helmer.
The front of the building is decorated with busts of famous musical composers and writers as well as a stone sculptural group, the Muse of Thalia by the Viennese sculpture T. Friedl, and putti, figures of children symbolising tragedy and comedy, by V. Tilgner. Tilgner was also the designer of the superb Ganymede’s Fountain at the entrance to the theatre. The fountain depicts Ganymede, borne by an eagle to Olympus, where he will serve Zeus and in reward gain eternal youth, which to this day radiates from the boy’s joyful face. The building is the seat of the Slovak National Theatre opera and ballet ensembles.
Bratislava´s main square used to be one of the most important squares during the Middle Ages. The built-in area is older than a municipal fortification, which is why the houses of the wealthiest town burgesses were built with turrets, used for defence purposes. The square was where weekly markets, annual fairs, as well as various municipal festivals, public meetings and executions were held. A system of measurements is displayed on the Town Hall´s portal. A raised arm carrying a sword, the symbol of the capital law, warned criminals to stay out of the town while the markets were held. The square, with numerous palaces, is dominated by a complex of the Old Town Hall buildings and the Maximilian Fountain.
The New Bridge
The new Bridge (Nový Most) was built in 1967-1972. A unique construction of this bridge is constituted in a suspended cabling network without the use of piers in the river. The faultless aesthetics of the bridge construction in highlighted by a 85-metres high pylon with the restaurant, in the form of a saucer-shaped UFO spaceship, on the top. The „tower“ promises truly spectacular views.
St Martin's Cathedral
Bratislava's three-nave Gothic cathedral is built on the site of a previous, Romanesque church, dedicated to the Holy Saviour, from 1221. After 1291, when Bratislava was given the privileges of a town, the church was rebuilt to become part of the city walls (its tower served as a defensive bastion). The present church was consecrated in 1452. It is one of the most prominent sacral buildings in the city. During the period of 1563 – 1830, it was a coronation place of Hungarian kings, marked to this day by a 300-kg gilded replica of the Hungarian royal crown perched on the top of the cathedral's 85-metre-tall neo-Gothic tower. Eleven kings, Queen marian Theresa and eight royal wives received their coronation here.
The first monumental work of central-European sculpture made from lead can be found inside the cathedral. It was created by Georg Raphael Donner for the main altar of St Martin's in 1734. The group is now in the side nave of the church as a free statue on a pedestal. It depicts St Martin sitting on a horse rampant, bending to a beggar and cutting his overcoat to share it with the poor man.
The second largest city of Slovakia became the metropolis of East Slovakia. The dominant is the monumental Gothic Cathedral of St. Elisabeth which is the biggest cathedral in Slovakia and the most eastern located church of western type in Europe.
The main altar in the cathedral of St Elisabeth built in the years 1474 – 1477 contains 48 Gothic table paintings the biggest European set. Next to the cathedral, there is the singing fountain at the very lively place above all in summer.
On the southern part of the city center the medieval fortifications are located. Kosice city is well-known for the International Peace Marathon, which is organized every year since 1924 as one of the oldest marathons in the world. The statue of the Marathon Runner is the symbol of the event and the city too. Last but not least information about Kosice is the Declaration of the European Capital of Culture Kosice 2013.
High Tatra Mountains is the tallest in Slovakia located on the northern part of the country with the highest peak Gerlachovsky Stit (2654 m above sea level.) In Europe in term of area it is called the “miniature Alps”. Relief of the area has been formed by glaciers that created glacier valleys with high-mountains lakes. The lakes have lot of typical attributes as caves, only one is open to the public, waterfall the highest one is 80 m and the deepest lakes Velke Hincovo pleso with 53 m deep. High Tatra Mountains is the home for Tatra chamois, marmot and the eagle. There are also favorite ski resorts as Strbske pleso and Tatranska Lomnica.
The second tallest mountain range is Low Tatra Mountains. It is more popular for recreation in all seasons. Low Tatra hides the springs of four Slovak rivers, Hron, Vah, Hornad, Hnilec. In two most visited valleys Janska and Demanovska dolina more than 170 caves and abbyses are located. The cave system called Demanovske caves has 9 caves and their total length is 30 kilometers. The cave called “Demanovska cave of Freedom” boasts a unique drip stone ornamentation, which makes it one of the most beautiful caves in Europe. There are a number of large hollow spaces and cave lakes. The big lake is 52 meters long and 7 meters deep. The environment of the caves positively effects on the diseases of respiratory tract and allergies.
The tallest peak of Low Tatra Mountains is Chopok sought after climbing as well as the second hill Dumbier.
Slovakia country has lot of rural areas with great cultural and historical value. The conservation of the buildings and other objects provides the best option how to travel to the past and to see the life of the ancestors in the regions of Slovakia. The most valuable areas with rural buildings form the monument reserves of popular architecture, which are parts of still inhabited communes. Many of the open-air museums organize folk festivals or exhibition of producing of traditional popular trades.
Vlkolinec village has been included in the List of the World Cultural and Nature Heritage of UNESCO in 1993. The monument reserve of folk architecture boasts with original folk buildings untouched by modern construction. The original settlement was documented in 1376 for the first time. By International Council for Monuments and Settlements the location was classified as the best reserved settlement of this time within the Carpathian Arch.
The Museum of Folk Architecture is the oldest open-air museum in Slovakia located close to the Bardejov Spa. The museum found in year 1965 contains almost 30 building of traditional folk architecture from Upper Saris and North-Eastern regions.
The unique Brhlovce open-air museum is the complex of rock dwellings squeezed in tuff rocks. The origin of the Slovakian rare rock dwellings is not clear. A part of authors tends to the opinion as the hiding places in time of Turkish raids in the 16th century. Another one associates it with the economic activities, particularly wine growing.
Museum of the Slovak Village is located in the south-eastern part of the Martin Town. It is the largest ethnographic open-air exposition in Slovakia. The protected objects show not only the traditional folk architecture but also the way of life of people lived in northwestern Slovakia in the latter half of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century.
Bratislava - Vienna by Hydrofoil
Between two the nearest located capitals in Europe there is only 60 kilometers distance and you can overcome it by many ways. One of theme is the boat transportation on the Danube River. It is very comfortable and fast cruise from city center in Austria to city center in Slovakia. One hour and forty five minutes takes to get from Bratislava to Vienna or opposite including crossing of the lock chambers in Freudenau by hydrofoil boat which is fast and comfortable express boat operate on the scheduled service. On board the beverages are served as tea, coffee, soft and alcoholic drinks. You can relax, enjoy interesting Sightseeing cruise between two countries and visit two capital cities in one day. There are other boat companies for possible boat transportation.
The other ways of transfers between Bratislava and Vienna tempt to use car, bus, plane or train. The railway transportation offers the fast comfortable and cheap movement between Vienna and Bratislava City.