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Bratislava Audio Tour E-book released

We are proudly announcing the new offering for all tourists and visitors of Bratislava- Bratislava Audio Tour E-book

It is now available in Amazon Kindle Store for the wide range of reading devices- from Kindle e-reader and PC to iPhone, iPod or iPad tablet.

Kindle edition of Bratislava Audio Tour e-book contains all texts used in our recorded audio tour. The content is enriched with pictures, map, GPS co-ordinates and selection of related articles from our website.

We see two ways how to use it:

You can use it as a complementary option to our audio tour tracks, scrolling through the the content while listening the voice of our very human narrator.

Or, if you use Kindle or other device with Text-to-Speech capability, you can use this feature with our e-book for self-guided tour around Bratislava without a need to download any extra audio files.

Among the other devices, our new Bratislava guide ebook is particularly great for reading on these devices:

November is the Month of Photography in Bratislava

November belongs traditionally in Bratislava to photography in all its aspects. The Month of Photography Bratislava 2010 present 34 individual and collective exhibitions of authors from all over the world in the galleries and museums of Bratislava. It is 20th edition of this cultural festival.

The aim of the festival is to present current trends in International, Central and Eastern European Photography to Bratislava public and visitors. It also brings the best from the history of the medium and creates a space for confrontation with contemporary authors. One of the main goals of the festival is to become photographic event of a global interest.

For one month, Bratislava will host a world summit on photography and feature photographic achievements from the five continents – North and South America, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe. Martin Parr, Frantisek Drtikol, Marcos Lopez as well as winning photographs from the World Press Photo 2010 will be featured this month in various galleries and museums in Bratislava.

You can find more information and detailed program at the website of organizers or  the official leaflet (pdf).

Ice Hockey World Championship coming to Bratislava

Upcoming Ice Hockey World Championship will take place from 29 April to 15 May 2011 in Slovak cities Kosice and Bratislava.

This will be the third time that Bratislava has co-hosted Ice Hockey Championship (with Prague, former Czechoslovakia) but for the first time, this popular sport event will be hosted completely by Slovakia.

In Bratislava, the hockey matches will be played in Samsung Arena in wider city center (see map below) which is currently undergoing the complete reconstruction. Teams of Russia, Slovakia, Germany, Slovenia, Finland, Czech Republic, Latvia and Denmark and teams in semi-finals and final will play here. Due to the convenient location of Bratislava, you can expect a lot of fans coming to support their teams during the Championship.

Ice hockey ranks among the most popular sports in Slovakia. Players like Marian Hossa, Jaroslav Halak or Zdeno Chara are starring in NHL, the game also has got the top national attraction after successes of Slovak national team at recent World Championship tournaments. Tickets for the Ice Hockey Championship in Bratislava and Kosice can be bought here.

If you plan to come, you will realize that it is also no problem to get from the Ice Hockey Arena to the Bratislava center. Do not miss this opportunity. Take the trolleybus No.212 at the bus stop named Zimny Stadion (unsurprisingly meaning Ice Hockey Stadium) and in 8 minutes (6th stop) you will get to the Hodzovo namestie. It is where President Palace is located and where our Bratislava Audio Tour ends.

If you want to get to the Bratislava Castle, switch there to the trolley-bus No.207 and in another 4 min you will get to the Castle- beginning of our city audio tour. Bus ticket should cost about 0.7EUR. You need to buy it before entering the bus in any newstand or vending machine at the bus stops.

Perfect planning is always worth the effort. Download the city audio tour now, enjoy the tournament and your stay in Bratislava.

Golden Crown from St Martin goes on show

Just-refurbished Golden Crown usually sitting on top of the Saint Martin Cathedral is now on show inside the cathedral. It is a unique opportunity to see this bigger replica of Hungarian Crown as it happens only once a hundred years during the regular renovation. The Crown weights about 150 kg and its height is 165cm. Reported cost of its renovation was about 600.000 EUR.

After the completion of the tower refurbishment, it will be placed again on the top of the cathedral tower for the next hundred years.

Opening hours of the exhibition (Ticket can be bought at the entrance):
Monday: 15.00 – 19.00
Tuesday: 9.00 – 11.30, 13.00 – 19.00
Wednesday: 9.00 – 11.30, 13.00 – 19.00
Thursday: 9.00 – 11.30, 13.00 – 19.00
Friday: 9.00 – 11.30, 13.00 – 19.00
Saturday: 9.00 – 11.30, 17.00-19.00
Sunday: 13.30 – 16.30

You can learn more details about the crown and cathedral exterior in our audio track House At the Good Shepherd and about interior in the audio track Inside Cathedral.

Add the best Bratislava spots to your To-Do list (in Foursquare)

We added the brand new feature to our website. You can now see a new button on the pages dedicated to individual audio points.
For example on the page about Main Square (Hlavne namestie), you can now find this button:

If you are the user of Foursquare, popular geo-location web service, you can add Bratislava Main Square and other our spots with the slingle button-click into your To-Do list. Foursquare To-Do list consolidates places you want to visit.

Later on, when you get nearby Bratislava center, the Foursquare application on your mobile can remind you to visit and help you to navigate to your To-Do spot, in this case Main square. Visit Foursquare blog post for more details.

We hope you will enjoy it.

Bratislava for kids- the best exhibitions for your children

It sometimes simply happens. You are staying with your kids in Bratislava (great choice) and it just cannot stop raining (bad luck).

Here are two great indoor activities in Bratislava city centre for your children:

kids exhibitions

Bibiana– International House of Art for Children is conveniently located in the city center, in the palace next to St. Martin Cathedral. Bibiana is open daily except of Monday and host various exhbitions where children can play and learn.

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activities for kidsDetske muzeum SNM (Children’s Museum of Slovak National Museum) is located at the rear part of the Slovak National Museum with the entrance from Múzejná Street. It offers a whole range of educational activities for families- interactive exhibitions, creative workshops as well as children’s lab. Open daily.

Foursquare venues of Bratislava tour- become the first mayor and win two tracks for free

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If you are a fan of location-based games like Foursquare or Gowalla, we prepared this Bratislava competition especially for you.

Rules are easy.

Became the first mayor of Primate’s Palace venue

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WIN two related audio tracks for free-audio points Primatial Square and Primate’s Palace !

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Don’t be shy and shout it to our Twitter @BAudiotour or contact us directly and we will send you the download details for your prize.

(There is a free Wi-Fi network at Primatial square (Primacialne namestie) so you do not need to worry about the roaming charges)

Of course, other audio points of your Bratislava  Audio Tour are now live at Foursquare as well. Check in!

Crazy facts about Bratislava tour- elevation, mileage, calories

If you are a planner personality and prefer to know every piece of detail about the planned tour around Bratislava center, here are some facts we were able to digg out about our Bratislava tour.

You should already know from the introduction that the whole tour should take about 2 hours in the relaxed pace, with about 40 min of audio listening.

Using the online service called Pedometer, you can find some more interesting details.

Total walking distance is 2.4 km (1.5 miles) if you start from the Bratislava Castle Hill to the Michael’s Gate (Michalska brana)

Elevation is about 50 meters and mostly downwards. You can see the details on the attached graph:

Walking complete tour, you would burn about 200 calories (836 joules) assuming the average body weight of 80 kg(176lb). You can input your details directly  at Pedometer page.

What does 200 calories look like? Same amount is in about half liter of Coca Cola or 90 grams of flax bread or less than one blueberry muffin.

Enjoy your tour around Bratislava.

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