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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.

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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02. Castle Hill

Our first Audio point starts at the outer courtyard of the Bratislava Castle on the Castle Hill.

Getting there:

You can walk there in 10 min from city center or use the public transport- trolley bus number 203 from the square Mierovo namestie where the Presidential Palace is situated. It should take about 4 minutes. You can get off when you will see the castle on your left side.

You will be standing in front of the Bratislava Castle and admiring the panoramic view of the river Danube and a newer part of the city.

In this audio track you will also learn:

  • Which Danube bridge has been accommodated by UFO
  • how sounds Slovak national anthem (sung by male choir)
  • which three colours has Slovak Republic on its flag and why
  • where the Parliament has its sessions
  • and more….

03. Castle

In this audio point we will put our attention to the Bratislava castle itself. The castle is one of the symbols of Bratislava; however its present form is quite new. While listening, you can also walk through the gate to the inner courtyard

In this audio track you will learn:

  • which of four castle towers is the highest
  • what was the beauty ideal 25 thousand years ago (so you can get rid off your weight complex 🙂
  • when  Bush met Putin
  • and more..

Updates (Errata)

Thank you for buying Bratislava Audio Tour.

On this page, we publish any differences between the current situation and information provided in Bratislava Audio Tour. Any temporary or seasonal change which has not been reflected in the audio tour yet will be highlighted in this article.

We recommend to read this article before use of audio tour or print it out and take it with you.

Castle Hill

Since June 2010, a new and controversial bronze statue is placed at the outer courtyard of Bratislava Castle. It depicts Svatopluk, ruler of Great Moravian Empire, history of which we discuss also in the Castle Hill audio point. 

Inside the Saint Martin’s Cathedral
Entrance fee is now required for going inside the cathedral for all days excluding Sundays. The cathedral is under reconstruction.

Bird Fountain
The bird fountain is a fountain only partially. Water sprinkles only from the bottom reservoir this summer season (or never). An upper “bird” reservoir is dry.

Main Square
Set-up of the Main Square is changing quite frequently in order to accommodate various events over the year (concerts, feasts, Christmas markets).
It may happen that the Donor benches are temporarily replaced with the souvenir stands during summer.