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.
Our first Audio point starts at the outer courtyard of the Bratislava Castle on the Castle Hill.
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
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 🙂
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 outand take it with you.
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.