Enjoy Slovakia         IncentivesDestination Management Company
Contents                                                                   Welcome to Slovakia...............3            ...
Welcometo Slovakia Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends    If youre seeking a new destination for meetings and    ...
Fact File      Getting there      By air      Bratislava      Bratislava Airport is one of the fastest      growing airpor...
5+1 Reasons to hold yourincentive event in Slovakia1. It’s somewhere you’ve never                4. You can trip over theb...
Bratislava      With its wealth of cultural attrac-   Located at the point where the Carpathians      tions and gourmet re...
Bratislava sample itineraryDay 1                                            ket and enticing cafés. In the after-         ...
Excursions                                                                                                    preserved un...
the 20th century as a summer residence                                                                                    ...
Team       Building       Bratislava Treasure Hunt                      Petržalka Extravaganza                        "Ost...
Entertainment                                              Private Concerts                             Roman Day at Carnu...
Bratislava Venues     Incheba Fair Hall          The citys large fair and congress compound is situated on the right bank ...
The Tatra Mountain Region       The Tatra Mountains area is the fast-       est growing tourist region in Slovakia       a...
19th century, when railway connections         highest peaks, Ďumbier and Chopok,TATRA-BREAK                              ...
Excursions       Historic Spiš County, known in Hungarian       Castle, the Canonry, the town of Spišské      Sea. After e...
been fully restored for tourist purposes.                                               Today, the train brings nature lov...
Active &       Adventure                                                      The Dead Bats Cave                          ...
Tatra VenuesEntertainment                                 AquaCity Resort in Poprad                                       ...
Enjoy Slovakia         Incentives  Destination  Management  CompanyENJOY SLOVAKIA DMC s.r.o.Kollárova 16902 01 PezinokSlov...
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  1. 1. Enjoy Slovakia IncentivesDestination Management Company
  2. 2. Contents Welcome to Slovakia...............3 Fact File ...................................4 Getting there and around.........4 5+1 Reasons to hold your incentive event in Slovakia…..5 Bratislava.................................6 Excursions ................................8 Team Building.........................10 Entertainment ........................11 Bratislava Venues .................... 12Incentive Travel Bratislava Hotels ..................... 14Meetings and Events The Tatra Mountain Region ...16Conferences Excursions ..............................18Special Interest Group Travel Active & Adventure.................20 Entertainment ........................21ENJOY SLOVAKIA DMC s.r.o. Tatra Venues............................ 21Kollárova 16 Tatra Hotels ............................. 22902 01 PezinokSLOVAKIAcall: +421 33 640 90 26fax: +421 33 640 90 29e-mail: incentives@enjoyslovakia.comwww.enjoyslovakia.comEnjoy Slovakia DMC is the Ovation Strategic Partner for Slovakia Written by: Maroš Borský Photography: Martin Sloboda, Robert Vrlák, Slovak Tourist Board, Bratislava Municipality, Airport Bratislava, Juraj Novotný, Orange Slovensko a.s., Karol Ličko, Tatranské lanové dráhy a.s., Jasná Nízke Tatry a.s., Grand Castle, Braňo Molnár, Promoland, Kulturfabrik, Petr Hyppman, Maroš Borský and others Design: DuoMedia, www.duomedia.sk © Enjoy Slovakia DMC s.r.o. All rights reserved
  3. 3. Welcometo Slovakia Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues and friends If youre seeking a new destination for meetings and Our inventive, high-value products, organized with incentive groups, then Slovakia is the right choice. attention to detail, are the keys to our success. We Youre certainly looking for somewhere little known maintain good relations with local quality suppli- but attractive, so your guests and customers can ex- ers and work with excellent hotels and other venues plore rich heritage and delight in an unspoiled land- that provide the highest standard of service. In Enjoy scape. Tasting new food and discovering new wines Slovakia DMC you will find a strong and reliable part- will also be an unforgettable experience. The ultimate ner committed to upholding the strict standards of goal of sophisticated travel is not just to relax, but to business practice. open up to inspiring and stimulating new horizons. This catalogue presents a wide range of opportunities Slovakia affords an outstanding opportunity to es- for meetings and incentive groups, centered in two cape from the routine of daily life and work. major geographic hubs: the Slovak capital, Bratislava, Enjoy Slovakia DMC is an experienced Slovak and the Tatra Mountains. We feature our successful Destination Management Company that ensures sat- cultural and landscape excursions, adventure prod- isfaction to you and your customers. We founded our ucts, innovative team-building activities, and themed company in 2003 after years of experience in tourism, evenings. The presentation of attractive venues and marketing and the business world in general. Today top hotels will provide you broader insight into what we are a rapidly expanding and creative DMC whose we – and our country – can offer. enthusiastic and professional team seeks solutions So, please be our guest – and Enjoy Slovakia! tailored to meet the demands of our clients.
  4. 4. Fact File Getting there By air Bratislava Bratislava Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in Europe. Until a few years ago it only handled seasonal char- By the Danube ters and connecting flights to Prague. In summer, hydrofoils to Bratislava run Today, however, Bratislava is a dynamic from Vienna and Budapest. Official name: Slovenská republika hub for national and international con- [Slovak Republic] nections. Population: 5.4 million Vienna By rail and road inhabitants Just 30 minutes by car from down- Bratislava, the Slovak capital, is Slovakia’s main rail hub, with direct, frequent train Capital: Bratislava (462,000 town Bratislava and served by major in- inhabitants) ternational airlines, Vienna Airport at service to and from Vienna, Budapest Schwechat is a favorite port of entry that and Prague. By car or coach, Slovakia is Language: Slovak, but many serves the two closest national capitals in easily reached from neighboring coun- people, and Europe. tries by motorway and secondary roads. particularly young people, speak English Poprad or German Poprad airport, in northern Slovakia, lies within an hour’s drive of Slovakia’s main Getting around Currency: Euro (EUR) mountain and winter sports resorts and Slovakia has an extensive rail and road Time: GMT + 1 hour (GMT increasingly serves as the principal gate- network. Several comfortable Intercity (IC) + 2 hours during way to the High and Low Tatra regions. trains commute daily between Bratislava, daylight savings time) Liptovský Mikuláš, Poprad and Košice, Košice and most towns and many villages are Visa: Slovakia is a member on local rail lines. The Slovak motorway of the Schengen Served by regular flights from Bratislava, zone. system is constantly being expanded, Prague and Vienna, Košice is the east- For a detailed list of and within a few years the east and west ernmost international airport in Slovakia countries and visa of the country will be well connected by and affords convenient access to all cor- requirements see modern four-lane highways. In addition, ners of Eastern Slovakia. there are regular domestic flights be- www.foreign.gov.sk tween Bratislava and Košice.4 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  5. 5. 5+1 Reasons to hold yourincentive event in Slovakia1. It’s somewhere you’ve never 4. You can trip over thebeen before multitude of outstanding Enjoy incentive cultural treasuresReally − Slovakia is Europe’s best kept se-cret. Though it’s a conveniently located,fast-growing destination, you will still For a country of its size, Slovakia’s cultur- in Slovakia al patrimony is immense. It includes hun-find Slovakia a country that has not be- The aim of an incentive event is to dreds of castles, palaces, and churchescome overcrowded and commercialized, dating back many centuries − more than provide an active group experienceand one that still prides itself on genuine 300 castles alone! There are picturesque that enables participants to escapeauthenticity and openhearted hospitality. medieval towns galore, plus well pre- the stress of everyday work, get to served examples of wooden folk archi- know their colleagues better, and2. The people are warm and tecture − and even a museum devoted build a strong professional team. to pop icon Andy Warhol. Four uniquewelcoming (and, dare we say sites in particular have been placed Conference events focus on an ex-it, good-looking) on the UNESCO list of World Cultural change of knowledge and ideasThe Slovaks really do offer visitors time- Heritage: the majestic Spiš Castle and its among a specific professional com-honored Slavic hospitality. This is not a environs, the medieval towns of Bardejov munity and also provide partici-tourist industry cliché! They may seem and Banská Štiavnica, and the village of pants with the opportunity to meetshy at first, but once you break the ice, Vlkolínec, a unique complex of folk-style new people, network, and encoun-local people of all walks of life readily timber buildings. ter a new culture. Our experienceopen their hearts to new friends. Theyare eager to show off their culture and has taught us that, given the facil- 5. The food and drink are out ities, the ideal size of a group forshare their love of their country. of this world these kinds of events in Slovakia is As befits a country in the heart of central about one hundred persons.3. The countryside is Europe, Slovak cuisine reflects a flavor-brimming with unspoiled ful mixture of influences from neighbor- Slovakia has all the preconditionsnatural beauty ing Austria, Poland, Hungary, the Czech to make your incentive event a real Republic and Ukraine. The Bratislava re- success. Thanks to international air-Slovakia packs a surprising variety of gion is famed for its meat dishes in sa-natural wonders in a conveniently com- ports with good flight connections vory sauces, and hearty potato dishespact area. The most spectacular scen- and excellent road and railway net- and small dumplings served with sheepery is found in the High Tatra, Low Tatra, works, the country is easily acces- cheese and bacon are favorites from theLittle Fatra, Pieniny and Slovak ParadiseNational Parks. But other parts of the mountains. Local restaurants, of course, sible. Top-class hotels and superior also feature excellent Mediterranean and restaurants provide quality servic-country are also stunning. Many pre- international cuisine. And don’t forget to es. With its wealth of cultural mon-fer the uplands of the hilly central re- sample the superb wines from the Smallgion, where rushing rivers wind through uments, historical cities, national Carpathian region and eastern Slovakia’slush, forested valleys. The country is also parks and entertainment opportu- famous Tokai! kai!studded with beautiful caves, twelve of nities, Slovakia makes a perfect des-which are open to the public. Most arelocated in the mountainous heartland, tination for incentive events or con-and five have been put on the UNESCO ference tourism.list of World Natural Heritage. DMC Enjoy Slovakia 5
  6. 6. Bratislava With its wealth of cultural attrac- Located at the point where the Carpathians tions and gourmet restaurants, meet the Danube and dominated by a Main selling points 1. Bratislavas history and given its good flight con- looming hilltop castle, Bratislava has a In more than 2,000 years of history, nections and hotel facilities, the long and tumultuous history. For cen- Bratislava came under Celtic, Roman, Slovak capital is the perfect city turies it was the capital of Hungary, and Germanic and Slavic rule, and for more than two centuries it was Hungary’s to host a meeting or incentive many of the Old Town’s most splendid royal capital and coronation site. All event. Overshadowed for decades palaces were the residences of Hungarian these influences – and more – have left by nearby Prague and Vienna, noble families. Between 1563 and 1830, their mark on the modern Slovak capi- tal. Communist rule also changed the Bratislava has truly come alive eleven Hungarian kings and eight royal face of the city, and today Baroque ar- in recent years. Its jewel-like Old consorts were crowned in the Old Town’s chitecture rubs elbows with the some- times jarring relics of the post-World Town is a charming and beautiful- St. Martin’s Cathedral. The city boasted a War II Communist era. ly restored complex of narrow cob- typically cosmopolitan Central European 2. Gastronomy bled streets, spacious squares and mix of cultures, too. German, Hungarian The local gastronomic tradition is a cos- pastel-colored Baroque palaces. and Slovak were all spoken by local resi- mopolitan blend of Slovak, Hungarian, Moravian and Viennese cuisines, and Slovak wines can be excellent. The Old Town boasts a growing number of top-quality restaurants serving inter- national and local cuisine. In the sum- mer, cafés, bars and restaurants spill out into the streets and squares. 3. It’s a compact and friendly city Bratislava’s Old Town is extraordinari- ly “user friendly”. Its Central European charm, lively but laid-back atmo- sphere, compact size and dozens of outdoor cafés and restaurants make it an ideal destination for weekend get- aways. 4. City of incentive tourism Bratislava can be easily accessed via two international airports, frequent IC train connections, and the motorway. Numerous top-class hotels, gourmet restaurants and other quality suppliers guarantee the success of an incentive event organized here.6 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  7. 7. Bratislava sample itineraryDay 1 ket and enticing cafés. In the after- one of the most highly fortified cas-Arrival at Bratislava/Vienna International noon, have fun rafting in the artificial tles in the Carpathians. Enjoy lunch atAirport and transfer to the hotel by pri- channel at Čuňovo and unwind at the a typical regional restaurant and sam-vate coach. Welcome dinner at the hotel Danubiana, a scenic site with an exhi- ple some of the best vintages fromand evening program. bition of modern art. Later, enjoy an Small Carpathian wine cellars. Return evening extravaganza with a Danube to Bratislava and enjoy leisure time toDay 2 cruise, including dinner and live musical relax. The Gala dinner that night willIn the morning explore Bratislavas entertainment. be the social highlight of the stay inhistoric Old Town during a fascinat- Bratislava.ing Royal Bratislava walking tour. The Day 3route includes the Gothic St. Martin’s After breakfast leave the hotel for an Day 4Cathedral and the Primate’s Palace, excursion along the Small Carpathian In the morning transfer to Bratislava/the neo-Classical residence of the Wine Trail, which includes a visit to the Vienna International Airport for aArchbishop of Esztergom. Relax in the famous Modra pottery factory and the homebound flight.quaint Main Square, with its craft mar- Renaissance Červený Kameň Castle,dents – and the city went by three names: and folk concerts throughout the year as perience and enjoy! Numerous newBratislava in Slovak, Pressburg in German, well. The city boasts a score of museums gourmet restaurants serving Slovak andand Pozsony in Hungarian. There was also and galleries that range from the Slovak international specialties have appeared,a substantial Jewish population. National Gallery, with its excellent collec- some of them located in painstakinglyMusical traditions were strong here, and tion of Gothic art from remote Carpathian restored Baroque palaces and medievalmany Old Town palaces bear plaques churches, to many specialized collections houses. The hotels have seen real prog-noting where Mozart, Liszt, Haydn, Bartók, focusing on such varied topics as histori- ress, too; older hotels have been fully re-Rubinstein and other famed compos- cal weapons, feudal justice, winemaking, furbished and now compete with newlyers and artists lived or performed. The antique clocks and Jewish history and opened accommodation venues. Therenineteenth century composer Johann culture. is also much to do in the area outside ofNepomuk Hummel was born here, and Bratislava has undergone a dramatic Bratislava. You can choose from numer-a memorial museum now occupies his transformation into a lively cosmopolitan ous activities, some of which we presentchildhood home. Fine classical musical city in recent years. No longer an insignifi- on the following pages.traditions still live on, and Bratislava today cant stopover that many people passedhas an excellent opera and philharmon- by on their way from Prague to Budapest,ic hall – but there are plenty of rock, jazz the Slovak capital today is a place to ex- DMC Enjoy Slovakia 7
  8. 8. Excursions preserved underground Chatam Sofer Communist Bratislava Half-day The Communist regime collapsed in memorial mausoleum and learn about this fascinating chapter of Bratislava his- 1989, but it left a distinctive and linger- tory. A visit to the Museum of Jewish ing stamp on the face of the city. The Culture will open other windows into Royal Bratislava tour will be an eye-opening and educa- this richly textured world. Bratislava is the ancient coronation town tional lesson for those who did not ex- of the historic Hungarian Kingdom, where perience life under this political system. between 1563 and 1830 eleven kings Visits to the Soviet military cemetery and A Vintage Tram Ride and eight royal wives were crowned. The memorial on Slavín Hill and to Petržalka, The history of tram transportation in Royal Bratislava walking tour, designed to one of the largest Communist housing Bratislava dates back to 1895. Embark place the citys history in its European con- estates in Europe, will provide an un- on the vintage tram near the Carlton text, follows the traditional route of the forgettable encounter with East-Central Hotel, at the spot from which the tram coronation procession, visiting Gothic St. European Communist heritage. commuted all the way to Vienna until Martins Cathedral and other Habsburg World War II, and explore the city from a heritage sites. The highlight will be the painstakingly restored historic vehicle of neo-Classical Primate’s Palace, where Jewish Bratislava the Bratislava Transportation Company. in 1805 the Pressburg Peace treaty be- The tour can be combined with an Old Ancient Pressburg was for centuries one tween France and Austria was signed – Town walking tour. of the most prominent centers of Jewish the Palace is famous for its collection of learning in Europe. Join us for a tour that English tapestries. literally descends into the miraculously Devín Castle and Danube Cruise A comfortable passenger ship will bring you to Devín Castle, 12 kilometers up- stream from Bratislava on the Danube River, on the border with Austria. This romantic ruin, long associated with an- cient Slavic traditions, is an important ar- chaeological site with excavations from Roman and medieval times. A source of inspiration for 19th-century Slovak patri- otic leaders, the castle today is a popular day-trip destination affording spectacu- lar views of the Danube landscape. The Small Carpathian Wine Trail The excursion wends through medita- tive vineyards and charming wine-grow- ing towns spread out along the south- eastern slopes of the Small Carpathians. Visit a pottery factory and learn about the centuries-old production of the fa-8 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  9. 9. the 20th century as a summer residence of Czechoslovakias presidents. Famed for its rich and varied collections, large garden compound, horse breeding, and excellent vineyard, it is a real treat for visitors. Spend the afternoon in nearby Nitra, an ancient seat of powerful bish- ops that has a sprawling open-air-muse- um of folk architecture with a narrow- gauge vintage railway that operates on the museum compound. Bojnice Castle Count János Pálffy was an enthusiastic art lover and traveler in the 19th century. After a visit to the chateaux in the Loiremous Modra ceramics. The highlightwill be a visit to Červený Kameň [RedStone] Castle, a massive Renaissance Full-day Valley in France, he decided to have his residence remodeled to resemble a fairy- tale Gothic fortress. The turreted castlefortress and until 1945 the residence of accommodates his vast art collections,the mighty Pálffy Counts. The trip willconclude with a delicious lunch, includ- Trenčín Castle and Piešťany Spa which include the famous Bojnice altar In 179 AD, a Roman auxiliary legion track- by a Florentine master. An excursion toing typical local specialties and a wine ing a Germanic tribe was caught by win- this legendary and romantic castle willtasting, in the cozy atmosphere of a lo- ter storms and had to encamp far in the fire your imagination and prove a high-cal restaurant. unknown territory north of the Danube light of your visit to Slovakia. Concluding River. This remarkable event was record- this day with gala dinner or a nighttime ed in a Latin inscription on the cliff below tour is also possible. what eventually became one of the most strategic castles in the region and a resi- dence of the powerful medieval oligarch Matúš Čák. Lunch can be served at the fin-de-siècle Tatra Hotel. Enjoy the after- noon in the world-famous Piešťany Spa, known for its charming Art Nouveau spa houses on its Spa Island. Night tours of Trenčín Castle with a banquet included are also possible. Chateau Topoľčianky and Nitra Chateau Topoľčianky is an elegant neo- Classical mansion that was used during DMC Enjoy Slovakia 9
  10. 10. Team Building Bratislava Treasure Hunt Petržalka Extravaganza "Ostalgia" The “treasure hunt” theme has by now The vast Petržalka housing estate is one An interactive program will let you ex- become a standard product of incentive of the largest, most anonymous – and perience a taste of the East Bloc atmo- tourism. What makes it different each most confusing – Communist housing sphere that for decades reigned in this time is the different urban setting, with developments in Europe, a real "con- country. Period decorations, historical different cultural and historical heritage, crete jungle". With many of the apart- posters and music will contribute to the in which it takes place. Our treasure hunt ment blocks almost indistinguishable staged authenticity of a real Communist is a colorful jig-saw of Celtic, medieval, from each other, even Bratislavians can experience. Habsburg, Napoleonic and Communist get lost. Small groups will be formed, themes – and much, much more, all sit- each provided with a map and bus tick- ed amid the picturesque cobbled lanes ets. They will receive instructions to fol- of the painstakingly restored Old Town of Bratislava. low, leading them on a tour through – and hopefully out of – the district. Adventure Čuňovo Rafting The Gabčíkovo Dam is one of the larg- est power plants on the Danube River. The Čuňovo rafting area has been es- tablished here in an artificial channel that supplies the old Danube branch. It provides excellent conditions for white water rafting. Later, guests can relax at the Danubiana, an architecturally at- tractive building located on the scenic Danube River embankment. Slovakia Ring The Slovakia Ring is a modern auto- motive racing circuit opened in the spring of 2010. Almost six kilometers in length, it is one of the longest motor race tracks in Europe. This state-of-the- art facility makes a wonderful attrac- tion for Bratislava-based MICE events. Participants explore the legendary K-1 ATTACK racing car, developed and pro- duced in Slovakia. The highlight of the event is the RACE TAXI, an unforget- table adrenaline adventure in which in- dividual participants zoom around the track as the co-driver in the K-1 ATTACK car – a professional racing driver will be behind the steering wheel.10 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  11. 11. Entertainment Private Concerts Roman Day at Carnuntum Enrich your event in Bratislava by add- Travel back two thousand years to an- ing a unique evening at the Opera or the cient Roman times during a day chock Philharmonic Hall, where we will be hap- full of special activities at Carnuntum, an py to organize a special concert – only archeological park on the site of a Roman for you. Besides classical music, you can garrison town. The complex includes two also experience the colorful tradition amphitheaters, a reconstructed villa and of folk dance in Slovakia at a lively per- many other attractions, forming an ideal formance by a costumed professional setting for an unforgettable event. So, let troupe. During the evening, performers your fantasy run wild for a day and be- will involve your group members in an come an ancient Roman! entertaining dance lesson.A Small Carpathian Goose Feast Themed Dinner A Danube Extravaganza A riverboat cruise on the Danube, withOne of the major gastronomic experienc- One of the most popular events we of- dinner and entertainment, is one ofes in the Bratislava area is a visit to the fer is a themed dinner. For example, step the most popular evening programs inSmall Carpathian Wine Region, famous centuries back into time and, for an eve- Bratislava. Enjoy the illuminated pan-for its roast goose and excellent wine. ning, experience a real Antique sympo- orama of the redeveloped Bratislava em-Specially selected geese are prepared ac- sion, a festive dinner served in the best bankment. After dinner, live music or dis-cording to traditional recipes that have tradition of ancient Roman hospital- co will continue deep into the night asbeen handed down through genera- ity. Medieval, Baroque and many other the comfortable ship glides along thetions. The resulting “goose feast” is ac- themes are also available. water.companied by a tasting of some of thebest wines produced by small and inde-pendent local producers. It all providesan unforgettable gastronomic introduc-tion to the best that this fruitful cornerof Slovakia has to offer.Dinner in the SkyOne of the world’s most unusual res-taurants is now available in Slovakia! Upto 22 people can dine in a special en-closed platform that is suspended froma crane 50 meters above the ground.The crane can be set up in different loca-tions, affording “sky diners” breath-tak-ing views of the dramatic Danube land-scape, Bratislava Castle, Devín Castle orthe broad green meadows of the pristineSlovak countryside. DMC Enjoy Slovakia 11
  12. 12. Bratislava Venues Incheba Fair Hall The citys large fair and congress compound is situated on the right bank of the Danube River. The facility provides excellent possibilities for events of various sizes, from presenta- tions and press conferences to full-blown congresses and fairs. National Tennis Center Located in a pleasant residential neighborhood near the Polus City shopping mall, the National Tennis Center provides three interconnected halls that can be used for a whole range of events. Philharmonic Hall The Philharmonic Hall, the Redoute, is a splendid site in the town center that retains much of its fin-de-siècle atmosphere. With its adjoining restaurant, this is a convenient and at- mospheric venue for congresses and conferences. Primate’s Palace The Primate’s Palace is a neo-Classical residence constructed in 1778-1781 as the winter residence of the Archbishop of Esztergom. The palace is famous for its six English tapes- tries and the Mirror Hall, where the Pressburg Peace treaty between France and Austria was signed in 1805. Carn Danubiana If you are looking for an ideal spot to contemplate the beauties of nature, you have to visit the Danubiana. Located some 15 kilometers from Bratislava on an artificial embankment, this is a prime address for modern art, architecture, and nature lovers alike. Kulturfabrik, Danubia Region A former tobacco processing plant – a priceless piece of industrial heritage – has been transformed into a an alternative venue for concerts, exhibits and other artistic happen- ings. A 20 minute drive from the center of Bratislava, the Kulturfabrik complex, with its im- posing views of the Danube, makes a unique setting for hosting events. Schlosshof Chateau, Danubia Region The Schlosshof Chateau is a masterpiece of Baroque architecture about 20 kilometers from Bratislava. A splendid Imperial residence with an extensive garden, it provides an ideal venue for an unforgettable gala dinner. Červený Kameň Castle Červený Kameň Castle is a Renaissance fortress located some 40 kilometers from Bratislava. The castle features extensive cellars, once used to store wine, food, gunpowder and giant- cannons. Its large halls today make a stunning venue for a nighttime banquet.12 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  13. 13. The Tatra Mountain Region The Tatra Mountains area is the fast- est growing tourist region in Slovakia and is easily accessible by air, rail or the new motorway along the Váh River. The region boasts excellent ho- tels suitable for meetings and incen- tive groups. These range from elegant, fin-de-siècle, grand hotels to striking modern facilities designed by contem- porary architects. All are beautifully set amid pristine natural surroundings. The Tatras provide numerous opportu- nities for exciting excursions, as well as year-round adventure, sport and oth- er activities. Visitors can paraglide, ex- plore mysterious caves, go rafting, or hike in mountain valleys. During the winter one can enjoy dog sledge races or soak at thermal spa resorts. The High Tatra National Park is the pride of Slovakia. The mighty granite peaks rise proudly on the border between Slovakia and Poland, their faces often covered by a misty veil of clouds. Deep valleys, formed by prehistoric glaciers, are alive with al- pine flora and fauna, and glacial water has been retained in picturesque moun- tain lakes. Here towers the highest peak of the country – Gerlachovský štít, which rises 2655 meters above sea level. Nearby Mt. Kriváň is a national symbol. The Tatra resorts on the southern side of the moun- tains developed in the second half of the16 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  14. 14. 19th century, when railway connections highest peaks, Ďumbier and Chopok,TATRA-BREAK reached the area and city dwellers began both of which rise to more than 2000Day 1 to flock here for summer holidays. The meters above sea level. From here visi-Arrival at Poprad and transfer to the western part of the Tatra Region, called tors enjoy breathtaking views of the Highhotel by private coach. Welcome din-ner at the hotel and evening pro- Liptov, spreads out on either side of the and Western Tatra massifs on the othergram. Váh River and is one of the most beautiful side of the valley. The main town in theDay 2 parts of Slovakia. The village of Vlkolínec, region, Liptovský Mikuláš, is a centuries-After breakfast leave the hotel for an with its many wonderful wooden build- old city featuring a beautifully recon-excursion to the remote Zamagurie ings, is a unique architectural enclave rec- structed town square. The highwaymanRegion. The major attraction here isfloating down the Dunajec River on ognized by UNESCO as a site of World Juraj Jánošík – the Slovak counterpart ofa raft. Afterward, enjoy a barbecue Cultural Heritage. There are marvelous Robin Hood – was hanged here in 1713.lunch with real Goral goulash accom- caves in the nearby Demänovská Valley – A nearby man-made lake, Liptovská Mara,panied by live local folk music. In theafternoon stop at the Červený Kláštor one of them an ice cave. is a popular summer sports resort. But the[Red Monastery], a precious heritage The Low Tatra National Park is a won- Tatra Region comprises more than majes-site. In the evening, a gala dinner atthe hotel will be followed by a disco. derful area for summer hiking and walk- tic nature. The area boasts a whole range ing tours. One can reach the heights on of precious heritage sites and unique at-Day 3 foot or by funicular and then follow clear- tractions, concentrated in two particularThis days itinerary will introduce youto the rich art and architectural her- ly marked trails that lead to the regions regions: Spiš and Zamagurie.itage of the Spiš Region. Visit themajestic Spiš Castle as well as otherprecious monuments recognized byUNESCO as sites of World CulturalHeritage. Enjoy lunch in medievalLevoča, famous for the world’s tallestwooden altar, a stunning work cre-ated by the Master Paul. Concludethe days program with a relaxingdip in the thermal pools and otherwellness facilities of the AquaCity re-sort. Dinner tonight will be served ata Koliba – a rustic, mountain-styledrestaurant – accompanied with liveGypsy music.Day 4In the morning transfer to Poprad forhomebound travel. DMC Enjoy Slovakia 17
  15. 15. Excursions Historic Spiš County, known in Hungarian Castle, the Canonry, the town of Spišské Sea. After each long and difficult journey, as Szepes and in German as Zips, is a trea- Podhradie at the foot of the castle, and they attached a small seashell to their sure house of Slovak art and history. Here the early Gothic twin-nave church in hats as a symbol of the completed voy- we find medieval churches with exqui- nearby Žehra have all been registered by age. Today, the hats of the Dunajec rafts- site Gothic altars and wall paintings. At UNESCO on its roster of World Cultural men are decorated with plastic seashells, the beginning of the 16th century, an Heritage sites. and the only cargo they carry along the artist known as Master Paul was active in The beauty of the isolated Zamagurie re- Dunajec is tourists. Nonetheless, the two- Levoča. He created a set of unique Gothic gion, cut off from other parts of Slovakia hour, nine-kilometer raft trip through the altars, including one in St. James church by the Magura Mountains, enchants all Pieniny National Park is a wonderful jour- that, at 18.60 meters high, is the tallest visitors. Here the Dunajec River, flowing ney through breathtaking scenery and in the world. The city of Kežmarok has a through a deep valley, forms the border represents one of the main tourist attrac- remarkable wooden Lutheran church. between Poland and Slovakia. The proud tions of the region. Enormous Spiš Castle, the most famous and hospitable Gorals – mountain folk – tourist attraction in the area, dominates live on both sides of the river and speak The Spiš Heritage Trail the landscape from the top of a craggy a distinctive Slovak-Polish dialect. At one Explore the stunning landscape below hill. Not far from the castle, one can vis- time, raftsmen floated rafts loaded with mighty Spiš Castle, one of the largest it Spišská Kapitula [Spiš Canonry], the for- wood from here down the Dunajec and castle compounds in Europe, and dis- cover other medieval monuments in the tified compound of the local bishop. The other rivers until they reached the Baltic area. Also visit Levoča, once a prosperous market hub, which has retained much of its original charm. A Day with Friendly Gorals The excursion leads through one of the most spectacular corners of Europe, Zamagurie. Enjoy floating by raft down the Dunajec River, which meanders through the Pieniny National Park. After a picnic lunch with live local music at the Pieniny Chalet, visit the Červený Kláštor [Red Monastery], home to a mysterious 18th century Monk named Cyprian, who experimented with flying machines and grew healing herbs in the monastery gar- den.18 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  16. 16. been fully restored for tourist purposes. Today, the train brings nature lovers deep into the wild valley of the Black Hron River. The highlight of the vintage train ride is a staged mountain robbers attack adventure! The Mining Heart of Slovakia Surrounded by ore-rich mountains, Banská Štiavnica was for centuries the center of one the most important min- ing regions of Europe. The mining in- dustry here declined long ago, but the sleepy little town itself retained much of the unique architectural charm that won it a spot on the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage. Visit former mines and an open-air-museum where you can learn about the rich technical heritage of this region.The Lovely Liptov LandscapeSlovakias Liptov region boasts a dreamylandscape surrounded by the majes-tic Tatra Mountains. Enjoy a day amidthe green hills and vibrant living tradi-tions of this spectacular region. Visitthe Demänovská Freedom Cave, oneof the most extensive cave networks inEurope. The afternoon will be spent atthe Pribylina open-air-museum: the folkarchitectural collection here often formsthe backdrop for colorful live folkloricperformances.A Ride on the Čierny HronNarrow-gauge RailwayThe southern side of the Low Tatras hasmuch to offer to the visitor. The majorattraction is a day-trip on a vintage train,originally used to haul timber, which has DMC Enjoy Slovakia 19
  17. 17. Active & Adventure The Dead Bats Cave A real adventure awaits you in an ex- traordinary cave hidden deep in the Low Tatra mountain massif, where explorers years ago discovered the bodies of hun- dreds of bats. A strenuous hike through splendid scenery leads to the cave open- ing. Then, dressed in special equipment, small groups can explore the cave itself as part of a prearranged tour with a spe- leologist instructor. Hiking in the Tatras The Slovak mountains provide excit- Dog Sledging in the Tatras ing opportunities for hiking amid the regions majestic scenery. The range of Dog-sledging is a traditional type of well-marked paths caters to all levels transportation through the high snow of visitors, from easy walks to physical- plains. Enjoy riding a dog-powered ly challenging trails for experienced ath- sledge through the beautiful winter land- letes. In some cases hiking routes can A Carpathian Adventure scape of the Tatra Mountains. As part of be combined with rides on a funicular. This team-building adventure event takes the trip, you will learn how to build a fire Enjoy Slovakias expert team will map out place amid the forested landscape of the on the snow and prepare (and feast on) the most suitable itinerary for your event Carpathians, a hilly nature reserve spread- genuine Highlander goulash. program. ing through Slovakia. Small groups will be formed, each provided with map and compass. They will then be left to find their way to a pre-arranged spot where a bus will be waiting to take them to a big dinner with lots of top-quality wine or beer! Hiking in the Slovak Paradise With its deep canyons, narrow ravines, and mountain creeks, the Slovak Paradise is different from any other national park in Slovakia. Hiking trails follow its dra- matic natural features, with ladders, chains and narrow foot bridges attached to the living rock. Although physically not an easy excursion, a hike here will be a memorable experience.20 Enjoy Slovakia DMC
  18. 18. Tatra VenuesEntertainment AquaCity Resort in Poprad Built over a geothermal spring, AquaCity is aThemed Dinner state-of-the-art spa offering a full range of tradi- tional treatments and innovative therapies. SoakIn an atmospheric, candle-lit setting, you in thermal baths filled with mineral-rich local wa-will enjoy a themed evening with great ters, bask in the solarium, relax with a massage, orfood and many surprises. A variety of perhaps enjoy one of the indoor facilities such asthemes, ranging from Gypsy culture, to swimming pools, steam rooms, and saunas.an ancient Roman or Medieval evening,to “Jánošík and his Robber Companions”are available. Dedo Café on Lomnický Peak Located 2634 meters above sea level, atop theDinner at a Koliba Restaurant second highest peak in the Tatras, Dedo Café is a stylish bar overlooking an unforgettable panora-Among the major attractions of the Tatra ma of the High Tatra Mountains, with broad vistasregion are shepherd-style cottage restau- stretching into Slovakia and Poland. You reach thisrants called koliba. Here, amid wooden venue by a comfortable cable car from Tatranskáfurnishings and typical folk-style decora- Lomnica.tions, guests enjoy sausages, chicken andchops grilled over an open fire. The vi-brant tunes of live Gypsy music, flaming Western City - Šiklův MlýnTatra tea, and other local specialties, addto an unforgettable dining experience. You can experience a real Wild West adventure at the foot of the Tatra Mountains! Located near Liptovský Mikuláš, this resort is a major attraction providing a wealth of exciting shows, including trick shooting, country dancing, horses, a vintage train ride and live music. To add to the experience, you can even rent a historical costume. Become a cowboy for a day! Grandcastle Painstakingly decorated in period style, the Liptovský Hrádok protected heritage site was saved from neglect and now serves as a chateau hotel. The elegant halls of this fully restored Renaissance chateau provide a unique and magical ambience for special events and small conferences. DMC Enjoy Slovakia 21
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