Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Reader feedback: Aim for "alternative" tourists

Re: Readers suggest ways to promote Bratislava July 21 - August 3, Vol 9 No 28

Bratislava could stand to have a few more signposts on the streets. You can't expect us dumb tourists to find our way to all the interesting sights in Bratislava all by ourselves.

I've only been to Bratislava 3 short times so far and I got lost every time! Getting lost in a big city can be quite frustrating and even scary for a tourist, so that is a point of attention for the city council.

Another thing I miss is a decent travel guidebook. Mostly Slovakia is mentioned somewhere at the back of Czech travel guide and that's a shame.

I don't think publications that are only available in Slovakia will do much good. Almost everyone I know likes to do a little reading about their holiday destination before they go there. A lot of people even decide on they're vacation by going to bookstores and libraries and browse through various travel guides.

As people are getting more and more sceptical towards promotional campaigns, objectively written travel guides can give the people the confidence they need to choose for a particular destination.

This is especially the case since Slovakia should, in my opinion, aim for the "alternative" tourist who's not interested in beach holidays or tours of world-famous monuments.

Jeroen Philippe,
Belgium

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).