If you like the sound of rumbling motors, wind in your hair, watching the ground from way up above
or shooting pellets of colour at your friends, then you are in the right place. Bratislava region can provide all manner of ’adrenaline experiences’ only limited by the time you have, the money in your wallet and people you want to take with you.
The forests of Bernolákovo provide a perfect spot for paintball. A small river forms a natural border on one side and a rising hill the other. Between them are trees, trenches, barricades, moats and built up towers, patrolled by battalions of men clasping guns, wearing helmets, protective vests and camouflage clothes.
“Paintball is not about shooting as much as you can,” said Michal Velčík, a 31-year-old paintball event manager. “That’s Rambo style. The winning team will be the one that communicates better and is more coherent.“
There are several different game styles to try. The most common is the “team death-match”, where the aim is simple: shoot your enemies. But strategy changes in games where the objective is to capture a flag, or in which participants have only 10 pellets in the magazine, forcing them to think wisely when to shoot and when to hold fire.
Games require at least eight players (smaller groups should call in advance), and cost €12.30 per person, including equipment hire and an initial 100 pellets. Not bad for something that lasts upwards of three hours.
Fans of fast cars should head to the kart-racing track in Ivanka pri Dunaji , an indoor hall filled with artificial light and whizzing carts speeding around a tyre-walled track.
“You should come with a friend or family so that you can compete with each other and compare your race times,“ said Linda Kočišová, 34, an operator standing behind a counter of a small bar, where the riders can relax for a while and prepare for another round.
A spin on the track costs €8 a circuit, and works out at about a euro per minute. The price includes kart hire and helmet (but not a balaclava, which is an additional €2.50 unless you bring your own) and you are free to drive as fast as you want.
Although tourist flights in Kráľová pri Senci are not officially considered part of the adrenalin sport family, flying about 200 metres above the ground in a light aeroplane constructed for two people will likely get many people’s blood pumping.
“Flying is for lunatics who want to see places from above,“ said Peter Chromek, 48, a pilot with about 7,000 flight hours, as he gently teased a small airplane out of its hangar. But up in the air, after a quick look at someone like Chromek, who pilots the two-seater plane, any fear is replaced by the exhilaration of flight.
The passenger is the boss and can instruct the pilot to fly practically anywhere around the Bratislava region. The only limitation is the fuel in the tank and, again, the money in your pocket.
Ivanka pri Dunaji
Population: 5,997; Driving from Bratislava: 15 km / 20 mins; Public transport from Bratislava (www.cp.sk) Bus: 30 mins, Train: 16 mins
Tel: +421 (0)2 4594-4593
Nádražná 34, Ivanka pri Dunaji (the indoor hall is located near the entrance of village from the side of Čierna Voda)
Open: Mon - Thu 15:00-24:00; Fri 15:00-1:00; Sat 12:00-1:00; Sun 12:00-24:00; Price: € 8 for 8 min ride
Mob: +421 (0)905 444-225
Štefánikova 16, Ivanka pri Dunaji
Population: 5,012; Driving
from Bratislava: 18 km / 23 mins; Public transport from Bratislava Bus: 34 mins, Train: 20 mins
Golf course Black River Resort; www.golf.sk
Tel: +421 (0)2 4599-4221
Kaštieľ 5, Bernolákovo
Mob: +421 (0)910 909-088
Playground is located near Golf resort between Ivanka pri Dunaji and Bernolákovo.
Kráľová pri Senci
Driving from Bratislava: 37 km / 33 mins; Public transport from Bratislava (www.cp.sk) Bus: 50 mins
Tel: +421 (0)2 4590-1858
Kráľová pri Senci - the aeroplane hangar is located at the end of the village towards Hrubá Borša; Open: Booking is necessary; Price: € 2 for each 1 min of flying (ride usually takes about 15 mins)