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.
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.
For those who like real guns, the shooting range in Lozorno is an option. The building is in operation all year round with eight shooting boxes for its visitors. “We are offering shooting also for foreigners without a firearms licence,” said Igor Beháň (58), the owner of the site. “However those visitors are shooting supervised by instructor,” Beháň added.
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14. Feb 2014 at 0:00 | Peter Nagy