Ice-hockey fans: We enjoy Bratislava but finding your way around the capital is difficult

There is only one information kiosk at the bus station in Bratislava.

The fan zone during the 2019 Ice-Hockey World Championships is located near the Trnavské mýto crossroads in Bratislava.The fan zone during the 2019 Ice-Hockey World Championships is located near the Trnavské mýto crossroads in Bratislava.(Source: Sme)

Russians and Norwegian fans are flooding Bratislava on the sunny Friday afternoon of May 10, as half of the 2019 Ice-Hockey World Championships in Slovakia is about to kick off in Bratislava, while the other is about to start in Košice.

While a middle-aged woman, wearing a mask of Princess Marfa from the popular Russian Christmas tale Morozko - Father Frost, is taking a photo with her daughter by Ondrej Nepela Stadium in Bratislava, some other Russians are hopelessly trying to buy tickets for the very first game.

In fact, less than an hour remains before it starts. Played in Bratislava, the opening match of the championships will be Russia facing off against Norway but the presence of the Czechs and the Swedes is already being felt in the capital. Both nations face each other on the same Friday night.

“We hope we will win, but we are not confident of a victory,” said Czech Karel Červený, who has come to watch the championships live for the first time.

Nice people, cheap beer

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk

The processing of personal data is subject to our Privacy Policy and the Cookie Policy. Before submitting your e-mail address, please make sure to acquaint yourself with these documents.

Theme: Bratislava


Top stories

Prosecutor brings charges against Kočner in the Kuciak murder case

Apart from Kočner, three other people were formally charged.

Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová were commemorated in Bratislava on August 26.

Blog: AI and Slovakia: Labor costs to become less important

Which policy challenges and risks will AI bring to converging economies, such as Slovakia? Vladimir Zlacký, Founder of LookingEast.eu, offers an interesting answer.

Dzurinda: I have never taken a bribe, Gorilla is about individuals

If the information in the Gorilla file is true, it proves failure of individuals rather than failure of the government, says the then prime minister.

Mikulas Dzurinda

Gorilla sends Slovaks back to the streets

For a Decent Slovakia protests continued in five locations around Slovakia.

Košice protest on October 18