SPECTACULAR SLOVAKIA WEEKLY

Roundup: Devín Castle will reopen over the weekend

Read this week’s overview of culture and travel stories from Slovakia.

(Source: TASR)

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Actor Andrea Sabová wears a protective shield during a rehearsal. Strict hygienic measures against the spread of the novel coronavirus forced the creators at the Andrej Bagar Theatre (DAB) in Nitra to change the way they work. In the first phase of the preparation of Persuasion (Láska slečny Elliotovej), they used video calls. When working in the physical space, they try delivering individual dialogues from behind protective shields. Persuasion by Jane Austen, directed by Ľubomír Vajdička, was to be the last premiere of the jubilee 70th season of DAB. The theatre planned to premiere it at the end of April, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed everything. It had to be postponed to early September. Source: TASR.

TRAVEL

1) A hiking trip: Vtáčnik

The peak, 1,346 metres above sea level, can be found on the border of Trenčín and Banská Bystrica Regions. Its name is related to birds. See its beauty in full in a video.

2) Ferrata at Skalka closed

The Ferrata compound at Skalka, near Kremnica, is closed to the public until the end of May. The prolonged date of closure is due to nature protection – the peregrine falcon is nesting at the location.

3) Orava Forest Railway is back

The train, which takes tourists to Orava Castle, will commute according to an adjusted schedule with a limited number of visitors due to COVID-19. Booking a seat is, hence, recommended.

4) Bratislava’s evolution of building design

Pálffy Palace offers a thorough overview of the various architectural styles and historical phases through which Bratislava developed, starting with Celtic settlements. It holds painting and sculpture exhibitions as well.

5) Slovakia’s UNESCO sites and their stories

A wooden church in Leštiny, northern Slovakia, is one of the sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is not the only wooden church on the list.

HISTORY CALENDAR

It does not happen often that the Slovak nation sings Queen’s “We Are the Champions” loud and proud. It was May 11, 2002, and public squares were overcrowded. The whole nation was celebrating a gold medal win at the World Hockey Championship. A new Slovak generation was born, some said. Do you remember Bondra's winning goal with 1:40 minutes remaining?

RIDDLE

What English word has three consecutive double letters?

REPEEKKOOB

WEEKEND READS

1) Reopened Slovak castles follow strict measures

Ahead of the summer, Slovak castles have reopened their gates to tourists despite the coronavirus outbreak. Hygiene rules and facemasks are mandatory. Devín Castle and some of Bratislava’s city museums will reopen this weekend.

2) Old phrase, new album. Queer Jane has returned

The Bratislava-based band Queer Jane has released its third studio album, “Amen Dolores”. A listener will find on it melancholic songs wrapped up in Beatles-esque melodies. How did the trio come to be? And is there anything queer about them?

3) A professional wanderer stuck at home

Slovak train hopper Amin Nakhlé travels with little to no money in his pocket on his quest to reveal his true self. The COVID-19 outbreak has stopped him from travelling. What places did he visit in the past?

4) WATCH: A virtual tour of the Grössling bathhouse

Bratislava City Council and the Metropolitan Institute of Bratislava plan to restore the closed legendary baths so they prepared a virtual tour for the participants of the international architectural competition. The tour is also available to the public.

The next Spectacular Slovakia Weekly will be published on May 22, 2020.

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