The Bratislava City Hall, in cooperation with the Crazy Honeybee project, has placed beehives containing about 120,000 bees on its roof. Beekeeper Róbert Kňažko (in the picture) takes care of city bees. Due to the mosaic nature of the environment, cities have great potential to support biodiversity and allow bees to thrive in urban environments. Photo: TASR.
Cable cars in the Tatras have been put back into operation as the summer returns. In addition to hiking, tourists can also enjoy boating and mountain carts.
The waterfalls can be found in the village of Háj, about 40 minutes by car from Košice. It is part of the Slovak Karst National Park.
The city has its own castle and a lovely Old Town. Moreover, visitors can reach the forest straight from the town centre, but a bench on Peace Square is a must.
The new folklore-promoting project, co-created by artist Miroslav Matuščin, is composed of a painting that changes right in front of visitors, depending on the light that shines on the piece of art.
The first route of its kind in the country presents tourists with intriguing gems from the Spiš and Gemer regions. Gothic art in the form of altars and table paintings are, moreover, among the richest in Europe.
TOP 10 JULY EVENTS IN SLOVAKIA
As the world goes back to the “new normal”, so does Slovakia. Cultural institutions and centres have planned plenty of events for the summer. Pick out your favourite one for the month of July from the list below.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEK
Slovak ice-hockey player Marián Hossa was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame this week.
He was the Ottawa Senators’ first-round selection in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. After seven seasons in Ottawa, he had stints with three other NHL teams before playing his final eight seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. With the Blackhawks, Hossa won Stanley Cups in 2010, 2013 and 2015.
I have learned so much about life through the game of hockey and I am very appreciative of this recognition.„
The Slovak player recorded 525 goals and 609 assists in 1,309 NHL regular-season games. Read more about Hossa’s hockey career and fulfilled dreams.
A new project aims to recount the story of the once-booming ironworks in the Horehronie Region. The remains of them across the region are to be refurbished and interconnected by cycling routes.
People can have their say on what should be part of the iconic Bratislava bathhouse. Up to 76 architectural studios from 17 countries wanted to refurbish it, but only five made it to the second round.
The communist regime was not aware of the environmental consequences back then, but black pines are alien to Slovakia and threaten unique ecosystems and plant species. Nature conservationists have been removing the trees for some time in Bratislava.
It was a decision of a minority to have statues of Jozef Tiso and Ferdinand Ďurčanský sculpted and put in a public space. Should they be removed now following a wave of statue removals worldwide?
The next Spectacular Slovakia Weekly will be published on July 10, 2020.
3. Jul 2020 at 6:35 | Compiled by Spectator staff