Spectator.sme.sk - The Slovak Spectatorhttps://spectator.sme.sk/rssSlovakia's English-language newspaper covering politics, business, culture, sport and opinion -- with real time news updates.rss_contact_emailskMondays are not blue in museumsMost Slovak museums and galleries are closed on Mondays, but the Slovak National Museum – SNM – decided to present some of its branches.Sat, 19 Aug 2017 02:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628724/mondays-are-not-blue-in-museums.htmlBratislava marks birthday of its unique characterSchӧner Náci has a life-size statue in the city centre.Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:22:33 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20629052/bratislava-marks-birthday-of-its-unique-character.htmlPush your limits and growThe Duke of Edinburgh Award helps young Slovaks achieve their goals and develop.Fri, 18 Aug 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628888/push-your-limits-and-grow.htmlBlog: 5 things you should do on your visit to the north of SlovakiaHere is a list of tips by an experienced tour guide - including things you have probably not tried before.Fri, 18 Aug 2017 10:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626947/blog-5-things-you-should-do-on-your-visit-to-the-north-of-slovakia.htmlUnique discovery proves contact between Great Moravia and OrientArabic coin was found at the hillfort of Neštich.Fri, 18 Aug 2017 07:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628379/unique-discovery-proves-contact-between-great-moravia-and-orient.htmlMarián Varga was unique, as musician and personalityThe man who was behind several of Slovak firsts – like the first art-rock band in then-communist Czechoslovakia, or the first original Slovak modern musical – died at the beginning of August. His friends and colleagues reminisce.Fri, 18 Aug 2017 06:10:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628621/marian-varga-was-unique-as-musician-and-personality.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in Slovak regions between August 18 and 27, including an air show, a multi-genre urban festival, a clown show, a festival of teamsters, a golf tournament, and a lot of music.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 13:41:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628676/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.htmlŠumiac breaks sweat record: first sauna to be revivedThe sauna built in Šumiac by miller Michal Demo after returning from Russian captivity was the first one not just in Slovakia but in the entire former Czechoslovakia. Now it can be saved and re-used.Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:56:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20628610/sumiac-breaks-sweat-record-first-sauna-to-be-revived.htmlHave you ever climbed a via ferrata?In central Slovakia, there is one also suitable for beginners. Here are some of the views it offers.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 18:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627569/have-you-ever-climbed-a-via-ferrata.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between August 18 and August 27, as well as regular services in different languages, training for foreigners in English and highlights of the year.Wed, 16 Aug 2017 15:43:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20625807/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlBratislava gets three more smart benchesThe solar-powered benches can charge mobiles and offer free wi-fi.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:20:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627261/bratislava-gets-three-more-smart-benches.htmlNational gallery confronts visitors with Rough SchoolAn exhibition, subtitled Contemporary Graphic Art Confronting History, shows the less-known, less decorative and less usual works of graphic artists of one generation.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 18:28:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20627280/national-gallery-confronts-visitors-with-rough-school.htmlBest hiking trails in Slovakia (Spectacular Slovakia - travel guide)This regularly updated feature on hiking in Slovakia provides tips on "hidden" routes and top hiking trips.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20059736/best-hiking-trails-in-Slovakia-top.htmlExhibition on Slovak State now online and in EnglishThose, who missed the Dream vs. Reality exhibition can view it online.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:06:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626421/exhibition-on-slovak-state-now-online-and-in-english.htmlUhrovec castle opens its doors during Night of Castle RuinsVolunteers will prepare a multimedia installation for visitors.Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:55:07 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626435/uhrovec-castle-opens-its-doors-during-night-of-castle-ruins.htmlThe longest dry toboggan in Slovakia is being built in the Bachledová Dolina ValleyIn the Spišská Magura mountain rage, two new features for tourists will be added.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:48:19 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626318/the-longest-dry-toboggan-in-slovakia-is-being-built-in-the-bachledova-dolina-valley.htmlNot even the storm disrupted the first day of the Grape FestivalCheck out the gallery.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:41:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626291/not-even-the-storm-disrupted-the-first-day-of-the-grape-festival.htmlSlovak Philharmonic Choir performed at BBC PROMS festivalAfter 13 years, the choir of the Slovak Philharmonic sang, together with another choir, at the oldest and biggest classical music festival.Mon, 14 Aug 2017 16:01:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20626259/slovak-philharmonic-choir-performed-at-bbc-proms-festival.htmlSlovak won prestigious photographic contest for the first timeThe photographer learnt how to take photos on her own.Sat, 12 Aug 2017 06:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623049/slovak-won-prestigious-photographic-contest-for-the-first-time.htmlBathing in Danube has its charm as well its downsideBratislavans used to bathe at the legendary Lido but also in unique floating poolsFri, 11 Aug 2017 12:07:25 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20624131/bathing-in-danube-has-its-charm-as-well-its-downside.htmlYoung man finds 4,000-year-old dagger by accidentOnly four daggers this old were found in Slovakia until now.Fri, 11 Aug 2017 06:05:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623030/young-man-finds-4000-year-old-dagger-by-accident.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between August 11 and 20, including a hovercraft championship, a guided visit to the game-park, a cross-culture multi-genre festival, several historical re-enactments and open-air concerts, as well as a lot of classical, jazz and rock music.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:57:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623783/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.htmlStone spheres in Kysuce attracting touristsOne of the curiosities of the Kysuce region is mysterious stone spheres; the area around Čadca is the biggest discovery site in all Europe.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:05:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623471/stone-spheres-in-kysuce-attracting-tourists.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between August 11 and August 20, as well as regular services in different languages, training for foreigners in English and highlights of the year.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:04:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621356/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlChocolate maker in Slovakia invests in communitiesForget sheep cheese and liquor. Slovaks can also earn recognition in the chocolate industry.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 07:07:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623107/chocolate-maker-in-slovakia-invests-in-communities.htmlMusic legend Marián Varga dies at 70The famous Slovak composer and musician passed away on August 9.Thu, 10 Aug 2017 06:12:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20623080/music-legend-marian-varga-dies-at-70.htmlBelianska Cave charms visitors for 135 yearsIt was one of the first caves with electricity in the world, and the only one opened to the public in the High Tatras.Wed, 09 Aug 2017 09:27:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20622240/belianska-cave-charms-visitors-for-135-years.htmlLumiére cinema has record visitor rate in first half of 2017The Bratislava-based Lumiére cinema had a record number of visitors in the first half of this year, with Slovak movies also being popular with audiences.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 07:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621143/lumiere-cinema-has-record-visitor-rate-in-first-half-of-2017.htmlWooden rafts on Dunajec becoming more popularPeople sometimes have to wait three hours for the ride.Tue, 08 Aug 2017 05:56:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621384/wooden-rafts-on-dunajec-becoming-more-popular.htmlVisitors’ centre and parking to be added for the Andrássy MausoleumThe fire at Krásna Hôrka Castle cut down the number of visitors, and thus, the nearby mausoleum is striving to win them back by adding new services.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:10:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621309/visitors-centre-and-parking-to-be-added-for-the-andrassy-mausoleum.htmlLúčnica enchanted audiences within a unique experienceAfter decades, the famous folklore ensemble performed under the ski jumps at the Štrbské Pleso resort in the High Tatras.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 16:51:14 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621291/lucnica-enchanted-audiences-within-a-unique-experience.htmlThe married priest at DevínThe Council of Trent that took place in 1545 – 1563 imposed on bishops the obligation to regularly visit parishes in their diocese.Mon, 07 Aug 2017 14:51:37 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20621136/the-married-priest-at-devin.htmlNew café in Bratislava offers playground for dogsSpace where dogs can take their owners.Sun, 06 Aug 2017 06:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618084/new-cafe-in-bratislava-offers-playground-for-dogs.htmlAnimeShow offered Korean singing competitionOne of the new elements was the international dancing and singing competition K-Pop World Festival.Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618660/animeshow-offered-korean-singing-competition.htmlSlovak Christmas tree in BrusselsThe ceremony was organised by Brussels Mayor Yvan Mayeur, who thanked Slovakia for the “beautiful tree”.Sat, 05 Aug 2017 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618618/slovak-christmas-tree-in-brussels.htmlSpectacular Slovakia: Nitra castle on filmA reconstruction in 2013 uncovered a unique fresco of high artistic value and technical quality from around 1400 AD.Sat, 05 Aug 2017 06:45:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618010/spectacular-slovakia-nitra-castle-on-film.htmlSister cities cooperate more like familyTwinning agreements between Slovak and Belgian cities enable residents to keep in touch with the culture and life in both countries.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 12:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618568/sister-cities-cooperate-more-like-family.htmlDanube embankment in Bratislava turning into camping siteThe Bratislava City Council does not see any problem with using this place for parking.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:56:05 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618816/danube-embankment-in-bratislava-turning-into-camping-site.htmlArchaeologists uncover remains of infirmary in TrnavaThe oldest dwellers of Trnava still remember what infirmary and chapel looked like.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 06:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618066/archaeologists-uncover-remains-of-infirmary-in-trnava.htmlForeigners: Events around SlovakiaTips for performances and other events in the Slovak regions between August 4 and 13, including special mediaeval castle events, a Theresian historical festival, a yoga festival, a battle re-enactment, a film seminar, crafts workshop, new circus performance and workshop, a golf charity event, and a lot of music and parties, mostly open-air ones.Fri, 04 Aug 2017 01:53:51 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20618844/foreigners-events-around-slovakia.html