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_emailskIf Slovak celebrities raised their voices, we could help the dying directorSlovak director Kirchhoff commented on Slovakia’s stance towards a political prisoner in Russia, whose story will be shown on film in Bratislava.Fri, 13 Jul 2018 17:34:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869808/if-slovak-celebrities-raised-their-voices-we-could-help-the-dying-director.htmlImi Lichtenfeld finally has a memorial plaque in BratislavaThis versatile athlete created Krav Maga self-defense systemFri, 13 Jul 2018 16:41:34 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20870162/imi-lichtenfeld-finally-has-a-memorial-plaque-in-bratislava.htmlBlog: Don’t leave Skalica without a bite of trdelník - like I didBright flowers, wholesome buildings, and impeccable streets; these are the first things I notice when I wander through the centre.Fri, 13 Jul 2018 13:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869234/blog-dont-leave-skalica-without-a-bite-of-trdelnik-like-i-did.htmlThe biggest Esperanto summer school arrives to Liptovský MikulášThis town will host the biggest summer Esperanto school in the world for the first time.Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:43:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20869093/the-biggest-esperanto-summer-school-arrives-to-liptovsky-mikulas.htmlTourism between the Polish and Slovak Tatras will be improved by new connectionsTrain connection is also on the list in the future.Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:36:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863729/tourism-between-the-polish-and-slovak-tatras-will-be-improved-by-new-connections.htmlZero Euro banknotes with Slovak motifs generate unexpected demandSouvenir banknotes have become a collectors’ phenomenon in Slovakia.Thu, 12 Jul 2018 12:49:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868152/zero-euro-banknotes-with-slovak-motifs-generate-unexpected-demand.htmlCult Bratislava clubs: Who owns them and how are they doing?Not all clubs have survived as long as the Subclub or Unique.Thu, 12 Jul 2018 08:48:59 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868528/cult-bratislava-clubs-who-owns-them-and-how-are-they-doing.htmlPohoda was #AllforJanJán Kuciak’s colleagues said why he was dangerous for organised crime.Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:57:54 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868101/pohoda-was-allforjan.htmlI will always hold you tight. Martin has a new muralThe historical central-Slovak town received a gift for the Czechoslovak centenary. Take a look at the murals in the streets of Martin, Bratislava, and Košice.Wed, 11 Jul 2018 14:43:39 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866188/i-will-always-hold-you-tight-martin-has-a-new-mural.htmlEnglish-language tour in Bojnice castle without previous booking? It is possible in summerMuseum has guides speaking English, German, Spanish, Polish and Russian language.Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:15:49 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863717/english-language-tour-in-bojnice-castle-without-previous-booking-it-is-possible-in-summer.htmlInternational children’s violin orchestra to play in the High Tatras againA special concert at Skalnaté Pleso mountain lake will be the culmination of the fifth gathering of young violinists. The open-air event is free for visitors of the High Tatras.Wed, 11 Jul 2018 13:04:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20868162/international-childrens-violin-orchestra-to-play-in-the-high-tatras-again.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between July 13 and July 22, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 21:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866494/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlIce express to connect Košice and Dobšinská Ice CaveTourists using the train do not need to change.Tue, 10 Jul 2018 14:13:38 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863702/ice-express-to-connect-kosice-and-dobsinska-ice-cave.htmlPlans for the restoration of Rusovce manor house draw criticismArchitects as well as the general public dislike the proposed interior and nobiliary features.Mon, 09 Jul 2018 16:56:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866754/plans-for-the-restoration-of-rusovce-manor-house-draw-criticism.htmlThe first Umbrella Street in Bratislava attracts both tourists and localsIt is inspired by Slovak motifs.Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:58:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863689/the-first-umbrella-street-in-bratislava-attracts-both-tourists-and-locals.htmlHalf a million people attended the Levoča pilgrimage at the weekendThe traditional event has seen an increased interest not just in mass but also in confession.Mon, 09 Jul 2018 13:23:31 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20866519/half-a-million-people-attended-the-levoca-pilgrimage-at-the-weekend.htmlWhat is it like completing Slovakia's hardest trek?At the beginning, they were just three strangers enduring pain and harsh weather during the SNP Heroes’ trek.Sun, 08 Jul 2018 23:01:32 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20865436/what-is-it-like-completing-slovakias-hardest-trek.htmlPresident Kiska at Pohoda: Slovakia is a mafia stateFestival welcomes parents of murdered couple on Saturday.Sat, 07 Jul 2018 23:32:41 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20865855/president-kiska-at-pohoda-slovakia-is-a-mafia-state.htmlJamie Cullum: I would come to Pohoda myself, just for funThe second day of Pohoda was rainy in the night.Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:44:45 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20865556/jamie-cullum-i-would-come-to-pohoda-myself-just-for-fun.htmlDo not miss a chance to visit Smolenice castle this summerNikita Khrushchev, once the most powerful man in the Soviet Union, spent a couple days in the castle, too.Sat, 07 Jul 2018 09:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859371/do-not-miss-a-chance-to-visit-smolenice-castle-this-summer.htmlMinibus operates tourist centres in Slovenský rajHolder of Slovenský raj & Spiš tourist card have summer minibus for free.Fri, 06 Jul 2018 11:50:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859393/minibus-operates-tourist-centres-in-slovensky-raj.htmlFirst day of Pohoda festival was “chemical”The opening concert was dedicated to Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.Fri, 06 Jul 2018 10:28:28 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20864834/first-day-of-pohoda-festival-is-chemical.htmlBrothers who gave Slovaks more than ChristianityDespite playing an important role in the history of Slovakia, some historians have suggested very little was preserved from their work on the Slovak territory.Thu, 05 Jul 2018 06:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20862017/brothers-who-gave-slovaks-more-than-christianity.htmlCycling race combined with sight-seeing starts in the east of SlovakiaThree more races will take place during the summer.Wed, 04 Jul 2018 15:03:35 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859386/cycling-race-combined-with-sight-seeing-starts-in-the-east-of-slovakia.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events around Slovakia in JulyThe selection of events not to miss in various regions around Slovakia next month, from an epic hike, to bryndzové halušky championship, to summer music festivals and international craft festival, as well as truck races.Wed, 04 Jul 2018 13:44:50 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20863426/foreigners-top-10-events-around-slovakia-in-july.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between July 6 and July 15, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 21:18:12 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20862698/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlEnjoy a ride in Zobor in a carriage pulled by horsesThere are two types of rides to experience.Tue, 03 Jul 2018 14:18:57 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859383/enjoy-ride-in-zobor-in-a-carriage-pulled-by-a-team-of-horses.htmlCharm of Tatra veterans. Take a look at the rack railway at Štrbské PlesoCurrent carriages are almost 50-year-old.Mon, 02 Jul 2018 14:52:08 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859398/charm-of-tatra-veterans-look-at-ride-in-rack-railway-at-strbske-pleso.htmlFormer gamekeeper’s cabin turned into tourist facilityIt is located at a junction of touristic cycling and cross country skiing routes.Sat, 30 Jun 2018 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853782/former-gamekeepers-cabin-turned-into-tourist-facility.htmlBratislava in an authentic mannerTravel agency shows traces of communism as well as how the city is changing now.Fri, 29 Jun 2018 11:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859054/bratislava-in-an-authentic-manner.htmlArt or barbarism? Hotel Kyjev turned into street-artThe artistic work, which has already prompted various responses, will probably remain on the building until its reconstruction.Thu, 28 Jun 2018 23:29:10 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859860/art-or-barbarism-hotel-kyjev-turned-into-street-art.htmlKick off your summer holiday with a concert in a caveFor fans of unique experiences, the Pružinská Dúpna Cave is offering not just a literal Open Day with artificial lighting and a guided tour but also a concert.Thu, 28 Jun 2018 23:03:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20859799/kick-off-your-summer-holiday-with-a-concert-in-a-cave.htmlObservation tower is going up over BojniceTower should be open for visitors in a few weeks.Thu, 28 Jun 2018 14:02:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853830/observation-tower-is-going-up-over-bojnice.htmlTen things to look forward to at the Pohoda festivalA hot-air balloon, roller disco and an escape room. There are more things to enjoy besides the music.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 18:16:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20858371/ten-things-to-look-forward-to-at-the-pohoda-festival.htmlThree-hundred-year-old bastion in Fiľakovo to be reconstructedTwo bastions survived in town until 20th century.Wed, 27 Jun 2018 14:21:55 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853779/three-hundred-year-old-bastion-in-filakovo-to-be-reconstructed.htmlForeigners: Top 10 events in BratislavaTips for the top 10 events in the capital between June 29 and July 8, plus regular services in different languages, training, temporary exhibitions and highlights of the year.Tue, 26 Jun 2018 21:25:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20857045/foreigners-top-10-events-in-bratislava.htmlSlovak app prevents food waste and saves moneyRed point will show you where to look for cheap food in restaurants.Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:23:42 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20856655/slovak-app-prevents-food-waste-and-saves-money.htmlClock Tower in Banská Bystrica has novelties for touristsOne of them is the possibility of creating and sending unique postcards.Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:08:43 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20853823/clock-tower-in-banska-bystrica-has-novelties-for-tourists.htmlMagio Beach is back on the Danube embankmentIt offers a seaside atmosphere, concerts, sports, games and refreshments until September 2.Mon, 25 Jun 2018 22:29:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20857102/magio-beach-is-back-on-the-danube-embankment.htmlNew film portrays invasion of Czechoslovakia through occupiers' eyesThe “befriended armies” recall how they “defended communism” back in 1968.Mon, 25 Jun 2018 20:32:58 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/20857292/new-film-portrays-invasion-of-czechoslovakia-through-occupiers-eyes.html