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_emailskParadise for skiers and climbersOnce you have seen Staré Hory and its environs, you may never want to leave.Fri, 18 Oct 2019 07:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22235650/stare-hory-climbing-and-skiing.htmlThe High Tatras hide the most spectacular outhouseMountaineer Ľubomír Mäkký shares tips for easy hikes in the majestic Slovak mountains on this week's episode.Wed, 16 Oct 2019 20:37:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22237937/spectacular-slovakia-podcast-high-tatras-the-most-spectacular-outhouse.htmlSpiš Castle in the mistAutumn gives the castle a particularly mysterious look.Tue, 15 Oct 2019 21:23:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22234244/spis-castle-in-the-mist.htmlDancing in the dark under a star-spangled sky: Kozí ChrbátDiscover a popular Slovak winter sport centre, Donovaly, and its surroundings.Mon, 14 Oct 2019 10:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22234763/dancing-in-the-dark-under-a-star-spangled-sky-kozi-chrbat.htmlAdmire the highest peaks of the Belianske TatrasThese are the views from a place near Ždiar.Sat, 12 Oct 2019 06:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230039/admire-the-highest-peaks-of-the-belianske-tatras.htmlPrecious church in Nová Kelča has new windows thanks to cyclistsThey donated €600, raised during a cycling event.Thu, 10 Oct 2019 23:56:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230059/precious-church-in-nova-kelca-has-new-windows-thanks-to-cyclists.htmlIt is possible to watch Pustý Castle liveNew cycling routes.Wed, 09 Oct 2019 13:58:20 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230026/it-is-possible-to-watch-pusty-castle-live.htmlWater mill in Veľké Teriakovce had unique horizontal wheelEvents for the public take place here.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 22:02:17 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230032/water-mill-in-velke-teriakovce-had-unique-horizontal-wheel.htmlAutumn hike in Malá Fatra mountainsLook at Žilina from above.Mon, 07 Oct 2019 13:47:44 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22230017/autumn-hike-in-mala-fatra-mountains.htmlView the Tatras from the Goat's BackThe Goat Stone Peak of the Kozie Chrbty mountains offers a perfect view of the Tatras.Sun, 06 Oct 2019 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22223139/view-the-tatras-from-the-goats-back.htmlNew cycling route covers almost four hundred kilometresIt will be part of Vážska cyklomagistrála, which plans to build a cycling route near the Váh river.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 23:37:40 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22223154/new-cycling-route-covers-almost-four-hundred-kilometres.htmlLook at Čičva Castle, towering over Sedliská villageIt was destroyed during the last Rákóczi uprising.Wed, 02 Oct 2019 12:55:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22223097/look-at-cicva-castle-towering-over-sedliska-village.htmlNew cycling route open in Hrončianska ValleyHorehronie region is known as a bike and e-bike-friendly region.Tue, 01 Oct 2019 13:29:21 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22223162/new-cycling-route-open-in-hroncianska-valley.htmlDriny Cave celebrates 90th anniversaryThe only accessible cave in Western Slovakia.Mon, 30 Sep 2019 23:03:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22223117/driny-cave-celebrates-90th-anniversary.htmlIn Danubius' net: boating the Little DanubeVoyage through the lowland of Žitný ostrov, the largest river island in Europe.Mon, 30 Sep 2019 14:22:30 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22225055/in-danubius-net-boating-the-little-danube.htmlSerendipity at sunsetThis amazing panorama of 22 Tatra peaks was taken with just a mobile phone.Sun, 29 Sep 2019 09:40:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22219034/serendipity-at-sunset.htmlNo snow yet? Veľká Rača is a great place in autumnTake a ride on the longest bobsleigh in Slovakia.Sat, 28 Sep 2019 09:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22219005/no-snow-yet-velka-raca-is-a-great-place-in-autumn.htmlPeaks of High Tatras are covered with first snowThe snow cover is not very noticeable; it should change this week.Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:03:15 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22219043/peaks-of-high-tatras-are-covered-with-first-snow.htmlTired of planes, trains and automobiles? Take a boat from Bratislava to ViennaRiver traffic began to operate on the Danube nearly 200 years ago. The steam driven boats would take many hours but today the sailing between Bratislava and Vienna takes just under two.Sun, 22 Sep 2019 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22213224/tired-of-planes-trains-and-automobiles-take-a-boat-from-bratislava-to-vienna.htmlCyprus Airways will introduce new flights from SlovakiaThere will be new routes from Bratislava and Košice.Thu, 19 Sep 2019 22:22:01 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22217057/cyprus-airways-launches-flights-from-slovakia-for-summer-2020.htmlFirst via ferrata in Liptov region has been openedVarious levels of difficulty suit beginners as well as experienced climbers.Wed, 18 Sep 2019 13:25:24 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22210933/first-via-ferrata-in-liptov-region-has-been-opened.htmlThis castle is located in the heart of Slovakia. Have you visited it yet?It is a national cultural monument.Tue, 17 Sep 2019 12:51:53 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22210909/this-castle-is-located-in-the-heart-of-slovakia-have-you-visited-it-yet.htmlThe magic of the present: Gaderská dolinaThe valley in Veľká Fatra is home to amazing flora and fauna.Mon, 16 Sep 2019 12:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22212984/the-magic-of-the-present-gaderska-dolina.htmlNot just a home for batsTwo extraordinary caves near Banská Bystrica are freely accessibleSat, 14 Sep 2019 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22206130/not-just-a-home-for-bats.htmlGemer: The poorest but spectacular region remains undiscoveredExplore the region with US graduate Hannah Falchuk. She spent one year in Revúca, one of the region's centres.Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:13:22 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22210132/gemer-the-poorest-but-spectacular-region-remains-undiscovered-spectacular-slovakia-podcast.htmlThis bell tower used to serve as watch tower during Turkish invasionsSee the gallery.Thu, 12 Sep 2019 12:22:47 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22206104/this-bell-tower-used-to-serve-as-watch-tower-during-turkish-invasions.htmlVisit castle ruins near StrečnoAbout an hour hike with a spectacular view.Wed, 11 Sep 2019 13:59:18 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22206134/visit-castle-ruins-near-strecno.htmlThe riskiest selfie location in Slovakia. Do you know where it is?An easy hike takes tourists to a place where people risk the most for a photo.Tue, 10 Sep 2019 13:44:29 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22206119/the-riskiest-selfie-location-in-slovakia-do-you-know-where-it-is.htmlSlovak Plitvice lake is more attractive for tourists nowThere is a plan to connect the entire periphery of the former quarry with the tourist path.Mon, 09 Sep 2019 13:29:23 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22206089/slovak-plitvice-lake-is-more-attractive-for-tourists-now.htmlCycling on railways, a new attraction in HorehronieTwo pedal draisines on the railway between Hronec and Čierny Balog.Sat, 07 Sep 2019 10:20:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22202486/cycling-on-railways-a-new-attraction-in-horehronie.htmlPeople usually drive through but it is worth stopping byMany interesting sights await visitors in Vernárska Tiesňava mountain pass.Thu, 05 Sep 2019 14:08:27 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22202525/people-usually-drive-through-but-it-is-worth-stopping-by.htmlVeľká Fatra Mountains: Slovak treasureWhat gems does the mountain range hide?Tue, 03 Sep 2019 11:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22202967/velka-fatra-mountains-slovak-treasure.htmlPark in shape of Slovakia has highway and tunnels, tooInteresting attraction lures tourists to Červená Voda.Mon, 02 Sep 2019 13:43:06 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22202512/park-in-shape-of-slovakia-has-highway-and-tunnels-too.htmlCycling lovers can use 800 kilometres of cycling routes at LiptovSome cycling trips are also organised and with a guide.Sun, 01 Sep 2019 09:35:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22196338/cycling-lovers-can-use-800-kilometres-of-cycling-routes-at-liptov.htmlKošice and Tokaj will be connected by non-scheduled train for cyclists in SeptemberSome winemakers prepared special degustation sets, one of the wineries will commute special shuttle service from the train station.Fri, 30 Aug 2019 09:30:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22196328/kosice-and-tokaj-will-be-connected-by-non-scheduled-train-for-cyclists-in-september.htmlWildlife viewing: birds, bats, bears, and other animalSlovaks are discovering the beauty of watching animals in their natural habitat.Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:48:36 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22197667/wildlife-viewing-in-the-traces-of-birds-bats-and-beavers-slovakia-wildlife-tourism.htmlSensational path for bare-foot walking accessible in DudinceStimulates nerve-endings in feet.Tue, 27 Aug 2019 14:09:52 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22196326/sensational-path-for-bare-foot-walking-accessible-in-dudince.htmlSpa town Piešťany and Vienna to be connected with a bus lineThe Piešťany Spa Express is not just for spa guests; anyone can buy a ticket.Mon, 26 Aug 2019 13:10:48 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22196319/spa-town-piestany-and-vienna-to-be-connected-with-a-bus-line.htmlMagical autumn in the High TatrasAutumn is the perfect season to explore the Tatras, regardless of your age or physical condition.Mon, 26 Aug 2019 06:00:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22194843/magical-autumn-in-the-high-tatras.htmlCycling routes in Tichá and Kôprová Valleys in High Tatras suitable for less able-bodied cyclistsIt is possible to combine cycling and hiking.Fri, 23 Aug 2019 09:55:00 +0200https://spectator.sme.sk/c/22191112/cycling-routes-in-ticha-and-koprova-valleys-in-high-tatras-suitable-for-less-able-bodied-cyclists.html