This year we are preparing something special for you: a chance to get to know more of Slovakia right after the Gathering! We will organize a bus or two to go to the best locations in Western, Central and Northern Slovakia to show you some of the gems that our country holds. Make sure you arrange your trip to Slovakia so that you have time for these trips if you are interested.
The planned trips are:
- Half-day trips:
- Devín Castle: June 1, 2
- Wine in Bratislava: June 3
- One-day trip (June 5):
- Bojnice, Trenčín
Please register to one and two-day trips until the end of April. After this date, trips with too few registered participants may be cancelled.
Devín Castle (fully booked!)
Duration: 3.5 hr
Thursday/Friday: 14:00 – 18:00
Price: 15 €
Price includes: public transport, English-speaking guide, entrance to the castle, 2 dL of redcurrant wine
Devín Castle is situated at the periphery of Bratislava, at the meeting of two rivers, the Danube and the Morava, which form the boundary between Slovakia and Austria. Thanks to its strategic location it was always occupied by rulers and their troops and represented an important fortress for the Celts, Romans, and Slavs.
You will learn a lot of interesting facts about its history and about unique nature around it. Below the castle, we will see the place where The Iron Curtain used to be. It is also the place where people tried to escape the regime, often unsuccessfully, which commemorates the monument situated at the bank of the river. At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to taste local redcurrant wine.
Wine in Bratislava (fully booked!)
Duration: 5 hrs
Saturday: 14:00 – 19:00
Price: 18 €
Price includes: transport, English-speaking guide, wine-tasting
Wine has been the main export product of Bratislava during centuries. The Old Town and the Castle were surrounded by vineyards. Many winemakers and wine sellers lived in the same houses where the wine was stored. Thanks to that we have preserved rich tradition of winemaking and also a lot of hidden wine cellars. On this tour you will learn not only about the history of Bratislava but also about local tradition of winemaking, its selling and storing. After discovering historical cellars we will end our tour with wine-tasting of high-quality Slovak wines.
Bojnice, Trenčín (last 7 places)
Duration: 8:30 – 18:30 (10 hrs), June 5
Price: 68 €
Price includes: transport, English-speaking guide, entrance fees into Bojnice castle, Trenčín castle and the city tower.
In the morning, you will have a chance to see one of the most romantic castles, a Slovak gem called Bojnice castle, whose architecture is inspired by the most beautiful Gothic castles.
Trenčín is a city known for its castle full of legends and the monument plaque of Roman soldiers, probably the northernmost trace of the Romans in Europe. You can look forward to the castle, the dominant feature of the city. This Gothic fortress used to guard trade roads connecting Mediterranean area with northern Europe. After the castle tour, you will have another opportunity to see the city from above – from the ancient city gate.