These articles were published in the Spectacular Slovakia travel guide, published annually by The Slovak Spectator since 1996. The latest editions can be obtained from our online shop.

What To Do When the Heat is On

Bratislava can be brutally hot in summer.

Catch a breeze on the Danube by riding a boat to Vienna and back.

 Photo: Ján Svrček

Departure is at 7:30, arriving Vienna at 9:15, you will have almost 10 hours in Vienna's historical centre. For more information and a city guide contact the tourist office on Albertina platz/Maysedergasse in Vienna, open 9:00-19:00. Tel: 0043 (1) 124-555.

Departure is from Vienna at 17:00, arriving in Bratislava at 18:30 from Osobný prístav(Danube river embankment), Fajnorovo nábrežie 2. Open Mon-Thu 8:00-16:00, Fri-Sat 7:00-17:00, Sun 9:00-17:30. Tickets: €29 (Sk1,270) per person (you have to pick up the tickets one hour before departure). Tel: 02 5296-3518 or 5293-2226 (ticket sales).

Cycle from the Bratislava city centre along the Danube river to the Čunovo reservoir and back, taking a swim and visiting one of Slovakia's greatest art museums, Danubiana.

The 38-kilometre asphalt route starts from Nový Most(New Bridge). Cross the bridge to the Petržalka side to the Sad Janka Kráľa park. From there, follow the river east (with the Danube river on your left). First cross under Starý Most(Old Bridge) and get on Klokočova street, then cross under Prístavný Most(Harbour Bridge) and follow the route to Čunovo. You will pass several local swimming holes before you arrive at the Danubiana museum.

(If you turn off the main route to Rusovce town, visit the Gerulata Museum of Antiquities, on a site where the Romans built a military camp in the first century AD as part of the Limes Romanus defensive system. Open Tue-Sun 10:00-17:00.)

These articles and related information were published in Spectacular Slovakia 2003.

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