Bratislava tours and excursions
Wine tasting tours
The region around Bratislava has a long history of winemaking, and the Slovak capital makes a good base for exploring the area. The most famous wine tasting venue in the area is the National Wine Salon at Pezinok, with the best vintages from all over Slovakia. Bratislava Sightseeing run full-day tours with pickup from the Opera House or your hotel, including wine tasting and visits to Pezinok and Modra, and the cellars of Červený Kameň (Red Rock Castle).Tel: +421 907 683 112.
Lod operates tours along the Danube, including Bratislava between the city's five bridges and nearby Devín Castle (the journey takes 1 hour 30 minutes, followed by a two hour castle tour), as well as Vienna (1 hour 45 minutes each way).Tel: +421 2 5293 2226.
Near the town of Trenčín (120 km north of Bratislava) are the remains of Čachtice Castle, which belonged to ‘Blood' Countess Elisabeth/Alžbeta Bathory, who is reputed to have murdered hundreds of young women in the 17th century.Tel: +421 32 16186.
AquaCity resort, Poprad
On the cusp of the Tatras, in the eastern city of Poprad, AquaCity is a leading green health resort that aims to be the first in the world to be 100% energy self sufficient with zero carbon emissions. It boasts 14 swimming pools and 15 saunas as well as a string of health treatments. The most unusual is cryotherapy, where the body is chilled in a -121ºC (250ºF) chamber with a whole range of reputed health benefits. There are also two hotels on site and hiking and skiing in the mountains are easy to access from the resort.Website: http://www.aquacityresort.com