THE TOURNAMENT: ATP CHALLENGER Peugeot Slovak Open
Date: From 7/11 to 13/11
Money Prize: 85,000$ + H
Surface: Hard Indoor
Tournament Location: Aegon Arena – Prikopova 3255/6, 83103 Bratislava.
How to get: Aegon Arena is quite centrally located in Bratislava and can easily accessible from airport with a 15 minutes taxi drive. Old town is far just 3 km.
Recent Past Winners: 2013 Lukas Lacko – 2012 Lukas Rosol – 2011 Lukas Lacko – 2010 Martin Klizan
Top Seeded Players: Florian Mayer (Ger) – Illya Marchenko (Ukr) – Adam Pavlasek (Cze) – Lukas Rosol (Cze) – Ivan Dodig (Cro) – Jan Lennard Struff (Ger) – Andrei Martin (Svk) – Thomas Fabbiano (Ita) – Vasek Pospisil (Can) – Daniil Medvedev (Rus)
THE TOWN: Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. It is located in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks (in alphabetical order).The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories, from 1536 to 1783. Lonely Planet on Bratislava: “Proximity to nature gives Slovakia’s capital its strongest flavouring. The Danube wends through the city, and cycle paths weave through the verdant flood plain that begins just outside the centre. Meanwhile, the densely forested Small Carpathians are just a 30-minute walk from the train station; the trailer to a mountainous extent that runs countrywide, virtually unimpeded by civilisation. Then there’s ski runs and vineyards to amble through.The charming – if tiny – old town (starý mesto) is the place to start appreciating Bratislava. Stroll narrow pedestrian streets of pastel-coloured 18th-century buildings or sample the myriad sidewalk cafes under the watchful gaze of the city castle, which harks back to medieval times. Done with the old? In with the new(er): the city boasts intriguing socialist-era architecture, and one of Eastern Europe’s most spectacular modern art spaces. Contrasts like this are all part of Bratislava’s allure.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS IN BRATISLAVA:
- OLD TOWN
- DEVIN CASTLE RUINS
BEST 3 HOTELS TO STAY:
- Hotel Blue Bratislava. Close to Polus City Shopping Center and just 3,5 km from old town, this modern *** hotel offers free wifi, parking and tasteful breakfast buffet. Prices for a 22 mq2 double room in b&b starts from 65€ per night. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
- Skaritz Hotel & Residence. Wonderful **** hotel located in the heart of Bratislava’s pedestrianized Old Town. This accomodation, rated 9.0 on Booking, offers large rooms and apartments, free internet and free access to the sauna. The price for a 35mq2 double room is 89€ per night with breakfast and free cancellation included.
- Arcadia Hotel. Fantastic boutique ***** hotel, rated 9.2 on Booking, which rises in a 13th century building loated in Old Town at just 100 mt from St.Michael’s Gate. It includes a spa, a slovak restaurant and a stylish Library Bar. A standard non refundable double room costs 169€ per night with free Spa access and wifi but with breakfast not included.