Slovakia //

Sports and activities

Slovaks love football and ice hockey, which you can see live on screens in bars across the Republic. You can go to ice hockey games in stadiums from September to April (hcslovan.sk, in Bratislava); tickets cost between €13 and €50 and can be bought from the arena on match days. There’s plenty of hiking, skiing, snowboarding and rafting in the High Tatras (tatry.sk) and caving in the Slovak Karst in east Slovakia (ssj.sk). Walking is a popular national pastime, and if there wasn’t so much woodland, the woods would be full on Saturday afternoons.