Travel Guide Thursdays: Slovakia

Planning a summer vacation? Perhaps you will find a Rampage player on your next trip. The Rampage has seen 293 players from all around the globe who have played with the Rampage at some point in the team’s nine-year history. Each Thursday throughout the offseason, sarampage.com will feature a location in which Rampage players call home.  The Rampage has had 188 players from Canada, 40 from Europe/other places around the world and 65 from the U.S. This week’s featured location is Slovakia in which three players call home.

Currently, the IIHF World Championships are being held in Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia in which six former Rampage players are representing their home country: Al Montoya (USA), Tim Stapleton (USA), Mikkel Boedker (Denmark), Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Sweden), Lukas Krajicek (Czech Republic) and Petr Prucha (Czech Republic).

Slovakia is located in Eastern Europe and joined the European Union on May 1, 2004
Capital: Bratislava
(Bratislava, Slovakia and Vienna, Austria are only 40 miles apart and are the world’s closest capital cities)
Government: Parliamentary Republic
Leaders: Ivan Gasparovic – President; Iveta Radicova – Prime Minister
Population: 5,429,763
Area: 18,932 square miles
Language: Slovak
Currency: Euro
Climate (in capital city): Winter average high - 46; Summer average high – 74

Top places to visit in Bratislava:
Bratislava Castle
Devin Castle
Blue Church
St. Martin’s Cathedral
Slovak National Theatre
Old Town District/Main Square
UFO/New Bridge
Primatial Palace

Around Slovakia:
Levoca - St. Apostle Altar in Church of St. Jacob (largest wooden altar in the world)
Zehra – Spis Castle (largest castle complex in Europe)
Kremnica – Kremnica Mint (one of the oldest continuously producing companies in the world)
Roznava – Ochtinska Aragonite Cave (only aragonite cave in Europe)
Dobsina – Dobsinska Ice Cave (one of the biggest ice caves in Europe)
Kolarovo – Wooden Bridge (longest wooden bridge in Europe)
Nitra – Nitra Castle
Bojnice – Bojnice Castle
Kosice – St. Elisabeth Cathedral
Trencin – Trencin Castle
Banska Bystrica – Clock Tower and Church of Our Lady (oldest building in Slovakia)

Rampage players from Slovakia (by city):
Nitra, Slovakia – Juraj Kolnik
Nitra, Slovakia – Branislav Mezei
Treninton, Slovakia – Vaclav Nedorost


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