The confrence will take place in Smolenice Castle. The Smolenice village and the well-known Smolenice Castle are situated at the foothill of the Little Carpathiens (Male Karpaty) Mountains, 60 kms to the northwest of Bratislava. 

 

History of Smolenice Castle

The first written documents about the existence of Smolenice date back to the 13th century, althoughhrad_small.jpg its origin is as ancient as the Neo-Feudalism. Several aristocratic families lived there as the landlords – for instance,in 1388 the King Sigmund issued a Deed of Donation to give Smolenice to the Chieftain Ctibor of Ctiborice. In 1438, Count  George of Pezinok and St. Jur became the new landlord of it. The importance of Smolenice increased considerably in the 15th century as a castlewas built there and became the centre and the seat of the Smolenice estate. Early in the 16th century, Smolenice was gained by the Orszaghs family. In 1777, Jan Palffy takes the Smolenice estate as a pawn. 

The Palffys family did not live at the castle which decayed considerably during the life of Kristof III, the last of the Erdödys family – they lacked money for any maintenance. The decay was completed during the Napoleon Wars – the main castle building and the tower burnt down. 

Reconstruction of the Smolenice Castle of today was started early in the 20th century by Jozef Palffy Jr., Smolenice.pngestates. First works of the fortification walls started in 1887. Bastions from the old castle were preserved the landlord of Smolenice and Dobra Voda including a height extension and a new roofing. The Count Palffy rebuilt the castle at his own expense according to the design by the architect Jozef Hubert. During World War I, the reconstruction was interrupted; provisional adaptation of some rooms was made and the archives of the Palffy family were located in them. The construction was not resumed before the end of World War II. In 1945 the castle became the property of the State; it was taken over by the Slovak National Council which decided to keep it as their summer-house. The castle was finished and furnished and handed over to the Slovak Academy of Sciences on 26th June 1953 to become a representative place for meetings of the scientists from the worldwide.

 

Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. With a population of about 450,000, it is one of the smaller capitals of Europe but still the country's largest city. The greater metropolitan area is home to more than 650,000 people. Bratislava is 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 sovereign states.
The city's history has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely (in alphabetical order) Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks. It was the coronation site and legislative centre of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1536 to 1783, and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian and German historical figures.

Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament and the Slovak Executive. It has several universities, and many museums, theatres, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia's large businesses and financial institutions have headquarters there.

Slovakia officially the Slovak Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Austria to the west, Poland to the north, Ukraine to the east and Hungary to the south. Slovakia's territory spans about 49,000 square kilometres (19,000 sq mi) and is mostly mountainous. The population is over 5 million and comprises mostly ethnic Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava. The official language is Slovak.

The country joined the European Union in 2004 and the Eurozone on 1 January 2009. Slovakia is also a member of the Schengen Area, NATO, the United Nations, the OECD, the WTO, CERN, the OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Visegrád Group. Slovakia is the world’s largest per-capita car producer with a total of 1,040,000 cars manufactured in the country in 2016 alone and the 7th largest car producer in the European Union.

 

Useful links

In case you would like to stay for a few days in Bratislava, there are number of accommodation possibilities. Some of them are listed below.

Hotel Sheraton Pribinova 12, Bratislava

Radisson Blue Carlton Hviezdoslavovo námestie 3, Bratislava

Hotel Falkensteiner Pilárikova 5, Bratislava

Hotel Park Inn Danube Rybné námestie 1, Bratislava

Hotel Saffron Radlinského 27, Bratislava

Hotel Devín Riecna 4, Bratislava

 

Travel to Smolenice 

Conference bus: Organizers will ensure common bus for participants of conference to travel from Bratislava Main Bus Station to Smolenice Castle at 16.00 hour 26th  August 2018. It takes about 60 minutes.

Public transport: Public transport from Bratislava Main Bus Station to Smolenice castle is also possible. Search for the connection on the website. Ticket is possible to buy direct in the bus.

 

Travel to Bratislava 
Bratislava Airport is very convinient to use and provides the simplest way to travel to Bratislava. In addition, Vienna International Airport is located only 40 km from Bratislava, near to the town of Schwechat in Austria, after which the airport is named. Most European airlines and a significant number of international airlines have direct connections to Vienna from their respective hubs. As an alternative, most international trains stop at the Main Train Station (Bratislava hlavná stanica) that has a good connections to buses.

 

Travel to Bratislava Main Bus Station

From the airport Bratislava - M. R. Štefánika: Take the bus number 61 to bus stop Rańćianske myto and from there the bus number 21 to bus stop Bratislava Main Bus Station (Autobusová stanica). website

From the Central Railway Station Bratislava: Take the bus number 21 from bus stop Nám. Franza Liszta to bus stop Bratislava Main Bus Station (Autobusová stanica)website

From the airport Wien - Schwechat to Bratislava Main Bus Station (Autobusová stanica):

  • Alt. 1: Take the bus express Vienna – Bratislava (Slovak Lines) to bus stop Bratislava Main Bus Station (Autobusová stanica).
  • Alt. 2: Take the bus express Vienna = Bratislava (Blaguss Slovakia, Flixbus) to bus stop Bratislava Main Bus Station (Autobusová stanica).
  • Alt. 3: Take the bus express Vienna – Bratislava (Student agency) to bus stop Bratislava Main Bus Station (Autobusová stanica).

We recommend to buy e-ticket.

 

Official Language

The language of the workshop is English.

Climate

The Slovak climate lies between the temperate and continental climate zones with relatively warm summers and cold, cloudy and humid winters. The weather differs from the mountainous North to the plain South.The warmest region is Bratislava and Southern Slovakia where the temperatures may reach 30 °C in summer. During night, the temperatures drop to 20 °C.

 

Passport and Visas
Delegates are advised to contact the nearest embassy, consulate or travel agency for information about the passport and visa requirements from their country for entry to Slovakia.

Local Currency

Official currency in Slovakia is Euro.

Electricity

In Slovakia the electrical voltage used is 220/230V.

Insurance and Vaccinations

The registration fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organisers recommend that delegates take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and necessary insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit. No vaccinations are needed when visiting Slovakia.

Shopping
Shops are normally open from 8 am to 6 pm during weekdays. On Saturdays, the opening hours are 8 am – 1 pm. Many shops are closed on Sundays, but some are open. Most shopping centers are open every day exclude the holiday. All shops are closed in holiday. Holiday in August for Slovakia: 29. August.

Time Zone
The time zone in Slovakia is GMT + 1 hour. Daylight Saving Time is used during the summer half-year.

Tourist Information
The tourist office provides information and brochures on sights, accommodation, events, outdoor activities, boat rides, shopping and more in Bratislava region.

http://slovakia.travel/en/bratislava-tourist-board