Záhorie Region

Extensive pine woods, meadows rich in flowers, sand dunes, natural lakes with sandy shores, and river terraces formed over the ages by the Morava make up the varied relief of the Záhorie region. The first protected lowland in Slovakia is to be found in this region. Over the centuries, the vast Záhorská lowland with its sandy soil has provided a fertile substrate for the unique local vegetables. The agricultural tradition of the area comes to life at the annual festival of cabbage and tasty vegetables “Cabbage Days” in Stupava. Veľké Leváre has become a new centre for asparagus-growing. The picturesque landscape is criss-crossed with cycle-paths and tourist paths along the Morava basin, up to the ruins of Plavecký and Pajštún castles. The Záhorská lowland is a paradise for fishermen, mushroom-pickers, horse-riding and the forests of the Small Carpathians for hunters. Today’s Záhorie is also home to an industrial–technological park and the car industry.

  • webbb.jpegThe centre of the Záhorie region is Malacky. The church with a monastery dating from the 17th century located in the town centre has become famous for its “holy steps” which are climbed by pilgrims on their knees. Its underground crypts have survived with the remains of approximately 200 Franciscan monks, burghers and members of the aristocratic Pálffy family. (

  • The Jewish synagogue in Malacky dates from 1886. Today it is attended by pupils of the elementary artistic school.

  • Marianka – the village with the longest Marian pilgrimage tradition in Slovakia. A small statue of the madonna with Jesus in the Roman style from the 13th century can be found in the Church of the Birth of the Virgin Mary dating from 1377.

  • Hutterite courtyard in Veľké Leváre. One of the largest complexes of Hutterite houses in Europe, founded by Anabaptists in the 16th century - skilled craftsmen fleeing from Switzerland and Germany who also brought the production of ceramics, the so-called faience. The Hutterite Museum houses a collection of these artefacts.

  • The ruins of Pajštún castle are a favourite venue for an outing and for climbing.



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27. APR - 30. APR

Cirque du soleil - Varekai

Cirque du soleil is back in Bratislava This time, the famous circus is coming with the show called Varekai. From 27th to 30th of April you can enjoy spectacular artistic circus. Thousands of viewers in Bratislava have already seen Cirque du Soleil´s shows in the past. The shows include gymnastic arts, beautiful costumes, unique stories and beautiful live music. There is no place for animals´ training in Cirque du Soleil. Only the artists show their perfect art on ground and even in the air. Beautiful shows have amazed the whole world and Slovakia is one of the countries which Cirque du Soleil visits regularly. You can look forward to seeing next Cirque du Soleil show, which has never been performed here yet. The premiere of Varekai took part in 2002 in Montreal. Since then, it has appeared in 130 cities, 23 countries and 10 milion of viewers have seen it till today! Varekai includes 50 proffesional artists, musicians, singers and characters from 19 countries of the world. Cirque du Soleil From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Québec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has approximately 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to close to 155 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents.The story of Varekai Deep within a forest, at the summit of a volcano, exists an extraordinary world where something else is possible. A world called Varekai. The sky lets go a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world imbued with fantastical creatures, a young man takes flight in an adventure both absurd and extraordinary.The word Varekai means “wherever” in the Romany language of the gypsies - the universal wanderers. Written and directed by Dominic Champagne, this production pays tribute to the nomadic soul, to the spirit and art of the circus tradition, and to those who quest with infinite passion along the path that leads to Varekai.