While uniqueness of Slovakia lies in the rich heritage influenced by the intersection of two cultures, Eastern and Western cultures, the uniqueness of Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital, lies in its immemorial strategic position at the Danube, at the crossroads of trans-European trade routes and defence lines. A major Celtic settlement, an important part of the Limes Romanus, a place of encounters of Slavic and German tribes, a scene of political struggles of the Hungarian and Austrian interests, the coronation city of Hungarian kings for more than 300 years, a favourite summer residence of Empress Maria Theresa, a renowned city of wine, for decades clenched by barbed wire of the Iron Curtain. Today, a free, young and modern capital city. One of the youngest, but also the most vibrant capitals in Europe. At the border of three countries.
All these periods and stories of people have left their imprints in this multicultural space. Visible on facades of palaces of all styles, on silhouettes of numerous church towers, on the worn-down centuries-old pavement, but mainly on faces of friendly people. Just take a walk down the old narrow streets, sit for a while on the Korzo promenade or on the Danube waterfront, or take a view of the surrounding world from the majestic Castle Hill, and you will feel the unique atmosphere of this exciting coronation city at the Danube.
A City with a Rich History And Modern Presence.
Open, hospitable, without the pitfalls of big cities, but still vibrant, with zest for life, trying to live fully every moment. A place where you really can switch off and rest for a while, free from stress. Everything is close and within easy reach. In one gulp, you can enjoy the view of the majestic Cathedral, the taste of traditional as well as modern cuisine, or the smell of numerous cafés in picturesque narrow streets and squares. From the nearby vineyards on the outskirts of the city and the ancient wine cellars in the city centre, bouquet of local world-class wines sneaks into the streets.
Bratislava is a place that has something in store for everybody. For a lover of history and arts, for an admirer of opera or concert virtuosos, but also for a friend of independent authentic culture as well as a fan of live multi-genre music in dozens of clubs and music bars. Do you want to simply sit down with your friends and to enjoy some excellent beer? You will certainly find it in cosy small breweries located directly in the city centre. If you happen to need to ventilate your head and also your wallet, take a short walk from the city centre to modern shopping centres located on both banks of the Danube, open seven days a week. Before leaving Bratislava, you will get there some small gifts for your loved ones that you can pack together with the unforgettable memories of this city.
The numerous events offered to residents and visitors of Bratislava throughout the year include re-enactments of major historical events. The most visited are the Coronation Ceremonies of Hungarian Kings, or the Bratislava siege by Napoleon’s army, taking place annually at the end of June.
Those who wish to delve a little bit more into the thrilling history of the city can choose one of the thematic city walks – guided tours. Professional guides will lead you through picturesque little streets, courtyards of palaces and mysterious places.
The Bratislava City Card holders will get the basic one-hour guided tour for free.
Chill out in an amazing Danube city with the Bratislava City Card:
Free one-hour guided walking tour of the historic city centre in the Slovak, English or German language.
Free commented demonstration of folk art production in the Exhibition and retail Centre for Folk Art Production.
Free use of the public transport over the card validity period.
Discounts on admissions to selected museums, galleries, hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars and shops up to 50%.
MUST SEE BRATISLAVA
This dominant of the city has had its stable location for several centuries. The crown tower
which is the only tower that does not stand on the castle walls but is based in the ground is the only part of the originally Roman castle preserved to this day.
The most beautiful classical palace in town, with its Hall of Mirrors and a unique collection of English tapestries, which depict the tragic love of Hero and Leander.
ST. MARTIN´S CATHEDRAL
The Cathedral was at the peak of its historical importance during the era when 10 Hungarian kings, 1 queen and 8 royal wives were crowned here. In commemoration of this era, there is a copy of the Hungarian Royal crown based on a top of the 85-meter-tall tower.
ST. MICHAEL´S GATE
St. Michael’s Gate is the only original gate of the city fortification system preserved to this day.
From the monumental ruin of the Devin castle there is a beautiful view of the confluence of the rivers Danube and Morava. For those who like to hike, there are many paths to enjoy in the surrounding areas.