Capital city – Bratislava
The beautiful and vibrant capital city of Slovakia is also its largest, Bratislava is the center of the National Council where all the government offices and agencies are situated, including the national ministries and the central government.
On the south of Bratislava, you will see Hungary while on the west is Austria. If you look at Bratislava from above, you will see that it looks like a fan from both sides of the Danube River, all the way to the Low Carpathians.
Since it is near the borders of warm climatic zones, this city is also one of the warmest places in Slovakia. The average temperature here is around 9.9 degrees Centigrade, with an annual rainfall of about 527.4 mm. The population of the city measures less than half a million, which makes it one of the most populated cities in Slovakia.
Bratislava is also Slovakia’s industrial center. Here they have build a reputation for manufacturing Volkswagen cars, chemicals, furniture, musical instruments, and tobacco products. They also are incredible craftsmen in leather goods and woolen products.
From the historical point of view, you will not be disappointed because Bratislava is dotted with sites that have been major contributors to the rich and colorful history of the country. There is an 11th century Gothic cathedral, the old Hungarian royal palace , the town hall, and a 13th century church ran by the Franciscans.
Bratislava has 3 universities that have withstood the test of time. These are the Slovak academy of Science which was built in 1953; the Comenius University of Bratislava which was built in 1919; and the Slovak Technical University which started operations in 1938.
A walk down the history corridors of Slovakia will tell you that this city was once called Pressburg, and was part of Hungary. In fact, from 1541 up to 1784, Bratislava was the capital city of Hungary.
After World War I, Czechoslovakia was established and the name Bratislava was created.
Modern Bratislava still has remnants of the time when Austro-Hungarian rule was enforced in this historical city. If you arrive by train, you will see beautiful vineyards along the slopes of the famous Carpathian Mountains. Not far is Hungary, about 16 km away, and the Austrian border.
You must go on a city tour to see all the interesting museums and monuments that honor their past victories and triumphs.
When you go on a city tour, you will visit the castle and the old city which has many museum like the Municipal Museum and the Museum of Wine Production. The castle was the place where the Roman Empire established post from the 1st century up to the 5th century.
There is also the town square called Hviezdoslavovo Nmestie which is used a meeting place since it has the old town on the north, the Bratislava Castle to the west and the Danube River on the south.
As far as accommodations are concerned, you need to worry about finding a wide range of high luxury hotels to mid priced and economy hostels. The Slovakian food is fast becoming known for its gastronomic delight. The usual Slovakian staple is still cabbage, potatoes, and milk. However, the food has expanded to include many new Slovakian delicacies and desserts. Hotel Reservation in Bratislava.
Find many new discoveries in every corner and street of Bratislava, and meet the friendly and hospitable Slovakians willing to give you a holiday experience you will never forget.