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Overview to Bratislava: Travel Guide and Tourist Information

Bratislava

Like much of former Soviet Eastern Europe, Bratislava is currently experiencing a totally new lease of life. The self-contained capital of Slovakia mixes baroque finery with a brash sense of confidence to make a genuinely invigorating travel experience.

Bratislava sits on one side of the magnificent Danube, with its medieval heart (the Old Quarter) running down to the river banks and forming an inviting place that begs to be explored. Most of the city’s more appealing features lie here amongst the winding streets and attractive squares.

The city’s most prominent sight – its hilltop castle – offers a wonderful view out over the skyline, and beyond to Hungary and Austria. The castle also contains the Slovakian History museum and a Music Museum, both of which are vital for getting a handle on the city’s chaotic past.

The crumbling Cathedral of St Martin sits at the western limit of the Old Quarter while, further north, the gateway of Michalska Vezu provides an impressive official entrance to the city. One of its beautiful towers also houses an interesting Weapons Museum.

The main squares of Hlavne and Frankiskanske lie a couple of minutes’ gentle stroll to the southeast of the gateway. From here, the Old Town Hall with its City Museum, the Jesuit Church and the Misback Palace are all easily accessible.

A little to the north, on the other hand, the resplendent Kostol Trinitarov, busy Michalska and Vajnorska Street are a mass of smart boutiques and pavement cafés. Beyond here, the city’s suburbs stretch away in an intriguingly grim reminder of its Soviet past.

But Bratislava is not remotely concerned with its past. Standing amongst the bustling shoppers and animated students, it’s impossible not to get a real sense of the extent to which the modern city has turned itself unalterably in one direction – the future.


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