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Bratislava
City
Bratislava's Old Town
Flag
Coat of arms
Nickname: Beauty on the Danube, Little Big City
Country  Slovakia
Region Bratislava
Districts Bratislava I, II, III, IV, V
Rivers Danube, Morava, Little Danube
Elevation 134 m (440 ft)
Coordinates 48°08′38″N 17°06′35″E / 48.14389°N 17.10972°E / 48.14389; 17.10972
Highest point Devínska Kobyla
 - elevation 514 m (1,686 ft)
Lowest point Danube River
 - elevation 126 m (413 ft)
Area 367.584 km2 (142 sq mi)
 - urban 853.15 km2 (329 sq mi)
 - metro 2,053 km2 (793 sq mi)
Population 428,791 (2008-12-31)
 - urban 546,300
 - metro 616,578
Density 1,167 /km2 (3,023 /sq mi)
First mentioned 907
Government City council
Mayor Andrej Ďurkovský
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8XX XX
Phone prefix 421-2
Car plate BA
Location in Slovakia
Location in Slovakia
Location in the Bratislava Region
Location in the Bratislava Region
Wikimedia Commons: Bratislava
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: bratislava.sk
.Bratislava (German: Pressburg (Preßburg), Hungarian: Pozsony) is the capital of the Slovak Republic and, with a population of about 429,000, also the country's largest city.^ Dates of Life Born: 29.07.1773 Died: Preßburg (Pozsony, Bratislava) / Hungary, 01.04.1816 .
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[1] Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia on both banks of the Danube River. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries,[2] Bratislava and Vienna are the two European national capitals which is one of the closest to one another, at less than 60 kilometres (37 mi) apart.
Bratislava is the political, cultural, and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament, and the executive branch of the government. It is home to several universities, museums, theatres, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions.[3] Many of Slovakia's large businesses and financial institutions are also headquartered there.
The history of the city, long known by the German name Preßburg, has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Jews.[4] The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories,[5] from 1536 to 1783 and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian, and German historical figures.

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Names

Bratislava (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈbracɪslava]  ( listen)), as it was renamed in March 6. 1919, has been known by many names in different languages throughout its history. Its first recorded name, in the 10th century Annales Iuvavenses, was Brezalauspurc (literally: Braslav's castle). Notable alternative names are: German: Pressburg or Preßburg [ˈpʁɛsbʊɐk] (still used in German speaking countries today - mostly in Austria, only seldom in Germany), Hungarian: Pozsony [poʒoɲ][5] (still used in Hungarian today), former Slovak name: Prešporok.[6]
Other names are or were: Greek: Ιστρόπολις Istropolis (meaning "Danube City", also used in Latin), Czech: Prešpurk, French: Presbourg, Italian: Presburgo, Latin: Posonium, Croatian: Požun. The name Pressburg was also used in English language publications until 1919, and it is still occasionally used today. For the history and etymology of the various names, see History of Bratislava.
In older documents, confusion can be caused by the Latin forms Bratislavia, Wratislavia etc, which refer to Breslau, not to Bratislava.[7]

History

An original Biatec and its replica on a modern 5-koruna coin
The first known permanent settlement of the area began with the Linear Pottery Culture, around 5000 BC in the Neolithic era. About 200 BC, the Celtic Boii tribe founded the first significant settlement, a fortified town known as an oppidum, and also established a mint which produced silver coins known as biatecs.[8] The area fell under Roman influence from the first to the fourth century AD and formed part of the Limes Romanus, a border defence system.[9] The Romans introduced grape growing to the area and began a tradition of winemaking, which survives to the present.[10]
The Slavs arrived between the 5th and 6th centuries during the Migration Period.[11] As a response to onslaughts by Avars, the local Slavic tribes rebelled and established Samo's Empire (623–658), the first known Slavic political entity. In the 9th century, the castles at Bratislava (Brezalauspurc) and Devín (Dowina) were important centres of the Slavic states the Principality of Nitra and Great Moravia.[12] On the other hand, the identification of the two castles as fortresses built in Great Moravia has been under debate based on linguistic arguments and because of the absence of convincing archaeologic evidence.[13][14] .The first written reference to the city dates to 907 and is related to a battle during which a Bavarian army was defeated by the Hungarians[13] and which is connected to the fall of Great Moravia under the attacks of the Hungarians.^ Dates of Life Born: Thuillières / Lorraine, 13.12.1739 Died: Bremen (German Free City), 01.02.1808 .
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[15]
Pressburg in the 17th century
In the 10th century, the territory of Pressburg (what would later become Pozsony county) became part of Hungary (called "the Kingdom of Hungary" from 1000) and became a key economic and administrative centre on the kingdom's frontier.[16] This strategic position destined the city to be the site of frequent attacks and battles, but also brought it economic development and high political status. It was granted its first known town privileges in 1291 by the Hungarian King Andrew III,[17] and was declared a free royal town in 1405 by King Sigismund of Luxemburg, who also entitled the town to use its own coat of arms in 1436.[18]
The Kingdom of Hungary was defeated by the Ottoman Empire in the Battle of Mohács in 1526. Thereafter the Turks besieged and damaged Pressburg but failed to conquer it.[19] Owing to Ottoman advances into Hungarian territory, the city was designated the new capital of Hungary in 1536, becoming part of the Austrian Habsburg monarchy and marking the beginning of a new era. The city became a coronation town and the seat of kings, archbishops (1543), the nobility and all major organisations and offices. Between 1536 and 1830, eleven kings and queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral.[20] Nevertheless, the 17th century was marked by anti-Habsburg uprisings, fighting with the Turks, floods, plagues and other disasters.[21]
Pressburg in a drawing from 1787
Pressburg flourished during the 18th century reign of Maria Theresa of Austria,[22] becoming the largest and most important town in Hungary.[23] The population tripled; many new palaces,[22] monasteries, mansions, and streets were built, and the city was the centre of social and cultural life of the region.[24] However, the city started to lose its importance under the reign of Maria Theresa's son Joseph II,[22] especially when the crown jewels were taken to Vienna in 1783 in an attempt to strengthen the union between Austria and Hungary. Many central offices subsequently moved to Buda, followed by a large segment of the nobility.[25] The first newspapers in Hungarian and Slovak were published here, resp. Magyar hírmondó in 1780, and Presspurske Nowiny in 1783.[26] In the course of the 18th century, the city became a centre for the Slovak national movement.
Pressburg, ca. 1840
19th century history was closely tied to the major events in Europe. The Peace of Pressburg between Austria and France was signed here in 1805.[27] Theben Castle was ruined by Napoleon's French troops in 1809.[28] In 1825 the Hungarian National Learned Society (the present Hungarian Academy of Sciences) was founded in Pressburg using a donation from István Széchenyi. In 1843 Hungarian was proclaimed the official language in legislation, public administration and education by the Diet in the city.[29] As a reaction to the Revolutions of 1848, Ferdinand V signed the so-called April laws, which included the abolition of serfdom, at the Primate's Palace.[30] The city chose the revolutionary Hungarian side, but was captured by the Austrians in December 1848.[31] Industry grew rapidly in the 19th century. The first horse-drawn railway in the Kingdom of Hungary,[32] from Pressburg to Svätý Jur, was built in 1840.[33] A new line to Vienna using steam locomotives was opened in 1848, and a line to Pest in 1850.[34] Many new industrial, financial and other institutions were founded; for example, the first bank established in present-day Slovakia was founded in 1842.[35] The city's first permanent bridge over the Danube, Starý most, was built in 1891.[36]
Allied ordnance damage at the Apollo company industrial plant in Bratislava, September 1944
Before World War I, the city had 42% German, 41% Hungarian and 15% Slovak population (1910 census). After World War I and the formation of Czechoslovakia on October 28, 1918, the city was incorporated into the new state despite its representatives' reluctance.[37] The dominant Hungarian and German population tried to prevent annexation of the city to Czechoslovakia and declared it a free city. However, the Czechoslovak Legions occupied the city on January 1, 1919, thereby making it part of Czechoslovakia.[37] .The city became the seat of Slovakia's political organs and organizations and became Slovakia's capital on 4-February 5.[38] On February 12, 1919 the German and Hungarian population started a protest against the Czechoslovak occupation, but the Czechoslovak Legions opened fire upon the unarmed demonstrators.^ Dates of Life Born: Thuillières / Lorraine, 13.12.1739 Died: Bremen (German Free City), 01.02.1808 .
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[39] On March 27, 1919, the name Bratislava was officially adopted for the first time.[40] Left without any protection after the retreat of the Hungarian army, many Hungarians were expelled or fled[41] and Czechs and Slovaks took their houses and moved to Bratislava. Education in Hungarian and German was radically reduced.[42] In the 1930 Czechoslovakian census the Hungarian population of Bratislava had decreased to 15.8% (see the Demographics of Bratislava article for more details).
In 1938, Nazi Germany annexed neighbouring Austria in the Anschluss; later that year it also annexed the still-independent Petržalka and Devín boroughs on ethnic grounds.[43][44] Bratislava was declared the capital of the first independent Slovak Republic on March 14, 1939, but the new state quickly fell under Nazi influence. In 1941–1942 and 1944–1945, the new Slovak government expelled most of Bratislava's approximately 15,000 Jews,[45] with most of them being sent into concentration camps.[46] Bratislava was bombarded by the Allies, occupied by German troops in 1944 and eventually taken by the Soviet Red Army on April 4, 1945.[43][47] At the end of World War II, most Bratislava Germans were evacuated by German authorities; a few returned after the war, but were expelled without their properties under the Beneš decrees.[48]
Slavín war memorial commemorates fallen soldiers during the liberation of Slovakia in World War II
After the Communist Party seized power in Czechoslovakia in February 1948, the city became part of the Eastern Bloc. The city annexed new land, and the population rose significantly, becoming 90% Slovak. Large residential areas consisting of high-rise prefabricated panel buildings, such as those in the Petržalka borough, were built. The Communist government also built several new grandiose buildings, such as the Nový Most bridge and the Slovak Radio headquarters, sometimes at the expense of the historical cityscape.
In 1968, after the unsuccessful Czechoslovak attempt to liberalize the Communist regime, the city was occupied by Warsaw Pact troops. Shortly thereafter, it became capital of the Slovak Socialist Republic, one of the two states of the federalized Czechoslovakia. Bratislava's dissidents anticipated the fall of Communism with the Bratislava candle demonstration in 1988, and the city became one of the foremost centres of the anti-Communist Velvet Revolution in 1989.[49]
In 1993, the city became the capital of the newly formed Slovak Republic following the Velvet Divorce.[50] In the 1990s and the early 21st century, its economy boomed due to foreign investment. The flourishing city also hosted several important cultural and political events, including the Slovakia Summit 2005 between George W. Bush and Vladimir Putin.

Geography

Map of Bratislava
Bratislava seen from SPOT satellite
Bratislava is situated in south-western Slovakia, within the Bratislava Region. Its location on the borders with Austria and Hungary makes it the only national capital that borders two countries. It is only 62 kilometres (38.5 mi) from the border with the Czech Republic and only 60 kilometres (37 mi) from the Austrian capital Vienna.[51]
The city has a total area of 367.58 square kilometres (141.9 sq mi), making it the second-largest city in Slovakia by area (after the township of Vysoké Tatry).[52] Bratislava straddles the Danube River, which crosses the city from the west to the south-east. The Middle Danube basin begins at Devín Gate in western Bratislava. Other rivers are the Morava River, which forms the north-western border of the city and enters the Danube at Devín, the Little Danube, and the Vydrica, which enters the Danube in the borough of Karlova Ves.
The Carpathian mountain range begins in city territory with the Little Carpathians (Malé Karpaty). The Záhorie and Danubian lowlands stretch into Bratislava. The city's lowest point is at the Danube's surface at 126 metres (413 ft) AMSL, and the highest point is Devínska Kobyla at 514 metres (1,686 ft). The average altitude is 140 metres (460 ft).[53]

Climate

Bratislava lies in the north temperate zone and has a continental climate with four distinct seasons. It is often windy with a marked variation between hot summers and cold, humid winters. The city is in one of the warmest and driest parts of Slovakia.[54] Recently, the transitions from winter to summer and summer to winter have been rapid, with short autumn and spring periods.[citation needed] Snow occurs less frequently than previously.[55] Some areas, particularly Devín and Devínska Nová Ves, are vulnerable to floods from the Danube and Morava rivers.[56] New flood protection is being built on both banks.[57]
Climate data for Bratislava
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 2
(36)
5
(41)
11
(52)
16
(61)
22
(72)
24
(75)
27
(81)
27
(81)
22
(72)
15
(59)
8
(46)
4
(39)
15
(59)
Average low °C (°F) -3
(27)
-2
(28)
1
(34)
5
(41)
10
(50)
13
(55)
15
(59)
14
(57)
11
(52)
6
(43)
1
(34)
-1
(30)
6
(43)
Precipitation mm (inches) 42
(1.65)
37
(1.46)
36
(1.42)
38
(1.5)
54
(2.13)
61
(2.4)
52
(2.05)
52
(2.05)
50
(1.97)
37
(1.46)
50
(1.97)
48
(1.89)
557
(21.93)
Sunshine hours 70 108 152 221 274 283 271 263 182 134 70 54 2,082
Source: World Weather[58] 2009-01-04

Cityscape and architecture

Nový Most bridge with UFO restaurant, the most famous modern landmark of Bratislava
St. Martin's Cathedral
The cityscape of Bratislava is characterized by medieval towers and grandiose 20th-century buildings, but it has undergone profound changes in a construction boom at the start of the 21st century.[59]
Kamzík TV Tower
Most historical buildings are concentrated in the Old Town. Bratislava's Town Hall is a complex of three buildings erected in the 14th–15th centuries and now hosts the Bratislava City Museum. Michael's Gate is the only gate that has been preserved from the medieval fortifications, and it ranks among the oldest of the town's buildings;[60] the narrowest house in Europe is nearby.[61] The University Library building, erected in 1756, was used by the Diet of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1802 to 1848.[62] Much of the significant legislation of the Hungarian Reform Era (such as the abolition of serfdom and the foundation of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences) was enacted there.[62]
The historic centre is characterised by many baroque palaces. The Grassalkovich Palace, built around 1760, is now the residence of the Slovak president, and the Slovak government now has its seat in the former Archiepiscopal Palace.[63] In 1805, diplomats of emperors Napoleon and Francis II signed the fourth Peace of Pressburg in the Primate's Palace, after Napoleon's victory in the Battle of Austerlitz.[64] Some smaller houses are historically significant; composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel was born in an 18th-century house in the Old Town.
Notable cathedrals and churches include the Gothic St. Martin's Cathedral built in the 13th–16th centuries, which served as the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between 1563 and 1830.[65] The Franciscan Church, dating to the 13th century, has been a place of knighting ceremonies and is the oldest preserved sacral building in the city.[66] The Church of St. Elisabeth, better known as the Blue Church due to its colour, is built entirely in the Hungarian Secessionist style.
A curiosity is the underground (formerly ground-level) restored portion of the Jewish cemetery where 19th-century Rabbi Moses Sofer is buried, located at the base of the castle hill near the entrance to a tram tunnel.[67] The only military cemetery in Bratislava is Slavín, unveiled in 1960 in honour of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during the liberation of Bratislava in April 1945. It offers an excellent view of the city and the Little Carpathians.[68][69]
Other prominent 20th-century structures include the Nový Most (New Bridge) across the Danube featuring a UFO-like tower restaurant, Slovak Radio's inverted-pyramid-shaped headquarters, and the uniquely designed Kamzík TV Tower with an observation deck and rotating restaurant. In the early 21st century, new edifices have transformed the traditional cityscape. The construction boom has spawned new public buildings,[70] such as the Most Apollo and a new building of the Slovak National Theatre,[71] as well as private real-estate development.[72]

Bratislava Castle

One of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, on a plateau 85 metres (279 ft) above the Danube. The castle hill site has been inhabited since the transition period between the Stone and Bronze ages[73] and has been the acropolis of a Celtic town, part of the Roman Limes Romanus, a huge Slavic fortified settlement, and a political, military and religious centre for Great Moravia.[74] A stone castle was not constructed until the 10th century, when the area was part of the Kingdom of Hungary. The castle was converted into a Gothic anti-Hussite fortress under Sigismund of Luxemburg in 1430, became a Renaissance castle in 1562,[75] and was rebuilt in 1649 in the baroque style. Under Queen Maria Theresa, the castle became a prestigious royal seat. In 1811, the castle was inadvertently destroyed by fire and lay in ruins until the 1950s,[76] when it was rebuilt mostly in its former Theresan style. The castle is temporarily closed for reconstruction at the moment.

Devín Castle

The ruined and recently renovated Devín Castle is in the borough of Devín, on top of a rock where the Morava River, which forms the border between Austria and Slovakia, enters the Danube. It is one of the most important Slovak archaeological sites and contains a museum dedicated to its history.[77] Due to its strategic location, Devín Castle was a very important frontier castle of Great Moravia and the early Hungarian state. It was destroyed by Napoleon's troops in 1809. It is an important symbol of Slovak and Slavic history.[78]

Rusovce

Rusovce mansion, with its English park, is in the Rusovce borough. The house was originally built in the 17th century and was turned into an English neo-Gothic-style mansion in 1841–1844.[79] The borough is also known for the ruins of the Roman military camp Gerulata, part of Limes Romanus, a border defence system. Gerulata was built and used between the 1st and 4th centuries AD.[80]

Parks and lakes

Sad Janka Kráľa in Petržalka
Due to its location in the foothills of the Little Carpathians and its riparian vegetation on the Danubian floodplains, Bratislava has forests close to the city centre. The total amount of public green space is 46.8 square kilometres (18.1 sq mi), or 110 square metres (1,200 sq ft) per inhabitant.[81] The largest city park is Horský park (literally, Mountainous Park), in the Old Town. Bratislavský lesný park (Bratislava Forest Park) is located in the Little Carpathians and includes many locales popular among visitors, such as Železná studienka and Koliba. The Forest Park covers an area of 27.3 square kilometres (10.5 sq mi), of which 96% is forested, and contains original flora and fauna such as European badgers, red foxes and mouflons. On the right bank of the Danube, in the borough of Petržalka, is Janko Kráľ Park founded in 1774–76.[82] A new city park is planned for Petržalka between the Malý Draždiak and Veľký Draždiak lakes.[72]
Bratislava's zoological park is located in Mlynská dolina, near the headquarters of Slovak Television. The zoo, founded in 1960, currently houses 152 species of animals, including the rare white lion and white tiger. The Botanical Gardens, which belong to Comenius University, can be found on the Danube riverfront and house more than 120 species of domestic and foreign origin.[83]
The city has a number of natural and man-made lakes, most of which are used for recreation. Examples include Štrkovec lake in Ružinov, Kuchajda in Nové Mesto, Zlaté Piesky and the Vajnory lakes in the north-east, and Rusovce lake in the south, which is popular with nudists.[84]

Demographics

2001 census results[85][86][87]
With Vienna, Bratislava forms the Twin City metropolitan area,
with a rough population of 3.1 million inhabitants.
District Population Ethnic group Population
Bratislava I–V 428,672 Slovaks 391,767
Bratislava I 44,798 Hungarians 16,541
Bratislava II 108,139 Czechs 7,972
Bratislava III 61,418 Germans 1,200
Bratislava IV 93,058 Moravians 635
Bratislava V 121,259 Croats 614
From the city's origin until the nineteenth century, Germans were the dominant ethnic group.[6] However, after the Austro-Hungarian Compromise of 1867, active Magyarisation took place, and by the end of World War I 40% of the population of Pressburg spoke Hungarian as native language, 42% German, and 15% Slovak.[6] After the formation of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, Bratislava remained a multi-ethnic city, but with a different demographic trend. Thanks to Slovakization,[88][89] the proportion of Slovaks and Czechs increased in the city, while the proportion of Germans and Hungarians fell. In 1938, 59% of population were Slovaks or Czechs, while Germans represented 22% and Hungarians 13% of the city's population.[90] The creation of the first Slovak Republic in 1939 brought other changes, most notably the expulsion of many Czechs and Jews.[6] In 1945, most of the Germans were evacuated. After the restoration of Czechoslovakia, the Beneš decrees (partly revoked in 1948) collectively punished ethnic German and Hungarian minorities by expropriation and deportation to Germany, Austria, and Hungary for their alleged collaborationism with Nazi Germany and Hungary against Czechoslovakia.[46][91][92] The city thereby obtained its clearly Slovak character.[46] Hundreds of citizens were expelled during the communist oppression of the 1950s, with the aim of replacing "reactionary" people with the proletarian class.[6][46] Since the 1950s, the Slovaks have been the dominant ethnicity in the town, making up around 90% of the city's population.[6]

Government

Primate's Palace, the seat of the city's mayor
Grassalkovich Palace, seat of the president of Slovakia
Bratislava is the seat of the Slovak parliament, presidency, ministries, supreme court (Slovak: Najvyšší súd), and central bank. It is the seat of the Bratislava Region and, since 2002, also of the Bratislava Self-Governing Region. The city also has many foreign embassies and consulates.
The current local government (Mestská samospráva)[93] structure has been in place since 1990.[94] It is composed of a mayor (primátor),[95] a city board (Mestská rada),[96] a city council (Mestské zastupiteľstvo),[97] city commissions (Komisie mestského zastupiteľstva),[98] and a city magistrate's office (Magistrát).[99]
The mayor, based at the Primate's Palace, is the city's top executive officer and is elected to a four-year term of office. The current mayor of Bratislava is Andrej Ďurkovský, who won the election in 2006 as a candidate of the KDHSDKÚ coalition and is serving his second term in the office.[100] The city council is the city's legislative body, responsible for issues such as budget, local ordinances, city planning, road maintenance, education, and culture.[101] The Council usually convenes once a month and consists of 80 members elected to four-year terms concurrent with the mayor's. Many of the council's executive functions are carried out by the city commission at the council's direction.[98] The city board is a 28-member body composed of the mayor and his deputies, the borough mayors, and up to ten city council members. The board is an executive and supervisory arm of the city council and also serves in an advisory role to the mayor.[96]
Administratively, Bratislava is divided into five districts: Bratislava I (the city centre), Bratislava II (eastern parts), Bratislava III (north-eastern parts), Bratislava IV (western and northern parts) and Bratislava V (southern parts on the right bank of the Danube, including Petržalka, the most densely populated residential area in Central Europe).[102]
For self-governance purposes, the city is divided into 17 boroughs, each of which has its own mayor (starosta) and council. The number of councillors in each depends on the size and population of the borough.[103] Each of the boroughs coincides with the city's 20 cadastral areas, except for two cases: Nové Mesto is further divided into the Nové Mesto and Vinohrady cadastral areas and Ružinov is divided into Ružinov, Nivy and Trnávka. Further unofficial division recognizes additional quarters and localities.
Bratislava parts with states.png Bratislava's territorial divisions (districts and boroughs)
Bratislava I Bratislava II Bratislava III Bratislava IV Bratislava V
Staré Mesto Ružinov Nové Mesto Karlova Ves Petržalka
  Vrakuňa Rača Dúbravka Jarovce
  Podunajské Biskupice Vajnory Lamač Rusovce
      Devín Čunovo
      Devínska Nová Ves  
      Záhorská Bystrica  

Economy

High-rise buildings at Mlynské Nivy, one of Bratislava's main business districts
National Bank of Slovakia
The Bratislava Region is the wealthiest and economically most prosperous region in Slovakia as of 2007, despite being the smallest by area and having the second smallest population of the eight Slovak regions. It accounts for about 26% of the Slovak GDP.[104] The GDP per capita (PPP), valued at 33,124 (2005), is 147.9% of the EU average and is the second-highest level (after Prague) of all regions in the new EU member states and higher than all regions of France except Paris.[105]
The average brutto salary in Bratislava region in first three quarters of 2008 was € 1015.47 (30,592 Sk).[106]
The unemployment rate in Bratislava was 1.83% in December 2007.[107] Many governmental institutions and private companies have their headquarters in Bratislava. More than 75% of Bratislava's population works in the service sector, mainly composed of trade, banking, IT, telecommunications, and tourism.[108] The Bratislava Stock Exchange (BSSE), the organiser of the public securities market, was founded on March 15, 1991.[109]
The automaker Volkswagen built a factory in Bratislava in 1991 and has expanded since.[110] Currently, its production focuses on SUVs, which represent 68% of all production. The VW Touareg is produced in Bratislava, and the Porsche Cayenne and Audi Q7 are partially built there.[111]
In recent years, service and high-tech-oriented businesses have prospered in Bratislava. Many global companies, including IBM, Dell, Lenovo, AT&T, SAP, and Accenture, have built outsourcing and service centres here or plan to do so soon.[112] Reasons for the influx of multi-national corporations include proximity to the Western Europe, skilled labour force and the high density of universities and research facilities.[113]
The Slovak economy's strong growth in the 2000s has led to a boom in the construction industry, and several major projects have been completed or are planned in Bratislava.[70] Areas attracting developers include the Danube riverfront, where two major projects already under construction: River Park[114] in the Old Town, and Eurovea[115] near the Apollo Bridge. Other locations under development include the areas around the main railway and bus stations,[116] around the former industrial zone near the Old Town[117] and in the boroughs of Petržalka,[102] Nové Mesto and Ružinov. It is expected that investors will spend €1.2 billion on new projects by 2010.[118] The city has a balanced budget of almost six billion Slovak korunas (€182 million, as of 2007), with one fifth used for investment.[119] Bratislava holds shares in 17 companies directly, for example, in the public transport company (Dopravný podnik Bratislava), the waste collection and disposal company, and the water utility.[120] The city also manages municipal organisations such as the City Police (Mestská polícia), Bratislava City Museum and ZOO Bratislava.[121]

Tourism

For the list of sights in the city, see cityscape and architecture above.
New Year's Eve celebration in 2006, which attracts about 100.000 people every year
Tourist train Prešporáčik in the Old Town
In 2006, Bratislava had 77 commercial accommodation facilities (of which 45 were hotels) with a total capacity of 9,940 beds.[122] A total of 686,201 visitors, 454,870 of whom were foreigners, stayed overnight. Altogether, visitors made 1,338,497 overnight stays.[122] However, a considerable share of visits is made by those who visit Bratislava for a single day, and their exact number is not known. Largest numbers of foreign visitors come from the Czech Republic, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland, and Austria.[122]
Among other factors, the growth of low-cost airline flights to Bratislava, led by SkyEurope, has led to conspicuous stag parties, primarily from the UK. While these are a boon to the city's tourist industry, cultural differences and vandalism have led to concern by local officials.[123]

Culture

Bratislava is the cultural heart of Slovakia. Owing to its historical multi-cultural character, local culture is influenced by various ethnic groups, including Germans, Slovaks, Hungarians, and Jews.[4][124] Bratislava enjoys numerous theatres, museums, galleries, concert halls, cinemas, film clubs, and foreign cultural institutions.[125]

Performing arts

Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
The old Slovak National Theatre building on Hviezdoslav Square
Bratislava is the seat of the Slovak National Theatre, housed in two buildings. The first is a Neo-Renaissance theatre building situated in the Old Town at the end of Hviezdoslav Square. The new building, opened to the public in 2007, is on the riverfront.[71] The theatre has three ensembles: opera, ballet and drama. Smaller theatres include the Bratislava Puppet Theatre, the Astorka Korzo '90 theatre, the Arena Theatre, L+S Studio, and the Naive Theatre of Radošina.
Music in Bratislava flourished in the 18th century and was closely linked to Viennese musical life. Mozart visited the town at the age of six. Among other notable composers who visited the town were Haydn, Liszt, Bartók and Beethoven, who played his Missa Solemnis for the first time in Bratislava.[65] It is also the birthplace of the composer Johann Nepomuk Hummel. Bratislava is home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. The city hosts several annual festivals, such as the Bratislava Music Festival and Bratislava Jazz Days.[126] The Wilsonic Festival, held annually since 2000, brings dozens of international musical acts to the city each year.[127] During the summer, various musical events take place as part of the Bratislava Cultural Summer. Apart from musical festivals, it is possible to hear music ranging from underground to well known pop stars.[128]

Museums and galleries

The Rococo-style "House of the Good Shepherd", home to the Museum of Clocks
Slovak National Museum
The Slovak National Museum (Slovenské národné múzeum), founded in 1961, has its headquarters in Bratislava on the riverfront in the Old Town, along with the Natural History Museum, which is one of its subdivisions. It is the largest museum and cultural institution in Slovakia. The museum manages 16 specialised museums in Bratislava and beyond.[129] The Bratislava City Museum (Múzeum mesta Bratislavy), established in 1868, is the oldest museum in continuous operation in Slovakia.[130] Its primary goal is to chronicle Bratislava's history in various forms from the earliest periods using historical and archaeological collections. It offers permanent displays in eight specialised museums.
The Slovak National Gallery, founded in 1948, offers the most extensive network of galleries in Slovakia. Two displays in Bratislava are next to one another at Esterházy Palace (Esterházyho palác,Eszterházy palota) and the Water Barracks (Vodné kasárne,Vizikaszárnya) on the Danube riverfront in the Old Town. The Bratislava City Gallery, founded in 1961, is the second-largest Slovak gallery of its kind. The gallery offers permanent displays at Pálffy Palace (Pálffyho palác,Pálffy palota) and Mirbach Palace (Mirbachov palác,Mirbach palota), in the Old Town.[131] Danubiana Art Museum, one of the youngest art museums in Europe, is near Čunovo waterworks.[132]

Media

Slovak Radio headquarters building
As the national capital, Bratislava is home to national and many local media outlets. Notable TV stations based in the city include Slovak Television (Slovenská televízia), Markíza, JOJ and TA3. Slovak Radio (Slovenský rozhlas) has its seat in the centre, and many Slovak commercial radio stations are based in the city. National newspapers based in Bratislava include SME, Pravda, Nový čas, Hospodárske noviny and the English-language The Slovak Spectator. Two news agencies are headquartered there: the News Agency of the Slovak Republic (TASR) and the Slovak News Agency (SITA).

Sport

Various sports and sports teams have a long tradition in Bratislava, with many teams and individuals competing in Slovak and international leagues and competitions.
Football is currently represented by two clubs playing in the top Slovak football league, the Corgoň Liga. ŠK Slovan Bratislava, founded in 1919, has its home ground at the Tehelné pole stadium. ŠK Slovan is the most successful football club in Slovak history, being the only club from the former Czechoslovakia to win the European football competition the Cup Winners' Cup, in 1969.[133] FC Artmedia Bratislava is the oldest of Bratislava's football clubs, founded in 1898, and is based at Štadión Pasienky in Nové Mesto (formerly at Štadión Petržalka in Petržalka). Another known club from the city is FK Inter Bratislava. Founded in 1945, they have their home ground at Štadión Pasienky and currently play in the Slovak Second Division.
Bratislava is home to three winter sports arenas: Ondrej Nepela Winter Sports Stadium, V. Dzurilla Winter Sports Stadium, and Dúbravka Winter Sports Stadium. The HC Slovan Bratislava ice hockey team represents Bratislava in Slovakia's top ice hockey league, the Slovak Extraliga. Samsung Arena, a part of Ondrej Nepela Winter Sports Stadium, is home to HC Slovan. The Ice Hockey World Championships in 1959 and 1992 were played in Bratislava, and the 2011 Men's Ice Hockey World Championships will be held in Bratislava and Košice, for which a new arena is being planned.[134]
The Water Sports Centre Čunovo is a whitewater slalom and rafting area, close to the Gabčíkovo dam. It hosts several international and national canoe and kayak competitions annually.
The National Tennis Centre, which includes Sibamac Arena, hosts various cultural, sporting and social events. Several Davis Cup matches have been played there, including the 2005 Davis Cup final. The city is represented in the top Slovak leagues in women's and men's basketball, women's handball and volleyball, and men's water polo. The Devín–Bratislava National run is the oldest athletic event in Slovakia,[135] and the Bratislava City Marathon has been held annually since 2006. A race track is located in Petržalka, where horse racing and dog racing events and dog shows are held regularly.
Bratislava is also the centre of rugby union in Slovakia.

Education and science

Comenius University headquarters at Šafárikovo námestie
The first university in Bratislava, in the Kingdom of Hungary (and also in the territory of present-day Slovakia) was Universitas Istropolitana, founded in 1465 by King Matthias Corvinus. It was closed in 1490 after his death.[136]
Bratislava is the seat of the largest university (Comenius University, 27,771 students),[137] the largest technical university (Slovak University of Technology, 18,473 students),[138] and the oldest art schools (the Academy of Performing Arts and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design) in Slovakia. Other institutions of tertiary education are the public University of Economics and the first private college in Slovakia, City University of Seattle.[139] In total, about 56,000 students attend university in Bratislava.[140]
There are 65 public primary schools, nine private primary schools and ten religious primary schools.[141] Overall, they enroll 25,821 pupils.[141] The city's system of secondary education (some middle schools and all high schools) consists of 39 gymnasia with 16,048 students,[142] 37 specialized high schools with 10,373 students,[143] and 27 vocational schools with 8,863 students (data as of 2007).[144][145]
The Slovak Academy of Sciences is also based in Bratislava. However, the city is one of the few European capitals to have neither an observatory nor a planetarium. The nearest observatory is in Modra, 30 kilometres (19 mi) away, and the nearest planetarium is in Hlohovec, 70 kilometres (43 mi) away. CEPIT, the Central European Park For Innovative Technologies, is slated for development in Vajnory. This science and technology park will combine public and private research and educational institutions.[146] Construction is expected to begin in 2008.[147]

Transport

Mercedes Benz CapaCity in Bratislava
The geographical position of Bratislava in Central Europe has long made it a natural crossroads for international trade traffic.[148]
Public transport in Bratislava is managed by Dopravný podnik Bratislava, a city-owned company. The transport system is known as Mestská hromadná doprava (MHD, Municipal Mass Transit) and employs buses, trams, and trolleybuses.[149] An additional service, Bratislavská integrovaná doprava (Bratislava Integrated Transport), links train and bus routes in the city with points beyond.
As a rail hub, the city has direct connections to Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland, Germany and the rest of Slovakia. The motorway system provides direct access to Brno in the Czech Republic, Trnava and other points in Slovakia, and Budapest in Hungary. The A6 motorway between Bratislava and Vienna was opened in November 2007.[150] The Port of Bratislava provides access to the Black Sea via the Danube and to the North Sea through the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal. M. R. Štefánik Airport is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north-east of the city centre. It served 2,024,000 passengers in 2007.[151]

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Bratislava is twinned with:[152]
* Numbers in brackets list the year of twinning. The first agreement was signed with the city of Perugia, Umbria in Italy on July 18, 1962.

Partnerships

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View over the city and Danube river from the castle
View over the city and Danube river from the castle
Danube in Bratislava
Danube in Bratislava
Hlavné námestie (Main Square), Bratislava Old Town
Hlavné námestie (Main Square), Bratislava Old Town
.Bratislava (Slovak) or Pozsony in Hungarian and Pressburg in German, [1] once the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary is the capital and largest city in Slovakia.^ Bratislava - the capital city of Slovakia with a population of 441,500 - See Pressburg.
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^ Bratislava is the capital as well as the biggest city in the Slovak Republic.
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^ Bratislava city is the capital of Slovakia (Slovak Republic).

.It has a population of almost 450,000 and is the administrative, cultural and economic centre of the country.^ The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of the country.
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^ Bratislava is a political, economical and cultural centre of the country.
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^ The city occupies both banks of the Danube River, and is the largest city in the country with a population of around 450,000.
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The same square during the New Year's Eve celebration in 2006
The same square during the New Year's Eve celebration in 2006
.Bratislava (before 1919 known as Prešporok in Slovak) Pressburg in German has a very pleasant medieval inner city with tiny, narrow winding streets, a hill-top castle next to the river Danube, and many historic churches and buildings to visit.^ City of Bratislava: what to see,informations,historical monuments,churches .
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^ Tags: Bratislava oldtown , Danube , Devin castle , Medieval .
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^ Slovak National Theatre - historical building .
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.The old town is centred on two squares, Hlavne namestie (main square) and Hviezdoslavovo namestie (Hviezdoslav square, named after a famous Slovak poet).^ It lies just 40 metres from Bratislava Castle, 100 metres from the centre of the old town and 500 metres from both St. Martin's Cathedral and the Slovak National Theatre.

^ Top five Bratislava attractions: St Martin’s Cathedral (Dom Svateho Martina), Michael’s Gate (Michalska brana), Primates’ Palace (Primacialny palac), Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky hrad) and Main Square (Hlavne namestie).
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^ Old Slovak National Building - the Neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theatre, standing at the end of the long Hviezdoslav Square (Hviezdoslavovo námestie), was built in 1885-1886 during the time of Austria-Hungary, based on a design by the Viennese architects R. Fellner and H. Helmer, who designed theatre buildings in 10 European countries.

.Of a rather different architectural character are some of the communist-era buildings found in the modern parts of the city; a prime example is Petrzalka housing estate, the biggest Communist-era concrete block housing complex in Central Europe that stretches on endlessly just across the river.^ Early in the Iron Age, in the territory of today´s city there was a Celtic settlement called oppidum which was one of the most remarkable ones in Central Europe.
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^ The biggest cellar-vaults in Central Europe as well as the unique strategic fortifications system will leave a permanent and unforgettable impression.
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^ Bratislava has a very pleasant medieval inner city with tiny, narrow winding streets, surrounded by the biggest concrete block house complex (called "panelak", with blocks of flats; see Prague chapter for information about panelaks) in Central Europe called Petržalka that stretches on endlessly.
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.The city is so close to Vienna, it could practically be a suburb.^ It's so close to Vienna, it could practically be a suburb.
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^ Located in a busy bussiness and professioal suburb of Bratislava, close to the city centre....
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.Move further east and there are plenty of rural places to explore.^ Move further east and there are plenty of rural places.
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.Farms, vineyards, agricultural land and tiny villages are situated less than 50 kilometers to the north and east of Bratislava.^ Farms, vineyards, agricultural land and tiny villages are situated just about 50 kilometers to the east of Bratislava, just like in the case of Vienna or Prague.
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^ There are a plenty of choices for transport from Bratislava Airport to Vienna Airport (VIE), which is only 50 kilometers away (60-90 min including borderline control).

^ Barónka Hotel Mudrochova 2, Bratislava Recently opened Hotel Barónka is situated at east part of Bratislava, on foothills of Malé Karpaty, that are well known for its wine.
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.Today, Bratislava and its surroundings form the second-most prosperous region in Central and Eastern Europe, with a per capita GDP of around 129.3% of the EU-25 average (after Prague).^ Today, Bratislava and its surroundings form the second most prosperous region in Central and Eastern Europe, with a per capita GDP of around 129.3% of the EU-25 average (after Prague).
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^ Today, Bratislava is one of the most rapidly growing urban regions of Europe.
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^ Early in the Iron Age, in the territory of today´s city there was a Celtic settlement called oppidum which was one of the most remarkable ones in Central Europe.
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History

.After the fall of the Great Moravian Empire, Slovakia became part of the Kingdom of Hungary from the 10th century until the end of the First World War when the Treaty of Trianon granted Slovakia to Czechoslovakia, a country which Slovaks are widely proud of - for example, some Czechoslovakian representatives, such as Alexander Dubček and Gustáv Husák, were ethnically Slovak.^ The castle in Bratislava was constructed in the 10th century, when the surrounding land was part of the kingdom of Hungary.
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^ Although today, Bratislava's population are mostly Slovaks, from the 13th to the early 19th century, the majority ethnic group in the town were the Germans, who remained the largest ethnic group until the First World War.
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^ Redoute became the home of the Slovak Philharmonic in the early 1950s and has always offered its wide public a rich concert life and strong performances from artists and their ensembles from all over the world.
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Between 1939 and 1944, Slovakia was a German-controlled state, then was conquered by the Soviets to recreate a pro-Soviet Czechoslovakia.
.Bratislava was the capital (1536 - 1784), the coronation city (1563 - 1830) and the seat of the diet (1536 - 1848) of the Kingdom of Hungary for many years.^ The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary under the Habsburg monarchy from 1536 to 1783.
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^ Bratislava, the capital city .
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^ In the period from 1526 to 1784 Bratislava was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary.
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.Since 1960 it has been the capital of the federal state of Slovakia within Czechoslovakia and, since 1993, it has been the capital of independent Slovakia.^ During World War II, Bratislava briefly became the capital of an independent Slovak state but would have to wait until 1st January, 1993 for the time of nationhood to come again.
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^ Following World War I , Bratislava was made the capital of Slovakia in the first Czechoslovakian Republic, and it remained the capital when Slovakia emerged as an independent nation in 1993.
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^ In 1993, subsequent to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia (the Velvet Divorce) the city became the capital of the newly formed Slovak Republic.
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.Although today, Bratislava's population are mostly Slovaks, from the 13th to the early 19th century, the majority ethnic group in the town were the Germans, who remained the largest ethnic group until the First World War (in 1910, 42% were German, 41% Hungarian and 15% Slovak out of a total population of 78,000) .^ Although today, Bratislava's population are mostly Slovaks, from the 13th to the early 19th century, the majority ethnic group in the town were the Germans, who remained the largest ethnic group until the First World War.
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^ Zvolen - population 42,000 .
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^ Bratislava was home to the Slovak national movement of the 19th century and to many Slovak, Hungarian and German historical figures.
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Hungarians formed another important group in the city in the 19th century, but after the First World War, many Germans and Hungarians left for Austria and Hungary respectively and the remaining Germans were expelled at the end of World War II.

Get in

By plane

.Bratislava's M. R. Stefanik International Airport (IATA: BTS) (ICAO: LZIB) has focused on attracting low-cost airlines recently and there are direct flight connections to Bratislava from many major cities around Europe including London, Paris, Rome, Dublin, Prague, Moscow and many others.^ There is a direct bus and trolleybus connection to city centre ...
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^ There are many restaurants and bars around.
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^ Today, Bratislava and its surroundings form the second most prosperous region in Central and Eastern Europe, with a per capita GDP of around 129.3% of the EU-25 average (after Prague).
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.For low-cost flights from/to Bratislava check out Ryanair [2] and Danube Wings [www.danubewings.com].^ In January, however, alien elaborated a good overview, check out this thread: http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=309291 __________________ Bratislava latest development Bratislava new riverfront Koice updates Slovakia Infrastructure Slovakia * Czechia .
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^ Check out our great selection of hotels in Bratislava and look at our STAG FRIENDLY LOW HOTEL PRICES and compare prices with our competition.

^ Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms.cfm .
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.Besides that CSA Czech Airlines [3] has direct flights to Bratislava from Prague and Aeroflot [4] from Moscow.^ Bratislava is just waiting to be discovered, but don’t listen to all that ‘new-Prague’ tosh, hop on a bargain flight and create your own superlatives.

^ Flights are cheap to Bratislava and can be booked via RyanAir.Com or via other low-cost airlines flying to Vienna (e.g.

^ Bratislava - 1st class tickets to Bratislava - Cheap Bratislava Flights - business class tickets to Bratislava firstclassTravel -- global discount car reservations Business & First Class Airline Tickets Bratislava .
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.After leaving the terminal, take bus No 61 (or N61 at night) for a direct connection to the Main Train Station (Hlavná stanica) or change at Trnavské mýto to get to the city center (in order to get to the tram stop, use the underpass and the exit marked "Centrum"; take any tram that does not show the railway station as destination).^ There is a direct tram connection to city centre which takes about 20 min ...
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^ The public tramline and bus line 61 connect the airport to the city centre and main railway station .

^ Night lines originate mainly at the main railway station.

.Bus drivers don't sell tickets in Bratislava (see "Get around" below) so you need to get tickets in advance.^ The Koliba tower which you can see from almost anywhere in Bratislava is situated on a hill called Koliba and it's a TV tower with a restaurant at the top.
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^ Therefore you see the web page with no decorative graphics as well as any advanced formatting.
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^ Theme: Other Address: Polus city center, Vajnorska 100, Bratislava 83103 Phone: 02/49102222 Directions: First of all you need to get to Polus city center (tram number 2, 4, 6 and bus 50, 51) and then follow the direction in Polus.
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.Use the vending machines (there's one outside the departure building) but note note that you will need euro coins as the vending machines don't take notes.^ So it would be wise to buy a one month ticket which costs 20 EUR. (There will be contact persons that will help you to buy it).
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^ Please send me a note telling me how you were able to use my pictures by writing me at sandyfl@cox.net , as I am interested in what you found helpful on my website.

^ You'll find everything you need in the apartments, and if you don't, we'll try our very best to get it for you.
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.You can also buy tickets in the tourist and exchange offices in the arrivals terminal but they have only limited working hours.^ We'll show you how to keep it cheap in the Slovak capital here, giving you tourist office contact information and museum entrance prices.
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^ You can exchange your funds in a currency exchange office that is conveniently located in the hotel's building.
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^ Here is a look at what kind of steaks you can buy and how they are best prepared, to help you in your steak cooking endeavors.
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Be aware that the airport shops and kiosks are not very helpful when it comes to changing bills into coins. .However, you can change bills into coins by "abusing" the coffee vending machine in the departure building.^ The old Gothic building was soon changed into a fortified Renaissance castle.
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^ Dont you have a machine that puts food into the mouth and pushes it down?
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Insert a bill and press cancel, it will return the amount in coins (my thanks to a local police officer for this tip!).
.Most major airlines fly to the nearby Vienna International Airport (IATA: VIE) (ICAO: LOWW), which is at the eastern border of Vienna and approximately 60 kilometers from Bratislava.^ Airlines flying to Bratislava .

^ Its originality between capitals is that it borders with two countries – Austria (Vienna 60 km apart) and Hungary.
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^ Sure, there are tourists here, but not like in nearby Vienna or in other Eastern European cities like Prague or Budapest.
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.There are two bus lines connecting Vienna with Bratislava via Vienna Airport, with buses running almost every hour.^ European Cities connected to Bratislava by Bus .

^ Throw in transportation via Sky Europe, the Slovakian budget airline with a hub in Bratislava, and you have a city budget-friendly in every way.
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^ There are regular cruises to and from Budapest, while the Twin City Liner shuttles between Bratislava and Vienna.
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The route taxe about 60 minutes. For details, see "By bus" below.
.Unfortunately, trains from Vienna to Bratislava do not stop at Vienna airport, so if you wish to use the train, you have either to go to Vienna city first (15 minutes) in order to board a train to Bratislava or take a train to Wolfsthal and change to bus No.^ BUS (from airport) If you want to travel from Bratislava airport to Vienna, use eurolines buses from the airport.

^ Bratislava Airport : Situated 9km to the north-east of the inner city, Bus No.
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^ To make sure you get the best of the Bratislava night life, let us take you on a guided Bar Crawl where you can experience the party atmosphere that pulses throughout the city.
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.901 that will take you to Bratislava city center.^ To make sure you get the best of the Bratislava night life, let us take you on a guided Bar Crawl where you can experience the party atmosphere that pulses throughout the city.
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^ The picturesque narrow cobbled streets winding up from here will take you through the Old Jewish Town to Bratislava castle.
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^ The largest city and capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is a beautiful and quaint city ensuing a romantic atmosphere as you stroll the old town.
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.Be aware that the departures/arrivals of the bus are not aligned with the trains so you run into risk of up to two hours of waiting in a small village virtually a few kilometers away from the border.^ Our English speaking representatives will collect you from the airport on arrival and ensure your stag party weekend runs smoothly.
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^ Bratislava is located on the Austrian border, so you can fly direct into Bratislava or the alternative is Vienna, with a 45-minute transfer time.
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^ If you want travel by train or Bus you can find all departure times here: Arrivals and Departures (in right corner you can switch language) There is possibility to search for connections to Praha (Prague), Budapest or any other towns around If you want to search trains all around Europe, please check Bahn.de .

All in all, this is not a preferrable way to get to Bratislava.

By train

.The easiest way to get to Bratislava by train is from central Vienna (Südbahnhof station or less frequently Westbahnhof station).^ Most trains to Bratislava depart from the Budapest-Keleti train station.

^ If your country is not directly connected to Bratislava by air, then the next best route is to fly to Vienna and take a train to Bratislava.

^ The Lazaretska Studio Apartment is located in a central residential area, half-way from the bus station to the Old Town.
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.Trains leave Vienna almost every 30 minutes [5].^ Approximately 60km (45 minutes by train) from Vienna.
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.It takes 50 minutes to get from Südbahnhof to Bratislava - Petržalka railway station situated in the southern residential area of the city, and some 70 minutes to get to Bratislava - Hlavná stanica (main railway station) situated at the northern border of the city center.^ It only takes some 20 minutes by a tram to get to the centre of the city.
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^ It is some 2 km to the railway station.
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^ The Petržalka railway station connects Bratislava with Austria.

.A return ticket purchased in Vienna costs €14 for an adult or €7 for a child, and also allows you use of all public transportation in Bratislava (as of April 2008).^ Return ticket costs around 11 euros, you can pay also for ticket that includes a public transport in Vienna for 1 day -> the price is around 15 euros.

^ Apartments Bratislava are close to all the main public transport systems so you never have to worry about being too far away from any place in Bratislava you choose to visit.
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^ So it would be wise to buy a one month ticket which costs 20 EUR. (There will be contact persons that will help you to buy it).
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.There is no customs since Slovakia is a member of the EU and the Schengen Area.^ There are no recent blogs in this area.
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^ Since 2004 also new EU member countries were included into the survey.
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^ This information is provided by family members and there is no supporting documentary evidence and thus their descent from the Tötösy de Zepetnek family is conjectural.
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.There are also many train lines from the Czech Republic (e.g.^ Some examples of skansens include those in Zuberec, Ždiar and Svidník) Castles, castles, castles (Like the Czech Republic, Slovakia has many castles.

^ The hotel is just a train ride from Old Town, where there are many restaurants, shops, and historical sites.
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.Prague) and some train lines from Poland, Hungary as well as Ukraine and Russia that mostly end at Hlavná stanica (Main Train Station).^ Slovakia (official), spoken by Slovak immigrants and ethnic Slovakians in Czech Republic, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Serbia and Montenegro, Canada and the United States.

^ From Russia to the Baltics, Poland, Habsburg (Austria/Hungary/Czech Republic), Romania, Slovenia and Croatia - you can mix and match to create your ideal itinerary.
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^ The public tramline and bus line 61 connect the airport to the city centre and main railway station .

.Many bus and tram lines start here.^ The best starting point for searching a bus connection from abroad to Bratislava is a page of EUROLINES - International lines timetable.

.To get to the Old Town, you can either take a bus or tram (tram No 13 is currently the best connection), or simply walk - which takes about 10 minutes.^ There is walk distance from old town.
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^ It is simply the best place for relaxing and taking in the amazing atmosphere of the old town.
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^ It will take about 10 minutes to download.
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.Petržalka station is not a particularly good starting position for getting around, but generally it is better and quicker to get off at Petržalka station and use the public transportation system to get to the city center.^ Getting around Bratislava's renovated transport system .

^ Apartments Bratislava are close to all the main public transport systems so you never have to worry about being too far away from any place in Bratislava you choose to visit.
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^ The historic city centre is only 3 km away and is easily reached using the local public transport, there is a bus stop located only 200 metres from the hotel.
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.Take bus No 80 towards Kollárovo námestie from outside the station building.^ BA HLAVNA STANICA(Main Train Station) From BA airport just take bus 61 to main train station 20 minutes.

^ If its more expensive than 12 eur, you can go with normal bus no.61 to the train station(its the last one - called Hlavna stanica) then take a train.

^ BA Petrzalka (Train Station) - Bus 93 takes you there in 15 min from Main Train Station.

.You can also use the underground passageway in the station hall and take any of the buses that leave from the opposite side of the road when you exit.^ BUS (from airport) If you want to travel from Bratislava airport to Vienna, use eurolines buses from the airport.

^ BA Petrzalka (Train Station) - Bus 93 takes you there in 15 min from Main Train Station.

.Get off the bus at the first stop after crossing the river for best access to the historic part of town or at the second stop to start you tour at the Presidential Palace.^ You may find not only the best and biggest hotels and restaurants within a walking distance, but also galleries, museums, theatres and historical sights.

^ We are more than happy to help you find the best possible hotel or accommodation in Bratislava as well as to offer a variety of day activities and tours.
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Buses No 91 and No 191 end right below Nový most bridge and directly in the city center, below Bratislava Castle and St. Martin's Cathedral.
.There are several other train stations in Bratislava but international travelers rarely have to get off the train at any of them.^ As far as international cuisine goes, there is plenty to choose from, as Bratislava builds a reputation as an eastern European capital of gastronomy.
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^ Most trains to Bratislava depart from the Budapest-Keleti train station.

^ The hotel is located in the residential neighborhood of Bratislava, five minutes walking from the Main Train Station and a fifteen minutes walk to the...
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.Note that train ticket prices from Austria to Slovakia bought in Austria (ÖBB, Österreichische Bundesbahnen) are considerably higher than the same ticket bought in Bratislava (ZSSK, Železničná spoločnosť Slovensko) due to government subsidy in Slovakia.^ Devin Castle - Bratislava, Slovakia - news, tourist information, travel advice, useful tips Home Bratislava Accommodation Local Government Contact Show prices in: USD EUR GBP PLN CZK HUF SKK .
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^ Bratislava lies at the southwestern edge of Slovakia, a few minutes’ drive from Austria and Hungary.
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By bus

.Coach lines connect Bratislava with all of Slovakia, a high number of Czech cities and a number of EU destinations, including London, Paris and daily buses also depart to Budapest.^ Bratislava is connected to almost all important international cities in the world.

^ European Cities connected to Bratislava by Bus .

^ Hop aboard one of our cheap flights to Bratislava and enjoy all that the capital city of Slovakia has to offer tourists.
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.The most frequent international coach connection by far is Vienna though, with two lines running almost every hour from Vienna's Sudtirolerplatz near Sudbahnhof via Vienna International Airport: Blaguss [6] has tickets sold by the driver priced at €6, with stops in Bratislava downtown (beneath Nový most bridge) and Bratislava Airport.^ Bulharska 72 HOTEL PLUS is located in the suburbs of Bratislava, with a good connection to the downtown.
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^ There are a plenty of choices for transport from Bratislava Airport to Vienna Airport (VIE), which is only 50 kilometers away (60-90 min including borderline control).

^ Bratislava and Vienna are said to be the two closest capital cities in the world - only 64 km or 40 miles apart.
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Slovak Lines [7] buses stop e.g. at the .Coach Terminal and Bratislava Airport, cost €7.70 and the tickets can be purchased from the driver or booked online [8]).^ Bratislava Airport transfers can also be booked online for travel from Bratislava Airport to Bratislava hotels or from Bratislava hotels to Bratislava Airport.
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^ Hotels in Bratislava Book a hotel in Bratislava online.
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^ CrownePlaza.com Great Bratislava Hotels See maps & pics, Read reviews, book online.
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.A trip from/to Vienna takes about 1.5 hours.^ Boats, and the hydrofoil service on the Danube from Budapest to Vienna, which takes 5 and 1/2 hours, and Budapest to Bratislava, which takes 4 and 1/2 hours, operate daily from April to October.

^ The return ticket is cheaper than normal,remember it;) There is about 2 trains from BA to Vienna per hour.

.The Central Coach Terminal (Autobusová stanica) is at Mlynské nivy, at the eastern border of the city center.^ Hotel Kyjev Bratislava Rajska 2 0.0 mi The Hotel Kyjev is located in the city center of Bratislava, Slovakia, in Central Europe.
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^ The Hotel Kyjev is located in the city center of Bratislava, Slovakia, in Central Europe.
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^ Bratislava's bus terminal Mlynske Nivy is located very close to the city centre.

.To get to/from the main railway station (Hlavná stanica), take trolleybus No 210. If you need to get to/from the city center, take trolleybus No 205 or 202 (the terminus is behind the Tesco department store at Kamenné námestie) or No 50, geting on/off at Šafárikovo námestie (close to the banks of the river Danube).^ Bratislava Main Station Petrzalka railway station .
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^ A noble modern interior behind a striking facade welcomes you in the newly built luxury hotel Avance, set in the historical centre of Bratislava, close to the National Theatre and the Danube.
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^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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The bus terminal has a left-luggage office where you can store your bags for ca. €1 per item per day. There is also a bakery, a bar/canteen, a newspaper kiosk and several shops on the upper floor.

By boat

.Regular tourist boat lines operate on the Danube from spring through fall on routes from Vienna and Budapest.^ Several boat hotels line up along the Danube shore: Botel Gracia isn't the most updated, but it's the closest to the old-town centre.
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^ Sure, there are tourists here, but not like in nearby Vienna or in other Eastern European cities like Prague or Budapest.
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^ Boats, and the hydrofoil service on the Danube from Budapest to Vienna, which takes 5 and 1/2 hours, and Budapest to Bratislava, which takes 4 and 1/2 hours, operate daily from April to October.

.You can find routes and schedules here [9].^ You won't find elevated cuisine here, but you will be served good stick-to-your-ribs food at a very decent price.
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.Since June 2006 it is possible to get to Vienna using a high speed ferry boat [10] as well, yet the rates are higher compared to other means of transport.^ Picture Page Crater Lake, Oregon June 10, 2006 .

^ Moreover, comparative studies should complement the research to show if other countries use laws or public policies to impose indexes of productivity to property rights.
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^ Picture Page Sun River, Oregon - International Dosimetry Symposium and Records Conference - June 3 - 10, 2006 .

.A one-way ticket from Vienna to Bratislava by Twin City Liner costs about €25-30 (whereas a return train ticket is less than €15).^ At about $30 for 4 with one drink each, not bad.
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^ As we strolled back from supper, we mused that our tickets for two nights out plus our dinner afterwards came to less than one ticket in the stalls for the opera at Covent Garden.
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^ The return adult ticket costs SKK 150 (EUR 4.5) and children SKK 95 (EUR 3).

.The Twin City Liner's boats travel at 60 kmph and the journey takes about 1 hour 15 minutes from Vienna to Bratislava and about 1 hour and 30 minutes from Bratislava to Vienna (almost as much as the train).^ TWIN CITY LINER -directly from Vienna center to Bratislava center.

^ It will take about 10 minutes to download.
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^ Transport: Full 3 mounth ticket for city public transport is about 55 euro (means about 18,50 a mounth) I guess students has discount (I am not sure if 50% or less) (one ride ticket 50 cents - 15 minutes, 70 cents an hour) Taxi about 5 euro a drive 3 hours of fast train about 10 euro.

.Unlike the train though, which stops at stations distant from the center (about 2-3 km), the boat stops are in the very centers of both Vienna (Schwedenplatz) and Bratislava (Novy Most).^ Most trains to Bratislava depart from the Budapest-Keleti train station.

^ Bratislava and Vienna are said to be the two closest capital cities in the world - only 64 km or 40 miles apart.
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^ There are the souvenirs available at the Novy Most observation deck, and it is open almost daily for visitors to see and take photos of the panorama of Bratislava that surrounds it.

.A good travel option is to continue down the Danube to Budapest by hydrofoil, a trip only moderately more expensive than the train.^ Now that you are training there are additional reasons to eat less and more carefully rather than eating without concern.
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^ Trip Options All our tours are suggestions only and can be customized as you wish.
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^ Mojito is 170 crowns, wine and beer is more expensive than average, so go for the coctails.
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By kayak and canoe

.Danube river is getting very popular for multiday tours, some people do they paddling all the way from Germany to Black sea (more than 2516 km), also known as TID. [11] Bratislava is well developed for paddling, there are several paddling clubs at "Karloveske rameno" with accommodation possible at Paddler Club [12] at river km 1872, near "Stary most" at r.km 1868. Free camping is possible along river shore, good places are around km.^ Several boat hotels line up along the Danube shore: Botel Gracia isn't the most updated, but it's the closest to the old-town centre.
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^ Sort: Popularity Price Stars Name Distance Hotel Devin Bratislava Riecna 4 0.6 mi Situated on the banks of the river Danube and designed by Slovak architect Emil Belus, the Hotel Devin is less than one kilometer from Bratislava Castle.
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^ That being said, there is no more potent visual reminder in perhaps any other city of communisms destructiveness than Bratislavas New Bridge (Novy Most).
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1872 right, 1864-60 left.

By car

.Bratislava lies on the border of two other countries and has a relatively good road system.^ Its originality between capitals is that it borders with two countries – Austria (Vienna 60 km apart) and Hungary.
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^ It is located in southwestern Slovakia on both banks of the Danube River and is the only world capital that borders two countries: Austria and Hungary.
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^ Bratislava is connected to the capital cities of other European countries by a good network of motorways, which measures nearly 17,700 kilometres.

The town can be accessed by motorways (i.e. limited access highway) from northern Slovakia and Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary as well as Austria. As a result, you can pass the town without having to leave the motorway at all. .Together with countries like Austria and Czech Republic it's required to have a sticker on your windshield to drive on motorways.^ Bratislava is within an hour of three different countries - Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic.
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^ From Russia to the Baltics, Poland, Habsburg (Austria/Hungary/Czech Republic), Romania, Slovenia and Croatia - you can mix and match to create your ideal itinerary.
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^ Some examples of skansens include those in Zuberec, Ždiar and Svidník) Castles, castles, castles (Like the Czech Republic, Slovakia has many castles.

Stickers can be bought at any regular gas station - it's recommended to stop at the first gas station after crossing the border.
.After entering the city, a parking information system is in place to lead you to the next free parking spot.^ We have provided a extensive catalogue of down town flats so you can find a charming, hassle free place to stop while you explore Bratislava.
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^ Frances Antal says: January 21st, 2009 at 8:53 pm I would like some free information on any of the main cities in Slovakia.
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.In the center of town you either can use one of the paid underground garages or buy a parking card from vendors in yellow vests and try to find a free spot in the streets.^ We arrived on a sunny day and found a spruced-up Old Town, recently renovated with every cobble reset, the streets and squares a car-free zone.
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^ But be warned: if you try downing too much of the pungent local spirit Borovicka you may find yourself waking up somewhere other than you had planned!
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^ FREE HOT-SPOTS: - Cofee&Co - Obchodna street(Behind Crown Plaza Hotel) ...there is more coffe&co's around the town but i'm not sure if the others hase free wi-fi- - check more free hot spots in pubs here .

.The former is recommended on weekends as finding a parking place in the one-ways can turn into a real head breaking puzzle.^ At night, Bratislava turns into a party town and you will find a broad selection of venues to suit all tastes around the city centre.
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^ Plan a summer break to one of Europe's real beach beauties .
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^ One way is simply to find someone who is really good at it and improve your own skills.
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.If you do find a spot in the street and it's a weekday between 7AM and 5PM, a parking card may be necessary.^ But be warned: if you try downing too much of the pungent local spirit Borovicka you may find yourself waking up somewhere other than you had planned!
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^ You can easily find him on the corner of Panska and Rybarska brana streets.
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^ You may also find these same, or similar maps, at the U.S. Library of Congress .
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.You need them in the center of the city only, parking on the streets is free otherwise.^ Avion Shopping Park 1.8 km Polus City Shopping & Entertainment Center 2.6 km Aupark Shopping Centre 4.9 km .
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^ It is mainly a pedestrian-only area and this allows you to walk around at leisure exploring the streets, side alleys and squares.
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^ It may take only 30 minutes to get to the city center with local buses.Taxi - from airport to town center (ca.

You can purchase parking cards from vendors in yellow vests; they cost €0.70 and are valid for 60 minutes.
.It may be a good idea to leave the car at the Aupark parking lot which also serves as a "Park and Walk" facility for tourists (note that the indoor parking facilities as well as parts of the outdoor parking lot are closed from 11PM to 6AM, the rest of the parking space is free to use 24/7).^ Picture Page Grand Teton National Park - May 24 - 28, 2008, Group 1 .

^ Picture Page Grand Teton National Park - May 24 - 28, 2008, Group 2 .

^ Picture Page Grand Teton National Park - May 24 - 28, 2008, Group 3 .

.You can leave your car here and walk through the park and across the Danube to the city center, which is a 10 minute stroll, or just use public transportation.^ The castle is accessible by car (direction Karlova Ves and Devin), public transport (bus No.

^ Transport: Full 3 mounth ticket for city public transport is about 55 euro (means about 18,50 a mounth) I guess students has discount (I am not sure if 50% or less) (one ride ticket 50 cents - 15 minutes, 70 cents an hour) Taxi about 5 euro a drive 3 hours of fast train about 10 euro.

^ There is a huge shopping mall just opposite the hotel and it takes 20-30 minutes to get to the city centre by public transport or a taxi.
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.It is not recommended to leave the car in residential areas outside of the city center to avoid paid parking, as foreign cars may attract car thieves.^ Built in 2004, the intimate, 16-room Antares Hotel is located in a residential area, close to Bratislava's historical center.
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^ Avion Shopping Park 1.8 km Polus City Shopping & Entertainment Center 2.6 km Aupark Shopping Centre 4.9 km .
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^ If you are driving to Bratislava by car, then it is advisable to know the parking rules in the city, lest you take the risk of having your car towed away or your wheels clamped.

.Renting a car is also an option, especially if you are visiting destinations outside of Bratislava.^ Use our Bratislava Destination Guide or click on our Slovakia Country Guide or Slovakia Transportation Guide if you want to know more about travelling to beautiful Bratislava or Slovakia.

^ It is worth about one or two hours of your time when you visit Bratislava.

^ If you are planning to visit in the fall, you may want to consider enjoying the music festival of Bratislava.
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.All major rental companies have a stall at the airport but most have a city office as well.^ Still, telephone is one of the most important office tools and phone calls are an importance communication channel for many companies, which makes it important to make phone calls efficiently.
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By Bike

.Bratislava has nice surroundings for biking and an international bike route leads along Danube river.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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^ Bratislava’s location on the banks of the River Danube and at the crossroads of ancient trading routes right at the heart of Europe predestined it to become a meeting point of various cultures.

^ Bratislava Castle, the dominating landmark of the city, is situated on the hill overlooking the Danube River and the entire city.
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.The route from Austria via Bratislava down to Hungary is well marked but the town itself has not many biking routes and they are mostly ignored by car drivers.^ Pressburg aka ( Bratislava in Slovakian and Pozsony in Hungarian) - this town was in Hungary before WW 1 and was the capital of Hungary from 1541 (when the Turks captured Buda ) until 1784.
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^ Bratislava lies at the southwestern edge of Slovakia, a few minutes’ drive from Austria and Hungary.
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^ Bratislava to Austria : The railway connection between Bratislava and Vienna is perhaps the most important rail route.

.There are milions of ways though to bike in the Carpathian hills and along the rivers Danube and Morava.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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^ If travelling by train, you'll see vineyards on the slopes of the Little Carpathians, where they meet the Danube River.
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^ Bratislava Castle, the dominating landmark of the city, is situated on the hill overlooking the Danube River and the entire city.
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[13] Read some more in "Do" below.

Get around

.Generally, Bratislava is a walking city.^ Bratislava: Tour - Private - Walking City tour (4hrs) (Guide ) Lunch at leisure Dinner at leisure .
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^ These are general hotel policies for City Hotel Bratislava.
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.The center is very small and cosy and you can easily walk from one side to another in several minutes.^ You can enjoy very nice cheap country food in Bratislava , Halusky being one of the favourite..
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^ It is mainly a pedestrian-only area and this allows you to walk around at leisure exploring the streets, side alleys and squares.
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.The city center is a pedestrian area but be aware of cyclists and occasional cars that use to drive rather quickly in between the walking people and outdoor cafes.^ It is mainly a pedestrian-only area and this allows you to walk around at leisure exploring the streets, side alleys and squares.
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It is good place for a daytrip from Vienna. You can cover whole of Bratislava for only 2hours.
Nový most
Nový most
.If you need to travel outside of the center, use the trams or trolley buses if you need to get from one point to another quickly.^ This guide is best used one you have gained some knowledge of Slovak grammar.

^ This guide is best used once you understand at least some Slovak and need a very concise reference guide for Slovak grammar.

^ However, after a little practice in using this dictionary, you will have a good idea of which verb is perfective and which one isn't when you consult an entry.

.Bratislava has a rather good public transportation system although a lot of the vehicles are quite old.^ Fiscal Sustainability of the Public Healthcare System Ľubo KUCHTA University of Economics in Bratislava Did health reform in Slovakia change the outcomes in the right way?
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Buses tend to be the slowest means of transportation. Stops normally don't need to be requested unless stated otherwise - request stops are marked "zastávka na znamenie" at the bus stop sign as well as on electronic information displays in most buses/trams. Bus doors are opened by the driver; tram and trolleybus doors usually have to be opened by yourself by pushing a green or yellow button at the doors.
.As of January 2009, a single-journey ticket costs €0.50. It's valid for 15 minutes and you need to stamp a new ticket everytime you change bus/tram.^ Basic tickets cost SKK 14 (EUR 0.41) for journeys up to 10 minutes and SKK 18 (EUR 0.53) for journeys up to 30 minutes.

^ It is not necessary to mark another ticket if you need to change to another means of transport.

.There also is a transfer ticket available for €0.70, valid for 60 minutes on weekdays and 90 minutes on during weekends and holidays, which you can use for any number of travels within the specified time period.^ Hutterites were known to be in the following locations during the indicated time periods: 1526-1528 ...
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^ To travel free by public transport you can purchase Bratislava's official Bratislava City Card, the charges of which vary depending on the number of days you intend using it.

^ By the end of 2009 a new law on higher education is planned to be adopted in Slovakia that will enable students to use the credit transfer system to transfer among different schools within Slovakia during their studies.
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.If you are staying for a holiday, consider buying one from a choice of longer term tickets valid for 1, 2, 3 and 7 days for €3.50, €6.50, €8 and €12 respectively.^ The hotel creates the ideal atmosphere for a relaxing stay, no matter whether you are travelling on business or on holiday.
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^ Ensure you stay at one of the charming Hotels in Bratislava Old Town !
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You must validate your ticket in the validation machines on the bus/tram immediately after boarding (via any door). .When it comes to proving that you have not exceeded the time stated on your ticket (e.g.^ There are some fundamental things you should consider when putting together a blog that people are going to want to come back to time and time again.
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15 minutes on a 15-minute ticket), official schedule times are decisive - not actual travel times (do not give in to unfriendly ticket inspectors claiming the contrary). .You can find out the scheduled travel times in the left-most column of the schedules, left of the stop name or via the internet (see below).^ Easy Ways to Promote Affiliate Products By: Cal Drouin - Finally there is a way you can get your internet products seeing by millions of people.
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^ You see lovers together and it tears your inside out with envy.
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.Bus and tram drivers in Bratislava do not sell tickets, therefore you need to obtain a ticket prior to entering a bus or a tram.^ This Bratislava transportation page will tell you all you need to know about travelling in and around Bratislava.

^ It is not necessary to mark another ticket if you need to change to another means of transport.

^ If you are planning a hen night or hen weekend in Bratislava, you need to know that your hen weekend has great hen activities, excellent hen nightlife and superb hen weekend accommodation.
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.There are ticket vending machines at most stops in the town.^ The Slovakian ticketing system requires passengers to purchase tickets ahead of the journey either by using ticket machines at public transport stops or at newsstands.

.No bills or credit cards can be used at the machines (which can be quite frustrating if you need to buy a longer term ticket).^ Review the above list of our hostels in Bratislava and book cheap Bratislava hostels, budget hotels, B&B, Guesthouse, studio apartments and budget accommodation with no credit card charges and no booking fees.
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^ Payment: Your credit card must be provided online to secure this reservation, however no charges will be made by Expedia.
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^ It's better to use it in a classroom setting since some of the exercises are oral and you will need a teacher or fellow student to help you with exercises where you create your own dialogues.

.If you purchased a return ticket in Vienna, it also serves as a pass for all public transportation and does not need to be validated.^ This Bratislava transportation page will tell you all you need to know about travelling in and around Bratislava.

^ Bratislava is the most important traffic node of the Slovak Republic, for all forms of transport you can think of.

^ It is not necessary to mark another ticket if you need to change to another means of transport.

.Besides vending machines, tickets are also sold in many newsstands and - very conveniently for travellers arriving by train, late in the evening or at weekends - in railway stations at the ticket counters (ticket counter 16 at the main railway station).^ Bratislava Main Station Petrzalka railway station .
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^ The public tramline and bus line 61 connect the airport to the city centre and main railway station .

^ Night lines originate mainly at the main railway station.

.You can also purchase tickets for public transport in every tourist information bureau [14].^ You can also catch public transportation almost everywhere - schedules are easily understandable and written in minute intervals.
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^ However, if you choose to go elsewhere there is a good network of public transport systems, consisting of 11 tram lines (numbered 1 through 14) which operate chiefly around the city centre.

^ It is not necessary to mark another ticket if you need to change to another means of transport.

.Try asking for the Bratislava City Card [15] which combines a 1 to 3-day ticket with various discounts and is available at information bureaus.^ To travel free by public transport you can purchase Bratislava's official Bratislava City Card, the charges of which vary depending on the number of days you intend using it.

^ Short-term 15 day permits are also available.

^ Detailed schedules and fare information for public transportation in Bratislava are available in English at imhd.sk/ba .

There are 3 main interchange points in the close city center where you can get a bus or tram to nearly anywhere else:
  • Hodžovo námestie (Presidential palace) for northwest- and east-bound bus connections
  • Poštová (down the ped area below Hodžovo námestie) for trams
  • Nový most (close to St. Martin's Cathedral and the Danube banks) for trams and for west-bound buses as well as bus connections to Petržalka.
.Main tram, bus and trolley lines operate from 4:30AM until approximately 11:30PM. If you need to travel by bus at night, go to the main railway station which is the main night line interchange point or use the bus stops at Presidential palace (Hodzovo namestie).^ Night lines originate mainly at the main railway station.

^ This line also reaches the main railway station ZSR, the Slovak Republic railways.

^ The majority of buses, trolleys and trams operate from 6am until midnight, some beginning as early as 4:30am.

.All night lines have common departure times from the main railway station at 11:30PM and then every 60 minutes for every line and outbound direction until 3:30AM. Some lines have an extra outbound departure at midnight.^ Night lines originate mainly at the main railway station.

^ This line also reaches the main railway station ZSR, the Slovak Republic railways.

^ The majority of buses, trolleys and trams operate from 6am until midnight, some beginning as early as 4:30am.

.You will need a night ticket for €1.40 in night lines.^ It is not necessary to mark another ticket if you need to change to another means of transport.

When travelling by night lines, please remember that every stop needs to be requested. .Also note that especially the buses around midnight on Fridays and Saturdays tend to be very crowded on some lines as young people return from clubs.^ The majority of buses, trolleys and trams operate from 6am until midnight, some beginning as early as 4:30am.

.You can get all relevant information about public transportation in Bratislava including schedules, maps and an online route planner at imhd.sk [16].^ Detailed schedules and fare information for public transportation in Bratislava are available in English at imhd.sk/ba .

^ You will get more detailed information on historical sights of the city as well as on their accessibility and options of board and lodging, spending leisure time as well as on current events on http://www.bratislava.sk/ or in Bratislava Culture and Information Centre in Klobucnicka St. .

^ You can also catch public transportation almost everywhere - schedules are easily understandable and written in minute intervals.
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Although this is not the site of the transportation company, it always contains official and most up-to-date data.
If necessary, it is also possible to walk to Petrzalka station from the city (some 25 minutes). .The path is clearly marked now but note that Petržalka is just a little more than the biggest block flats housing estate in Central Europe.^ Welcome to ESLWorldWide.com ESLWorldWide.com provides travelers with over 10,000 accommodation choices in more than 140 cities across Europe and America.
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^ Now that you are training there are additional reasons to eat less and more carefully rather than eating without concern.
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^ Pumpkins are good more than just pie, and there are all kinds of wonderful options available.
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Head for the bridge with the UFO-like looking tower atop it (Nový most). .Once you reach the bridge, you will notice that there is a walkway running along the underside of it, for pedestrians.^ To reach Bratislava from Prague a motorway runs eastwards to Brno and then route E50 takes you further east to Trenčín, where you join motorway D1, which takes you to Bratislava.

^ It's located in the pedestrian area just few minutes far from Radisson (cross the square enter the pedestrian and you are there).
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.Once on the other side of Danube river, follow the right hand-side of the bridge with a walkway made of red paving.^ Passenger boats primarily use the port for excursion cruises to Devi, Hainburg, and Vienna on one side of the Danube and to Gabickovo and Budapest on the other.

This will lead you to the station. .Alternatively, you can walk through Bratislava's equivalent of the Central Park called Sad Janka Kráľa and visit Aupark Shopping Mall at the park.^ Avion Shopping Park 1.8 km Polus City Shopping & Entertainment Center 2.6 km Aupark Shopping Centre 4.9 km .
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^ Hotel Esprit Situated in the immediate vicinity of the Incheba exhibition centre and the Aupark shopping and entertainment centre, Bratislava's old town is quickly reachable from the stylish Hotel Esprit.
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Once exiting Aupark on the other side, turn right and follow the street to get to the pavement mentioned above. .The route is very safe during the day, but for typically western-looking tourists, it might be dangerous at night (although not more than in any other European "panelák" (see above) housing estate).^ On the other hand, this dictionary is more up-to-date than Šímko's work and its comprehensiveness is very useful.

^ Sirloin is a high quality cut, since the muscles are still doing a reasonable amount of work, giving it more flavor than other areas.
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^ The main result attempted that the measure of banking sector efficiency and technology suggests that competition in the credit markets in the Western and Central Eastern European countries may well be stronger than implied by present-day analysis.
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Take some guide, when needed. .If you want to walk from the station to the city, turn right outside of the station building and follow the path described above in reverse direction.^ At night, Bratislava turns into a party town and you will find a broad selection of venues to suit all tastes around the city centre.
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^ Also, it is only up to you whether you want a view of the River Danube or Bratislava Castle and the city centre.
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St. Martin's cathedral
St. Martin's cathedral
Franciscan church, interior
Franciscan church, interior
Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle
Historical building of the Slovak National Theater
Historical building of the Slovak National Theater
  • St. Martin's Cathedral (Dóm sv. .Martina) - the largest and one of the oldest churches in Bratislava, situated below Bratislava Castle.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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    ^ Bratislava Old Town One kilometre from Bratislava Castle Read description .
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    ^ Bratislava Castle City Museum Devin Castle Grassalkovich Palace St. Martin's cathedral The Blue Church Airports .
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    .The Gothic cathedral, formerly the coronation-church of several Hungarian kings, begun in 1204, and reconsecrated in 1445, was restored in 1861-80. The tower is surmounted by a pyramid bearing a gilded Hungarian royal crown.^ The Dome became the coronation church of Hungarian kings in the 16th century.
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    ^ Stephen’s Crown is a 1 meter high copy of the Hungarian royal crown placed on the church tower.
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    .Opened for visitors daily 9:00 - 11:30 and 13:00 - 17:00, except most Saturdays and all Sundays, until November 2009, entrance €2
  • Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad) - the castle itself is closed for renovation until 2011 but there is a good view from behind the rampart, entrance is free
  • The New Bridge (Nový most) - a bridge over the Danube river, with its flying saucer-shaped structure housing a restaurant called "UFO". There is an observation deck on its roof, open daily from 10:00 to 23:00, offering great view of the old town, as well as the apartment blocks in Petržalka.^ L. Svobodu (map) Panoramic views towards Bratislava Castle, the Danube and the bridges.
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    ^ The apartment is situated in a historical zone of Bratislava very close to Danube River.
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    ^ I missed that there even was a restaurant over there when I was in Bratislava .
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    .Entrance costs € 6.50, or free of charge if you eat in the restaurant.
  • Slavín - on the top of the hill behind the castle, overlooking the entire city, this is a monument in memory of Soviet casualties in the liberation battle of Bratislava in WW2. It is highest place of city, and thus best place for sightwieving.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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    ^ I had dinner at Slovenska Restauracia last night, probably the best traditional restaurant in the city.
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    ^ A historic and picturesque city that deftly blends old world charm and modern restaurants, bars and nightclubs, Bratislava is a top option for those after a unique and extremely reasonably priced Stag weekend.
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    Slavin actually is a cemetery and thus rather quiet with good outlook at the city. .On warm nights it's a very romantic place, allowing you to sit in the shadows of the monument and looking at the traffic below.^ You have to look at your traffic generation methods.
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    To get there, take trolleybus no. 203 from Hodžovo nám. .(in front of Grassalkovich Palace) in the direction Búdková and take off in 9 minutes at the last stop, then walk 500 m along Stará vinárska and then Pažického streets.^ The President Hotel is located in the centre of Bratislava, Slovakia, 100 metres from the presidential Grassalkovich Palace, 500 metres from the Old Town Hall, one kilometre from the t… .
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    Slavin is near an embassy district.
  • St. Clare's Church (Kostol sv. .Kláry) - a gothic church on Klariská street, in the historical centre; currently used as a concert hall
  • Church of the Annunciation (Kostol Zvestovania / Františkáni / Františkánsky kostol).
  • Church of the Holy Savior (Kostol Najsvätejšieho Spasitel'a)
  • Roland Fountain (Rolandova fontána) Built by stonecutter Andreas Luttringer and commissioned by Hungarian king Maximilian in 1527, this was the first fountain in Bratislava.
  • Primate's Palace (Primaciálny palác) - currently the seat of the Mayor of Bratislava
  • Old Town Hall (Stará radnica) next to Primate's Palace, on Primaciálne square 3 (the Old Town Hall and its museum are unfortunately closed for reconstruction until 2010)
  • Grassalkovich Palace (Grassalkovičov palác) or the Presidential Palace (Prezidentský palác) - a Rococo/late Baroque summer palace with a French garden, used as a seat of the President of Slovakia.^ The President Hotel is located in the centre of Bratislava, Slovakia, 100 metres from the presidential Grassalkovich Palace, 500 metres from the Old Town Hall, one kilometre from the t… .
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    ^ Primaciálny palác ( Primate’s Palace ) belongs to the most significant buildings in Bratislava.
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    ^ Several boat hotels line up along the Danube shore: Botel Gracia isn't the most updated, but it's the closest to the old-town centre.
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    .In one of the garden's alleys you will see a row of trees planted by famous people such as Juan Carlos I (King of Spain).^ Easy Ways to Promote Affiliate Products By: Cal Drouin - Finally there is a way you can get your internet products seeing by millions of people.
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    ^ If you think of a Mexican restaurant, and one of those plates so covered in food that you can't see the plate, you have the right idea.
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    In front of the Palace you will see the Slovak National Guard.
  • The Church of St. Elisabeth (Kostol svätej Alžbety), nicknamed The Blue Church (Modrý kostolík) - a beautiful Jugendstil church finished in 1913, a must see. .Located on Bezručova street.
  • Mirbach Palace (Mirbachov palác)
  • Palffy Palace (Pálffyho palác)
  • Academia Istropolitana is the oldest historic University in the area, which is now occupied by the state of Slovakia, from the 13 th century.
  • The historic building of the Slovak National Theatre (Slovenské národné divadlo) - the theatre was built in 1886 and is on Hviezdoslavovo square
  • Michael's Gate with Tower (Michalská brána)
  • Laurin's Gate (Laurinská brána)
  • Pharmacological Museum (Farmaceutické múzeum)
  • Slovak National Gallery (SNG) [17]
  • Bratislava City Gallery (GMB) [18]
  • Milan Dobes Museum [19] This small museum features modernist Op-art.^ Slovenské národné divadlo ( Slovak National Theatre ) is a building in Neo-renaissance style built between 1884 and 1886 that is situated on Hviezdoslavovo námestie (Hviezdoslavovo square).
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    ^ Slovak National Theatre 3.4 km Slovak National Theatre - historical building 4.4 km .
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    ^ Book now City Hotel Bratislava .
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    It lies in the city center and is recommended to all of you interested in the development of modern art.
  • Main Indoor Market (Tržnica at Trnavské mýto)
  • Slovak National Museum (SNM) [20]
  • Bratislava City Museum [21]
  • Chatam Sofer Mausoleum and the Jewish Cemetery [22] If you are interested in Jewish life in Bratislava.
  • The Slovak Radio Building (Slovenský rozhlas) - Its main building is a peculiar 60 meter high reversed pyramid from the communist era and a landmark in sharp contrast with the building of the Slovak National Bank just across the street.

Do

Take a stroll through the center of the town. .Bratislava has one of the smallest historical centers around but the charm is more concentrated.^ Built in 2004, the intimate, 16-room Antares Hotel is located in a residential area, close to Bratislava's historical center.
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The streets have been completely renovated over the last ten years, bringing life back here. .Since then a multitude of cafes, bars and restaurants of all kinds have opened here, accompanied by a few souvenir shops and fashion stores.^ Bars, restaurants, museums, shops are all just a few steps ...
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^ We are only few steps from the heart of the city: 10 minutes from the Main Square and 15 minutes from the Castle, tens of restaurants, clubs and shops are around.
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^ For more info on good restaurants, here's a few.
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.On warm days almost every cafe has an outdoor seating section in the street, bustling with life and giving the city a unique cozy feeling.^ Square is especially charming during the summer season, as it is full of outdoor cafe seating, market stools, and blooming trees.
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^ Most of the clubs are indoors but bars and pubs around the centre usually offer outdoor seating perfect for the warm evenings.
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.When it comes to sightseeing, Bratislava castle generally is a must but the castle itself is closed for renovation until 2011 and though the view from the ramparts are nice, you could try visiting the Slavin memorial for some really astounding views of the city.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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^ L. Svobodu (map) Panoramic views towards Bratislava Castle, the Danube and the bridges.
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^ Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport commonly known to millions as Bratislava Airport handles the domestic and international airline passengers coming to and leaving the city.
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It's a calm and romantic spot but beware, it can get really windy up there. Like the city castle, the City Museum located in the Old Town Hall is also closed for reconstruction until 2010. This prevents visitors from climbing up the steep stairwells of the clock tower or seeing the town's historical dungeons, an exhibition that was quite outdated but still scary in 2008.
In summer, you can also vist Bratislava Zoo [23], providing a nice walk between the animal enclosures, the latest addition being some rare white tigers. The facilities of the zoo are slowly being renovated to attract more visitors and the zoo is a favourite for families on sunny days. You can also go to the Botanical Gardens of Comenius University (Botanická 3, take trams No 1, 4, 5, 9 or 12 to stop Botanická záhrada) for quiet and peaceful strolls in this green space.
.For a relaxed afternoon in the park, head either to Sad Janka Kráľa park (on the right bank of the river Danube and next to Aupark shopping centre), one of the oldest parks in central Europe, relax at the embankments on both sides of the river or head to Horský park (Forest Park) north off Slavin memorial for a civilized stroll through the forest.^ Bratislava lies on both banks of the river Danube in southwestern Slovakia.
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^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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^ As the city lies in the heart of Europe on the bank of Danube River, it easily became a centre of trade and business meetings as much as of the centre of different cultures.
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There's a small café here as well as a pub, the latter mostly populated by students from the nearby campus. For a more outdoorsy experience, hop on bus No 203/213 to Koliba and walk up to Kamzík (takes about 30 minutes uphill) or try the newly renovated facilities of Partizánska lúka and Snežienka, all with extensive picknicking areas and loads of fireplaces for grilling. .The area is several kilometers long and you can either walk here from the terminal station of bus No 212 (Vojenska nemocnica) or take a bus to Patronka and use bus No 43 driving up the area and back every 15-30 minutes (depending on time of day/year as well as weather).^ This is the best price we've seen in the last 7 days for stays any time in the next 30 days.
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.Only cars with a permit can enter the area but there is a parking lot at the entrance, close to a bus stop.^ It's located in the pedestrian area just few minutes far from Radisson (cross the square enter the pedestrian and you are there).
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Snezienka's grass fields and the top of Kamzik hill are connected with a chairlift, operating Thursdays through Sundays and on holidays, the price for one ride being approx. €3 as of January 2009.
.In December, be sure to indulge in the scents and flavours of the traditional Christmas Market in front of Old Town Hall.^ Danubiana - Meulensteen Art Museum Farmaceutické Múzeum Main Indoor Market (Trznica at Trnavske Myto) Museum of Jewish Culture Old Town Hall Taste local foods like Richman, Halušky, Treska etc.
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^ The most important and according to many opinions the most beautiful building on the square is the Old Town Hall.
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The market - compared to the ones in Prague and Vienna - is smaller, but has a much friendlier, almost family-like atmosphere and feels much more traditional and less overtly commercialised than others in the region. The people of Bratislava love to meet here for a drink and a bite to eat; try the 'varene vino' (mulled wine).

Culture

.Bratislava is the home of the world famous Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra [24] so if you love classical music, you should consider attending one of the concerts in the historic Reduta building.^ TollFreeForwarding.com's easy-to-use Web site lets you forward calls from your Bratislava Local Number to any phone in the world.

^ Slovak National Theatre 3.4 km Slovak National Theatre - historical building 4.4 km .
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^ You are here: Home > Slovakia > 171 Hotels Bratislava > 60 Hotels City Hotel Bratislava .
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.For more cultural indulgence, the Slovak National Theatre [25] offers a wide selection on ballet, opera and theatre performances.^ You can see interesting Ballet or Opera performances there.
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^ Slovenské národné divadlo ( Slovak National Theatre ) is a building in Neo-renaissance style built between 1884 and 1886 that is situated on Hviezdoslavovo námestie (Hviezdoslavovo square).
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^ Slovak National Theatre 3.4 km Slovak National Theatre - historical building 4.4 km .
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.Although most of the activities have been moved to a city-district-in-the-making on the banks of the Danube, some performances are still being held in the historical theatre building, which gives them a unique feeling but a higher pricetag as well.^ As the city lies in the heart of Europe on the bank of Danube River, it easily became a centre of trade and business meetings as much as of the centre of different cultures.
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^ Slovak National Theatre 3.4 km Slovak National Theatre - historical building 4.4 km .
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.The old theatre building is right in the middle of the city at Hviezdoslavovo namestie.^ Slovenské národné divadlo ( Slovak National Theatre ) is a building in Neo-renaissance style built between 1884 and 1886 that is situated on Hviezdoslavovo námestie (Hviezdoslavovo square).
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The new theatre is accessible by bus No 88 from the Coach Terminal at Mlynske nivy (get off at Landererova) or by buses No 50, 70 and 78 (stop is called Wüstenrot). None of these stop directly at the theatre though, so you should count on a 5-10 minute walk from the bus stop to the theatre. You cannot miss the building as it is of unmistakably communist megalomaniac design covered in white marble. The entrance is facing the Danube so you need to walk around the building to get in. Note that the riverside is being developed currently and the whole area is one big - although very clean, hats off - construction site and will remain that way at least until end of 2009.
For museum-goers, Bratislava is the place to go, with some bigger and loads of small museums around town (see a listing here [26]). The most recommended ones are:
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  • Natural Science Museum, Vajanského nábrežie 2, phone {+4212}59349122 [27] - echoing the communist era, the natural science exhibitions have an interesting collection of artifacts and is slowly being transformed into a modern era exhibition,
  • National Museum at the foot of Castle Hill, Žižkova 14, phone {+4212} 59207273 [28] - a unique exhibition on ancient Egypt is being held here until end of August 2008, together with permanent archeological collections and more,
  • Bratislava Castle, phone {+4212} 54411444 [29] and the Museum of City History in the Old Town Hall, phone {+4212} 59205130 [30] - including the museums of history and music as well as the city dungeon and the exhibition on medieval justice are unfortuately both closed for renovation until 2011 and 2010 respectively,
  • Gerulata, Gerulatska ul.^ Bratislava Old Town One kilometre from Bratislava Castle Read description .
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    ^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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    ^ To other interesting things in the castle belong a collection of archeological findings, branch of Slovak National Museum that covers historical furniture, modern art and history.
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    [31] - this is an ancient Roman military camp with archeological findings on display. If you're into all things Roman, you should also consider a visit to the nearby Carnuntum [32] which has a large archeological site and is only a few minutes by car from Bratislava,
  • Museum of Transport, Šancová 1/a, phone {+4212} 52444163 [33] - with a display of historical vehicles, situated in the first railway station in the city, very close to the current Main Railway Station,
  • Museum of Trade, Linzbothova 16, phone {+4212} 45243167 [34] - this museum has some remarking pieces of historic advertising plates and other artifacts.
.For a taste of visual arts, pay a visit to the National Gallery [35] at the embankment between Stary most and Novy most with permanent collections of Slovak and European medieval art pieces, although the temporary exhibitions tend to be far more interesting.^ To other interesting things in the castle belong a collection of archeological findings, branch of Slovak National Museum that covers historical furniture, modern art and history.
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^ Slovenská národná galéria ( Slovak National Gallery ) .
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.Bratislava City Gallery [36] is also a good pick to see displays of historical fine arts, paintings and sculptures along with interesting temporary exhibitions.^ Arcadia Hotel is a haven of rest and relaxation nestled in the old quarter of Bratislava, near all of the citys main attractions and places of interest.
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^ To other interesting things in the castle belong a collection of archeological findings, branch of Slovak National Museum that covers historical furniture, modern art and history.
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^ Bratislava - the capital city of Slovakia with a population of 441,500 - See Pressburg.
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.If you like modern art better, pay a visit to the Danubiana Art Museum [37] on the southern edge of Bratislava but be aware that it is too far for a stroll, with little to no public transport connections, and is best reached by car or taxi.^ To other interesting things in the castle belong a collection of archeological findings, branch of Slovak National Museum that covers historical furniture, modern art and history.
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^ Address: P.O.Box 13, Bratislava 16 Tel: 00421/2/59 72 42 16 Danubiana Museum .
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^ Address: Meulensteen Art Museum Tel: 00421/903 605 505 Museum of Transport .
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.Every year in the weekend around April 24 Bratislava celebrates a festival called "Bratislava for All", giving locals and visitors alike the possibility to visit most of the facilities governed by the city for free or a reduced fee, this including most of the museums and galleries.^ Hop aboard one of our cheap flights to Bratislava and enjoy all that the capital city of Slovakia has to offer tourists.
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^ The city has really developed in the last couple of years, and asking around should get you some decent meals.
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^ BBL introduces the possibility of reorganization of firms, giving the creditors the final word about the future of the distressed business, but also creates room for opportunism of all agents.
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In May, the city's museums and galleries keep their gates open to visitors until late at night, this being called the "Night of Museums and Galleries".

Learn

Slovak is the official language of Slovakia and is the primary language used in Bratislava. .It is related to Czech and the two languages are mutually intelligible to a certain extent, leading some foreigners to assume incorrectly that they are dialects of each other.^ They also agreed to allow several tombstones to be erected in in the other two backyards.
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.Czech and Slovaks have historically been able to understand each other without the need of a translator, although young people in both countries have less exposure to each other's language nowadays and hence their understanding may no longer always be perfect.^ To other interesting things in the castle belong a collection of archeological findings, branch of Slovak National Museum that covers historical furniture, modern art and history.
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^ With this LingvoSoft smart dictionary software on your computer, you can easily switch between English and Yiddish, (or any one of many other languages) for prompt translations of 400,000 words both ways!
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^ Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.
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Russian is also understood quite well by the older generations, but few Slovaks will be pleased to be addressed in Russian. You will do better trying to speak English among the younger population, or in fact with almost anyone. However, learning to say some Slovak words (even if it's just a few phrases) will surely endear yourself to the locals. Try "Dobry Den (doh-bree dyen)," literally "good day" which is the universal greeting. To ask for something say "Prosim si... (pro-seem see)" or to say Please, simply "prosim" (pro-seem). Thank you is "Dakujem (dya-koo-yem)," or "Diki (dee-kee)" for short.

Work

.Slovakia is a member of the European Union, therefore, any citizen of a European Union country can work and live there without restrictions.^ Prior to WW II, there were some 150,000 Jews living in Slovakia .   The Slovakian government paid the Germans 500 marks per head for the 'privilege' of deporting their Jewish citizens to Nazi death camps.
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^ Therefore, performance management tools, which are considered to be highly effective in Western-Europe, could have a backfiring effect in Eastern European countries .
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^ Tax Determinants in EU Harmonizing Process Tom KERUĽ University of Economics in Bratislava European Union countries were considering harmonized tax system for quite some time.
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Buy

Tourists seeking duty-free goods should be warned to make their purchases before returning to the airport as duty-free goods available in the departure lounge are roughly double the cost of identical goods purchased in local supermarkets.
  • Shop in the large and expanding shopping malls - Aupark [38], Polus City Center [39], Avion [40], Shopping Palace [41] or Danubia [42].
The Paparazzi statue
The Paparazzi statue
Bryndzové halušky (small, spaetzle-like dumplings with sheep's cheese), potent garlic soup (but perhaps not on a date) and Slovak white wine (due to its cooler climate, Slovakia's reds pale in comparison with some of Europe's other offerings). Schnitzels, goulashes and other typically Central European foods. Fresh vegetables are more common here thanks to the large amount of land given over to agriculture.
.Drink and eat in one of the many restaurants in Old Town.^ The most important and according to many opinions the most beautiful building on the square is the Old Town Hall.
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Try Prašná Bašta [43] for tasty meals, Pizza Mizza [44] for the biggest pizza in town or Paparazzi [45] for classy (and expensive) Italian meals. Paparazzi's customers, appropriately enough, are under constant surveillance by a statue of a man equipped with a camera at the ready. San Marten is another restaurant with great food and excellent service at affordable prices. .For good and reasonably priced halušky, the unique Slovak national meal, visit the 1st Slovak Pub [46] in Obchodna street.^ Flexibility, warm welcome, reasonable prices, good service, nice interior .
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.There are a large number of restaurants in the centre of Bratislava in all price ranges so there are plenty to choose from.^ I missed that there even was a restaurant over there when I was in Bratislava .
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.Interestingly, it is rather hard to find a Slovak restaurant among all the Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Indian and other eateries, so if you are looking for a real Slovak meal, head either to the Slovak Pub or the fancy and expensive Slovak Restaurant in Hviezdoslavovo square [47], the former being the better pick in terms of pricing and atmosphere, the latter in terms of food.^ Mind you - Slovaks like Slovak food.
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^ The reasoning being that Italian restaurants are more sympathetic to vegetarians in the former Austria- Hungary and I have a (crazy) theory that a number of them are run by citizens of the former Venetian empire (present day Croatia, Slovenia, Trieste - who may or may not be ethnically Italian, but certainly cook like they are and the food is usually good!
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^ To other interesting things in the castle belong a collection of archeological findings, branch of Slovak National Museum that covers historical furniture, modern art and history.
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A very new addition is the Pressburg restaurant in Michalska street [48], completing the Slovak trio with prices in the mid-range or slightly above.
Of course, junk food can be found in Bratislava, too. Try Bratislava's special form of junk food - a richman which is a big bread roll filled with cabbage and cheese and/or meat with mayonnaise. .Richman stands can be found on Kamenné námestie, in front of the Tesco building, and in Safarikovo square.^ Slovenské národné divadlo ( Slovak National Theatre ) is a building in Neo-renaissance style built between 1884 and 1886 that is situated on Hviezdoslavovo námestie (Hviezdoslavovo square).
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.You can also try a sub sandwich from one of the many cafeterias in the city, a good one is found in Šafárikovo namestie.^ You can try one of these on BratislavaHotels.com .
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Another excellent cafeteria is on Zelená Ulica between Ventúrska Ulica and Hlavné námestie. A big sandwich, a bageta (from the French baguette) with cheese, ham and eggs would cost you about €1.50.
Another specialty in Bratislava (but also available in other regions of Slovakia) is treska. It is a cold salad made of Codfish with mayonnaise. There are vegetables like onions and carrots in the salad too. It has a very distinct taste, somewhere between sour and bitter - you should try it! You can buy it fresh in most "Lahôdky" shops, which means something like "delicacies", but generally stands for old-fashioned fast food shops - they sell salads, soups, etc instead of hamburgers or French fries. Treska tastes very good with rolls. If you like the taste of Treska, you can also buy it packed to take home.
If you're low on cash and want to self-cater, there's a huge Tesco supermarket on Kamenné námestie (at the junction of Štúrova and Špitálska) directly in the city. You could easily have lunch consisting of a couple of bread rolls, ham, cheese, fruit and maybe a cake or two, for three or four Euros. New American-type shopping malls with big cinemas and of course food courts within reach of the centre are Aupark on the right bank of the Danube (next to Sad Janka Kráľa park, some 10 minutes from St. Martins's Cathedral) and Polus City Center on Vajnorská Street to the north of the city (some 10-15 minutes from the city by tram).
For a special dining experience, take a cab to the TV tower on Kamzik and have a lunch at Veza restaurant [49]. .It has a slowly rotating floor enabling you to see a 360 degree view of the city and its surrounding.^ You need to have cookies enabled to view the site .
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Be sure to call in first though as the mechanism is very old and often broken. You also get a nice view and can meet some local celebrities at the übercool and very expensive UFO restaurant and disco [50] on top of Novy most bridge.
In December, don't miss the Christmas market in front of the Old Town Hall. The traditional foods of the Christmas market are roasted beef or chicken sandwich burgers ("ciganska pecienka") with mustard and onions, wheat flour tortillas ("loksa") with various fillings ranging traditionally from plain ones with goose fat, with garlic or goose liver to poppy seed, nut or chocolate. Bread with pork fat and onions is also popular. You can wash down the food with a cup of red or white mulled wine or a small cup of honey wine.

Drink

Try Kofola, a Slovak & Czech soft drink with a similar colour to Coca Cola, but lower in sugar and caffeine (and carbonation). Some places serve "draft Kofola" which indeed is draft from a barrel in a way similar to beer (until recently it was actually co-produced by a Bratislava brewery). Some Slovaks say draft Kofola is even better than the bottled version and that it is best enjoyed outside in the sun, for example after a hike or a bike or rollerblade ride. Kofola is a popular alternative to beer if you want to hang out but don't want to drink alcohol. Vinea is another genuine Slovak soft drink made from grapes, offered both in "white" (green grapes) and "red" varieties (red grapes) and even in a rather sweet and maybe not-so-tasty "soft" version without carbon dioxide.
There are quite a few Slovak beer brands, e.g. Zlatý bažant, Šariš, Smädný Mních and Topvar. .Stein beer is a local Bratislava variety which until very recently was brewed practically in the city centre.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
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.The best pubs offering Slovak beers can be found in the Old Town: Kristian in Michalska street, Bar Parada in Hviezdoslavovo square, or AeroPressoDepresso in Venturska street.^ Hlavné námestie ( The Main Square ) is considered to be the real heart of the Old Town.
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^ The Hotel Michalska Brana occupies a renovated 600-year-old property located on a pedestrianised street in the centre of Bratislava, 200 metres from the Old Town Square and 1.5 kilometr… .
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^ The most important and according to many opinions the most beautiful building on the square is the Old Town Hall.
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All of them are quite cheap (about 1 EUR per half-liter glass of beer).
  • Camouflage, Ventúrska 1, +421 220 922 711 (, fax: +421 220 922 912), [51]. Try this place for cocktails and enjoy the modern ambience. approx 5,15 EUR/drink.  edit
  • Grandes Melones, Laurinska 3, +421 254 418 211, [52]. M-Thu noon-1:30AM F-Sat noon-2AM Sun 2PM-1:30AM. Great for cocktails. Friendly staff and air conditioning. Don't be put off by the name, you could spend days in this place. around 170 SKK.  edit
  • Sparx, Cintorínska 32, +421 903 403 097, [53]. M-W 11AM-Midnight, Thu 11AM-1AM, F-Sat 11AM-4AM, Sun closed. Popular club in the old town. Beer from 1,65 EUR.  edit
.Also worth a mention GMT bar, very nice cocktail menu with waitress service if you can find a table.^ You can enjoy very nice cheap country food in Bratislava , Halusky being one of the favourite..
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^ You won't find elevated cuisine here, but you will be served good stick-to-your-ribs food at a very decent price.
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Ensure you wear a shirt at the weekends!

Gay/Lesbian

Although some cafes are considered gay inclusive, there are three bars dedicated to the gay and lesbian crowd in Bratislava, all of them in the city center, close to the Presidential Palace:
  • Apollon Gay Club on Panenska 18 (the entrance is in the dooryard of a townhouse), +421 915 480 031, [54].
  • Krater on Vysoka 14 (at the crossing behind Tatra Banka and Volksbank). The bar has been reopened (Jun/2009).
  • 4 Pink's on Hurbanovo namestie (opposite Holy Trinity Church). The bar opened early August 2006 and is not really known yet.

Sleep

Accommodation prices usually do not include city tax. For the year 2009 the city tax is €1.65/person/night. Students up to age 26 and youths up to 18 do not need to pay city tax.
  • Paddler Hostel** [55], Botanická 7, phone +421-2-20602020. New opened in May 2009, situated at Danube river shore, 6 minutes to center, ...a better hostel standard. Breakfast included in price, free parking next to house. Ask for your best price!
  • Downtown Backpackers Hostel [56], Panenská 31, phone +421 2 5464 1191. Dorms from €11.90 per night per person, double rooms from €28.90 per night per person. .18 minutes walk from the central station.
  • Hostel Blues, Špitálska 2, +421 905 20 40 40, [57], great central location and dorm beds from €12.90/person per night.
  • Patio Hostel, Špitálska 35, tel.^ Group: participating member Posts: 1,625 Joined: 02-August 03 Location: Minneapolis, MN Posted 20 October 2005 - 12:56 PM .
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    ^ Address: Botanická 25 Tel: 00421/908 567 092 Patio Hostel .
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    ^ Address: Pražská 15 Tel: 00421/2/20 63 40 01 Hotel Tatra .
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    +421 2 529 257 97, [58]. .Close to Kamenne namestie and the city center
  • City Hostel, Obchodná 38. Very centrally located on a minor shopping street.
  • Pension Gremium
  • Hotel Junior [59], Drieňova 14, phone +421 2 4333 8000. Double rooms from € €56.43 per room per night.
  • Hotel Rapid
  • Sport
  • Hotel Turist Bratislava, Ondavska 5, phone +421 2 5557 2789 or 5541 0509, fax +421 2 5557 3180, Email: hotel@turist.sk, [60].^ (US$183 per room per night) .
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    ^ (US$78 per room per night) .
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    ^ (US$43 per room per night) .
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    .Double rooms at €17 per person, triple rooms at €14 per person, near Ice rink (Zimny Stadion), 10 minutes by bus to city center.^ Dates of Life Born: Castle Bruille near Binche / Hennegau / Austrian Netherlands, 14.10.1733 Died: Vienna, 21.07.1798 .
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    €28/34/42. .(singles/doubles/triples)
  • Bernolák Hostel Bernolákova 1, phone: +421 2 5249 7184. This 12-story tall hostel is located near the city center and offers clean, comfortable beds starting at around 130 Sk, or about 5 USD.
  • Hostel Juraj, Karpatska 28, phone: +421 902 305711, [61].^ Hotel Turist offers comfortable accomodation for favourable price in 99 single, double and triple rooms, which are equipped with bathroom, toilet, TV with satellite programs and fridge.
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    ^ The Hotel Kyjev is located in the city center of Bratislava, Slovakia, in Central Europe.
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    A small cozy hostel located really close to train station and less than a 15 minute walk from the city center. Juraj, the owner, is a really friendly man who speaks amazing English and will pick you up from the train station, offer to do your laundry, and provide a great atmosphere. Beds 16,50 EUR per night.
  • Hostel Possonium, Šancová 20, +421 2 2072 0007, [62].
.If all youth hostels are booked up don't hesitate to ask if they know of any alternative accommodation, on arrival in Bratislava we could not find a bed, but the Downtown Backpackers Hostel sorted us out with accommodation which is usually a student flat but was being rented out to backpackers during the summer season for €18 a night for a double room.^ Square is especially charming during the summer season, as it is full of outdoor cafe seating, market stools, and blooming trees.
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^ Weekend Offer min stay 2 nights - Double Room .
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^ US$ 58 Booking.com Show prices from all 2 websites » Hide prices Update Price 13 rank .
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  • Hotel Echo [63]Prešovská 39 +421255569170
  • Hotel Holiday Inn [64]
  • Hotel Kyjev, Rajska 2, phone +421 2 5964 2211 or 5964 2213, fax +421 2 5292 6820, rezervacia@kyjev-hotel.sk, [65].^ Address: Prešovská 39 Tel: 00421/2/55 56 91 70 2 star Hotels .
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    ^ BAJKALSKA 25/A (map) Hotel Holiday Inn is located in business district of Bratislava, only a few minutes away from the...
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    ^ Address: Tomášikova 34 Tel: 00421/2/48 20 65 22 Hotel Echo .
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    Double rooms range between 1800-2200 SK (ca. €60) with a big breakfast buffet, city center location, just a short walk from the Old town. This was the choice hotel of Soviet dignitaries in the past. .It has seen better days, but the Soviet atmosphere and the strange quirks (like the old bulletholes in the door of room 1205) make it well worth a stay, just for the experience.
  • Botel Marina, +421 (2) 5464 1804, [66].
  • Venturska Residence, [67], Venturska 3, phone +421 2 5441 1240, Email: residence@venturskaresidence.com The newly refurbished holiday apartments located in the very heart of the Old Town.^ Several boat hotels line up along the Danube shore: Botel Gracia isn't the most updated, but it's the closest to the old-town centre.
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    ^ This is the best price we've seen in the last 7 days for stays any time in the next 30 days.
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    ^ Hlavné námestie ( The Main Square ) is considered to be the real heart of the Old Town.
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    .Rates starting at EUR 68.-- per night.
  • Aston Business Hotel, [68].
  • Apartments Bratislava,[69], mobile +421 918 397924, Email:info@apartmentsbratislava.com.^ Aston Business Hotel .
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    ^ Set your Bratislava Local Numbers to "ring to" your hotel, office, or even your mobile phone.

    Fully equipped modern apartments for short term stay. .Efficient alternative of hotel accommodation in Bratislava Old Town.^ In the Old Town there is quite an exclusive hotel.
    • Bratislava (Merged topics) - eG Forums 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC forums.egullet.org [Source type: General]

    ^ Old City Hotel Bratislava .
    • Bratislava Hotels: Compare Bratislava Hotel Deals - Wego.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.wego.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    Price from 49EUR/night/apartment.
  • Albrecht, Mudronova 82, [70]. .Five star design hotel with 12 rooms and suites nestled on hill above Bratislava castle and Old Town.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    ^ Nestled in the heart of Bratislava, the Radisson SAS Carlton Hotel has excellent neighbors includ...
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    ^ Address: Pri Starom mýte 1 Tel: 00421/2/49 10 12 55 City Hotel Bratislava .
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    .The Albrecht features flagship restaurant and lounge bar as well as lavish urban spa - unique of it's kind in Bratislava.
  • Arcadia, Františkánska 3, [71]
  • Crowne Plaza (former Forum)
  • Danube
  • Hotel Devín, Riečna 4, [72].^ Bulharska 72 HOTEL PLUS is located in the suburbs of Bratislava, with a good connection to the downtown.
    • Bratislava, Slovakia Hotels - Yahoo! Malaysia Travel 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC malaysia.travel.yahoo.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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    ^ HODZOVO NAMESTIE 2 (map) Crowne Plaza Bratislava the best hotel in Bratislava takes pride in representing the young, upcom...
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    ^ Address: Tobrucká 4 Tel: 00421/2/57 78 46 00 Hotel Crowne Plaza .
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    4 star traditional hotel with 100 rooms and suites. .Located in the historical centre of Bratislava, walking distance to all main attraction.^ Located in a peaceful, green and residential setting and offering superb views of Bratislava's historical city centre, the 4 star MaMaison Residence Sulekova offers guests first class apartment accommodation in a relaxing home from home env...
    • Bratislava Hotel Deals and Offers - Otel.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.otel.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Apollo Hotel is located in the wider centre of Slovakia's capital Bratislava.
    • Bratislava Hotel Deals and Offers - Otel.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.otel.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Zamocka 38 (map) The Ibis Bratislava hotel is ideally located in the city centre and easily accessible by public t...
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    .It provides accommodation, restaurant, conference services and relaxation center with pool.
  • Hotel Perugia, near the main square, [73].
  • Marroll's, Tobrucka 4, phone +421 2 57784600, [74].
  • Radisson SAS Carlton, [75].
  • Michalská Brána, in the very city center - no car access, [76].
  • Hotel Hradná Brána, Slovanské nábrežie 15, phone +421-2-601 025 11, [77].^ Tobrucka 4 (map) The Hotel Marrols is the only boutique hotel in the city.
    • Bratislava, Slovakia Hotels - Yahoo! Malaysia Travel 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC malaysia.travel.yahoo.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel Bratislava is located in the heart of Bratislava opposite the National Opera and Philharmony, close to the business and embassy area.
    • Bratislava Hotel Deals and Offers - Otel.com 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.otel.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Address: Laurinská 17 Tel: 00421/2/25 98 98 111 Hotel Radisson SAS Carlton .
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    .First class, newly opened hotel has a panoramic view over the vivid omination of Devín castle.^ L. Svobodu (map) Panoramic views towards Bratislava Castle, the Danube and the bridges.
    • Bratislava, Slovakia Hotels - Yahoo! Malaysia Travel 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC malaysia.travel.yahoo.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    It provides accommodation, restaurant, congressional and relaxation services.

Contact

Telephone

When making international calls, you need to dial 00, then the country code of the country you are calling. .The international code of Bratislava is +421 2, the national one is 02. You don't need to use any of these when making local calls.^ You can enjoy very nice cheap country food in Bratislava , Halusky being one of the favourite..
  • Bratislava (Merged topics) - eG Forums 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC forums.egullet.org [Source type: General]

^ You can try one of these on BratislavaHotels.com .
  • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

There mostly are cardphones in phone booths, coin phones are located e.g. in front of the telecoms office (T-Centrum) on Namestie SNP (Dunaj department store) or at Kolarska ulica. You can purchase phone cards at most newspaper kiosks and in any of the T-Centers.
Phone numbers beginning with 090, 091 or 094 are mostly mobile numbers. All of Bratislava is covered with a GSM network, the operators being Orange[78], T-Mobile[79] and O2[80]. .In parts of Bratislava (mostly up on the hills), mobile phones sometimes switch to Hungarian or Austrian providers, so it is better to check the network name before dialing.^ During the centuries Bratislava castle was ruined by Celts, Romans, Germans, Slavs, Austrians and Hungarians.
  • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

For best mobile roaming rates, check [81].

Internet

You can use internet for free at the information bureau in the old town.
There are several internet cafes in the city, most of them hidden. .You can try to get to one of the internet access portals in the T-Centrum on Namestie SNP or in Aupark Shopping Center.^ You can try one of these on BratislavaHotels.com .
  • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

If you have a notebook computer, you can use multiple wireless hotspots throughout the city. Some of them are paid and you need to obtain a user name and password [82] in order to use them. Some hotels, cafes and restaurants provide free Wi-Fi to their customers. .Besides that, the heart of the city center (Hlavné námestie, Františkánske námestie, Primaciálne námestie) is covered by a small public wireless network provided by the city council and this is free to use.^ Hlavné námestie ( The Main Square ) is considered to be the real heart of the Old Town.
  • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

There are also other places with free Wi-Fi throughout the city. A full list of these can be found on the website of the Slovak Telecoms Office [83].

Stay safe

Bratislava is generally very safe by European and American standards, safer than most Western European cities, because it is quite small and the crime rate is low. There is a significant police presence in the city, especially the historical parts, and it is generally not a problem to walk through the city at night. However, walking alone in the suburbs after dark - like anywhere else in the world - is not recommended.
  • The castle Červený kameň [84] is located about 30 km north-east of Bratislava; it can be reached by bus from Mlysnke Nivy bus terminal.
  • Do like the locals and hike in the Small Carpathians mountain range. Bratislava lies on the southeast slopes of these mountains. Hiking routes are well indicated.
  • Visit the Small Carpathians Wine Region; on the southern slopes of the Small Carpathians there are extensive vineyards and typical wine villages and towns like Rača, Pezinok or Modra. .If you are more interested in local wines, follow the Little Carpathians Wine Route.
  • Visit Cachtice castle, associated with the blood-thirsty deeds of countess Bathory.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    It is a large and picturesque ruin set on a hilltop above the small village of Visnove. .Take the train north from Bratislava to Nove Mesto nad Vahom (75 minutes), and then change to a small local train for the short journey west to Visnove (15 minutes).
  • The Mutěnice Wine Region near the Slovak border in the Czech Republic is well worth a weekend visit.^ The 'Slovak Pub' is also well worth a visit for a drink.
    • Bratislava (Merged topics) - eG Forums 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC forums.egullet.org [Source type: General]

    ^ UBYTOVNA STAR BRATISLAVA STARA IVANSKA CESTE capital of Slovak republic tower restaurant bajkalska the capital city of Slovakia bratislava is capital city of slovakia Hotel Avion ul Ivanska cesta 15 Capital one Bajkalská 2 capital city bratislava Copyright © 2008-2010 Slovak-Republic.org .
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    It has some of the best wine in the Czech Republic and many great small cellars to visit. .You'll need to take a train to Břeclav and then from there to Hodonín.
  • Take the train to Trencin (one hour and forty minutes), a Slovak town to the north of the capital with a towering hill-top castle and a picturesque old town centre spread out below it.
  • The Carnuntum archaeological park [85] is located 25 km from Bratislava, across the Austrian border.^ Bratislavský hrad ( Bratislava Castle ) is situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathians in the centre of the city and is overlooking the river Danube.
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    ^ I hope cetainly that you'll not try to "fuse" old fashioned slovak central european cooking with kaffir lime leaves laugh, ok i won't!!!
    • Bratislava (Merged topics) - eG Forums 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC forums.egullet.org [Source type: General]

    ^ It is simply the best place for relaxing and taking in the amazing atmosphere of the old town.
    • Bratislava, the capital city | Slovak-Republic.org 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC www.slovak-republic.org [Source type: News]

    .The site offers the chance to see the excavations of an ancient Roman city.^ The Radisson had an incredibly low priced internet offer of about 80 euros a double - hence the chance to see how the other half lives.
    • Bratislava (Merged topics) - eG Forums 19 January 2010 9:53 UTC forums.egullet.org [Source type: General]

    It is worth a one-day visit together with a stop in the old walled city of Hainburg, the first major town in Austria after crossing the Slovak border.
  • Lednice-Valtice in the south-eastern corner of the Czech Republic is a UNESCO World Heritage site containing one of Europe's largest Palacial parklands.
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English

Etymology

From the name of Prince Bräslav.

Proper noun

Bratislava
  1. The capital of Slovakia.
  2. The region of Slovakia that includes the city of Bratislava.

Synonyms

  • Pressborough
  • Pressburgh

Derived terms

Translations


Bosnian

Proper noun

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  1. Bratislava

Croatian

Proper noun

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  1. Bratislava

Czech

Proper noun

Bratislava f.
  1. Bratislava

Estonian

Proper noun

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  1. Bratislava

Serbian

Proper noun

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Cyrillic spelling


Slovak

Etymology

From the name of Prince Bräslav.

Proper noun

Bratislava f. (hypothetically, Bratislavy pl.)
Bratislav stem
(hypothetically, Bratisláv gen pl.)
declension pattern žena
  1. Bratislava

Simple English

Bratislava
Bratislava Old Town at night from Petržalka
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Nickname(s): Beauty on the Danube
Location of Bratislava within Slovakia
Coordinates: 48°08′41″N 17°06′46″E / 48.14472°N 17.11278°E / 48.14472; 17.11278
Country Slovakia
Region (kraj) Bratislava Region
Districts Bratislava I-V
City parts
First mentioned 907
Government
 - Type City Board
 - Mayor Milan Ftáčnik
Elevation -93 m (382.5 - 1,560.4 ft)
Population (31/12/2005)
 - City 455,155
 Metro 859 578
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal Code 8XX XX
Area code(s) 562000
Website www.bratislava.sk
Pearl of The Danube River

Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. About 450,000 people live there. It used to be called Pressburg (German) or Pozsony (Hungarian) and by some other names. Bratislava is the seat of national government, the presidency, and the parliament. It has several museums, galleries and of other educational, cultural and economic institutions.

There is a small Old Town, and a castle called Bratislavský Hrad. The Danube river goes through Bratislava.

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Etymology

Bratislava had many names through its history. Here are some of them:

  • German: Preßburg (now spelled Pressburg)
  • Slovak: Prešporok, from German name
  • Hungarian: Pozsony (still used today by Hungarians)
  • Greek (medieval): Istropolis (meaning the Danube City)
  • Latin: Posonium
  • English: Pressburg(h)/Pressborough

and many others.

Geography

Bratislava lies at an extreme south-west of Slovakia, on the borders with Austria and Hungary, and not far from the Czech Republic border. It lies on the Morava and Danube rivers.

History

People have lived here since the Neolithic age. The Celts inhabited this area from 400 BC-50 BC. The Roman Empire set up border military camps near Bratislava from the 1st century until the 5th century, for example "Gerulata". The Slavs started moving here from the 6th century. Bratislava was part of the Slavic empire called Great Moravia in the 9th century. From the second half of the 10th century until 1918, it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, with some exceptions. It was even capital of the Kingdom between 1524 and 1830/1848. After the World War I ended in 1918, it was part of newly founded Czechoslovakia until 1939, when it became capital of World War II Slovak Republic until 1945. After 1945, it was part of Czechoslovakia again, becoming capital of Slovak Socialist Republic (which was still part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968. After the event called Velvet Divorce, when the Czechoslovakia broke up, Bratislava became capital of Slovakia.

Sightseeing

File:Hlavne
Main square in the Old Town

List of notable structures:

  • Bratislava Castle
  • St. Martin's Cathedral
  • Primate's Palace
  • Bratislava town hall
  • Michael's Gate
  • Grassalkovich Palace
  • Nový Most (New Bridge)
  • Kamzík TV Tower
  • Devín Castle

Economy

Economy of Bratislava is prosperous and based on automobile industry, chemical industry and services. The unemployment (people without work) is lowest in Slovakia (around 2%, compared to the national average 7%). Approximately 250,000 people from all over the Slovakia travel to Bratislava for work.

Transport

[[File:|thumb|right|250px|Motorway D1 in Bratislava]] Position of Bratislava made it a natural crossroads for international traffic. It is a motorway junction, rail junction, has its own international airport. The international river traffic passes along the Danube through Bratislava, with its own river port.

Bratislava has its own public transport system, with buses, trams and trolleybuses.

Territorial division

Bratislava is divided into 5 national districts and 17 city parts:

  • District I: Staré mesto (Old Town)
  • District II: Ružinov, Vrakuňa, Podunajské Biskupice
  • District III: Rača, Nové mesto (New Town), Vajnory
  • District IV: Karlova Ves, Dúbravka, Devín, Devínska Nová Ves, Záhorská
  • District V: Petržalka, Jarovce, Rusovce, Čunovo

Further it is divided into 20 cadastral areas, which are identical with the city parts with 2 exceptions:

  • Nové mesto = Nové mesto + Vinohrady
  • Ružinov = Ružinov + Nivy + Trnávka

Twin towns

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Bratislava districts

Pictures

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