Bratislava is the only capital in the world located on the border of three sovereign states – Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. Besides its strategic location on the River Danube, the city takes pride in its rich history. On the river Danube, you can also enjoy an area called Wild water and try rafting, surfing and many more.
For 247 years was Bratislava the capital of the Hungarian Kingdom (1536 – 1783) and for 267 years also the coronation city (1563 – 1830). After the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Bratislava started to profile as a modern European metropolis and an attractive tourist destination.If you would like to know how Bratislava was before 1989, visit the AuthenticSlovakia website.
Bratislava is in the heart of Europe and is 65 km far from Vienna, 200 km from Budapest and 330 km from Prague.
What to visit in Bratislava
There is a wonderful view of the city and the neighbouring countries from its 47-metre-high crown tower in which royal coronation jewels used to be deposited.
St. Martin’s Cathedral
A three-nave Gothic church from the 15th century and the former coronation church. A gilded replica of the coronation crown fixed on the top of the cathedral tower at a height of 85 metres and weighing 150 kg reminds of this glorious age.
Old Town Hall
After climbing up the narrow stairs leading to its 45-metre-high tower, you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the Old Town.
A Classicist palace built in the 18th century in which the Peace of Pressburg was signed after Napoleon’s victory at the Battle of Austerlitz between the representatives of the French and Austrian emperors.
The only preserved gate of the city fortification system dates back to the 14th century. The upper terrace of its 51-metre-high.
The St. Elizabeth’s church built in the Art Nouveau style at the beginning of the 20th century is remarkable for the blue colour of its façade made with attention to detail with often use of mosaic.
Since 1996, it serves as the seat of the President of the Slovak Republic. It is Rococo summer palace from the 18th century.
The castle ruin, built on a high rock towering above the confluence of the Danube and Morava
rivers, is one of the most important historical and archaeological localities in Central Europe.
Look out over the rivers from Devín Castle
The permanent exhibition of the Jewish Community Museum is installed upstairs and is open to the public during the summer season.
The largest war memorial in Central Europe is thanks to its height of 52 metres one of the dominating features of the city skyline. It is the burial ground of 6845 soldiers of the Soviet army who died during the liberation of Bratislava in World War II.
Don’t forget to see also statues of Schöne Náci who was famous local eccentric living in Bratislava
the first half of the 20th century. Thanks to his elegance and kind-heartedness he was an integral part of the hue of the Bratislava promenade and its cafes. Visit also Rubberneck – a bronze figure of a man peeking out from under a manhole cover is undoubtedly the most photographed statue in the city. And another statue of Napoleonic soldier which commemorates the siege of Bratislava by Napoleon in 1805 and 1809.
Just open the door to Bratislava and you will find people with warm heart, restaurant with good food, good wine, traditional crafts and much more.
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This article was in partnership with Visit Bratislava