Bratislava is Slovakia's largest city and capital; it has around 429,000 citizens. Bratislava is located in the west of the country and is situated on both banks of the river Danube. It is only 60 km away from the Austrian capital Vienna.
The city can trace its history back to Roman times when it was a part of the frontier. It has been heavily influenced by many people of different nations, namely the Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Jews who have settled in the city at various times. As a result there is plenty for the visitor to experience.
Places to visit in Bratislava
Bratislava Castle - situated high above the city this castle has been redeveloped many times since the 12th century. The current castle was rebuilt forty years ago after falling into disrepair - it is in the baroque style of the Queen Maria Theresa period.
Devín Castle - is a ruined 8th century fortress on the border between Slovakia and Austria.
Old Town - is a small area around the castle with narrow streets and plenty cafes and restaurants.
Bratislava Old Town Bratislava Castle
The Grassalkovich Palace - is a palace in Bratislava and the residence of the president of Slovakia. It is situated next to the Summer Archbishop's Palace.
St Martin's Cathedral - 14th century cathedral where 11 monarchs have been crowned.
Hviezdoslavovo Namestie - is the main pedestrian square in Bratislava.
Slovak National Gallery - wide range of paintings and drawings.
Hlavne nam - is a major square with lots of cafes and a good place to watch the city go by.
UFO bridge - The new bridge has a UFO shaped restaurant at the top.
Bratislava Forest Park - a large forested park on the outskirts of the city.
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