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Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and the largest city by the great River Danube. It can offer tourists the charm of its Old Town, sophisticated restaurants, traditional bars, good music, from jazz to opera, as well as plenty of attractions: architectural masterpieces, castles and churches.

A trip to Bratislava will certainly be appreciated by enthusiasts of educational visits. Despite the fact that many people these days associate Slovakia with mountains and skiing, the country and its capital has plenty of other things to offer. Located near the River Danube, Bratislava sits near the country’s border with Hungary and Austria. Furthermore, it’s one of the youngest capitals in Europe. The city is significant in terms of both economy and culture.

Bratislava from the castle view
Photo taken by Kamil Rejczyk | Flickr.  Bratislava from the castle view

Here you can visit many historical and cultural monuments, tourist attractions, and museums, as well as dive into the city’s wild night life. These days, however, Bratislava is quite a bit safer and more attractive than the place seen in the American comedy EuroTrip, where a group of teenagers end up in Bratislava by accident.

The city’s old name is Pressburg, acquired city privileges in 1291. One of Bratislava’s major attractions is the city castle, located on a hill above the Old Town, which has become its integral symbol, mentioned in a written source for the first time in 907. For four centuries, this locale was the frontier of the Roman Empire.

Today, Michael’s Gate and the street of the same name are two of the most popular objects in the entire city. The latter is a charming little street with many shops and restaurants. During summer, it is brimming with tourists, street musicians and local people. Most of the buildings erected here in the 18th century survived the wars and the Communist regime.

Bratislava, Slovakia
Photo taken by Stefan Wisselink | Flickr.  Bratislava, Slovakia

Located at the end of the street is Michael’s Gate – another famous symbol of Bratislava. Built in the 14th century, this Gothic structure was transformed into a Baroque one three centuries later. The gate’s tower is 51-metre-high and consists of seven levels. Tourists are invited to climb to the very top, where they can enjoy an excellent panorama of the city.

The New Bridge over the Danube, built in 1972, is another famous attraction. Those who want some more spectacular sights of Bratislava should climb to the overview, located 80 m above ground on this very bridge. An interesting view unfolds from the city castle’s yard – it looks as if the New Bridge connects the Old Town with the new concrete neighbourhood.

Sunset in Bratislava
Photo taken by Kamil Rejczyk | Flickr.  Sunset in Bratislava

We recommend you also visit the Grassalkovich Palace – a luxurious 18th-century Rococo building ensemble, where the nobility used to have their various events. Today, the building serves as the country president’s place of residence. Near the palace you’ll find a great park, where you can see the works of many Slovakian sculptors, rendered in many different styles.

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