Bratisalava is located on the Danube (Donau) and Morava Rivers at the foot
of the Little Carpathian Mountains. It was formerly known as Prešporok
and the Germans called it Pressburg. It has a population of about
a half million people. The city is the capital of Slovakia and has
a long history of Austrian, German and Hungarian influences.
Bratislava has a continental climate. The summer months are the most popular for visiting
Bratislava. The height of summer is the months of July and August
with average highs around 27 C (80 F) and average lows of about
15 C (59 F). From December to February expect average highs around
the freezing mark and average lows of -2 C (28 F).
Precipitation is slightly higher in the summer months from May to
September. June and September are good options for a visit as
temperatures are still comfortable and the peak of the European tourist
season is avoided.
Bratislava Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (Bratislava Airport,
BTS) is a short taxi ride from downtown and is the best option upon
arrival or departure. Bratislava Hlavná Stanica is the main
international railway station. Bratislava is less than an hour
from Vienna International Airport (VIE) with train or bus providing
excellent connections for that option.
Dopravný podnik Bratislava, a city-owned company, operates public
buses, trolleys and trams. Bratislava is a standard river cruise
destinations. Major cruises do not start or end here, but there
are day cruises to Vienna
Bratislava Old Town is where most of the attractions in the city
are located. The Main Square (Hlavne Namestie) contains Roland Fountain
(aximiliánova fontána), the Bratislava
City Museum (Múzeum mesta Bratislavy) and the Old Town Hall (Stará
radnica). The Old Town Hall has a canon ball imprint from Napoleon's troops imbedded in the
wall. Less than a block away is Primates Square and the
Primate's Palace (Primaciálny Palác). The Palace built in
the 1780s, is a highlight of Bratislava that dominates Primatial
Square with its marble statues and a white facade capped by cast iron cardinal’s
hat turret. The Hall of Mirrors inside is a smaller version of
Versaille's Hall of Mirrors. Napoleon signed the Peace of Pressburg
Treaty here in 1805 after his defeat at the Battle of Austerlitz.
Stroll the shops and restaurants of St Michael's Street to St Michael’s
Gate, the last of four original city
gates through the Old City walls. Nearby are the Capuchin Church
& Monastery (Kostol Sv. Stefana) dedicated in 1711, the Franciscan Church
(Kostol Zvestovania Pána) dedicated in 1297 and behind it is Mirbach
Palace (Mirbachov palác), which is a 1770s Rococo-style palace.
St Elisabeth Church (the Blue Little Church, Modry
kostolik) is a
short walk east from the Main Square.
Bratislava Castle (Hrda) is located on the hill overlooking the
city. It is a 1900s reconstruction of the original
9th century castle that was destroyed by fire. On the way up the
hill, visit the House of the Good Shepherd
(Dom U dobrého pastiera), which is home to the Museum of Clocks and
nearby is the
gothic St Martin’s Cathedral, where Hungarian emperors were coronated.
Grassalkovich Palace - the Slovak Presidential Palace located at Hodzovo Namestie (Hodza Square).
At Hviezdoslav Square, you will find the Historical Slovak National
Theatre and the Slovak Philharmonic. Nearby are the Slovak National Gallery
and the Slovak National Museum.
Take the elevator to the Observation Deck and UFO Restaurant of the
Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising (also known as Most Slovenského národného povstania,
Most SNP, Nový Most, the New Bridge or the UFO Bridge).
Eurovea shopping complex.
Slavín War Memorial - built in 1960 in memory of the 6,000 Soviet soldiers that died
fighting the Nazis in West Slovakia.
Devin Castle (Hrad Devin) -
located about 20 minutes from the Old
Town, where the Danube and Morava Rivers
meet. See ruins from the Romans and the Greater Moravian
Empire. Napoleon's troops destroyed Devin Castle in 1809.
Bratislava's Zoological Park (Bratislavská zoologická záhrada) is located in Mlynská dolina.
Bratislava Forest Park (Bratislavský lesný park) and the Kamzík TV Tower
are located in the Little Carpathians.
Rusovce Manor (Kaštieľ v Rusovciach)
Travel one hour by train to Vienna
or cruise there on the Danube.