Bratislava

Bratislava has been the capital and economic and social centre of Slovakia since 1st January 1993, located on the border between Austria and Hungary.

Built at the intersection of the amber route, which connected the Baltic Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, and the Danube route, which stretched from Eastern to Western Europe, Bratislava saw the Celts, Romans, Germans and Slavs alternate and was between 1526 and 1784 the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary.

Strengthened by its historical and cultural riches, Bratislava today is also proposed as a modern metropolis, open to Europe and the world. 

Bratislava is one of the youngest capitals in the world with an equally young population.

Palaces, shops, shopping malls, kitchen, friendly people, international cultural or sporting events, exhibitions and business opportunities are the reasons why it is worth visiting.

During a walk through the old town of Bratislava you will find numerous testimonies of its glorious past. 

Bratislava Castle built on a rocky hill, in a dominant position with respect to the Danube, dominates the city of Bratislava. Built during the tenth century it was modified, rebuilt, devastated and still renovated. In 1811 a terrible fire broke out, caused by the imprudence of the Napoleonic soldiers, which completely destroyed it and until 1970 only its ruins dominated the city. Later it served as a representative place of the Slovak Parliament while today it houses collections of the Slovak National Museum.

The Gate of St. Michael, of Gothic origin, is today the only one of the four access gates to the fortified medieval city still well preserved. On its top stands a tower 51 meters high on which is the statue of St. Michael. 

The tower is home to the Civic Museum and offers an interesting collection of medieval weapons.

Within the walls of the city fortification, next to the St. Michael’s Gate, is the narrowest house in Bratislava, whose facade measures only 160 cm, while under the Tower of St. Michael is placed the “Zero Point” indicating the distance of Bratislava from the main European capitals. 

In Primatial Square, in the center, the most interesting building is undoubtedly the Primatial Palace, an imposing pink palace considered one of the jewels of Bratislava architecture. 

The Main Square is the epicenter of the social life of the city, where you can admire the tower of the old Town Hall, a building dating back to the fifteenth century is now home to a permanent exhibition dedicated to the history of the city.

Another interesting building is the Cathedral of San Martino where, between 1400 and 1700, 11 Hungarian sovereigns were crowned.

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