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[Europe Travel] Slovakia: Bratislava

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Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia. Facing the river Donau, the old town has a medieval atmosphere. Bratislava is a city very close to the borders of Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic, and is visited by a large number of tourists. The sights are especially concentrated in the old town, but there are many attractions such as theaters and churches.

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Location

Bratislava is on the border with Austria.

History

Bratislava was an ancient Roman military garrison. In the Middle Ages, it became known as the Citadel of the Kingdom of Hungary. Bratislava prospered as a commercial trading hub for Austria and Hungary.

Climate

Bratislava has a continental climate and is warm. Temperatures range from -3 ° C to 27 ° C throughout the year.

Language

Slovak is the official language in Slovakia. Also, German and Hungarian are used.

Security

Bratislava is also a tourist destination, so it is a place with a lot of pickpockets and snatches. Tourists are easy to be targeted, so you need to be careful.

Race

In Slovakia, it is composed of Slovaks, Magyar, Roma, and Czechs.

industry

Since Bratislava is close to Western Europe, many Western European companies are expanding into it. The economy is developing with many IT companies such as IBM, Dell and Lenovo.

religion

Catholics make up 60% of Slovakia. Others are Protestant.

currency

The euro is used in Slovakia.

Sightseeing spot 1 : Bratislava Castle

In the 18th century, this castle was one of Maria Theresia’s residences. It is now a history museum and you can see many exhibits. Climb to the rooftop for a spectacular view of Bratislava.

Sightseeing spot 2 : Cumil 

There are some strange statues here and there in the old town. It is very famous for the appearance of an uncle with a hat on, looking through the manhole.

Sightseeing spot 3 : St Martin’s Cathedral

The oldest church in Bratislava. The ceiling is very high, and the warm light shining through the stained glass creates a sublime atmosphere.

Sightseeing spot 4 : Michael’s Gate

The gate that protected the old town. The tower with the green dome is very cute and stands out.

Sightseeing spot 5 : Weapon Museum

The inside of Michael’s Gate is now open to the public as a weapons museum. Medieval weapons and weapons such as shields and guns are on display. From the top floor you can see the old town including Bratislava Castle.

Sightseeing spot 6 : History Museum

It is a history museum with a wide range of exhibits such as history, folklore, and natural history. It’s a very big museum.

Sightseeing spot 7 : Devine Castle 

It is a fortress on the cliff where the rivers Donau and Morava meet. An abandoned stone fortress spreads out in the magnificent nature. Visits are only available from April to October.

Sightseeing spot 8 : Slovak National Theater

The former Slovak National Theater will be the theater that is still in use today. It is the largest theater in Slovakia with ballet, theater and opera theaters.

Hotel

Bratislava has plenty of accommodation. The nearest airport is Bratislava Airport. Tickets and accommodations can be booked from the link below. It also supports other languages.

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