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Bratislava – a small Slovak metropole with a Bohemian reputation

Bratislava – a small Slovak metropole with a Bohemian reputation
Bratislava is considered by many to be a city where there is nothing remarkable and nothing ever happens. This unfavorable label is bygone history, for in recent years, the Slovak metropole has been enjoying unprecedented revival and beautification.

The city on the Danube is bound to impress you with its culture, traditions, history, as well as panoramas, gastronomy, and avid nightlife.
Where and how?

  • Vineyards and wine production have played an important role in the history of Bratislava. If you want to hear the whole story, visit the Museum of Viticulture. You may expand your vinicultural tour at the National Wine Salon, where you get a chance to choose from about a hundred best Slovak wine products at wine-tasting events.  Offered are several options: from basic wine-tasting of two samples to liberal gustation that is available to more sophisticated wine connoisseurs who get to taste 72 varieties on display over a time limit of 100 minutes. Below the nearby castle of Devín, you may enjoy a local specialty: currant wine. The local winegrowers are especially proud of the quality of their wine made of red and black currant.  However, be careful how much of it you drink – currant wine is sweet and therefore deceitful!
  • Do you like music? Every summer Bratislava organizes the largest international music festival Viva Musica!  Throughout the whole summer, you will have the opportunity to hear the best selection of classical music in the most pleasant form acceptable to everyone – in unconventional locations and non-traditional contexts. Great music and interesting projects presented by best Slovak and global performers. If music is your favorite pastime, go to Bratislava!
  • Do not miss a walk in Bratislava’s parks – specifically, Sad Janka Kráľa, historically the oldest public park in Central Europe. Founded in 1774, it covers
    42 hectares. An unrivaled architectural jewel is a unique garden gazebo that originally used to the tower of a former, no longer existing Franciscan church.  The park itself is divided by several tree alleys named after individual tree species – alder, poplar, maple, willow, ash, and elm.  It is an ideal place for pleasant walks alone or with friends.
  • Next to Michalská Gate is an architectural pearl – a house that is a genuine Slovak superlative – the narrowest house in the country. It was built on the site of the former fortification wall that had been demolished in the 18th century. Its inhabitants apparently did not mind its dimensions - mere 130 cm in width.
  • What about Bratislava at night on in-lines? Just put on your roller skates and take a tour of the city at night. Inline skating is allowed all summer, every Friday after 8:00 p.m. Afraid to lose your direction? Never fear, you will be using the same routes as cars during daytime. Besides, you won´t be alone in it, as there will be plenty of other skaters, as well as the state and city police, medical rescue teams, an ambulance, and a 40-member inline team.
  • Just make sure to look carefully under your feet, otherwise you might inadvertently trip over Čumil (“Chumil” = Gaper) who is squatting in the canal. Čumil is not a living person, he is made of bronze and has been decorating Bratislava´s main street for the last 20 years. Over the two decades, he has become one of the most popular attractions in the downtown district and Bratislava´s most photographed sculpture. His figure reflects the atmosphere of comfort, smiling faces, and good mood generally felt on the promenade. 

Some trivia in closing

  • Bratislava´s geographical location is a small European rarity. Situated at the very frontiers of Slovakia on both banks of the Danube River, it is the world´s only capital city that has two border crossings within the city area – to Austria and to Hungary. And the Czech Republic is only a short distance away...
  • The distance from Bratislava to Vienna is mere 60 km, which is the shortest distance between two capital cities anywhere in the world. How about having lunch in Bratislava and afternoon coffee in the capital of Austria?

Contemporary Bratislava is a modern, dynamically developing city. Its inhabitants love dancing, singing, and entertainment – and they are rightfully proud of the famed beauty of Slovak women. Why not take a trip to the capital of Slovakia?