Bratislava

Bratislava - Slovakia

Sitting on the Danube and just a stone’s throw away from Austrian capital Vienna, Bratislava is the capital city of the Slovak Republic and a city where Eastern Europe meets Western Europe.

Steeped with Hapsburg history, Bratislava has been heavily influenced by a large number of groups over the years, including Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians and Slovaks.

Around 430,000 people call Bratislava home and the city sits among the striking scenery of the Carpathian mountain range and the river Danube.

In recent years, Bratislava has become an increasingly popular destination for stag and hen nights, attracted by a the wild nightlife that typifies the former Soviet satellite states.

 

Museums and Galleries

The Slovak National Museum (Slovenské národné múzeum), can be found on the Old Town riverfront.
Nearby, you will find the Natural History Museum, which is technically a part of the National Museum (along with 15 other subsections).

If you are interested in the history and culture of Bratislava, The Bratislava City Museum (Múzeum mesta Bratislavy), established in 1868, is a must. Similarly, the Slovak National Gallery (founded in 1948), includes the largest network of art galleries in Slovakia and has an impressive collection of Slovakian art.

 

 
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Climate

Like neighbouring Vienna, Bratislava is often windy with a marked variation between hot summers (up to an average of 26c during August) and cold, sometimes snowy winters with the temperature regularly falling below zero.

Useful Links

Bratislava Weather (BBC)

Bratislava Airport

Official Tourism Site