Bratislava: Make a Quick Break from the Urban Life of its Twin City Vienna
Enjoy nice and friendly atmosphere of Bratislava - just have a coffee on the sidewalk of a cobblestone street in the Old Town. Visit the castle, learn about Bratislava being once the “second Jerusalem” by visiting Mausoleum of rabbi Chatam Sofer, or go and see world´s largest collection of English tapestries from mid 17th century, exhibited now in Primatial Palace.
"The Little Big City"
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, the country that 1918-1993 was part of Czechoslovakia.
This city, beautifully situated on the river Danube, has nearly a half million inhabitants, another half million – mostly foreigners - visit it every year. Perhaps it is due to its closeness to another Central European capital – Vienna, which lies about 60 km away, but the visitors come also from Czech Republic, Germany, England, Italy and Poland.
The second great tourist destination in Slovakia is High Tatras – the part of Tatra Mountains, with fantastic nature (famous caves!), and many excellent ski resorts.
During long time Bratislava has been known by the German name Pressburg. The city shows strong influences by various peoples, mostly Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews and Slovaks. It is visible in architecture of the historic centre and Old Town - in many medieval towers, baroque palaces and churches. The Bratislava Castle is one of the most prominent structures in the city. The Castle lies on the plateau 85 metres (279 ft) above the Danube and has been restored in baroque style.
Time zone: UTC (GMT) +1. Daytime saving time (DST) is observed.
Currency: Slovak koruna (SKK).
Climate & weather: temperate with distinctive four seasons. The temperature in July is 21°C/70°F. The weather is also most enjoyable in autumn and in spring. The coldest month is January, with averages of -2°C/28°F.