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Basic information

  • Area: 853.15 km² (329 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: + 421
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 586,300
  • Language: Slovak
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Bratislava – Overview

Bratislava is Slovakia’s largest city. It is the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. The city lies just 60km from the Austrian capital Vienna, making it feel very in touch with its European neighbours. Bratislava lies in southwest Slovakia, and spills across both banks of the Danube River.

Bratislava has a varied history, and is still known by the German name of Pressburg.The city remains heavily influenced by the presence of Austrians, Germans and Hungarians, to name but a few. Being a part of the Kingdom of Hungary for many hundreds of years, Bratislava only became the capital of an Independent Slovakia in 1993. The city centre is concentrated, making it easy to walk and soak up some of its intrigue and charm.

Bratislava offers an interesting mix of world renowned culture such as the Philharmonic Orchestra, combined with modern attractions such as casinos, clubs and state of the art cinemas. With such a mix to choose from, all sat together in a picturesque river setting, Bratislava has become the perfect weekend away for neighbouring Europeans.

Bratislava dining is exciting and varied, due to diversity in the city’s history. Try traditional Slovak cuisine such as potato dumplings, representing the historical hard times of the people, washed down by kofola, a Slovak soft drink. Or perhaps try some top notch Italian, Greek or even Japanese dishes. There are restaurants and eateries to suit all budgets, from cafes serving food on the go, to the trendiest lounges and restaurants.

Shoppers will be overwhelmed by the number of malls and shopping parks to wander. Get the latest European looks from this internationally flavoured trendy shopping scene.