Although it is formally the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is a city that often goes unnoticed in most tourist itineraries through the center of Europe due to the impressive reputation of nearby cities such as Vienna or Budapest. However, the streets of the historic center of the city have a unique character and an aesthetic that reflects exactly what one is thinking before traveling around Europe.
It is known that the territory now occupied by Bratislava was already inhabited by different civilizations from 5000 B.C. Much later, in the sixteenth century, it even became the capital of the then called Kingdom of Hungary, ruled by the House of Habsburg, becoming a coronation town, very aristocrat, especially thanks to Teresa of Austria in the eighteenth century. The appearance of palaces and manor houses that now adorn the center of the capital was in these years. A century later, the city live the events that were unfolding in Europe; for example, the old Devin castle was demolished by the troops of Napoleon or the first permanent bridge over the Danube was built, the river that has seen also all its historical development.
With the creation of Czechoslovakia, Bratislava joined the new state and finally became capital of the new Republic of Slovakia in 1993.
Thanks to its size, with just over 500,000 inhabitants, the capital of Slovakia can be easily visited in one day, almost on a day trip. Its proximity to such a large and important cities like Vienna or Budapest make the visit, in fact, possible.
And what can you visit on a walk? Do not worry, the city is quite easy and a beautiful place to walk around.
The historic center of Bratislava is famous for the statues located in some of its streets, being probably the most famous of all the so-called Man at work. But this area offers some important attractions for the traveler like the Old Town Hall, from the fifteenth century, the beautiful St Michel's gate, the Cathedral of St. Martin, the National Theatre and the lively square in which it stands and the famous Blue Church. The latter is one of the most representative images of the capital and also one of its most visited spots apart from the Bratislava Castle, which crowns the city from a hill on the banks of the Danube.
Options for getting to Bratislava are multiple: by plane thanks to the airports of the city itself and also Vienna's, by boat across the Danube from Vienna, by train or bus back from the Austrian capital or from Budapest...
Bratislava is often included in a route through several countries in Europe. If you are visiting Vienna, the option of spending the day in Bratislava is more than convenient; if instead your destination is Budapest, it may be a good choice to spend the night in the capital of Slovakia and also enjoy its nightlife.