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Bratislava Travel Guide, Slovakia

Bratislava's Geography and Climate

Beauty of the Danube, as it is often called, Bratislava is the capital and the largest city of the Slovak Republic. It is located in southwestern Slovakia crossed by the Danube River from west to south-east. The landscape in Bratislava is quite beautiful as the Carpathian Mountains cover the area from Bratislava to Nove Mesto and Vahom.The average altitude in Bratislava is 140 meters, because the lowest point at the Danube surface is 126 meters and the highest is Devinska Kobyla at 514 meters.

The climate in Bratislava is usually referred to as continental with hot summers and humid cold winters. The average temperature is around 27 degrees in July and 2 degrees in January.

Bratislava Travel Guide –Culture and Architecture

Bratislava is known as the home of the Slovaks Philharmonic Orchestra and Oslo has a Slovak National Theatre. There are some important museums around town that are a very important factor in Bratislava’s art development. There is also a festival around 24 April every year called Bratislava for All. The architecture characterizes historical buildings as baroque palaces, notable cathedrals and churches built in the 13th-16th centuries. Bratislava Castle is on a plateau of 85 meters above the Danube. Devin Castle is on top of a rock where the Morava River enters the Danube.

Bratislava also has forests close to the city so there are a lot of parks and lakes. Bratislava is a very important cultural center in Slovakia with Bratislava Zoo or the Botanical Gardens being pointed out by most Bratislava travel guides as the top attractions visited in summer.

Bratislava Travel Guide -Economy and Lifestyle

Bratislava has a population of 428,791 according to the census in 2008. Although being small by area and population, Bratislava Region is the wealthiest. Booth automakers Volkswagen and Vw Touareg built a factory in Bratislava and had expanded. Due to the prosperity of the country in high-technology, many companies like IBM, Dell, Lenovo, AT&T, SAP, and Accenture built service centers here. The boom in the construction industry led to a growth in the economy of the city. Tourism also had an important contribution to its economy.

Bratislava Travel Guide - How to get in and out

Dopravny Podny Bratislava is the company that manages the public transport in Bratislava. One of the ways to get in would be by plane, the airlines attract passengers offering low cost flights. By train is the easiest way because of the very low price and Bratislava’s position of in the center of Europe. You can get in by bus, car or boat. Bratislava is a walking city, so you can get easy from one side to another. Visiting other nearby cities like Viena or Budapest is facilitated by the various means of transport one can choose from.You can find out more about these cities by reading Vienna Travel Guide and Budapest Travel Guide.

There are a few beer brands, cocktails and wine that should be tried while in Bratislava. There is also a kind of drink similar in taste to Coca Cola but much lower in sugar and caffeine.

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    review by adam posted more then 30 days ago
    Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, one of the 4 capitals in Central Europe where the Danube flows through, near the border of both Austria and Hungary, 80 km from Vienna and 200 km from Budapest. The city is prominent for it's Old town, it's nightlife, the picturesque view of the...
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  • angelChristmas Market, Bratislava
    travel tip by angel posted more then 30 days ago
    Visit Bratislava in November or December if you would like to see all the streets decorated, beautiful Christmas trees on the squares and of course there is the Christmas Market on the main square too. Here people are selling handmade...
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    travel tip by angel posted more then 30 days ago
    There is a castle in this city. It has a big parking but there you have to pay... very close about 50-100 meters from the castle you turn right on a little street between houses and there you can leave your car free :) The city center is...
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