Bratislava is located in the heart of Europe and is the capital of Slovakia. It is a city with a long and colourful history and its river location and well conserved old town have made it into an important Danube metropolis.
We begin our tour in Hlavné Nám the city’s small but splendid main square, a popular meeting place which is surrounded by the City Hall and several palaces.
The Old City Hall with its main building, the Jakob House, dates back to the fourteenth century and has three adjoining townhouses. Its inner courtyard with its romantic arcades in Neo Gothic and Neo-Renaissance style, is full of Mediterranean flair.
The old town is situated directly on the banks of the Danube and countless cruise ships lay anchor in the centre of the city as it is also a very popular tourist destination.
The Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral is a huge old fortress church that once adjoined the city walls. Its construction took a hundred and fifty years and between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries eleven Hungarian kings and eight royal wives were crowned within its walls.
For centuries, Bratislava was a junction of historic trade routes that fused together various cultures. But now one of the youngest European metropolises has come of age.
Bratislava, vibrant city on the Danube!