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SK, Bratislava: Modern City with Historical Downtown -VIDEO
Bratislava is the capital and the largest city in Slovakia. The Danube flows through this city. Five bridgest (well, technically four today as the Stary Bridge is being disassembled only to be replaced with a new one). The most interesting si the SNP bridge built in the 20th century. There are couple of distributaries going to nowhere yet surrounded with riparian forests. Bratislava borders two countries – Hungary and Austria.
Most of the landmarks are in the downtown. There are many Baroque-style palaces. Slovakgovernment resides in the former archbishop’s palace. Slovakian president has his residence in Grasalkovic’s palace. The mayor is in Primacialny palace. Among the well known buildings are the cathedral of St Martin, which was a coronation church for Hungarian kings since from the 16th to the 19th century. Then there is the 13th-century Franciscan church, the oldest church in Bratislava. Knight ceremonies took place there. The church of St Elizabeth referred to as the „Modry Church“ is an Art-Noveau construction built in the years 1909 – 1913. It has one navy and a tower on the side. The tower has a helmet-shaped roof. The mosaic depicting St Elizabeth holding a rose decorates the main altar.
One of Bratislava’s symbols lures above the city - Bratislavský hrad. The castle is a complex of buildings on the historical compound located on a hill on the Danube’s left bank. The compound’s main sight is the former royal palace which makes classic panorama of Bratislava. In the palace, exhibitions by the Department of History to Slovak National Museum. Part of the building is used for representative purposes. The castle was declared a national landmark in 1961.
Another important sight in the city, and the most important cultural institution, is the Slovak National Theatre in Hviezdoslav’s Square. The theater is a repertoar theater consisting of opera, ballet, and drama. In the second half of the 18th century, a former city theater used to stand there. In the theater, mostly Hungarian a German theatre companies performed.
Bratislava is the richest city in Slovakia. Many travel there to find work. New skyscrapers are constantly being built. It is also the most important traffic route. The international airport of M. R. Stefanik sees planes landing from all around the world. The river of Danube sees personal boats as well as freighters. The downtown is crisscrossed with tram lines and bus lines. Trains make also important share in the public transportation.
I visited Bratislava in the time before Christmas. I could enjoy the atmosphere on beautiful square where Christmas markets took place. I saw glowing Christmas tree, and enjoyed overall peace. I stopped at Bratislava Restaurant at SNP square. The restaurant has great style. Inside there is even Golden Street of Bratislava . There you would see original facades that do not exist today, unfortunately. Well, except one. It is a corner house on Zidovska Street. This house is the only one that remained the same until the present. It is being referred to as U Dobreho Pastyre . Today, a clockwork museum is located there. The scale model of this house in Bratislavska Restaurace is a shop of bio products, various forms of sheep cheese, and freshly baked bread. Moreover, you can find here a partly-made town-hall of Zuckermandel , a house by the architect MX Messerschmidt, and an old bakery equipped with genuine oven making delicious Bratislava bread buns. The interior is made of natural materials. The second floor will dazzle you for its stained glass made by using original method of filling lead forms with colored glass. And you can buy a souvenir in one of local souvenir shops.
One Saturday in March, we set out to exploring our capital, Bratislava. We had learned that it has a new landmark. It is devoted not only to tourists from abroad, but mostly to locals. The attraction is the so-called Street of Light.
Families with children, individuals, sports enthusiast… all can ride a bike on field roads, mountain roads, or bike trails. This way they get some fresh air during hot summer days and help their personal health. In case you miss determination or inspiration for some kind of similar adventure, then go on with this text. Soon you will mount your bike.
Presidential garden was the point of interest we saw last week. Today we see another great place in Bratislava - the city walls. They take you to the Middle Ages for free and also shelter you from the heat of summer.
We crossed the new Old Bridge (the last week's article) and reached Danube's right riverbank, the borrough of Petrzalka. After this beautiful bridge, two beautiful landmarks caught our attention. The first one was the water tower. The other a noise coming from around the riverbank.
We invite you to a retro-walkin Bratislava, which brings about a new book on this topic. We will travel back in time to the years 1948 to 1989. The picture of the capital in the period of socialism will be known through the postcards issued at that time. They will remind you of what the city looked like and how the city lived in a relatively short time.
In the Czech Republic people have their astronomical clock, in Vienna world-famous Cathedral St. Stephen and on the Slovak Republic have their pride, unique blue church, one of the notable attractions of Bratislava.
There are many historical, natural and cultural sights in the Slovakian capital. We see one such a gem today. It won’t be just one single sight or a natural reserve. It is going to be a whole neighborhood.
Many people see the Slovakian capital only when passing by in train, bus, or car while travelling from the Czech Republic to Hungary or vice versa. But it is really worth it to spend a while in the city of half-million on the Danube. Bratislava has changed. It is no longer boring, grey city. It has been gradually removing the damage done by the communist regime and life crawls back to the city.
The unique SNP bridge and its noticeable structure on top resembling a flying saucer is one of the most popular and most photographed landmarks in Bratislava. Today it naturally belongs to the city, however, this wasn’t always true.
During the Night in the Museum event our staff visited Slovakian Museum of Technology – the Traffic Museum in Bratislava. It is located in the compounds of the rails of the first steam train station in Bratislava built in the 19th century.
Bratislava - the capital of Slovakia. Its most famous landmarks - Bratislava castle, Slavin, St. Martin's church, the SNP bridge and its UFO, and many other cultural and historical sights are very well-know to Slovaks even though they often even have not seen them.
If you are one of those who love mountain biking, it is almost unnecessary to introduce you to a low about 100 kilometers long mountain ridge of the Male Karpaty. Mostly people of Bratislava and western Slovakia relax there, but also seek adrenaline to clear their heads and make them forget worries of everyday life.
In Bratislava and surroundings are several extraordinary tourist localities. In the northwestern part of Bratislava there are the Devinske Karpaty region; a popular destination among tourists. It is also great for some sporting activities.
Petrzalka is the largest and densest district in Bratislava, also it is the largest housing development in central Europe. Many called it a “concrete jungle” in the past, however, today there is not only vast greenery but also several interesting natural sights located just among houses or nearby.
One of the most densely populated areas in Slovakia and even in the Central Europe has several unusual natural nooks. One of them is forest Stary Haj, that was declared protected landscape area. To this very forest we go today.
Cyclists capital of Slovakia, and not just those, are happy from the recently opened bridge between urban parts of Děvínská Nová Ves and Austrian municipalities Schlosshof. The bridge is built on the site where in the times of Maria Theresa used to stand his predecessor. Our portal Infoglobe was also at the opening ceremony.