SK: Bratislava – Nature and Sights of Petrzalka
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.
Bottomland forests, parks, or arms of the Danube are typical features for this Bratislava’s district.
There live about 115 thousand people in this densest districts of Bratislava . Petrzalka is separated by the Danube in north and by borderline with Austria in west. Many roads, highways, railroads and bike trails connect Petrzalka with the outer world. The largest era of construction there was towards the end of the 20th century and this earned the largest housing development in central Europe nickname. Subsequent intensive environmental renovation made of this until then ugly concrete a beautiful lively place with green oases. Many places in nature around Petrzalka became popular places for rest not only among Petrzalka’s inhabitants but also among inhabitants of other Bratislava’s district.
Maly and Velky Drazdiak lakes
These lakes used to be sand quarries, which started operating in the second half of the 20th century when there was intensive granite mining period. The lakes are located in the southern part of Petrzalka and they a park separates them from each other. In the park, there are many paths that connect both lakes. The shore of Maly Drazdiak consists of trees and at some places there are small cottages. The lake is popular among fishermen and also among people who just wish to take a walk in nature, sit by bonfire or take a bike ride. The best way you can get there is via a turn from Kutlikova main road and then continue via Starhradska street that ends at thel ake. Velky Drazdiak, consists o pebble beaches; people go there to fish, do some sports, eat in restaurants, children can play on playgrounds there, and there is a peddle boats rental. You can get to the lake via many roads, the best is to turn from Jantarova cesta, or you can get there directly via Tematinska or Antolska streets.
The Croatian Arm
This channel stretches across Petrzalka from north to south where it turns to its southeastern part; it is remaining of former creek of the Danube which used to flow through this area. The creek is renowned with lots of greenery, thus it is a picturesque oasis in Petrzalka with rich flora and fauna – mostly there are many different fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians. Sporadically on its surface appear water lilies and you can admire it in summer months. Next to the Croatian Arm there are several pathways where you can take a walk, ride a bike or roller skate. The arm is somewhat of Petrzalka’s artery and it is well-accessible from many main roads or streets. Or you can get there if you turn at international bike trail along the Danube dam at southeast of Petrzalka. The southeastern part of the channel is under the fourth level of state protection.
Stary Haj Island
It is located at eastern edge of Petrzalka, in the area of bottomland forest, which neighbors the Danube. Dense infrastructure connecting the island with mainland makes it rather a peninsula than an island. Its area is the 5th level protected natural area as it consists remains of bottomland forest, a type of forest which used to grow near the Danube’s arms. Except fauna and flora there is also a military bunker BS 15 built in the year 1937. The bunker is located in southern part of the reservation. Several forest pathways lead through this area and the island of Stary Haj is also accessible from the Dolnozemska road or bike trail that goes along the Danube dam
Petrzalka is the best example that even in a densely populated area a harmony of city and nature is possible. Not only at district’s edges but also in the center of Petrzelka you can discover nature areas where precious fauna and flora live. These localities are popular places for walks, relax and sport of many inhabitants of Petrzalka regardless their age.
Text and photo: Radoslav Biskupič
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Summer is the period of walks and relax. Pools, parks, or mountains are welcomed shelters from the heat. We went to Bratislava's green oases this time. Locals and tourists alike find there refuge among trees and flowers.
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Are you sick of learning about historic and cultural landmarks? Or just wandering about without a goal in Bratislava’s nooks hiding places of unique atmosphere? Do you have enough of smog and you would go somewhere in nature instead? We have a perfect tip for you! Join us in tour of Horsky Park located almost in geographic center of Bratislava!
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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.
An interesting book, a book guide for car travellers was published in May 2013. It is called the Most Beautiful Car-Routes. There are 25 most beautiful car-routes in Slovakia. Would you like to have such a book in your library? Well, read on for you have a chance to win it!
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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.
When a Slovak hear the word chamois s/he first thinks of an animal which lives in the mountains. The other thing is a TV tower above the Slovakian capital. We are going to visit this sight today.
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Maybe, obviously the youngest museum of Slovak metropolis is placed in former military bunker in Bratislava-Petržalka, not far from the border with Austria. A group of enthusiastic persons from civic assotiation "Let´s Save Petržalka Bunkers!" created it recently.
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