Bratislava: A hidden gem in Central Europe

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Bratislava, with a population of around 415,000, is the capital and largest city in Slovakia. It’s the administrative, cultural and economic centre of the country.

Bratislava has a very pleasant medieval inner city with narrow, winding streets, a hill-top castle, and many historic churches and buildings to visit. The old town is centered on two squares, Hlavne namestie (main square) and Hviezdoslavovo namestie (Hviezdoslav square, named after a famous Slovak poet).

The most famous river that runs through Bratislava is Danube.

The ten proposed activities and attractions are:

  1. Climb the hill to the Bratislava Castle
  2. Visit the Devin Castle
  3. Slavín War Memorial (a cemetery and war memorial to the Soviet troops killed while liberating Bratislava in 1945)
  4. St Elizabeth’s Church (Blue Church)
  5. St Martin’s Cathedral
  6. Grassalkovich Palace (The Presidential Palace has some beautiful gardens and fountain)
  7. Hviezdoslavov Square (A broad pedestrian boulevard in the Old Town)
  8. Breathtaking view from the UFO Tower
  9. Walk the historic Centre of the city with its beautiful streets, squares and fountains. Do not miss the Hlavne namestie (Main Square) and Michael’s Gate!
  10. Statues in the Old Town (Search for Cumil and Schone Naci!)