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Bratislava

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Welcome to Bratislava - the Slovakian capital marks the point where the Carpathian Mountains, finally slope down towards the Danube River. In 1526 Bratislava became the capital of Hungary and remained so until 1784. Many beautiful monuments survive in the Old Town to tell of it's past under Hungarian rule.

Bratislava's Old Town is compact but very pleasant. Enjoy the street cafes in the summer and the Christmas Market in the winter.

Bratislava Castle is located on a hill overlooking the river Danube, the southern-most hill of the Small Carpathian Mountains, 150 meters above sea level. You can access it by foot from two sides - up Beblaveho Street from the Old Town or from Mudronova Street up at the hill. In addition to the castle itself, the castle hill offers many interesting features to explore.

For the more cosmopolitan and mixed crowd, try the city centre - you will find many places and try one of the ones advertising Slovak beers such as Zlaty Bazant or Kelt. Alternatively go for a great Czech beer on tap - lagers such as Budvar or Pilsner Urquell, Kozel, Radegast, Staroprahmen.
Places of Interest

Bratislava Castle
Originally a frontier post for the Roman Empire

Primate's Palace
Where Napoleon and the Austria emperor Franz I signed a peace treaty 1805

Slovak Nation Gellery
Housing Bratislava's major art collection

Church of the Clarissine Order
Has a pentagonal tower (1360) supported by buttresses
Special Events

March
International Flower Exhibition

June
International Art and Film Festival

June to September
Bratislava Cultural Summer

September
International Jazz Festival

October
Music Festival

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