Bratislava is one of the most beautiful cities of the Danube. This unique city is located at the junction of three countries, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia of course, and this privileged position allows admiring from his castle: the vast plains of Hungary, the Slovak mountains and green hills of Austria. Bratislava is a city on a human scale (smallest capital in Europe, where it is pleasant to enjoy sunbathing on the terraces of some cafes and stroll through narrow quiet streets lined with beautiful Baroque buildings.
|Area:||49 036 km²|
|Capital:||Bratislava (453 000 inhabitants)|
|Population:||5,455,000 inhabitants, 57% urbanized|
|Density:||110 inhab. / Km²|
|Currency:||Euro since 1 January 2009|
|Languages:||Slovak (official), Hungarian, Czech, Ukrainian, Ruthenia, Rom|
|Sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO:||Castle Spisske Podhradie and its environs, Banská Štiavnica (for its historic center), and Bardejov Vlkolinec (protected under the folk architecture and traditional)|
The specialty of the country, which is also the national dish probably the most consumed by the Slovaks themselves, is the bryndzové halušky. It is a kind of gnocchi made from potatoes, water, flour and sheep cheese, sometimes embellished with grilled bacon.
To taste also the widespread zemiaková placka (potato pancake). In restaurants, it is found stuffed with meat and paprika ... a delight.
CONECO: International Fair in Bratislava in mid-May.
Pop rock festival: Bratislava in June
International Descent of Danube: each year from late June to late August. This tradition back to 1955 is to down the Danube on tourism boat. The first yachts men sailing from Bratislava to Budapest. Today, depart at Ingolstadt in Germany and end at Silistre in Bulgaria. It's not a competition and for two months, participants make stopovers (twenty days after departure in Bratislava) and visit the towns through.
Cultural Summer: Bratislava (chamber music concerts outdoors, jazz), in July and August.
Music Festival: in Bratislava in October.