Bratislava in Slovakia

Bratislava / Bratislava Region / Bratislava District / Slovakia

Celts, Romans, Avars, Germans, Magyars, Jews and Slovacs were the most influential ethnic groups in the history of the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The eventful history as the capital city of the Kingdom of Hungary (1536-1783 and 1848), as capital city of the first Slovakian Republic (1939-1945), as the capital city of the Slovak Socialist Republic (SSR 1968), Czechoslovakia (1990-1992) and finally as the capital city of present-day Slovakia (since 1993) shows the importance of this city over many eras that have left their economic and cultural marks. The importance of this city and its close connection to Vienna formed and developed administrative, cultural and economic structures centuries ago. As the centre of Slovakia, all the important political and cultural institutions are located in the capital city.

Bratislava is situated in the border triangle of Slovakia, Austria and Hungary and is only 62 kilometres from the Czech border. No other capital city in the world has such proximity to its neighbours. Three quarters of the city lie in the lowlands on the Danube, the remaining quarter in the foothills of the Carpathian Mountains. The continental climate gives dry, warm summers. From May to September daytime temperatures of about 20°C are common.

The capital city with around 410,000 inhabitants over approx 367km² offers many possibilities for tourists. The old town with its cultural institutions, the Danube, the parks and the lakes offer exciting, varied and interesting opportunities all year round.

Bratislava has always been economically significant. After the political change in the late 1980s, it quickly attracted major multinational companies. This development is supported by the local universities that attract many international service and high-tech companies.