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Bratislava


Old Town of Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia and has a population of approximately 450.000 inhabitants. Bratislava is situated at the Danube River, immediately at the state borders to Austria and to Hungary, and relatively close to the border of Czechia. It is located only some 60 km from Vienna (45 –65 minutes by train). The Carpathian Mountains begin in the town’s territory (Malé Karpaty („Small Carpathians“)). Bratislava ist the seat of the Slovak president, parliament and government. There are universities, relatively many museums, theaters and other cultural institutions (e.g. a famous philharmonic orchestra) in the town. Traditionally, the town has been influenced by several nations (the Austrians, Hungarians, Slovaks and others). As is common for former cities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire it had other names in common use until World War I: Pressburg (German, today still the official alternative German name), and Poszony (Hungarian).

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History

Historic Personalities

Alexander Dubček

Sights

a picturesque old town with the St. Martin‘s Cathedral (see the picture), the Primate's Palace, the old town hall and the National Theatre; a (fortified) castle; another castle in ruins (Devín) is located at the confluence of the Danube with the March (Morava) River

Economy

mainly services, engineering (Volkswagen) and electrical industry; an important international road and railroad junction; "M. R. Štefánik" international airport; a river port.



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