Bratislava - Bratislava visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Bratislava' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Bratislava kraj.
Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. It is built on the banks of the River Danube in the Bratislavský kraj (Bratislava Region), at the far western end of the country, and borders both Austria and Hungary. It is the only capital city in the world to border 2 other countries. The name 'Bratislava' is quite modern, before 1991 the city was variously known as Prešporok in Slovak, Pressburg in German and English and Pozsony in Hungarian. These names are still in use today. Bratislava has a population of about 450,000 and a higher than average GDP for the region.
Visitors to Bratislava will find a city with a medieval center full of winding streets and alleys. Around this are numerous, large, concrete housing complexes, a bi-product of the Communist era known as 'panelak'. However, within a short distance the lands open up and become rural with tiny villages. The land is rich in history and has been occupied since 5000BC. It was occupied by the Romans and later, by the Slavic peoples who began to arrive in number between the 5th and 6th centuries. In the 10C Pressburg (as it was then known) became part of the Kingdom of Hungary and then the Ottoman Empire in 1526, reverting again to Hungary in 1536, becoming part of the Hapsburg (Austrian) monarchy. After WWI the city became incorporated into Czechoslovakia, and remained thus until the Velvet Revolution in 1989.
Sights and Attractions in Bratislava