Bratislava – Beauty on the Danube

I’ve been exploring Bratislava for the past few days and my feet are sore from all the walking. We are staying in the old town close to Danube and River Park.

Tomorrow our journey continues back to Prague. We could have easily stayed here longer, Bratislava is an interesting and beautiful city.

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries.

The first known permanent settlement of the area began with the Linear Pottery Culture, around 5000 BC in the Neolithic era.

The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories, from 1536 to 1783 and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian and German historical figures.

The Slovak economy’s strong growth in the 2000s has led to a boom in the construction industry, and several major projects have been completed or are planned in Bratislava. Areas attracting developers include the Danube riverfront, where two major projects are already finished: River Park in the Old Town, and Eurovea near the Apollo Bridge.

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