31 Facts About Bratislava


Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia at the foot of the Little Carpathians, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava.

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Today Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia.

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In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP per capita .

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The name Bratislava, which had been used only by some Slovak patriots, became official in March 1919 with the aim that a Slavic name could support demands for the city to be part of Czechoslovakia.

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Bratislava was bombarded by the Allies, occupied by German troops in 1944, and eventually taken by troops of the Soviet 2nd Ukrainian Front on 4 April 1945.

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Bratislava's dissidents anticipated the fall of Communism with the Bratislava candle demonstration in 1988, and the city became one of the foremost centres of the anti-Communist Velvet Revolution in 1989.

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Bratislava is situated in southwestern Slovakia, within the Bratislava Region.

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Cityscape of Bratislava is characterized by medieval towers and grandiose 20th-century buildings, but it underwent profound changes in a construction boom at the start of the 21st century.

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Bratislava's Town Hall is a complex of three buildings erected in the 14th–15th centuries and now hosts the Bratislava City Museum.

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Bratislava has one surviving functioning synagogue, out of the three major ones existing before the holocaust.

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The only military cemetery in Bratislava is Slavin, unveiled in 1960 in honour of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during the liberation of Bratislava in April 1945.

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One of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, situated on a plateau 85 metres above the Danube.

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Bratislava is the seat of the Slovak parliament, presidency, ministries, supreme court, and central bank.

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Bratislava Region is the wealthiest and most economically prosperous region in Slovakia, despite being the smallest by area and having the third smallest population of the eight Slovak regions.

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Bratislava holds shares in 17 companies directly, including the city's public transport company Dopravny podnik Bratislava, the waste collection and disposal company named OLO, and the water utility.

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Month before Christmas the Main Square in Bratislava is illuminated by a Christmas tree and the Christmas market stalls are officially opened.

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Bratislava enjoys numerous theatres, museums, galleries, concert halls, cinemas, film clubs, and foreign cultural institutions.

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Bratislava is the seat of the Slovak National Theatre, housed in two buildings.

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Music in Bratislava flourished in the 18th century and was closely linked to Viennese musical life.

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Bratislava is home to both the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the chamber orchestra, Capella Istropolitana.

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Bratislava is home to two of Slovakia's national folk dance ensembles, Lucnica and Slovensky ludovy umelecky kolektiv .

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Two displays in Bratislava are next to one another at Esterhazy Palace and the Water Barracks on the Danube riverfront in the Old Town.

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SK Slovan Bratislava, founded in 1919, has its home ground at the Tehelne pole stadium.

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Bratislava is home to three winter sports arenas: Ondrej Nepela Winter Sports Stadium, V Dzurilla Winter Sports Stadium, and Dubravka Winter Sports Stadium.

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In 1966, Bratislava named its new multi-sports stadium after tennis player Ladislav Hecht.

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The Devin–Bratislava National run is the oldest athletic event in Slovakia, and the Bratislava City Marathon has been held annually since 2006.

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Bratislava is the seat of the largest university, the largest technical university, and the oldest art schools in Slovakia.

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Public transport in Bratislava is managed by Dopravny podnik Bratislava, a city-owned company.

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Bratislava is part of an integrated system, IDS BK, connecting city public transport with other transport companies in the Bratislava region.

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Port of Bratislava is one of the two international river ports in Slovakia.

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In Bratislava there are currently six bridges standing over the Danube : Most Lafranconi, Most SNP, Stary most, Most Apollo, Pristavny most and Luzny most .

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