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Capital of Slovakia and set on the banks of the Danube River, Bratislava should be the next point on your bucket-list of European city-break escapes. An emblem of cultural diversity, the city has been moulded over time by Austrians, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Croats and of course, Slovaks, making it a melting pot of vibrant history and customs.
With Bratislava's stunning architecture, such as its legendary castle, and the city's straddling borders of Austria and Hungary, there are plenty of attractions to keep you captivated. As for the local fare, your taste buds will be in for a real treat. Welcome to the mesmerising hub of Central Europe that is Bratislava.
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Explore the historic Bratislava Castle
Rising above the old town, Bratislava Castle is an absolute must-visit. Walk through its evocative rooms, reflecting Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque influences, and uncover the rich narratives of Slovakia via the National Museum exhibitions residing within the castle walls.
Discover the grandeur of Presidential Palace
Stroll the pristine French garden of the Grassalkovich Palace, the residence of the President of Slovakia. Amid Rococo-late Baroque features, this cultural icon tells the tale of the city's elite, a frequent hub of royal festivities since its completion in 1760.
Encounter a slice of history at Hrad Devín
Venture to the borough of Devín to visit one of the oldest castles in Slovakia. Here you'll find the historic Devín Castle, a cultural gem that tells the story of various civilisations from the Neolithic Age, nestled at the beautiful convergence of the Danube and Morava rivers.
Witness the rich culture of St. Martin's Cathedral
Step into an atmosphere of tranquillity at St. Martin's Cathedral, which doubles as a historical time capsule of the Kingdom of Hungary, having served as the coronation site for eleven Hungarian kings and eight queens.
Soak in the buzz of the Old Town
Immerse yourself in the heartbeat of Bratislava within the Old Town. Filled with bustling cafés, picturesque squares and local markets, this well-preserved medieval heart of the city offers a kaleidoscope of local customs.
When it comes to the best time to visit Bratislava, its moderate climate means you can plan your trip year-round. However, summer months, namely July and August, are favoured by tourists due to pleasant temperatures that can soar to a sizzling 37℃, perfect for sitting by the Danube or exploring the city's parks.
Yet, if you prefer to avoid the peak crowds and still enjoy mild weather, springtime between April and June, as well as autumn from September to October, offer a quieter yet equally charming experience. These seasons also provide great photo opportunities as the city bursts into blossom or turns autumnal shades.
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