Bratislava, Slovakia » City Info

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, is also the country's political, cultural and economic centre. Preserved churches, revived mansions, and palaces attract global visitors and generate income for the tourism sector.

The city of Bratislava is rapidly becoming a popular destination for weekend travellers from European countries and stag party enthusiasts. Low-budget airlines, an exciting variety of stag party packages, and great indoor and outdoor activities have made it a fabulous tourist spot.

Infrastructure investment in the city has very significant potential. There are plenty of construction developments and modern architectural plans glamorising the city's skyline. On the other hand, nature blesses Bratislava and its countryside with many forests, rivers, and lakes. Slovaks enjoy the contrast between nature's beauty and the materialistic offerings made by state-of-the-art malls, theatres, terminals, and entertainment facilities.

Bratislava received its contemporary name in 1919. Until then, it was primarily known in English by its German name, Pressburg, as after 1526, the Habsburg Monarchy mostly dominated it and the city had a sizeable ethnic-German population. Today's Slovak population shares a solid genetic bond with the Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, and Jews. Over the centuries, the city has witnessed the crowning of many Hungarian kings and queens at St. Martin's Cathedral. Numerous historical icons from Hungary, Germany, and Slovakia have resided in Bratislava.

  • City
  • 367.584 km² (141.925 sq.mi.)
  • Urban
  • 853.15 km² (329.40 sq.mi.)
  • Metro
  • 2,053 km² (792.66 sq.mi.)
  • City
  • 440,948
  • Urban
  • 563,682
  • Metro
  • 659,598
    Time ZoneCET (UTC+1)
  • Summer (DST)
  • CEST (UTC+2)
    LanguageGerman, Hungarian, Slovak