Slovakia is often called the “Heart of Europe” because of its central European position. Recently many tourists visit its capital to discover its history, culture, and nature. When visiting the city just in a few days the tourists have to decide what sights to visit. This guide will help all tourists make their decision easier.
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Walking through the city center
Walking through the city center might sound boring. However, the historical center of Bratislava has much to offer; not only old medieval streets, but, also the atmosphere of the locals and tourists sitting at a terrace of cafés or bars. All tourists are encouraged to discover also the small streets that have a lot of historical spirit as well as to enjoy the feeling of the past centuries that is still present.
Visiting the castles
In Bratislava, there are two castles to admire. Bratislava Castle is to be found in the city center on a hill. It offers a marvelous view of all Bratislava, of the neighbor country Austria, and when the weather permits it, Hungary. The castle played an important role in the history of the Kingdom of Hungary and the Habsburg Monarchy.
Devin Castle has a very strategic position at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. This place has been fortified since the Bronze Age. Later, the Celts and the Romans built fortresses here. In 1809, the castle was destroyed by Napoleon I. Today tourists are welcome to visit the ruins of the castle.
Trying traditional Slovak cuisine and wines
In Bratislava the tourists can find many international restaurants. The tourists who want to try Slovak traditional dishes have to go to restaurants specialized in Slovak cuisine. Bryndzové halušky is one of the traditional dishes all tourists have to try while visiting the country. Halušky are soft dumplings of irregular shape eaten with bryndza (soft sheep cheese) and bacon.
The wine production in Slovakia is divided into 6 producing areas in the south of the country: Small Carpathian, South Slovak, Nitra, Central Slovak, The East Slovak, and Tokaj wine regions. Slovak wines are very popular with the locals as well as with neighboring countries.
Visiting museums and galleries
Tourists interested in the history and culture can visit some of the many museums in Bratislava. The Slovak National Museum is the most important museum focusing on scientific research. It was established in 1961. The headquarters are situated in the city center, but the museum has many specialized departments all over Slovakia.
Slovak National Gallery is a network of galleries. The headquarters are located in Esterházy Palace and an extension was added in the 1970s. The gallery shows permanent collections with temporary exhibitions.
Clubbing in the best clubs
Even though the city center of Bratislava breaths of history on every step, the young people on the streets make you feel to be in a modern and lively city. There are many pubs, bars, and clubs that are worth visiting. The Dubliner’s Irish Pub is very popular with the UK and Irish tourists. Other bars with a good atmosphere are Malecon, Paparazzi, or Downtown. Fashion Club or Trafo are exclusive disco clubs full of young people.
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