The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is an interesting mix of old and new buildings and is an increasingly popular destination. It has a fascinating Old Town with 18th century rococo buildings and pedestrianised streets to explore.
The city has had a long history, which is reflected in the architecture found in the Old Town in particular. There are plenty of baroque palaces as well as impressive churches. There are also lots of Soviet-era buildings still evident in the city. It is a busy city with a great nightlife and lots of construction going on.
As Slovakia's cultural centre, Bratislava houses some wonderful museums and galleries. The Bratislava City Gallery has some particularly prestigious works. There are museums outlining Bratislava's history as well as some which are a bit more unusual, such as the Museum of Clocks. The castle is also worth the climb as from it you can see Austria, Hungary and the Danube Valley.
Bratislava Airport (BTS) is the country's main airport and is only 9 miles from the city centre. Bratislava car hire can be easily arranged from the airport or you can arrange pick-up in Bratislava itself. Travel to the city is easy from the UK and it is particularly popular in the spring and summer months, which tend to be warm and dry. Winters are generally cold with some snow.
The other advantage of visiting Bratislava lies in the accessibility of the surrounding countryside. Car hire in Bratislava allows visitors to get out to explore the mountains, with the Tatras Mountains and Alps both within easy reach of the city. Another wonderful destination is the Mala Fatara National Park, which is a good place for lovers of hiking and climbing. The impressive Trencin Castle and the small, pretty town of Poprad are also popular locations for trips out of the city.
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