The region of Bratislava is the most dynamic of all Slovak regions. In its centre stands Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The so called Danube Triangle – the triplet of the Danube cities Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava – is one of the mostly attractive European regions. The region consists of four different geographical areas: Bratislava, the Small Carpathians, the Danubeland, and Zahorie.
The characteristic feature of Bratislava is the Bratislava castle, clearly distinguishable from many spots in the city. The castle nowadays serves as one of official presidential residences and as a museum too.
Another monument, the Devin castle, is the oldest architectonic monument, reminding all its visitors on more than 1 800-year-long presence of Slavs in the Central Europe. The Devin castle stands as an ancient, mighty guard on the confluence of two rivers: Morava and the Danube. The most attractive way how to get from Bratislava to the reconstructed Devin castle is the tour by a ship, ending nearby a replica of a lighthouse.
Historically significant structure in the Bratislava Old Town is the Michael’s Gate. The gate, actually a tower, has been transformed into a museum of guns and the fortification systems of Bratislava, or Pressburg (in German)/Pozsony (in Hungarian), as the city was called in the Middle Ages.
Another typical feature of today’s capital of Slovakia is the Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising with its 282-foot-high restaurant, known as UFO. The construction of the bridge was in the year 2001 proclaimed to be the best construction of the 20th century.
Significant interconnection serving to the purposes of international tourism is provided by the Freedom Cycling Bridge, connecting on the one hand Devinska Nova Ves and Schlosshof, on the other hand two cycling infrastructures on both sides of the Danube.
Among the most visited events in Bratislava belong Bratislavske kultúrne leto (the Bratislava’s Summer of Culture), Korunovačné slávnosti (the Coronation Festival), Bratislavské hudobné slávnosti (the Bratislava Music Festival), Jazzové dni (the Jazz Days), and Vianočné trhy (the Christmas Markets).
The Small Carpathians region is well-known by its wine tradition, vineyards, and its gastronomy with long-lasting tradition. Visiting the village Slovensky Grob, an inherent part of the Small Carpathians’ Wine Route, you can have a taste of fried goose and the drink the finest wine. One tip for all visitors of the Bratislava region who are interested in the history: make a trip to the Cerveny kamen Castle. Being a visitor to the Cerveny kamen castle, you can enjoy the skills of historical reenactment groups acting in the castle still keep the long tradition of the art of fencing and falconry alive. The Danubeland is dominated by the river Danube. Its influence is palpable in the whole region. In the centre of the Danubeland is the summer sports resort Slnecne jazera and the Aquapark Senec. The artery of the regional tourism is the cycle route Regensburg – Belgrade. The gallery of contemporary art Danubiana points at our passion for visual arts.
The region Zahorie is characterized by its diversity: charming landscape of vast forests and sand dunes on one hand; Marianka – the oldest pilgrimage of the former Hungarian Empire and the folk feast “Den Zela” (the Cabbage Days) in the town Stupava on the other. The significance of the region is highlighted by the Centre of Asparagus: the village Velke Levare.
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