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The city of Bratislava has a rich history of royalty, invasions, and occupations, and those who love history and architecture will find it endlessly fascinating. Down its cobbled streets you'll see buildings dating back hundreds of years, and the city has become a popular spot for cultural events, from music to art, all set against the spectacular backdrop. There's also a more modern side to the city with the New Town offering industrial architecture, and featuring towering, modern malls and newer facilities.

Things to see

Looking out over the city is Bratislava Castle, with its distinctive red tiled roof, and its 4 towers where guards protected the Slovakian royalty who lived here. The oldest tower dates back to the 13th century, and the castle has elements of gothic and renaissance architecture that can fully be appreciated with a guided tour. The castle has been the site of many battles and was in ruins for many years, before being lovingly restored, and from this vantage point you can enjoy the views of the River Danube and the Old Town. Stroll across the bridge and head for the Main Square in the Old Town, where you'll see pastel shaded buildings with gold accents, and the grand clock tower keeping the time. The square is full of restaurants and cafés with outdoor tables, and the main focal point of the area is the gothic Old Town Hall with its complex of historic buildings, as well as the traditionally styled Bratislava City Museum with its statues, gold framed oil paintings, and ancient artefacts.

Hotels in Bratislava

The style of Bratislava hotel you choose will often depend on where in the city you want to stay, with the Old and New Town offering traditional or contemporary hotels respectively. The Old Town is home to many cosy boutiques, with individually designed rooms and features such as spa tubs, saunas, restaurants, bars and lounges, room service, and complimentary breakfasts to set you up for a day of sightseeing. If you prefer a more contemporary style of hotel, then the New Town has many high rise, modern accommodation options, with rooms offering amenities such as minibars, flat-screen televisions with satellite channels, separate bathtubs and showers, bathrobes, and a nightly turndown service.

Where to stay

The Old Town is where you can really learn about Slovakian history, with relics of the days of kings and medieval grandeur. Along the winding cobbled streets you'll find tall, narrow houses in warm pastel colours, and this area is the site of many of the major attractions, with tourists taking photos next to the statues of Hans Christian Anderson and Napoleon. The New Town, known locally as Nové Mesto, is to the north of the city, with its glittering skyscrapers, and remains of the high rise Soviet architecture. However, the area does have a more natural side, with dense forest on the outskirts of the city, and the Little Carpathians providing a mountain backdrop.

How to get to Bratislava

The city's Letisko Bratislava airport is well served by budget airlines, as well as major carriers, and you can arrive here from cities across Europe, the Middle East, and even Russia. It's just a 15 minute taxi drive, or you can pick up one of the buses that stop at the central railway station before going on to the city centre. Bratislava hlavná stanica is the main railway station serving the city, and there are trains arriving here from Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, and other surrounding countries. From the station it's just a 15 minute walk to the Old Town and many of the popular hotels, or you can use the old, yet charming tram system that rattles through the city.