Escorted Rail Tours to Bratislava
The picturesque capital of Slovakia
The capital city of Slovakia is located in the foothills of the
Carpathian Mountains at the geographical centre of Europe.
Bratislava straddles the River Danube, which neatly divides the
city into two parts; the old town (Stare Mesto) and the new city.
After four decades of Communist Party rule, which ended with the
Velvet Revolution in 1989, Bratislava has undergone a gradual
cultural renaissance, emerging as an eastern European hotspot.
The picture-postcard city boasts a charming Baroque Old Town,
historic Gothic buildings, several universities, a wealth of
museums and galleries, and a refreshing cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The historic centre features delightful cobbled stoned roads,
pedestrianised plazas, pastel 18th century rococo buildings and
street cafés galore.
More about Bratislava
Bratislava Castle, which overlooks the city, was once the centre of
the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Built by King Sigismund in the 15th
century, and again by Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century,
the castle was accidentally burnt down by its own garrison of drunk
Austrian soldiers in 1811.
Today, the castle houses the fascinating Slovak National Museum.
From the top of the Crown Tower, you can enjoy spectacular views of
Bratislava, the Danube and the southern Carpathian Mountains.