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.