Located in the West of Slovakia is the capital Bratislava. It is a small city with less than half a million people living here making is one of the smallest capitals of Europe. The first impression of this city are usually not the best as the outskirts of the city consist of many concrete tower blocks. The city is improving itself and many has been done up considerably. The city center is a completely different story as it is largely medieval and very beautiful. It has some narrow winding streets and is largely pedestrian only. From the riverfront you can get a nice view on Bratislava castle which is built on a hill and overlooks the city. The castle is also the main sight to visit and there are often events going on. Other places to see in Bratislava are St. Martin's Cathedral, the New Bridge (Novy Most), the Slovak National theater, the blue church, the Primatial palace and the presidential palace. One sight which is worthwhile visiting is the Slavin monument which remembers the liberation of the city by the Soviet army. From there you also get a panorama view over Bratislava. To visit something outside of Bratislava you can go to castle Cerveny Kamen or do some hiking in the Small Carpathian mountains. Bratislava is a small and compact city so walking will get you to most places. For things a bit further away there are trams and trolleybuses. The best time to visit is from April to October as during the winter months the temperature regularly goes below zero. If you travel onward from Bratislava it is easy to get a bus to the Austrian capital Vienna.
This Bratislava photo gallery contains 31 travel images including Bratislava castle, Novy Most, St. Martin's cathedral, the old town, the town hall, Hviezdoslav square and the presidential palace.