Bratislava: where history, contemporary culture and big parties meet
The capital of Slovakia, also the cultural, mercantile and industrial center. Bratislava was a traditional crowning city during the period of turkish occupation. The city is located in the immediate vicinity of Austria and Hungary. Local people speak in Slovakian, but many of them also speak in Hungarian and in English.
It floods sheer Central European atmosphere, its tourist attraction historical downtown is getting more and more popular destination. All visitors can find here the suitable sights. Culture lovers can choose from many interesting museums and exciting exhibitions, that take place mostly in baroque buildings. Those, who wish for metropolitan experiences can traipse long hours in the pedestrian zone, crowded with lively, teeming, high quality restaurants. Who are rather into light entertainment can enter themselves every single night to party mood in downtown becoming famous as party quarter.
What is it worth to seeing?
At all events it is worth to visit the coronation church of Hungarian kings, the gothic St. Matrin’s Cathedral, the best-known and the biggest church of Bratislava. The speciality of the Town Hall on the main square in Bratislava is, this carries 3 architectural style of 5 centuries, from its tower there is a nice view to the city. In the center of the Old Town there is the Main Square (Hlavné námestie) center of the city social life, more pedestrian steets meet here. The charming pedestrian squares are surrounded with baroque, neoclassical and secessionist buildings, when there is a good weather terraced restaurants are waiting for guests at the bottom of the building. Roland Fountain standing in the middle of the square is a popular venue of the city. The Primate’s Palace is the most beautiful classicist palace of the city, home of the unique bratislava tapestries.
The building on the right of the Town Hall is Appony Castle now is hosting the City Moseum’s exhibitions. On the ground floor Vineyards and vinery exhibition takes place, upstairs there is a furniture exhibition with furnitures from the baroque to biedermeier era.
The cozy Franciscan square (Františkanské námestie) is the northern extension of the Main Square with one of the oldest Mary coloumn in the middle. The two main sights’s are the Franciscan Church (Kostol františanov) and the Mirbach Palace.
Those who loves the nice buildings it is really worth to see the Franciscan Church, the Slovakian National Museum, the Chapol of John the Baptist, the Saint Margaret Church, the Grassalkoich Palace, the Bratislava Castle and the Castle of Devin. The line could be only stopped by the time and stamin.
What should we eat by all means?
We can enjoy the qualitative gastronomy on a reasonable price. The local meals are diversified such as the slovakian fields. The mountainous areas traditional cuisine favors ofr those who like cheeses and dairy products. We can taste the spycier meals, cabbage specialities, roasted goose, potato pie or chimney cake ont he lower lying areas. Let’s rinse it with a nice glass of wine which is from the Lowland, the Southern slopes of the Charpathians and Tokaj.
It is worth to make a roundtrip to discover the best wineries. We can eat ourselves to death from the traditional meals and the gourmet snacks on the grapes harvest, fairs or on the apple, cabbage or fish specials’s fair. Slovakian foods basically made by milk, potato and cabbage. Delicious meals are made combined with these ingredients. For example think of the beloved Gallium cabbage or its most common name strapachka by many people.
The mostly liked diary products are the small cheeses, the smoked and regular sheep cheese, ostyepka and brindza. It is definetely worth to taste the Hollands which is made from juniper berries (borovicka) and the hriato which is a combination of roasted bacon, spirit and honey.
Naturally you cannot miss the more and more delicious beers beside of the fire waters.