If you are in Slovakia, it is worth to visit the capital city of the country – Bratislava. It is one of the smallest capitals in Europe where lives only 450,000 inhabitants. The city is located in the southwester part of the country on the edges of two rivers – the River Danube and the River Morava. The city is visited by approximately 1 million of visitors every year. This article will present the most popular places to visit in the city.
The most important landmark of the city is definitely the castle (Bratislavsky hrad). It is located on the hill above the Danube River. It is worth to pay attention at the Coronation Tower. It is a place with amazing view overlooking the city centre that is an excellent place to take photos. The characteristic features of the castle are the four towers in each vertex. The building was rebuilt many times and its shape was obtained after a time-consuming renovation. Inside the castle are located the interesting museum collections that helps the visitors to get to know the history of the city better. It is also worth to see the remains of the fortifications, streets and buildings that are located on your way to the castle. Bratislava is also a place where you may visit the most popular animals in the world. The visitors are able to go to Bratislava Zoo that is located at 1A Mlynska Dolina. The zoo is placed on the area of 96 hectares where 86 hectares are available for the visitors. There are available 175 animal species. Some examples of them are African animals such as Lions, tigers, jaguar, chimpanzee, zebras, orangutan and giraffes. There are rare animals, too – for example white tigers. What is more, the zoo provides also an exhibition of interactive dinosaurs. The zoo was established in 1960 and nowadays, more than 300,000 people visit the place every year. Before you visit the zoo, it is worth to check the opening times because they are varied and they depend on the time of the year, for example in summer the zoo is opened from 9am to 7pm whilst in winter from 10am to 3pm. The admission to zoo and the dinopark for adults is 5,50Euros in summer and 4Euros in winter.
The tourists who would like to visit the city may travel by plane because the city is served by international airport, called M.R. Stefanik Airport. The airport serves about 1.7 million passengers every year and it is located only about 9 kilometres from Bratislava city centre. The airport provides mainly European flights.