Infused with regal charm, the capital of Slovakia merges the rococo grandeur of its history as the seat of the Kingdom of Hungary with the graceful traditions that have shaped life here for centuries. Inviting cafes serve national dishes like Tafelspitz stew and halusky dumplings, bustling weekend markets showcase the rich bounty of the Little Carpathian hillsides, and rich architecture is a snapshot of Europe through the ages.
The white walled fortress looms dramatically above the Danube River from its dominant point high on a hill. Ravaged by various battles and fires in its 1,000-year history, an ambitious renovation in the 1960s introduced exhibit rooms which are worth a peek, and the wide lawns with views across the city shouldn’t be missed.
Modern Bratislava is boldly on display in Eurovea, a glassy, contemporary complex of housing, shopping and office space in the city’s former industrial quarter. Manicured park space along the Danube draws people to picnic and play, and the everything-under-one-roof mall is a spin around the globe via top-name brands and labels.
The medieval archway of St. Michael's Gate is the last vestige of the city's original fortifications, and the spot to kick off a walking tour of the exquisitely preserved city center known as the Old Town. Look for the three-pointed crown gleaming from the cobblestone that marks the historic coronation procession that passed along this route for centuries. Meander through streets and town squares lined with elegant buildings in shades of warm gold and pale pink, and stop off at the quaint boutiques and cafes along the way.
Sample sweet or sour pickles bobbing in buckets of brine, stock up on jars of golden honey, painted eggs or handmade dolls as souvenirs from one of the city’s oldest public markets. Every Saturday, locals gather to shop from row and after bountiful row of fruit, vegetables, and flowers from nearby farms and orchards at Bratislava's Central Market on Mileticova Street.
In less than one minute, an elevator zips visitors up the futuristic-looking UFO Tower to a restaurant soaring hundreds of feet above the New Bridge, the seventh largest hanging bridge in the world. Take a window seat in the saucer-shaped restaurant for the breath-stealing views of Bratislava and fine fusion cuisine.
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