VoicesInBratislava: How can one go through life without one look over the shoulder, to where the foot stood a second before?

 

 
 
For the personal name Bratislava, see Bratislav.
Bratislava
City
Bratislava Montage, Clockwise from top of left:View of Novy Bridge, Danube River and Old Bratislava from Castle of Bratislava, St.Michael Gate, View of sunset in Danube River, Slovak Parliament and Bratislava Castle, Statue of Tof Slavin, Peace Earth sculpture fountain in Hodzovo Square, Bratislava Castle and fortification
Flag
Coat of arms
Nickname: Beauty on the Danube, Little Big City, Blava
 
Country Slovakia
Region Bratislava
 
Districts Bratislava IIIIIIIVV
Rivers DanubeMoravaLittle Danube
 
Elevation 134 m (440 ft)
Coordinates 48°08′38″N 17°06′35″E
Highest point Devínska Kobyla
 – elevation 514 m (1,686 ft)
Lowest point Danube River
 – elevation 126 m (413 ft)
 
Area 367.584 km2 (142 sq mi)
 – urban 853.15 km2 (329 sq mi)
 – metro 2,053 km2 (793 sq mi)
 
Population 462,603 (2012-01-02)
 – urban 586,300
 – metro 659,578
Density 1,258 / km2 (3,258 / sq mi)
 
First mentioned 907
Government City council
Mayor Milan Ftáčnik
 
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 – summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 8XX XX
Phone prefix 421 2
Car plate BA, BL
 
Location in Slovakia
Location in Slovakia
Location in the Bratislava Region
Location in the Bratislava Region
Wikimedia Commons: Bratislava
Statistics: MOŠ/MIS
Website: bratislava.sk
 

Bratislava (Slovak pronunciation: [ˈbracɪslava] ( listen)English pronunciation: /ˌbrætɨˈslɑːvə/ or /ˌbrɑːtɨˈslɑːvə/German: Pressburg formerlyPreßburg, Hungarian: Pozsony) is the capital of Slovakia and, with a population of about 460,000, also the country‘s largest city.[1] Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia on both banks of the Danube River. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries.[2]

Bratislava is the politicalcultural, and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament, and the Slovak Executive. It is home to several universities, museums, theatres, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions.[3] Many of Slovakia’s large businesses and financial institutions also have headquarters there.

The history of the city, long known in English by the German name Preßburg, has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by AustriansCzechsGermansHungariansSlovaks, and Jews.[4] The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories,[5] from 1536 to 1783 and has been home to many SlovakHungarian, andGerman historical figures.

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