Local currency – Euro (€), since 1st January 2009
Local Time – Timezone – CET (Central European Time) – GMT +1 hour, summer time from March till October
Electricity – 230 V/50 Hz, standard socket with safety pin
1st January – Day of the establishment of the Slovak Republic
6th January – Epiphany (The Three Magi)
5th July – St. Cyril and Methodius Day
29th August – Slovak National Uprising anniversary
1st September – Day of the Constitution of the Slovak Republic
17th November – Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
1st May – Labour Day
8th May – Day of victory over fascism
15th September – Lady of Sorrows Day / Blessed Virgin Mary
1st November – All Saints` Day
24th December – Christmas Eve
25th December – Christmas Day
26th December – St. Stephen’s Day
Drinking water – there is drinking water from the taps, besides some exceptional cases where a notification warns is a must
Languages – official language is Slovak although English and German are the most often used foreign languages. Older people often speak Hungarian, Russian or German
The Capital of the Slovak Republic BRATISLAVA, also referred to as the Beauty on the Danube can not only boast interesting history but it also is the centre of the most dynamically developing region of central Europe at present.
BRATISLAVA (population 425,500), situated in the south-west of Slovakia stretches on both banks of the Danube and in the foothills of the Little Carpathian Mts. Thanks to this favourable position it was always a commercial centre. In spite of its exciting history, Bratislava is one of the youngest Capitals of the world and its population is also very young. The modern metropolis is opened to Europe and to the world as proved by the increasing number of foreign visitors of most diverse countries. Palaces, modern shopping and trade centres, admirable arts of the Slovak cooks and brewers, friendly people and various international cultural or sport events, exhibitions, and business opportunities are the reasons why it is worth of visit.
CITY PUBLIC TRANSPORT
Public transport (MHD) in Bratislava is run by the Dopravný podnik Bratislava, a.s., which operates trams, buses and trolleybuses. Time-limited tickets are valid for 15 minutes, 60 minutes, or 90 minutes /night lines/ tickets. Children under 6 travel for free. 24hour, 3-day and 7-day tourist tickets are also available. Passangers must buy tickets prior to boarding public transport and must punch the ticket in the nearest punching machine as soon as they board. A new ticket does not need to be punched when changing, provided the time has not elapsed.
It is cheaper to order a taxi by phone than to hail one on the street. The initial charge varies from 0.80 €/km to 1.4/km. Taxi drivers are obliged to issue receipt on request.
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Calls to Bratislava:
International Access Code +421
Local Code 2
If you lose your passport, this should be reported to the Foreign Police on Sasinkova street No. 23, tel. 09610 11 111. A temporary passport can be issued by the relevant foreign embassy or consulate.
One of the city dominants which can be seen from far distance is The Castle of Bratislava. The most attractive part of Bratislava is the Old Town where the most historical sights as well as cultural institutions are concentrated. Its tiny lanes offer an ideal atmosphere for romantic walks to those who love to follow signs of history in the middle of modern world.
Bratislava is at the centre of Europe, a fact reflected by its excellent transport connections. Vienna, with its large international airport, is only 60 kilometres away; Budapest is 200 km to the southeast; and Prague just 300km to the northwest. All of these cities are connected to Bratislava by multi-lane highways and regular international express trains.
WHAT TO SEE
The Bratislava Castle – the dominant of Bratislava over its historical centre. Its origins lie in the Celtic and Roman period. It was afterwards re-build in the Gothic style (15th century) and the Renaissance style (16th century). It acquired its typical four-wing layout in the 15th century. The present appereance it received in the 17th century. In 1811 it was destroyed by fire and in 1968 fully reconstructed. In its most powerful times the Bratislava Castle was the seat of Hungarian and Austro-Hungarian kings. Today the Bratislava Castle houses the representative halls of the Slovak National Council, the Slovak Government, and the exhibitions of Slovak National Museum.
The Devin Castle – the frontier fortress of the Great Moravia standing over the confluence of the Rivers Morava and Danube on the place of an ancient Celtic settlement. It comes from the 9th century. During its history it was in possession of different noble families. In 1809 it was blown up and ruined by Napoleon's troops. After reconstruction and coservation the castle has been open for public.
St. Martin's Cathedral – in 1563-1830 the coronation church of Hungarian kings and queens. It comes from the 14th-15th centuries. It has been build in the Gothic style and in the 18th century re-build in the Baroque style.
The Michael's Gate in the Michael's Tower – a part of original city fortifications. It was build in the beginning of 14th century and it used to be one of the four entrances to the city in the Middle Ages (the only one preserved). Its name is derived from St. Michael, the patron saint of St. Michael's Church, once standing next to the gate, in front of the city fortification. After the Battle at Mohac in 1526 Turks threatened also Bratislava, therefore the city council had pulled the church down and the stones from it were used to strengthen and extend the Michael's Gate itself. The Michael's Tower was reconstructed in the Baroque style in the 18th century. Today the tower houses the Exhibition of Weapons of the City Museum.
The Franciscan Church – It was built in the end of the 13th century in the Gothic style. It has been thereafter re-built in Baroque and Renessaince styles. It belongs to the oldest sacral buildings in the town. During the coronations of the king it was the place of knighting ceremony when the chosen aristocrats were promoted to the Knights of the Golden Spur. In Middle Ages mayors were elected here and the Hungarian Assembly elected here in 1526 Ferdinand Habsburg for the Hungarian king.
Academia Istropolitana – the first univerisity in Slovakia founded in 1465 by the king Mathew the Corvinus. There were four faculties – the Arts Faculty, the Theological Faculty, the Law Faculty and the Medical Faculty. In present, the original building of Academia Istropolitana is the seat of the Theatre Faculty and the Academy of Arts.
The Primatial Palace – the most outstanding Classicist palace in the town, built in 18th century as the residence of the Archbishop of Esztergom. It is situated on the Primatial Square near the Old Town Hall. The most known and most beautiful is the Mirror Hall of Primatial Palace. Today the palace serves as the seat of the Mayor of Bratislava as well as the facility for exhibitions and cultural events.
The Old Town Hall – one of the oldest stone buildings of Bratislava. It is situated on the Main Square near the Maximilian's (Roland's) Fountain – the oldest fountain in the city (1572). The Old Town Hall was originally the Gothic style house built in the 14th century. Since the 15th century it had been used as the Town Hall. The Old Town Hall houses the Municipal Museum since 1868.
The Grassalkovich Palace – The Rococo style palace with French garden from the 18th century. In present, it is the residence of the President of the Slovak Republic.
CENTRAL TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE IN THE CITY CENTRE
Address: Klobučnícka 2, 811 01 Bratislava
Tel.: +421 2 16 186, +421 2 54 419 410 (Mo – Fri 9.00 am – 4.30 pm)
Opening times: peak season (April – October): Monday – Sunday 9.00 am – 7.00 pm
low season (November – March): Monday – Sunday 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
ATTENTION: The Tourist information centre will be closed on Sunday, 9th March 2014 due to technical reasons.
GUIDED TOURS: +421 2 54 434 059, +421 905 848 407 (Mon – Fri 8.00 am – 4.30 pm), email@example.com
+421 2 59 356 651 (Mon – Fri after 4.30 pm and at weekends)
BRATISLAVA CITY CARD: +421 2 59 356 651, firstname.lastname@example.org
TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE AT THE BRATISLAVA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (HALL A)
Address: Letisko M. R. Štefánika, Ivánska cesta, Bratislava
Tel.: +421 2 38 103 988
Monday 9.00 am – 6.30 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am – 8.30 pm
Wednesday 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Thursday: 9.00 am – 5.30 pm
Friday: 9.00 am – 6.00 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm
Sunday: 9.00 am – 8.00 pm