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With fewer than half a million people, Bratislava, or the "little big city" as it's known, ranks among Europe's most relaxed capitals since everything is in close vicinity or a short walk away. It even has two capital cities nearby: Vienna (80km) and Budapest (200km)--also reachable by boat through the river Danube. Slovakia's capital boasts an old-town charm, sophisticated restaurants, traditional pubs, good music ranging from jazz to opera, and an urban design that allows you to enjoy your visit without exhausting yourself. All this with Central Europe's greatest river as a backdrop.

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Traditional Christmas Markets
Main square, Bratislava

Every year, since 1993, between the end of November and December 23rd, Bratislava is hosting big Christmas markets in the city centre. Enjoy the advent atmosphere on the squares and streets of the Old town. Taste the traditional Slovak delicacies and warm up your body with Christmas punch, honey schnapps or hot wine made of red or black currant. This market is truly popular among locals and tourists, probably the city never gets so constantly packed as it is during the Christmas period.

Post-Socialist City Tour
Michalská street 3, Bratislava

Funky retro tour in a legendary 70’s Czechoslovak Škoda car (or minivan) through off-the-beaten-track places of the city's communist past and recent transformation in Bratislava. The tours are in small groups and the local guides speaks English and German.

Slovak Pub
Obchodná 62, Bratislava

Slovak Pub has, in its short history, become one of the favourite spots for college students. The first and probably the only pub in the world where you can get a free soup for an A on an exam. From the menu you can pick traditional Slovak dishes at reasonable prices. Its individual rooms present eras ranging from the old pagan times up until the revival era of the 19th century.

Bratislava Flag Ship Restaurant
Nám. SNP č. 8, Bratislava

Located on Golden Lane, which presents the facade of the original houses that stood here, stands Bratislava Flag Ship Restaurant, a city landmark full of history and character. The shop also features produce from the organic farm in this little house, in addition to 100% smoked sheep's cheese and fresh bread.

Aupark Shopping Centre
Einsteinova 18, Bratislava

This popular shopping centre in Bratislava is situated on the right bank of Danube River - in Petržalka. It's modern facilities include a cinema, restaurants, and of course, plenty of shops that offers everything from clothes to shoes, accessories, toys and electronics. Stores such as Zarah, Tommy Hilfiger, C&A, Bershka, Lindex, Odd Molly, Pull and Bear, Also, Crocs and much more are all located here.

Avion Shopping Park
Ivánska cesta 16, Bratislava

Avion Shopping Park, the biggest and perhaps best-known shopping place in Bratislava, draws huge crowds with its great selection of stores selling clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics, food and much more, including Swedish furniture giant IKEA. You will also find shops like adidas, Calvin Klein, Deichmann, Gant, Mango, Next, Pandora and much more.

Bratislava Airport - M.R.Štefánik
letisko Bratislava, Ivanka pri Dunaji

Airport Bratislava is located approximately 9 km from the city center and about a 50 minutes drive from the International Vienna Airport Schwechat. There is a regular bus service from both airports to Bratislava city centre: From Bratislava Airport: outside the arrivals/departure terminal operated by the Municipal public transport - bus Nr. 61, transfer at Hlavna stanica (Main railway station), change to Bus Nr. X13 - get off at Nam. SNP - to get to the city centre. The journey would take approximately 30 minutes. By taxi it will take around 15 minutes, you will find the taxi stand in front of the Arrival terminal. Airport Bratislava offers also several car rental services, which you can find in the public area of the Arrivals terminal: Avis, Sixt, Eurocar, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget and Europcar. From Vienna International Airport Schwechat: daily shuttle bus Blaguss or Slovak Lines, leaving every 30 minutes from 6:20am until 12:45am. Tel.: +421 2 43 63 72 57 Tel.: +421 2 55 42 27 34

Public Transport

Most sights and places of interest to tourists can be found in the city centre, or within walking distance of the pedestrianised old town. If you need to travel further afield within the city, the best way to do so is by public transport. Bratislava has a comprehensive network of public transport lines running at regular intervals according to defined timetables. Departure times and a list of destinations, with the journey time to each, are posted for each service at every stop it serves. Daily operation: buses, trams and trolleybuses run from 5am until 11.30pm. Tickets: -one-way ticket valid for 15 min -multiple-ride ticket valid for 60 min -weekend multiple-ride ticket valid for 90min -touristic ticket valid for 24, 48, 72 and 168 hours - unlimited travel -children under 6 years of age travel for free Night operation: on selected bus routes from 11:30pm until 3:30am. Tickets: -night ticket valid for 90 min, multiple ride -prepaid tickets (PCL) 30-, 90- and 365-day ticket (personal chip card is needed) -touristic ticket valid for 24, 48, 72 and 168 hours – unlimited travel Passengers are required to buy a ticket in a yellow ticket machine at a bus stop, at a newspaper kiosk or at a DPB shop before getting on board. Right after boarding the vehicle, passengers must stamp their ticket in the nearest stamping machine. A ticket that has not been stamped is not valid. Ticket inspection A passenger who cannot provide a valid ticket to the inspector will have to pay a fine in accordance with the currently valid public transport code. Lost and found In case of loss of personal belongings, the passenger must contact Dopravný podnik Bratislava, at: +421 2 5950 5950. or

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