Introduction to Bratislava
Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is home to a population of approximately 429,000 Celts, Romans, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, and Slovaks. Because of this diverse population, Bratislava is also home to rich culture, a range of architectural beauty, variety of languages, and a wonderful buffet of cuisine. Bratislava runs the gamut of food availability, ranging from Slovak, to French, to Argentinian to Japanese.
Palaces dot the hillsides of this beautiful city, boasting the deep historical value dating back to the pre Roman times. Vineyards also line the hills, giving the flavour of rich wines throughout the city.
Musical performances of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra and the ballet of the Slovak National Theatre lend a hand in the artistic culture of Bratislava. The Slovak National Theatre is home to many performances. This opera house in Neo Renaissance style opened in 1886. It was created by Viennese architects F. Fellner and H. Helmer. When entering the facade, busts of famous composers appear in the oval shaped openings. Viewing of the Ganymede’s fountain at the entrance of the theatre is a treat as well.
Upon one hillside outlining Bratislava, sits the Grassalkovich Palace, named after the Chairman of the Hungarian Royal Chamber. The palace was built in 1760.
Palffy Palace adds to the beauty of the hillsides around Bratislava. Built in the mid-19th century by Count Jan Palffy who at the time was the highest official. During recent reconstruction the remains of a Gothic 13th century house was located. This house was attached to a 14th century tower at one point, which was also located by archaeologists. However, the greatest finds were casting moulds from Celtic periods of settlement, proving existence of a Celtic mint in the town.
At the foot of a cliff above confluence between the Danube and Moraval Rivers, sits a national cultural monument, the Devin Castle. The oldest traces of Slovak settlement dating from the 8th century were found here. The first written mention of Devin dates from 1223. In 1809, the castle was destroyed by the armies of Napoleon. Remains of the history of this castle can still be seen today, lending hand to the beauty and value.
While Bratislava claimed its name only 90 years ago, its history dates back to the pre-Roman times. Throughout the city, this rich history can be seen from its architecture and archaeological finds. Holidays to Bratislava are definitely geared towards historians and explorers and can come cheaply enough with loads of last minute holiday packages to choose from.