Bratislava Travel Blog› entry 8 of 19 › view all entries
As we arrived in the dusk we just drove around to find a hotel that suited the both of us and where we didn´t have to put in too much of an effort. The Hotel was No 16 (I have written a review about it). After checking in we went for a walk in the city center and for something to eat. We turned in again quite late and we slept good after the long drive that day.
Besides being a very nice and wonderful city Bratislava is one of the youngest capitals in Europe. When the city was a part - a very significent part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire it had a names like Pressburg or Pozsony. The has many times been called a mishmash without it having a negative meaning. The city have always been full of mixed nationalities and an old saying says that a true "Presburgian" speaks 4 differents languages : Slovak, German, Hungarian and "mishmas" - and mishmash being a mix of all languages in the same sentence - they do that a little bit in Belgium today aswell.
Bratislava’s location on the banks of the River Danube and at the crossroads of ancient trading routes right at the heart of Europe predestined it to become a meeting point of various cultures. It was the home of the Celts, the Romans, and the Slavs ...
The rich mix of cultures and nations not only left its mark in the language spoken here, but also in the customs, cuisine and lifestyle. The people of Bratislava also enjoy promenading through the streets of the city centre, taking time out for a coffee in any of the many cafes. This part of the city is referred to as the Korzo and combines elegance with charm. The city has a relaxed Mediterranean type atmosphere. You can say that Bratislava is a seaside city without the sea.
Nowadays Bratislava is experiencing a boom once more. Buildings are popping up, deals being made, people studying, and everything is on the move. A lot of people from Austria and Ireland have bought apartment in Bratislave for years now. Experts regard it as one of the most dynamically developing and most prospective regions in Europe. It welcomes tourists, business people, and investors, who are attracted to this blooming city and its lively atmosphere.