Bratislava — The young Capital
Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, lies at the heart of Central Europe. Even though Bratislava is one of the youngest capital cities in Europe, it is the site of more than two thousand years of history. With its rich tradition it can easily be compared to any major European city. On 1 January 1993 Bratislava became the capital of the Slovak Republic. In the years to come the city would undergo major restoration, especially the historic city centre. The spirit of its past can be felt in every step. In the historic city centre you can find amazing pastel-coloured palaces, built by European nobility. Visitors will enjoy the many restored fountains from times long gone, Gothic churches, romantic narrow alleyways and one of the most stunning old squares in Central Europe. Even so, it is still a fairly undiscovered destination and so you do not have to suffer the stampede of tourists often found in other European cities, not even in the peak season. Visitors to Bratislava are not here just for the historic monuments, but also for the rich range of culture and entertainment on offer. Classical music lovers will love it here, for instance, with a night out at the opera of the Slovak National Theatre. The Slovak National Theatre ballet or Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra are also extremely popular, as are the many museums and galleries.