Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. It has a population of approximately 420,000 inhabitants, but it is estimated that over 500,000 people live in the city. Bratislava is the biggest city in Slovakia and administrative, cultural and economic centre of the country. Other names of Bratislava are Pozsony in Hungarian and Pressburg in German.

In the past, Bratislava was one the most important economic and administrative center of Kingdom of Hungary. Several kings were coronated here what is still markable in the architecture and atmosphere of today's city.

Did you know, that...

  • Bratislava is the only one European capital city, which borders with two other countries - Hungary and Austria.
  • Bratislava and Vienna are the closest two capitals in Europe - only 60km far away from each other.
  • Petrzalka - the largest borough of Bratislava - is the most densely populated residential district in Central Europe.
  • A cycling bridge connecting Austria and Bratislava should have been named after Chuck Norris, but officials rejected this name and named it a "Bridge of Freedom"
  • Slavin memorial above Bratislava is actually an official cemetery for 6,845 Soviets soldiers, who died in 1945 during the liberation of Bratislava
  • Bratislava is probably the only city in the world, where you can have a lunch in a UFO

Facts about Bratislava

Fact

Value

Explained in context

Number of inhabitants

417,389 (2013)

20x smaller than New York City

GPS coordinates

48°08′38″N

17°06′35″E

Same latitude as Munich, Volgograd, Seattle, Quebec city or Ulaanbaatar.

Same longitude as Wroclaw, Stockholm or Cape Town.

Lowest point

126m - Danube river

That is 124m higher than altitude of Washington, D.C.

Highest point

514m - Devinska Kobyla

That is 60% of height of the tallest building in the world, Burj Khalifa

Area

367.6 km2

That is 4x smaller than Greater London city area

Timezone (winter)

CET or UTC+1

Daylight saving time in winter causes forwarding +1 hour during summer

Timezone (summer)

CEST or UTC+2

Same as in Paris, Barcelona or Berlin

Postal code

8XX XX

6 out of 1,353 Postal codes in Slovakia belong to Bratislava

Phone prefix

+421 2

+421 is a country code of Slovakia, 2 indicates the Bratislava region

Car plate

BA, BL

Last car plate starting with “BA” (BA999ZZ) was issued on 18/08/14. Since then BL is used for newly registered cars.

Nicknames

Beauty on Danube, Little big city

Or the unofficial one - Suburb of Vienna

Electricity voltage

220-volt AC, 50Hz power supply with two-pin continental plugs

Same as in majority of other European countries

Emergency contact

112 - General Emergency number

158 - Police

155 - Ambulance

150 - Fire brigade

Hope you won't need to use any

Currency

Euro - € - EUR

Exchange rate of former Slovak crown (Sk) was 1 € = 30.1260 Sk

Telecom operators

O2, Telekom (T-Mobile), Orange

Whole Bratislava is well covered with mobile network and partially with 3G/4G internet

 


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  1. Andy Peck

    I will be in Bratislava on the 1st Feb and departing on the 4th I would like to see the two HC Slovan Bratislava Hockey games - Can you tell me how to purchase tickets ?

    1. Jakub

      Hello Andy,
      as it is a a bit complicated, I prepared a manual how to buy tickets here: http://bratislava-slovakia.eu/places/hockey-stadium/hc-slovan-khl

      Regards