Bratislava - the little big city. With fewer than half a million people, Bratislava ranks among Europe's most relaxed capitals, because everything is in close vicinity, reachable within a few minutes walking distance. It even has two capital cities nearby - Vienna (80km) and Budapest (200km) - reachable also by a boat on the river Danube. The city itself has its old-town charm, sophisticated restaurants, traditional pubs, good music ranging from jazz to opera, stylish people, and a human scale which means that as a visitor you will not spend half your day trekking in and out of underground stations or getting from the airport into town. All this with Central Europe's greatest river as a backdrop.
SlovakiaRight in the middle of Europe lies Slovakia, a testament to how the smallest of countries can often also be the most attractive. Trek the snowy Tatras Mountains, the tallest of the Carpathian range, with breathtaking summits that have the ability to fill any Slovakian with pride. Come and see Spiš Castle for yourself, one of Europe’s largest fortifications; an architectural combination of power and might dating back to the 12th century. With a cosy population of around 450,000, Bratislava is one of Europe’s most compact capitals. The Danube graciously flows past its old quarter and the city’s stylish bright buildings reflect the sun off of their proud facades. Get to know the pleasant pubs and hear the locals nattering away at the tables of charming cafés in the background. Slovakia is a country of astounding natural beauty and its capital, Bratislava, a city of pretty plazas, red rooftops and fine ales.