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The best day trip from Vienna: 5 things you didn't know about Bratislava, Slovakia



5. Bratislava is one of four capital cities on the Danube River


The Danube River has been significant since the dawn of history once serving as the northern frontier of the Roman Empire. It is also the river that flows through the most capital cities in the world: Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, and Belgrade.


4. It has preserved its medieval downtown beautifully


The oldest surviving remnant of Bratislava Castle is a basilica on the lawn facing Bratislava's Old Town that dates back from the 9th century. Its narrow pebbled streets and Old Town courtyards wear their age with pride.


3. Bratislava's Old Town has played Vienna



Austria's beloved capital, Vienna, is a mere 45 minutes upstream but Bratislava's comparable charm in a more affordable setting has made it an attractive alternative backdrop for movies set in Vienna.


2. On clear days, you can see as far as Hungary from Bratislava Castle


The large rectangular castle features four corner towers and sits perched atop a rocky hill above the Danube River in the middle of Bratislava.


1. Bratislavsky rozok


You can guess by its name that the Bratislava roll is an iconic treat in the capital city. The roll is a crescent-shaped pastry that has been baked in the city for hundreds of years. Authentic rolls are filled with sweet walnuts or poppy seeds that make up at least 40% of the pastry's weight. Similar to a croissant, Bratislavsky rozok is commonly enjoyed cup-side to a morning coffee.



Bonus points for all the creative art about town!

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