By Lauren Kmec
Bratislava
Slovakia
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Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, as well as the country’s political, cultural, and economic center. Bratislava’s history dates back to pre-Roman times, and it has been home to Celts, Romans, Germans, Hungarians, and Slovaks over the years. Thus, Bratislava features an interesting and eclectic mixture of architecture, cuisine, and culture. Though this city lies on both banks of the River Danube, the majority of tourist attractions are concentrated on the north side of the river, in Bratislava’s Old Town.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to explore this exciting city on your next vacation. Flights to Bratislava will arrive at M. R. Štefánika Airport [aka Bratislava Airport (BTS)], the largest airport in Slovakia located just 8 kilometers from the city center. Follow this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight to Bratislava with EscapeWizard.com. We can also help you find the perfect hotel to meet your needs during your trip. Click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to search EscapeWizard.com’s hotel finder.

Once you have arrived, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit Bratislava Castle, sitting regally atop the Old Town area on a hill that was populated as early as the late Stone Age. The impressive, rectangular castle was built, refined, and rebuilt numerous times over the ensuing years. Consequently, traces of Baroque, Gothic, and Renaissance architecture can still be seen in the castle today. More recently, Bratislava Castle has been used as a venue for the Slovak Parliament; it also contains the collections of the Slovak National Museum and a “Treasure Chamber” of highly prized archaeological finds. After touring the castle, take the time to admire the breathtaking views of the city and the River Danube that can be seen from the top of Castle Hill.

The city of Bratislava is a study of contrast between old and new, so after you visit the historic Bratislava Castle, EscapeWizard.com recommends seeing one of Bratislava’s modern landmarks: Nový Most (aka “New Bridge”). Nový Most spans the River Danube, linking Old Town and Petržalka. This bridge, which opened in 1972, is probably the most distinct structure in the entire city. The 431.8-meter-long Nový Most is a wonder of contemporary design: it is an asymmetric structure with a single pylon supported by a steel cable. We recommended dining at the restaurant that sits atop the 80-meter-high tower; the food is delicious, but the panoramic views are truly incredible.

EscapeWizard.com also suggests visiting Grassalkovich Palace, the presidential palace of Slovakia. Constructed in 1760 for Count Anton Grassalkovich, the palace is now the official residence of the president of Slovakia. The former palace gardens have been transformed into a beautiful park that provides a quiet refuge from the fast pace of urban life. The park contains an interesting collection of statues and sculptures, including the notable “Fountain of Youth” by well-known Slovak sculptor Tibor Bártfay.

EscapeWizard.com encourages arts lovers to see a performance at the Slovak National Theatre, a beautiful Neo-Renaissance–style opera house that is one of Bratislava’s most recognizable symbols. The Slovak National Theatre is a renowned cultural institution and hosts performances by the Slovak National Opera, Drama, and Ballet companies. The building is adorned with stone sculptures, and the remarkable Ganymede’s Fountain, designed in 1888 by Bratislava-born artist Viktor Tilgner, sits at the entrance to the theatre.

If you need a break from seeing the many sights of Bratislava, EscapeWizard.com recommends relaxing at Hlavné Námestie, the main city square in the heart of the Old Town area. Hlavné Námestie is surrounded by a few notable landmarks, including the Old Town Hall and the Roland Fountain. We suggest taking a leisurely stroll to the square and watching the world go by while enjoy a cup of coffee and a fresh pastry from one of the nearby cafes.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to experience Bratislava for a truly enchanting European vacation. You are sure to fall in love with this vibrant city and its friendly people, so book your trip to Bratislava today with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Bratislava
By Shaina Amienyi
Crowne Plaza
Hodzovo Namestie 2 Bratislava, Slovakia
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EscapeWizard.com invites you to venture through the Slovakian Capital, Bratislava, well-rested and with peace of mind by booking the Crowne Plaza Hotel Bratislava. Just a short walk from the gorgeous Castle of Bratislava, and in close proximity to other area attractions, such as the Presidential Palace, St. Martin's Cathedral and the Slovak National Theater, Crowne Plaza Hotel Bratislava offers not only the location you desire, but the security you need.

Each of the guest rooms, executive club level rooms and suite options include an in-room safe for protecting valuables. Rooms also provide additional comfort with kitchenettes and mini bars, allowing you to eat in if you so choose. EscapeWizard.com guests of Crowne Plaza Hotel Bratislava will also enjoy individual room climate control, ample workspace, ironing supplies and hairdryer. Crowne Plaza Hotel Bratislava also keeps patrons connected with free wireless internet access, a television with available pay-per-view movies and a phone with voicemail capabilities.

Guests of Crowne Plaza Hotel Bratislava can unwind or stay fit after long days in the medieval streets in the fitness center, open daily from 5:30 a.m. until 11 p.m. Also available is the indoor heated swimming pool and the sauna, which can be used for a small fee. International travelers can utilize the hotel's currency exchange desk, while business travelers can make use of the extensive resources the business center offers. The beauty salon also offers guests a prime opportunity to groom during their Bratislava vacation.

EscapeWizard.com guests of the Crowne Plaza Hotel Bratislava will eat well at Fresh!, the hotel's buffet style restaurant. This American-style buffet offers patrons a wide variety of international cuisines for breakfast lunch and dinner. Also on-site is the Plaza Bar, a 24-hour dedicated lounge offering coffee in the morning to start the day right and cocktails, beer and wine in the evening for a nightcap. Cigar connoisseurs may also indulge in the Cigar Lounge featuring a wide menu of cigars and whiskey. For guests wanting to eat in their pajamas and bathrobes, 24-hour room service is also an option.

Bratislava, Slovakia offers a rich Eastern European history and Crowne Plaza Hotel offers prime amenities, location and service to make your stay a great success. Book today on EscapeWizard.com and get the ball rolling on your unique Bratislava vacation today. Click now to get started (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Bratislava
By Adam J. Mohney
Sheraton Bratislava
Pribnova 12, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Nestled in the heart of the Slovakian Capital, Sheraton Bratislava Hotel is an EscapeWizard.com premier lodging choice for travelers. With easy access to the Castle of Bratislava, the National Museum, the Slovak National Theater and St. Martin's Cathedral, guests at Sheraton Bratislava will easily access all of the area's famous old-town attractions. The Sheraton Bratislava Hotel is also conveniently located near the Bratislava Airport.

The 209 guest rooms at Sheraton Bratislava Hotel include the popular comfort of the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper bed. EscapeWizard.com guests will also enjoy the comfort of individual room climate control and air conditioning, mini bar, coffee and tea maker, hairdryer and ironing supplies. Rooms also include a 32-inch LCD television with available in-room movies, wireless internet for a per diem fee and a phone with voicemail functionality.

Sheraton Bratislava Hotel includes the prime amenities EscapeWizard.com users have come to expect including; an indoor heated pool, fitness center, complimentary business center and a sauna. International travelers can also utilize the currency exchange desk during their stay before heading into the streets in downtown Bratislava.

Guests of the Sheraton Bratislava Hotel will also have eating options on-site throughout their stay. The hotel's main restaurant, Brasserie Anjou, includes an open kitchen with atmospheric outdoor seating options. Brasserie Anjou's menu features French-style cuisine on a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Also available are the Link @ Sheraton Cafe, a to-go cafe, open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. with available outdoor seating. Drink options include Amber's Bar, open each evening with a full bar menu and the all-day atmospheric Port Wilson Lobby Lounge. For guests looking to unwind in their rooms after long days in the medieval streets, 24-hour room service is also available.

EscapeWizard.com invites you to experience the medieval wonders of Bratislava, Slovakia with a comfortable pillow beneath your head. The prime location and comforting amenities of Sheraton Hotel Bratislava make it a wonderful lodging choice for your next vacation. Book now on EscapeWizard.com by clicking here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).