Flights to Bratislava
The capital of the Slovak Republic is Bratislava, and it’s also the country’s largest city. Bratislava is unique in the fact that it is the only capital city to border two other countries, Hungary and Austria. The city itself offers a mix of historical architecture and modern structures, along with plenty of culture, making this an interesting place to visit for a short or long break.
Handling more than 2 million passengers each year, the Milan Rastislav Stefanik Airport (airport code: BTS) in Bratislava is the main international airport for flights to Bratislava and the Slovak Republic. There is a public bus route that connects the airport to the city, 9 kilometres away. Virgin Atlantic and British Airways both offer 2-stop flights to Bratislava from South Africa with connections in London and Prague. BMI also takes the same route. You can travel through Munich and Prague if you fly with Lufthansa. The average flight to Bratislava from South Africa is 20 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Bratislava:
With its mix of old and new Bratislava certainly has plenty to see and do and should appeal to many different tourists. Bratislava Old Town is often the main highlight of a visit to the city as it features many of the city’s most attractive buildings.
One of the most prominent landmarks in the city is Bratislava Castle which sits on a plateau above the River Danube. This site is ancient, having been used since between the Stone and Bronze Ages though a stone castle was first built in the 10th century. Today’s castle dates from 1649 though it was largely destroyed by fire in 1811 and not rebuilt until the 1950s.
Bratislava also has another impressive castle called Devin Castle. This castle has played an important part in Slovak history and though it was ruined it too has been recently restored.
The Old Town has several palaces that the city is famous for. There is Grassalkovich Palace that was built around 1760 and is now the home of the Slovak president. Archiepiscopal Palace is similarly being used as the home of the Slovak government.
Churches and Cathedrals of Bratislava
There are also numerous churches within Bratislava. St Martin’s Cathedral is one of the most notable, built in the Gothic style between the 13th and 16th centuries. Bratislava’s Franciscan Church is the oldest in the city as it was built between 1280 and 1297.
Bratislava’s Modern Architecture
The Old Town is definitely popular but Bratislava also features a range of modern architecture too, as the city has had a building boom coming into the 21st century. Two of its most notable structures date from the 1907s though and include the New Bridge (Novy Most) with its striking UFO restaurant on top. This bridge crosses the Danube and was completed in 1972.
The Kamzik TV Tower is also a striking landmark, especially as it is perched on top of a hill overlooking Bratislava. First and foremost this is a TV and radio tower but it has an observation deck too and a revolving restaurant, making this a popular tourist attraction.
When Should You Visit?:
Bratislava has four distinct seasons and is most popular for sightseeing during the summer when the days are warm and sunny. July and August are the hottest months with an average high of 27C. Spring and autumn are nice too with pleasant temperatures though winters are a little too cold for wandering around with an average high of 2C in January.