Bratislava Virtual Walking Tour

4K City Walks: Bratislava Slovakia – Slavin Memorial to Presidential Palace – Virtual Walk Treadmill

Foggy Slavin Memorial in Bratislava, Slovakia during our city walk live
Mysterious and foggy Slavin memorial where we start our virtual walkign tour

@TravelingMel is still helping out in 4K City Walks: Bratislava Slovakia – Slavin Memorial to Presidential Palace she takes you from the Slavin Memorial to Soviet war casualties to the Presidential Palace which lies midway between the old city center and the main train station, which lets be honest is totally walkable distance. It’s one of the things I love about Europe.

Presidential palace in Bratislava on a misty virtual walking tour
The beautiful Presidential palace on the Hodžovo námestie

As we start  our walk at the Slavín memorial, the weather in Bratislava on that winter day was quite foggy but Mel gives us a little bit of info and then a magical walk through the central european city. In my opinion it adds to the mysterious dreamlike quality of this walk.

We make our way to the Presidential Palace located near the main train station. It has the normal fancy flourishes but all together not so extravagant. On the way we pass through some residential areas as well. For more of the old town center check out some of the other walks from Bratislava below.

Steps in residential area of Bratislava, Slovakia on our city walk
Stairs in the walkable part of the city

SEE MORE Bratislava, Slovakia Walks below:

Danube River Walk in Bratislava
Historic City Center of Bratislava
Devin Castle Walk in Slovakia
Bratislava Old Town Center
Castle Overlook On Misty Day in Bratislava

Some History and Facts

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. With a population of about 430,000, it is one of the smaller capitals of Europe but still the country’s largest city. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states.

The city’s history has been influenced by people of many nations and religions, including Austrians, Bulgarians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks. It was the coronation site and legislative center of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1536 to 1783, and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian and German historical figures.

It has several universities, and many museums, theatres, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions.  We went to an opera at the old theater. Many of Slovakia’s large businesses and financial institutions have headquarters there. In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP (PPP) per capita (after Hamburg and Luxembourg City). Bratislava receives around 1 million tourists every year.

Slavín is a memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the burial ground of thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II while taking over the city in April 1945 from the occupying German Wehrmacht units and the remaining Slovak troops who supported the clero-fascist Tiso government. It is situated on a hill amidst a rich villa quarter of the capital and embassy residences close to the centre of Bratislava. It was constructed between 1957 and 1960 on the site of a field cemetery, and opened on April 3, 1960 on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the city’s liberation. The monument was constructed similar in kind to the Palace of Culture and Science in Stalinist architectural style. In 1961 it was declared a National Cultural Monument. Its designer was Ján Svetlík.

The Grassalkovich Palace (Slovak: Grasalkovičov palác) is a palace in Bratislava and the residence of the president of Slovakia. It is situated on Hodžovo námestie, near the Summer Archbishop’s Palace. The building is a Rococo-late Baroque summer palace with a French garden.

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