The City of Bratislava has a continental climate with four separate seasons. Frequently windy, the Port of Bratislava is in one of Slovakia’s driest and warmest regions. The Port of Bratislava boasts a wonderful medieval inner city that has narrow winding streets within a huge concrete block housing complex. To the east are many rural areas with farms, tiny villages, and vineyards. Visitors to the Port of Bratislava will not want to miss these fascinating places.
Although it is closed until 2011, Bratislava Castle sits on the hill where the first inhabitants lived for thousands of years. Dominating the city’s skyline, the castle was restored in the mid-20th Century to house the collections of the Slovak National Museum.
First consecrated in 1452, St. Martin’s Cathedral in the Port of Bratislava is the biggest and near-oldest church in the city. Located below the Bratislava Castle, eleven Kings of Hungary were crowned here. The premiere of Beethoven’s Solemn Mass was conducted here.
The 1760 Grassalkovich Palace (the Presidential Palace) was a popular place for aristocrats throughout the Port of Bratislava’s history. This Rococo/Baroque summer palace features a row of trees planted by some of the most famous European leaders in history. The palace contains a French garden where concerts are performed. Today, the palace is the official residence of the President of the Slovak Republic.
The Port of Bratislava is a city of music. Giants like Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, and Rubinstein have performed here. Today’s Slovak National Theatre ballet and opera are world-famous for their classical performances, and their historic buildings are popular venues for social and cultural events. In addition to music, the Port of Bratislava is home to over 20 art galleries that exhibit works from the ancient to contemporary.
Travelers who want to see the Port of Bratislava by cruising there can find a list of scheduled cruises on the Cruise Compete website.