Bratislava is one of the smallest capital cities in Europe, with just 400,000 people, with one of the youngest names, which only came in 1919, but is has a long history. Like many places in central Europe, it changed hands frequently, most recently as part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and part of Czechoslovakia until it became independent in 1993.
Situated on the banks of the fabled Danube, Bratislava is only one hour by boat from Vienna and two hours from Budapest. Boat tours can be made to historic Devin Castle, high above the river, and a visit to the iconic “UFO” Bridge is also a high spot. In town, don’t miss St. Michael’s Street and Gate for shopping, dining and enjoying the sights of the old town. Also in the area is the gothic St. Michael’s Cathedral.