How to use this guide Introduction Chapter 1 Contexts Geography, Climate, Natural history, History, Government and politics, Economy, People, Religion, Culture and festivals, Business, Cultural etiquette, Travelling positively Chapter 2 Planning A practical overview, When to visit (and why), Highlights and suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money and budgeting Chapter 3 Practicalities Tourist information, Local tour operators, Embassies and consulates, Money, Media and communications, Religious services, Public toilets Chapter 4 Local Transport Public transport, Bratislava by bike, Taxis, Car hire, Danube river cruises Chapter 5 Accommodation Luxury hotels, Four-star hotels, Three-star hotels, Pensions, Hostels, Camping Chapter 6 Eating and Drinking Food, Drink, Restaurants, Cafes and tearooms, Bars, pubs and clubs Chapter 7 Entertainment, Nightlife, Sport and Shopping Theatre, Music, Nightclubs and discos, Casinos, LGBT+ Bratislava, Cinema, Sports, Shopping Chapter 8 Walking Tours Walk one - Old Town, Walk two - castle and beyond Chapter 9 Museums and Sightseeing Major sights, Museums, Galleries, Churches and religious buildings, Gardens and parks, Squares, Bridges, Also worth a visit Chapter 10 Beyond the City Devin, Ancient Gerulata, Rusovce, Senec, Small Carpathian Wine Route, Cerveny Kamen, Trnava, Piestany, Kosice Appendix 1 Language Pronunciation, Words and phrases Appendix 2 Further Information Books, Websites Index
Born and educated in the UK, Lucy Mallows spent 16 years in Budapest and Brussels, working as a photo journalist, travel writer and translator. An expert on central Europe who spoke seven languages, including Russian, Hungarian and a fair attempt at Slovak, her passions were travel, music, swimming, photography and football! Sadly, Lucy passed away early in 2018. This edition has been updated by Tim Burford, who started writing guidebooks for Bradt in 1991, in Romania and Poland, and also led hiking trips in the mountains of Romania, Poland and Slovakia, so passed through Bratislava quite often until 2003. 'I always loved it' he says 'and I was very happy to be asked to update this book. I walked everywhere and also made use of the new bike-sharing system to check every detail. I also have a good grasp of the history and culture of central Europe, where I've now worked for almost thirty years.'