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Slovakia: situated in central Europe. The mid and the North of the country is mountainous (Carpathian curve), lowlands (important agricultural areas) are typical of the South and the East. The most important Slovak river the Danube connects the capital city of the SR Bratislava with two capital cities of the neighbour countries - Vienna and Budapest.

Present-day Slovakia was settled by Slavic Slovaks about the 6th century. They were politically united in the Moravian empire in the 9th century. In 907, the Germans and the Magyars conquered the Moravian state, and the Slovaks fell under Hungarian control from the 10th century up until 1918. When the Habsburg-ruled empire collapsed in 1918 following World War I, the Slovaks joined the Czech lands of Bohemia, Moravia, and part of Silesia to form the new joint state of Czechoslovakia. By the end of 1991, discussions between Slovak and Czech political leaders turned to whether the Czech and Slovak republics should continue to coexist within the federal structure or be divided into two independent states.

Official name: Slovak Republic (SR)
Membership in international organisations: EU, NATO, UN, UNESCO, OECD, OBSE, CERN, WHO, INTERPOL, etc. Population: 5 389 180 people
Capital city: Bratislava (population 428 672 people)

Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic, lies at the heart of Central Europe. It spans both banks of the River Danube, and lies at the foot of the Little Carpathian range. Bratislava sits at the border with three countries, Hungary to the south, and Austria and the Czech Republic to the west. Covering almost 368 square kilometres, it is officially home to more than 450 000 population. Even though Bratislava is one of the youngest capital cities in Europe, it is the site of more than two thousand years of history. With its rich tradition it can easily be compared to any major European city. The location of the city right at the heart of Europe on the banks of the River Danube predestined Bratislava to become a crossroads and destination of various trade routes and a mixing pot of various cultures.

Bratislava castle: The national cultural monument of Bratislava castle is both the symbol and the dominant feature of the city. The first traces of settlement originate from the end of the late stone age, and there are relics here from the ages of the Roman to the Great Moravian empire. The most fundamental alterations were made during the reign of Marie Theresa (1740 – 1780). On 28 May 1811 a great fi re broke out in the castle, and for 150 years the castle existed as a ruin. Reconstructions had to wait until after World War II. Today part of the premises serve the needs of the state administration. The castle complex also houses exhibitions of the Slovak National Museum.

St. Martin Cathedral: Three-nave gothic church built on the site of the original Romanesque church (length 69.37 m, width 22.85 m, height 16.02 m). Between 1563 and 1830 this was the coronation church for Hungarian kings and their wives, documented to this day by a copy of the Hungarian royal crown (300 kg) at the peak of the 85-metre neo-gothic tower, placed on a gilded cushion measuring 2 x 2 m. At the beginning of September each year the pomp and glory of the coronation returns to Bratislava. A faithful reconstruction of the ceremony is performed in the church in honour of the first coronation of the Habsburg king Maximilian II (8.9.1563).

Castle DEVÍN (A trip by boat): The national cultural monument of Devín castle is located at the foot of a cliff above a confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. The area has been settled in since the late Stone Age. This strategically important site has been populated by several nations, from the Celts, Romans, Goths, Lombards and many more. The oldest traces of Slavs are from the 8th century. In the 9th century an exceptionally important Great Moravian fortress stood here, connected with the name of prince Rastislav. The first written mention of Devín is from the year 1223. From the 15th century the castle belonged to renowned aristocratic families. In 1809 it was blown up by the Napoleonic armies. In the 19th century it became an important site for the awakening movement of the Slovak National Revival.


Red Stone castle (extra trip): National cultural monument. It ranks amongst the most visited monuments in Slovakia. From the mid 13th century a stone castle stood in the vicinity of Modra above the settlement of Častá in the eastern part of the Small Carpathians, which served as part of a system of border castles stretching from Bratislava to Žilina. This original castle was demolished when its owners, the Fugger merchants from Augsburg, built a new fortress in its place in 1535 – 1537. The later owners, the Pálffy family, completed the fort, converting it into an ornate chateau and the home of a valuable collection of works of art, which are today exhibits of a museum.

Cultural performance: Folk ensemble TECHNIK of Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava: