• Bratislava

Bratislava

Novy Most Bridge spans the Danube

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Bratislava

The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, is set along the River Danube, just about one hour by train from both Vienna and Budapest. The city is overlooked by the Bratislava Castle, which is picturesquely situated atop a hill. The 18th-century old town (Stare Mesto) is very pretty and easily walkable as it’s mostly pedestrianised. The rest of the city boasts some really interesting art spaces. Just outside the city stand the densely forested Small Carpathians mountains and plenty of enticing vineyards.

Slovakia’s made some progress in terms of LGBT rights since the end of communism, when it formed Czechoslovakia with the Czech Republic. But unlike the former co-nationals, who have a much more liberal attitude and legislation towards LGBT rights, Slovakia has experienced a much slower path, even banning same-sex marriage constitutionally. Despite this, generally gay visitors do not experience any issues, especially in the capital. Bratislava has actually a decent, open and varied LGBT scene.


Gaytway Guide to Bratislava

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    • The Bratislava Castle
    • Bratislava Castle sits on a hill overlooking the city. The various rooms of The History Museum and the National Museum hold approximately 3500 paintings, statues, and prints by domestic and international artists grouped according to theme.

    • St Martin’s Cathedral
    • The Cathedral is Bratislava’s most famous Gothic structure and was originally built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style, then replaced by a 3-nave Gothic Dome in the late 14th century. From the 16th to the 19th century, all Hungarian kings were crowned here.

    • The Primatial Palace
    • The Palace, built in 1778 and located in the centre of the Old Town is considered as one the most beautiful building in Bratislava and used to be the Archibishop’s residence. Its pale pink and white exterior is topped with various marble statues and a large cast iron cardinal’s hat.

    • The Town Hall
    • Bratislava’s old town hall was built in the 15th century by connecting several burgher houses, and then went through several reconstructions in the course of the centuries. After the earthquake of 1599, it was reconstructed in Renaissance style, while the town-hall tower was rebuilt in baroque style in the 18th century.

    • St. Michael's Street
    • A quaint street lined with many shops and restaurants. In the summertime, the Michalska Ulica is teeming with tourists, street bands, and locals enjoying the cool Slovak summer nights. On the top of the street there is St. Michael's Gate - the only preserved gate of the medieval city fortifications. Its Gothic foundations were laid in the 1st half of the 14th century.
  • Tepláreň Café

    A new cool coffee-bar for LGBTI people in downtown Bratislava, also offering tasty snacks.
  • Apollon Club

    Apollon is the oldest gay pub in Slovakia, organising many shows and events. such as karaoke nights on Tuesdays.

    Tutti Frutti @ High Street Klub

    High Street Klub (HSK) is the home of TUTTI FRUTTI, a popular gay party, held once a month. Playing top hits and great pop music with resident DJ @ndree.

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