When the Danube was the Roman Empire’s northern border (1st to 4th century), Bratislava was called Anductium. Although the oldest preserved written record (907) cites the battle of Preslavvaspurce (Preslav was the third son of King Svätopluk). Germans referred to it as Pressburg, the Slovaks as Prešporok. And the Hungarians as Pozsony based on a translation of Božoň, who was lord of Bratislava Castle 1052 – 1099. Greeks used Istropolis, i.e. town on the Danube.

The current name was likely first used by the Štúr family in the 19th century, as they wanted to use Slovak nominations. So after a trip  to Devín Velislav, Ľudovít Štúr combined the words brother and glory to arrive at Bratislava. Calls to rename the city ‘Wilson’ after the First World War were resisted, so the city has been officially known as Bratislava since 1919.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

The Danube’s banks in Bratislava were connected by bridges over the centuries. The first pontoon bridge was built around 1450 and lasted three centuries. One pendulum (compass-like) bridge was built for Bratislava in 1770 by inventor Wolfgang Kempelen. Bridges were built for coronational events. With the only bridge outlasting a coronation being the 1825 boat bridge located in today’s Ľudovít Štúr Square. It comprised 23 boats with a road surface of wide flat slabs. The boats could be disconnected to allow the passage of boats along the river, and were totally removed in winter to prevent ice damage.

This bridge was replaced by a railway bridge in 1890-1891 named after Austrian emperor. King Francis Joseph I of Hungary, who attended the ribbon cutting event. This first solid bridge had to last Petržalka exactly eighty years.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

Restoration work on an important Gothic monument in Janko Kral Park, Petržalka, was carried out from September to December 2020. “The basic criteria for the restoration was to preserve the original, correct damage and inappropriate modifications. And to complete missing parts and details,” said Bratislava spokeswoman Katarína Rajčanová. Scaffolding and fencing has been removed to enable views of the restored treasure – a national cultural monument.

Originally a tower from a 15th century Franciscan church, it was removed due to damage during the 1897 earthquake. And replaced with a copy by architect Schulek. The original tower in an orchard as a garden pavilion.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

The Church of the Holy Trinity ’s post-reconstruction gleaming new white façade has surprised onlookers – yet research reveals that this had been the original colour of Saint John of Matha Church.

The Church of the Holy Trinity (or simply the Trinity) is a unique city landmark – built by the Trinitarian trinity brothers in 1717, based on the Austrian Baroque architect Johan Lukas von Hildebrandt’s design for the Church of St. Peter in Vienna. Consecrated in 1725, interior adornments continued for a further seven years.

The Trinitarians were a religious order that ransomed Christians from Turkish captivity and were brought to Pressburg (Bratislava) by Leopold Kollonich – the Archbishop of Esztergom. The monastery was built with the help of palatine Count Mikuláš Pálffy and county judge Count Štefan Koháry. Consecrated in 1723, it was further embellished with artistic paintings by Unterhuber, Palko and Ján de Matta. Between 1690 and 1730, Trinitarians redeemed 2,043 Christians from Turkish slavery. By order of Emperor Joseph II, their monastery was closed and turned into a military hospital in 1785.

Having been a yellow-orange colour for many years, the church’s new white paint scheme is a real surprise for citizens.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

In September 2020, Eurovea 2 contractors began concreting the foundation slab for the first Slovak skyscraper. 45-floor and  168 m high Eurovea Tower will include 389 residences and 1,400 parking spaces.

“The foundations were designed by a statics expert of course, yet we still independently checked the solution. Second structural engineer audited the design and proposed solution. To verify the soil properties as per the geological survey, we performed pile test. It showed the load-bearing capacity of the subsoil and the design’s correctness. Eurovea Tower will be completed mid-2023,” said JTRE’s Kaštan.

“The waterfront promenade will be greatly extended – from Lafranconi Bridge to Apollo,” observed Radoslav Grečmal from GFI architect studio, which prepared the design.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

In just a few months, Bolt’s “green scooters” have replaced Slovnaft “yellow bikes” as the short-distance trip hit in Bratislava. Fun as these scooters are, some safety issues also need to be considered. Children or teenagers should only ride Bolt’s scooters after seeking permission from parents or from older siblings, or adult friends. And who also assume legal responsibility in the event of a collision, accident, or damage to the scooter. Here are some basic regulations for scooter riders:

– Road users must be minimum 15 years of age,  all other ages can use cycle paths, country lanes, residential areas.

– Scooters can be driven on the right side of pavements. And only at walking speed, and taking care not to endanger or inconvenience pedestrians.

– One scooter = one person.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

It’s summer in the city and Bratislava has a new riverside beach!

Tyršák (after Miroslav Tyrš) sandy summer paradise is between Aréna Theater and the Old Bridge. You can find there a range of fun activities including a beach sports area for volleyball, tennis and football, and even a giant swing. The normally grassy area has been covered with 650 tons of white sand and 250 sunbeds for relaxation and sunbathing.

The tropical beach atmosphere is complemented by lots of exotic greenery. As well as refreshing mist gates for cooling down on steaming summer days. A dedicated food zone has a beach bar, and Yeme, Marinela, Edokin, Al Trivio and NYC Corner concepts. All of them for perfect refreshments on long summer days and sultry evenings.

Cultural activities will include DJ-sets and live music performances, As well as a sand play area for kids and lots of fairground rides. Access to the beach, sun loungers and sports area is completely free and open until the end of September 2020 –fingers crossed for good weather!

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

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