Capital of Slovakia, Bratislava has a population of about 460,000. Located in southwestern Slovakia, Bratislava is the only capital city that borders two independent countries: Austria and Hungary.
An ethnic and religious melting pot, Germans, Hungarians, and Slavs have all left their imprint upon the city. In 1993, with the dissolution of Czechoslovakia (the transition known as the Velvet Revolution) and the fall of its one party communist state, the Slovak Republic achieved independent nation status. Bratislava has now come into its own as the political, cultural, and financial heart of Slovakia, and the corporate headquarters for the country’s business and financial institutions.
In the historic centre, medieval towers and Baroque palaces erupt into the skyline with tawny splendor. The imposing St. Martin’s Cathedral—with a 279 ft Gothic tower that was actually built into the fortified walls of the city—is where Hungarian kings and queens were crowned during the Turkish occupation of Hungary. The 18th-century Grassalkovich Palace is now the Slovak president’s sumptuous home, while the Slovak government debates, reasons, and gesticulates against the glorious backdrop of what was once the Archbishop’s Palace. The city’s most iconic landmark is the hulking Bratislava Castle. Nestled high above the Old Town, on a plateau overlooking the Danube, the citadel was built in the early 16th century, but was left in ruins following a fire in 1811. The communist government began a lengthy restoration project in the 1950s.
Airports within a 25-mile radius of Bratislava:
- M R Stefanik Airport (BTS)
- Malacky Airport (LZMC)
- Schwechat Airport (VIE)
Popular aircraft charters* in the Bratislava area include:
- Citation Excel (super light)
- Learjet 45 XR (super light)
- Citation CJ3 (light)
- Learjet 31ER 400A (light)
- Learjet 60 XR (midsize)
- Citation III (midsize)
- Gulfstream G200 (super midsize)
- Citation Sovereign (super midsize)
*This is just a sample. Zephyr provides access to aircraft at every end of the spectrum, from luxurious VIP airliners, to ultra long range business jet, helicopters, and economical turboprops.