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Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is located southwestern Slovakia on the borders with Austria and Hungary. It is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Known as Pressburg to German-speakers or Pozsony to Hungarian-speakers, Bratislava got its present name only since 1919. But the city has a long and proud history that dates back to pre-Roman times.
The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, a part of the larger Habsburg Monarchy territories and became a coronation town and the seat of kings and all major organisations and offices. Eleven Hungarian kings and queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral including The Queen Maria Theresa.
For many people still known as a part of former Czechoslovakia, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia becoming more and more popular city, modern and young so called “Partyslava” or “BARtislava”.
Bratislava ZOO and other tips for kids
Bibiana - International House of Art for Children
Bibiana, International House of Art for Children is unique place whre various outstanding temporary exhibitions are taking place. Children aged about 3 to 11 love Bibiana, whose identity pivots on all manner of creative arts. Bibiana is located in a lovely old town house at Panska 41, adjacent to the massive St Martins cathedral. There were recently exhibitions like The Little Prince, The world of Hans Christian Andersen, various exhibits focusing on puppetry, various exhibits dedicated to the senses (sight, hearing etc.)
Bibiana organize wellknown festival 'Biennial of Illustartions Bratislava', on which you can see thousands of illustrations of childbooks from all over the world.
ZOO & DinoparkThe Bratislava ZOO (Bratislavská zoologická záhrada) originates in 1960 and in these days is in the borough of Karlova Ves. It lies in the Little Carpathians forest and as of 2007, the zoo has an area of 96 ha, and is home to 1307 specimens of 152 animal species.
Bratislava Zoological Garden is a popular destination not just for children but as there were a major reconstruction and extension recently the ZOO can enjoy enormous increase of tourists too. The garden is divided into several parts. You can find a bird lake with a path towards the variety of bird cages. All around there are the pavilions with various animals. There are also geographically motived sections, a section with white rhinos, antelopes, hyenas and other African animals, another with Australian kangaroos and rehas, and third one with nandus and llamas from South America.
The one of the most popular part is certainly the Dino Park – the Central European’s unique exposition of 22 life sized replicas of pre-historic animals. It lies in the forest area of 3 ha within the garden. All these Mesozoic dinosaurs can be tuned on and one is even movable. All scenes are coordinated by central computer and there are 14 scenes in total simulating the life in Mesozoic age. The part of the exposition is the children paleontological playground, the educational route and 3D cinema of the evolution on Earth. The extraordinary piece is the 200 mil. years old Mesozoic plant Wollemi Pine.
The Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the summer (April-October) and from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in the winter. You can find there several possibilities for refreshment, children playground and Zoo Shop. ZOO is located approx. 15 minutes away by car from the city centre in the district of Bratislava Mlynska Dolina. It is also accessible by public transport (buses No. 30, 31, 32, 37, 39, 92, bus stop Slavicie udolie).
Chair Lift Zelezna Studienka - Kamzik (Koliba)
This chairlift is connecting Zelezna Studienka and Kamzik Hill which distance is 988 m. The chairlift operates from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every hour on the hour in the months of October to April and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May to September. The lift covers 186 m in height in about 15 minutes, offering great views of Small Carpathians Mountains.
Zelezma studienka is popular starting point for biking routes in the northern part of Bratislava. Everyone can find their own route for themselves. You'll need a mountain or trekking bike for all the roads, because there are many hills and the roads run through nice forest. It's worth it to visit, especially in the morning or in the evening in the spring. It's also a popular place for starting your walks around Bratislava.
Kamzik hill, (also Koliba), 440 m, is the best known part of Bratislava Forest Park, is that one under the TV tower prevailing over the whole city. Kamzik hill generally called by Bratislava dwellers also Koliba, (by the name of hilly suburb through which it is generally accessed). There is a summer bobsleigh run on the meadow. A 360 meter-long with 10 bends, 1 jump, and 1 crossing provides an entertaining experience. Most visitors in winter as well as in remaining seasons concentrate just in the top hill area close to this place with several restaurants (including revolving restaurant and cafe at the TV tower - 200 meters height), kiosks, a mountain hotel and, last but not least, very fine outlooks.
How to get there - Kamzik hill is by most visitors accessed by trolley-bus line that can be taken downtown, just opposite the Presidential Palace (Grassalkovich Palace). At its last stop, called "Koliba", you have got an indefinite choice of hikes, short or long, throughout the Little Carpathians (Male Karpaty). Biker can use one of more or less steep gradients. The top-hill area is accessible also by private car, nevertheless especially during skiing weekends parking lots used to be overfilled.
Trip to oasis of Siberian Tigers
You can enjoy a hot summer days by the Sunny Lakes in Senec but why not visit tigers' oasis too on the way tehre?Oasis of Siberian Tigers is located in Kostolna pri Dunaji which is just 20 km from Bratislava. Under the security of a citizen association there are breed twenty three magnificent and healthy tigers, which are called Siberian tigers inexpertly. They apear in the listing of threatened animal species. Eighteen of tigers were already born in this oasis.
Summer by Indian
Experience your own original western day just 38 km from Bratislava in Malacky with horses and all what belongs to such a day. Everything what is necessary you will be learnt by professional care of an instructor on "Ranch by Indian Woman", archery, volleyball, bedminton or just roasting in Indian settlement also create a part of life on a ranch. You can be accommodated in western carriage or in your own tent. Great adventure and local inhabitants as horses, cows, sheep, peacocks, dogs, cats, pigeons, exotic birds, chinchillas and many other are waiting for you.
The Liana Ropes Complex at Aupark
Aupark offers more attractions not just for kids but The Liana Ropes Complex at Aupark Shopping Center is certainly leading recreational and sporting facility. The course has 24 ropes over three fioors with heights up to 10 metres.
Botanic GardenThe ideal place just to rest and relax. The 5.5 hectares of grounds offer a large collection of plants divided into outdoor and greenhouse exhibits. Here one can appreciate more than 120 species of roses, rock gardens, domestic and foreign trees, tropical flora, a collection of palms, orchids, cacti and many more interesting plants.
Gardens are open daily from 9:00-18:00 (April to October), the greenhouse is open Mon-Fri from 9:00- 15:00 and Sat-Sun until 17:00.