Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, is situated like Budapest and Vienna on both sides of the Danube River. The city of 500,000 has a complicated history. The site of Bratislava was settled by Celts and later fortified by Romans. Known by the German name of Pressburg during the 10th century, and capital of Hungary between 1541 and 1784, Bratislava played second fiddle to Prague when Slovakia became part of Czechoslovakia. U.S. President Woodrow Wilson helped form this country from the remains of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and in gratitude, Bratislava was named Wilson for several months in 1919.
PUBLISHED: July 23, 2013