Danube embankment in Bratislava turning into camping site

The Bratislava City Council does not see any problem with using this place for parking.

The Tyršovo embankment with the unofficial camping siteThe Tyršovo embankment with the unofficial camping site (Source: Sme - Martina Juhász)

The lucrative Tyršovo embankment near the Old Bridge with the view on the Castle and the city has become a popular place for camping. Some tourists spend just one night at the unofficial parking place next to Magio Beach summer resort, while others stay there for up to three nights. The problem, however, is that this is not an official camping site.

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Belgian tourists camping at the Tyršovo embankment told the Sme daily that they found this place for camping at the internet. The website www.campercontact.com says that Parking Danubio enables mix parking along the Danube River. Its maximum capacity is 10 vans, while there is no maximum camper limit. It is open throughout the year.

“Stayed here for three nights, fine to visit Bratislava you only need to cross the railway / footbridge and you are in the centre,” Yvonne216 wrote in the review she left on the website. “There are no amenities, if you look a little further than it was made close to a fake beach where you can drink, laze on beach chairs or hamburger and get hotdog, but there are also clean public restrooms. You stand on Danube where you look at a castle.”

The city council does not see any problem in using this place for parking.

“This way it enables citizens and visitors of Bratislava to park cars here free of charge and get to the city either on foot or by the tram via the Old Bridge,” said Zuzana Onufer, spokesperson of the Bratislava city council as cited by the Sme daily.

Land on the Tyršovo embankment is municipal, and after the re-built Old Bridge was put into operation, it turned into an unofficial parking place. People commuting to Bratislava park here and either walk to the city or use the tram.

As there is no ban for the parking of any kind of cars, neither the municipal office nor the police see any problem when people also sleep in the caravans parked there.

“There are no road signs banning motor vehicles of certain categories to drive here,” Peter Pleva, spokesperson of the Bratislava municipal police. “Our patrol went to check the situation and did not find any violation of regulations, for example concerning order and cleanness on the part of the owners of caravans.”

In Bratislava the only official camping sites are at Zlaté Piesky and on the premises of the white water facility in Čunovo. Based on a regulation of the Economy Ministry on the categorisation of accommodation facilities, a camping site must have baths and toilettes and must be a catering establishment. These do not exist at the unofficial parking place, but nearby is Magio Beach, a summer resting place with sand, sport facilities and booths selling food and drinks.

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