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Bratislava was nothing like Prague when I first came here

Former Fulbright scholar reminisces about his first introduction to the Slovak capital and shows how much it has changed in one decade.Andrew Giarelli14. Jan 2021, at 14:22

Bratislava's Old Town on a snowy night in January 2021.

Snow has arrived in Bratislava

Check out our gallery.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Jan 2021, at 11:50


More tips for outings in Bratislava during the lockdown

Walks along the Danube bank offer a feeling of being far from the city rush.Jana Liptáková, 12. Jan 2021, at 14:32

This place, part of Ovsištské Lúky (Ovsište Meadows) in Petržalka, is still Bratislava.

Functionalism that became dysfunctionalism (from our archive)

If one judges architecture by whether people want to call it home, then Petržalka doesn't work.Tom Philpott12. Jan 2021, at 1:53


Bratislava ready for mass testing if needed

Testing needs to be simple and accessible until most people get the jab, Mayor Vallo says.Compiled by Spectator staff, 8. Jan 2021, at 17:11

Nationwide coronavirus testing in Bratislava, October 31, 2020.

COVID-19 shaves off Bratislava budget for 2021

The city continues to build new transport infrastructure and rental housing as well as revitalise public spaces.Jana Liptáková, 7. Jan 2021, at 11:57

One of plans of Bratislava city council is to continue on extension of teh tram track in Petržalka.

After 20 years, a Bratislava homeless star now lives in her own home

The popular street-magazine vendor, Eva Račická, lost the roof over her head due to a failure of justice.Ela Rybárová7. Jan 2021, at 11:44

Eva Račická is now looking for a lawyer who will help her end an unhappy chapter of her life.

How to get rid of a Christmas tree in Bratislava and Košice

The collection started on January 7.Compiled by Spectator staff, 7. Jan 2021, at 11:41

Cycling lanes and new greenery postponed. Pandemic slows Bratislava's development

What the capital managed in 2020 and where it failed.Jana Liptáková, 5. Jan 2021, at 13:41

The reconstructed Dúbravsko-Karloveská tram track

How I came to appreciate (some) Communist-time architecture (from our archive)

The Communist-era architecture of Petržalka isn't so bad. It is, at least, more attractive than the American strip mall.Chris Togneri, 5. Jan 2021, at 6:01

Where can you go during the lockdown in Bratislava? Try a new hiking and running path

The new trail bypasses a busy asphalt road in the Small Carpathians above the Borough of Rača.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Jan 2021, at 13:50

The new path is an alternative to the busy asphalt route above the Rača borough in Bratislava.

New Year’s Eve in Bratislava will be silent

The city re-enforces a ban on amateur pyrotechnics.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Dec 2020, at 15:45

Bratislava streets with Christmas decorations during curfew.

The man who tamed the Danube

Italian engineer E. G. Lanfranconi redesigned the Danube’s riverbed in Bratislava.Jana Liptáková, 22. Dec 2020, at 18:59

Enea Grazioso Lanfranconi

Bratislava is getting visually cleaner

Tens of advertisement billboards have disappeared from public spaces.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Dec 2020, at 16:35

As many as 39 such cityboards were removed from streets of Bratislava recently.

Bratislava strips Stalin of honorary citizenship

Honorary citizenship awarded to Pope John Paul II in memoriam.Compiled by Spectator staff, 21. Dec 2020, at 12:57

Old Town Hall (Stará radnica)

Bratislava bans gambling, again

This is the second attempt to remove casinos and other gambling venues from the capital.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Dec 2020, at 18:03

Gambling in Bratislava will be banned again.

Family albums conceal former look of Bratislava

A dozen photos from family albums were picked for the 2021 Pressburg calendar.Jana Liptáková, 17. Dec 2020, at 18:02

The Levius confectionery

People protested against the government again

The police had to disperse the crowd.Compiled by Spectator staff, 12. Dec 2020, at 14:11

Hundreds of people gathered in Bratislava on December 12 to protest against the government.

Virtual tour shows more of Bratislava than a classical one

Alternative tour operators respond to the COVID-19 pandemic with creative solutions.Jana Liptáková, 11. Dec 2020, at 7:02

The WWII monument Slavín is one of sites visited during the Bratislava Communism Virtual Tour.