Country and City
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. The greater metropolitan area is home to more than 650,000 people. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries.
Bratislava lies in the north temperate zone and has a moderately continental climatewith mean annual temperature (1990–2009) of around 10.5 °C (50.9 °F), average temperature of 21 °C (70 °F) in the warmest month and −1 °C (30 °F) in the coldest month, four distinct seasons[ and precipitation spread rather evenly throughout the year. It is often windy with a marked variation between hot summers and cold, humid winters. The city is in one of the warmest and driest parts of Slovakia. Recently, the transitions from winter to summer and summer to winter have been rapid, with short autumn and spring periods. Snow occurs less frequently than previously.
Slovak is the official language of the Slovak Republic. It is closely related to thePolish and Ukrainian languages and is mutually intelligible with the Czech language.
On the territory of Slovakia payment can only be made in EURO.
220 volts AC, 50 Hz. European-type, two-pin plugs are used.
Tap water is safe to drink in most areas.