The old castle overlooks the picturesque comer of medieval streets with dozens of coffee houses, restaurants and typical Slovakian wine cellars such as ‘pod viechou’. Bratislava is a city of wine, the largest wine center in Czechoslovakia – one even finds vineyards here in the city center. It lies on the left bank of the river Danube near the Austrian and Hungarian borders. The castle however also looks down onto the ultra modem Danube bridge and the contrast is unavoidable and intentional. On the one hand the charming touch of the old world and on the other, the necessity of modem amenities such as new hotels, apartment blocks and industries. With over 414,000 inhabitants Bratislava is the second largest city in the CSFR and the political, scientific, cultural and social center of Slovakia. It owes its economic importance to its large wine production and oil refineries, chemical factories and foodstuffs, which were all developed around the heart of the old city after the Second World War.
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