Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, with around 433 000 inhabitants, is the largest city in the country. It lies in the extreme southwest of the country on the border with Austria and Hungary and is the only capital city in the world that borders on more than one neighboring state. At 60 km distance it also has the smallest distance to the nearest capital city in Europe, Vienna.
As a political, cultural and economic center of the country’s seat of government of the Slovak Republic and Bratislava site of several universities, museums, theaters and other economic, cultural and scientific institutions.
The city’s history was marked by numerous ethnic groups, such as Celts, Romans, Avars, Germans, Hungarians, Jews and Slovaks. Bratislava was in the course of its history one of the main economic and administrative centers of Great Moravia , the Kingdom of Hungary (in the context of the Austrian Monarchy or Austria-Hungary) and Czechoslovakia. The city was from 1536 to 1783 and 1848, the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1939 to 1945 and capital of the (first), Slovak Republic. 1968 Bratislava became the capital of the state of the Slovak Socialist Republic (Slovak: SSR) in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic (CSSR) and short (1990-1992) in the Czech and Slovak Federal Republic (CSFR). Since 1993 she has been the capital of the independent state of Slovakia. This is also the official logo, but not in the coat of arms, represented the emblem of the city’s four towers Bratislava Castle.