With the dissolution of the Czechoslovak Republic, Bratislava, the Slovak capital has received a chance to get out of the Prague's shade and make its own way as a European major city. This city can well be termed an 'old European city', since much of its original townscape, featuring a good deal of Habsburg Baroque architecture, is well intact. Its historic district (Stare Mesto) has undergone massive and successful restoration. The city is situated 37 miles (60 km) from Vienna.
The vicinity of Austrian, Czech and Hungarian borders has placed Bratislava at a crossroads between the three different cultures and right in the middle of the many political upheavals that took place over Europe's history. Today, the influences of the many cultures converging here can be detected in the city's varied architecture and diverse cooking and wine-making traditions.
Bratislava's population is about 600,000 residents. The city is divided into two parts by the River Danube, just like Vienna and Budapest. The area north of the river tends to be more attractive for tourists, since most places of interest are concentrated here. This Old Town district has lots of narrow cobblestone streets and historic buildings.
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