Located in the heart of central Europe, Bratislava has since early days been an important city, and centre of government for several nationalities. Being within close distance of the Slovakian borders with Hungary and Austria, modern day Bratislava has a unique and diversified population, influenced by Hungarian, German, and Slovak cultures over hundreds of years.
With stunning historical buildings, and the rural countryside just a short drive out of the city, you will be able to see everything the area has to offer by touring with a car hire. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Bratislava is both easy and economical.
Located on the Danube River, Bratislava has been an important location for defence, as well as trade for many centuries. As a result of its significance during medieval times, the city is blessed with amazing examples of architecture, much of which has been beautifully preserved or restored. To visit a concentrated area of Bratislava's famous buildings drive your rental car into the city centre, and visit the area known as Old Town.
In the old town, you will find some excellent medieval buildings and monuments, some of which played important roles in the history of central Europe. Among the most notable sites here, you can visit the 14th century St Martin's Cathedral, which is where the coronation of 11 kings and queens of Hungary took place, and also Michael's gate, a huge tower which was once part of the city's defensive wall. Also recommended here are the Roland Fountain, which is the oldest fountain in the city, and the Old Town Hall, which was built in the 1400s.
To see another of the city's important buildings, and also get a great view of the area, drive your hire car up the large hill to Bratislava Castle, located on the north shore of the Danube. Originally dating back to the 12th century, the castle was rebuilt in the 1900s due to a large fire and is once again an icon of the city. Within the castle, you will a history museum with many great displays, and from the windows, you can see the city below, as well as across the borders to Austria and Hungary.
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