Bratislava and its city district
Since location is one of the most important criteria you should take into consideration when you are buying real estate, we prepared a quick guide compering different Bratislava city parts. The guide includes civic amenities, public transport, culture and sport opportunities and distance from various parts of the city.
Bratislava is divided into 5 basic orientation segments, which are subsequently divided into more town segments. So let’s look at what advantages can each segment offer you.
Bratislava I. has one town segment called Old Town composed of the segments called Patrónka and Historical center. Old Town is ideal for town dwellers, because it is very rich in culture, fun and history of Bratislava. It’s the most social segment, considering the other ones. The only downside to Old Town is the noise and the lack of greenery. You won’t be able to find a lot of nature here but if you get used to it and don’t mind getting into a car to go after nature further away, it’s the ideal place for living.
Bratislava II. has 3 town segments, that have their own local segments. Town segment Ružinov lies east from the center of Bratislava and is one of the biggest out of the 17 town segments in Bratislava. A lot of residents would tell you that Ružinov is the embodiment of nice family life with great amount of greenery and parks, that together with low storied brick housing units create an almost countryside setup. We should also highlight the famous ,,Miletička,, market, the likes of which you won’t find in whole Bratislava. Another thing to highlight is the Štrkovecké lake near which you don’t feel like you are in the middle of all the action in the city. Residents enjoy complete civic amenities, quiet neighborhood and quick transportation to the center. Lately this segment has developed a lot and became more attractive thanks to the newly opened and numerous restaurants, coffee shops and wine bars.
Local segments: Nivy, Pošeň, Prievoz, Ostredky, Trávniky, Štrkovec, Vlčie hrdlo, Trnávka
Town segments Vrakuňa, lies east of the center of Bratislava on road heading across Small Danube to Žitný island. On one side of Small Danube lies Podunajské Biskupice (east segment of the city, south of the town segments Vrakuňa and Ružinov) on the other side it borders with Trnávka, its rear part, that is at the present moment growing very quickly. Not far away is located the shopping center Avion, that offers a wide spectrum of products and services. And if you are a passionate traveler, all you need to do is go to the M.R. Štefánika airport that is next to the afore mentioned shopping center. Living in Podunajské Biskupice also has its own advantages, one of them being peace and view of the whole city, that this segment offers.
Local segments: Dolné hony, Ketelec, Lieskovec, Medzi jarkami
Nové mesto is a town segment with cadastral areas Nové mesto and Vinohrady. It’s located in northeast part of the capital city Bratislava and its territory has on north and northwest mountain range Small Carpathians and on northeast and south the lowlands territory of Podunajska plain.
The biggest advantage of living in Nové mesto, is that citizens have everything close by – and that is not just to the city center but to other segments as well. Nové mesto includes complete civic amenities, shopping malls like Polus City Center and OD Slimák.
You will also find a lot of kindergartens and schools. There is also Koliba waiting for you and there are quite good options for sports – for cycling, swimming, there is Kuchajda, and you can go for a walk to Ahojka. Speaking of transportation, the public transport is well connected to all town segments including the center.
Local segments: Ahoj, Jurajov dvor, Koliba, Kramáre, Mierová kolónia, Pasienky, Vinohrady
The town segment Rača lies on eastern base of Small Carpathians and is one of the best known areas with its vineyard traditions. Even though Rača is a bit farther away, the advantage is peaceful, sometimes even village-like atmosphere and also quick connection with the center of the city with car or tram (excluding morning traffic jams). However today in Rača is a well-built infrastructure of services and shops, so everything you need is nearby. There is also a lot of greenery, vineyards, historical part with original vineyard houses and precious architectural landmarks.
Lovers of hiking will surely like it here, since many of hiking trails going through the Small Carpathians start here. However, should something happen to you, you would have to go to another town segments because Rača does not have any big clinic or a hospital.
Local segments: Krašany, Rača, Východné, Žabý majer
And what about Vajnory? The town segment Vajnory is one of the smaller town segments and prides itself mostly with its rich history, unique beauty of folk arts and traditions, that are still preserved and practiced here.
The town segment Karlova Ves, that has a settlement Dlhé diely, is one of the areas where you will find almost heavenly peace, and a view on neighboring Austria. The countryside atmosphere of this place creates a lot of greenery, safety, numerous schools, zoo, the biggest Bratislava, Danube island Sihoť, local clinic and library. However, what the area lacks are shopping centers and people have to travel to the center.
Town segment Dúbravka lies on eastern base of national nature reserve Devínska Kobyla.
Lovers of nature and healthy lifestyle, will find here their own small paradise. Clean air, number of forests, and the easy access to Devínska Kobyla or through Lamač to Kamzík – all of this creates a countryside atmosphere, that you won’t find in e.g. Staré mesto. Children and adults with love for sports will find here a lot of playgrounds for football, tennis or running tracks. Again what lacks are better services and shops.
Local segments: Podvornice, Záluhy, Krčace
Town segment Lamač, community with a rich history, created in 16th century by Croatian colonists is part of the capital city since 1946. Significant monument of Lamač is memorial of the end of the austria-prussian war. It also offers a lot of opportunities for hiking and cycling.
Local segments: Podháj, Rázsochy
Devín is one of the smallest town segments of Bratislava. It lies on conflux of rivers Morava and Danube. One of the most visited monuments in Bratislava, Devín castle, can be found here.
Town segment Devínská Nová Ves, living in this area is better if you own a family home. This area offers almost no advantages and everything is far away.
Local segments: Devínske lake, Kostolné, Paulinské, Podhorské, Sídlisko Stred, Vápenka
Town segment Záhorská Bystrica is small town area, that is characterized by its rural houses but also by its new villas. It also offers a lot of opportunities for hiking and sports, since it is near the Small Carpathians.
Petržalka – town segment, which has the largest population and which is one of the most densely inhabited areas in Slovakia. Petržalka is located on the right side of the river Danube and five bridges are connecting this town segment with the centrum – Old bridge, Bridge SNP, Harbor Bridge, Bridge Lafranconi and the newest Bridge Apollo. New cycling path on the bridge Apollo was recently built and it connects Eurovea and part of Petržalka.
A substantial part of the Petržalka is mostly built by concrete panel houses/blocks. There are also two lakes: Big Draždiak and Little Draždiak, where you can swim in the summer and ice skating during winter. Shopping mall Aupark and shopping zone Danubia are also in this area. Those who like horse races can spend some time at the racetrack and on Saturdays are organized stock exchanges. Petržalka has also very good social facilities and at the same time this part of Bratislava is not exposed to the city’s hustle. In vicinity is a lot of green with nice walking areas.
Incheba, the biggest exhibition complex in Bratislava, is situated in Petržalka. Incheba is a place where various exhibitions are held every year. These exhibitions have mostly cultural, sport and social characteristics, for example tennis tournaments, car salon and etc.
Local parts: Dvory, Haje, Janíkov dvor, Lúky, Ovsište, Kopčany, Zrkadlový háj, Kapitulský dvor, Starý háj
Jarovce – town district, which is located between Rusovce and Petržalka and the Austrian border. The biggest benefit is stable transport connection with center of Bratislava – 12min ride at any time of the day. However, there are no civic amenities
Town part Rusovce lays on the right bank of the Danube, south of town part Petržalka. Rusovce is one of the largest town parts since they are reminiscent of a small city. Beautiful location near to Lužny les, fantastic museum Danubiana, many cycling and running paths create a very comfortable place to live.
Town part Čunovo is the southernmost part of Bratislava and directly borders Hungary and Austria. It is located near to Danube cycling path and Vodné dielo Gabčíkovo so the sport lovers won’t have to endure lack of opportunities. From ethnological point of view, Čunovo used to be mainly Croatian community and thus a portion of residents still uses Croatian language and preserves their folklore. On the northern tip of the island in the middle of the Danube is one of the youngest European museum of modern art – Danubiana.
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