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Bratislava region

The Bratislava Region is one of the administrative regions of Slovakia. Its capital is Bratislava. It is the smallest of the eight regions of Slovakia.

 

 
The Bratislava Self-Governing Region is situated in the west-southwest part of Slovakia, forming the smallest region of the country with an area of 2 053 km2. Geographically, this is a very valuable location at the historical crossing of trading routes – Danubian and north-south, the so called “Amber Route”. The region’s central location within the mid-European area, good transport access and the functions of international crossing both in road and railway transport, increasing importance of water and air transport and high rate of economic and social growth are amongst the most important development factors of the Bratislava Region.
The geographical landscape structure is formed by southern part of the Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians) mountains and Záhorská and Podunajská (Danube) lowlands, bordering with the Trnava Region in the north and east, with Hungary in the south and with Austria in the west. The Morava River forms part of the frontier with Austria, alongside with the second largest European river Danube, which forms 37 km of the frontier. Frontiers with the Czech Republic are situated close to the Region’s border. The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, with its many political, economic and social functions, is the seat of the Bratislava Region.

The Bratislava Region comprises of 73 municipalities; one is the capital Bratislava and 6 towns (Malacky, Stupava, Svätý Jur, Pezinok, Modra, and Senec).
Pezinok
Pezinok City
 
Being the economically best performing region in Slovakia, the Bratislava Region generates approximately 26 % of the country’s GDP. The Bratislava Region exceeds the EU 25 average by 15, 9 % in GDP per capita in purchase power parity. The reiongs economy comprises of all sectors that are based on traditional industrial production of goods; the most important sectors are; the chemical industry, automotive industry, mechanical engineering, electrotechncial and food processing industry.

In recent times the region has become the centre of the European automotive industry, contributing to 30 % of Slovakia’s exports. The current structural changes within the economy of the Region contribute to growth of the tertiary sector, mainly trade and services, banking and insurance sectors. In the long run, Bratislava Region records the lowest unemployment rate among Slovak regions, with the average nominal monthly wage exceeding the overall Slovak average.

Hrad Devín

Devín Castle
 

Tourism in Bratislava Region is a very important economic sector due to its favourable position. The region’s small area with attractive landscape and a large variety of fascinating natural beauties, and developed infrastructure create a good base for different types of tourist activities. Bratislava, as the natural and outstanding tourism centre of national and international importance, belongs to the mostly visited tourist destinations in the Bratislava Region.The cityoffers activities focusing on history, culture and traditions, with good gastronomy and shopping options, as well as possibilities for congress tourism.
 
The Danube river area offers water and lakes that are ideal for summer tourism, water sports and fishing. Záhorie possesses fascinating nature, historical monuments and water sport and recreation facilities. The Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians) area is famous for it’s wine, cultural monuments and traditional crafts.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region is interlaced with a network of all types of educational facilities; with 158 elementary schools educating 45 302 students, 115 secondary schools educating 39 637 students.
 
Historical monuments forming an important part of cultural heritage. There are 2 560 immovable national cultural monuments and 1 951 movable monuments registered. “Limes romanus” with roman ancient monuments located on the middle Danube, and “Chatam Sofer Monument” in Bratislava are proposed to be entered on to the World Heritage List.
 

Three protected natural areas of 47 834 ha are located directly within, or partially extend into, the territory of the Bratislava Region; Protected Natural Areas of Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians) and Záhorie, and Dunajské luhy (Danube river meadows).