Fascinating Green Aspects of Bratislava

Fascinating Green Aspects of Bratislava

As of the latest population census, Bratislava, the largest city in Slovakia, is home to 475,503 residents. More than 110,000 of these people live in Petržalka, the most populous district in Bratislava.

On the other hand, Čunovo, a different part of the city, has the least number of residents, specifically 1,635. In the Slovak capital, you'll find an approximately equal number of men and women.

But what makes Bratislava exceptional when it comes to greenery? What are its sometimes hidden "green" treasures?

The Third Greenest City in the World

In 2018, the renowned Dutch travel agency TravelBird announced a list of the greenest cities in the world.

The primary criterion for the so-called Green Cities Index was the amount of green space per capita in over fifty cities studied.

Reykjavik in Iceland took the first place, followed by Auckland in New Zealand. Surprisingly, Slovakia's Bratislava occupied the third place.

One of the facts contributing to this success is not only the city's long-term effort to green as many streets of the Slovak capital as possible, but also the extensive forest park at the foothills of the Little Carpathians.

This park is located in the north of Bratislava. It includes extensive forests and meadows, four large ponds, water mills on the Vydrica river, and a television tower at the top of Kamzík.

Bratislava Forest Park is an ideal place for organizing your team building activity as a Treasure Hunt.

The Oldest Park in Central Europe

One of the lesser-known highlights of Bratislava is also the oldest city park in Central Europe, Sad Janka Krále.

It was established on the right bank of the Danube between 1774 and 1776. Its current form dates back to the last modification in 1839. In the park, you'll find mighty rare trees complemented by small spherical architecture with zodiac decorative elements.

The park's most significant structure is a garden gazebo, originally a tower of the Franciscan monastery. The park is located in Bratislava's Petržalka, between the New and Old bridges.

Spread over more than 42 hectares, it offers a rich environment for peaceful family relaxation amidst a modern metropolis.

Metro in Bratislava?

Did you know that Bratislava was supposed to have its own metro system twice in history?

The first time the idea of a metro, or urban rapid transit, began to materialize was in 1988 when the foundation stone for the planned transfer station Prior was laid.

However, the then system scrapped the idea, as metros were exclusively built in cities with a million-strong agglomeration. The second time the concept of a rapid transit system, similar to the German Stadtbahn, was considered in 1999. But even in this case, the realization was abandoned due to excessively high financial demands for construction.