When you arrive in Bratislava, you’ll see vineyards on the slopes of the Little Carpathian Mountains, where they meet the Danube River. The Austrian border is almost within sight of the city and Hungary is just 10 miles away. Many beautiful monuments survive in the old town to tell of its past under Hungarian rule, and Bratislava’s numerous museums are surprisingly rich. Lizst visited Bratislava 15 times, and the opera productions of the Slovak National Theatre rival anything in Europe.

Points of interest include an 11th –century Gothic cathedral; the ruins of the former royal palace of Hungary; a 13th-centurt Franciscan church; and the town hall. Founded before the 10 century, the city was known originally as Pressburg. When Czechoslovakia was created in 1919 after World War I, the city was renames Bratislava and made capital of the province of Slovakia.

Seoul Yego Youth Symphony Orchestra 2007