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Hotel SOREA Regia

MFCS 2012 will be held in the Hotel Sorea Regia in Bratislava, Slovakia. This hotel is located in a pleasant environment on the Bratislava Castle hill. City centre is within a 30-minute walk or 5 minutes by public transportation (see Getting There section).

Website: http://www.sorea.sk/Default.aspx?CatID=337
Address: Kralovske udolie 6, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovakia
Phone: +421 2 3211 2870
Fax: +421 2 3211 2871
E-mail: marketingrga@sorea.sk
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Bratislava

Bratislava is the capital as well as the biggest city in the Slovak Republic. The city is located on both banks of the longest European river, the Danube River, at the foothills of the Little Carpathians mountains. Its strategic location at the crossroads of important trade routes guaranteed the city an important status in the past. Bratislava is currently experiencing an extensive development thanks to its position in the exceptional triangle formed by three capital cities of Bratislava, Vienna, and Budapest. Tourists, businessmen, investors are attracted by historic sights in the old town as well as by its lively atmosphere. Having eight universities and 60 thousand students, Bratislava is a city of young people. The proof of it can be found in the renovated city centre at evenings in many pubs, coffee houses, restaurants, clubs and bars.

History

Bratislava originated in a place where important trade routes crossed: Podunajská cesta (the Lower Danube Route) which connected the east and southeast of Europe with the west of Europe, and the Jantarová cesta (the Amber Route) which connected the southern Adriatic area with the northern Baltic area.

Early in the Iron Age, in the territory of today's city there was a Celtic settlement called oppidum which was one of the most remarkable in Central Europe.
Since the 6th century Bratislava was colonized by Slavic people. Until 1918 Bratislava was a part of the Kingdom of Hungary, later of the Habsburg Monarchy (named as Prešporok, Pressburg, Pozsony). Municipal privileges were granted to Bratislava in 1291 by the Hungarian King Andrew III.

In 1465 the first university in Slovakia was established in Bratislava. It was called Academia Istropolitana. It was founded by Matthias Corvinus with the consent of the Pope Paul II. Two years later the university launched its activity within 4 faculties, including the fields of theology, law, medicine and philosophy.

In the period from 1526 to 1784 Bratislava was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, housing the headquartets of the Hungarian state administration. Hungarian kings were crowned in the gothic St. Martin`s Cathedral. In 1805 Napoleon Bonaparte and the Austrian Emperor Franz I. signed the Peace Treaty of Pressburg in the Primate's Palace. However, Napoleon broke the treaty, and in 1809 he bombarded Bratislava from the Petržalka bank of the Danube River.

In 1919 Bratislava became part of Czechoslovakia and the capital of the Slovak portion of this country. During a brief period during the World War II and again since 1993, Bratislava is the capital the independent Slovak Republic. It is the seat of the president, the National Council and other national cultural, economic and scientific institutions.

Important historic monuments in Bratislava include the Bratislava Castle, the Devín Castle, Slavín (World War II. monument), Academia Istropolitana and Evangelic Lyceum, the gothic St. Martin's Cathedral, Old Town Hall (14th to 15th century), Mirbach Palace, Primate's Palace, Michael's Gate (14th century), Grassalkovich Palace and many others.