Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia. It is one of the smaller capitals of Europe but still the country’s largest city. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states.
Bratislava in the 1970s
Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. It has several universities, and many museums, theatres, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia’s large businesses and financial institutions have headquarters there.
In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP (PPP) per capita (after Hamburg and Luxembourg City). GDP at purchasing power parity is about three times higher than in other Slovak regions.
Take a look at these fascinating photos from Flickr’s members to see what Bratislava looked like in the 1970s.
An industrial haze hangs over the Danube, viewed from Bratislava Castle, 1970
Bratislava street scenes, 1970
Reconstruction in connection with the construction of a bridge over the Danube, 1971