However, the Czechoslovak Legions occupied the city on January 1, 1919, and made it part of Czechoslovakia, against the wish of the local population, on reasons of its economic importance for the new state. It was closed in 1490 after his death.  Bratislava receives around 1 million tourists every year. Bratislava (/ ˌ b r æ t ɪ ˈ s l ɑː v ə /, also US: / ˌ b r ɑː t-/, Slovak: [ˈbracislaʋa] (); German: Preßburg or Pressburg [ˈprɛsbʊrk] (); Hungarian: Pozsony) is the capital of Slovakia.With a population of about 430,000, it is one of the smaller capitals of Europe but still the country's largest city. New bus station with a shopping mall, administration centre and Bratislava's tallest skyscraper Nivy Tower all attached is currently in the construction while buses are stopping at a temporary bus station nearby. For self-governance purposes, the city is divided into 17 boroughs, each of which has its own mayor (starosta) and council.
Music in Bratislava flourished in the 18th century and was closely linked to Viennese musical life.  During the summer, various musical events take place as part of the Bratislava Cultural Summer at Bratislava Castle. 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Bratislava's Town Hall is a complex of three buildings erected in the 14th–15th centuries and now hosts the Bratislava City Museum.  Theben Castle was ruined by Napoleon's French troops during an invasion of 1809.  Overall, they enroll 25,821 pupils. Ludwig van Beethoven was a guest in 1796 in the Keglević Palace.. The number of inhabitants of the metropolitan Bratislava area is 622 706 (2009), the number for the 5 city districts is 431 061 (2009), Malacky has 69 198 (2009), Pezinok has 58 767 and Senec has 63 680 (2009). Snow occurs less frequently than previously.
A race track is located in Petržalka, where horse racing and dog racing events and dog shows are held regularly. In 1938, 59% of population were Slovaks or Czechs, while Germans represented 22% and Hungarians 13% of the city's population.
Slowakei, p.68, Renata SakoHoess, DuMont Reiseverlag, 2004.
Population. The first horse-drawn railway in the Kingdom of Hungary, from Pressburg to Szentgyörgy (Svätý Jur), was built in 1840. , The medieval settlement Brezalauspurc (literally: Braslav's castle) is sometimes attributed to Bratislava, but the actual location of Brezalauspurc is under scholarly debate. The current population of Slovakia is 5,460,448 as of Tuesday, October 20, 2020, based on Worldometer elaboration of the latest United Nations data. Today the historic places witnesses to the rapid development of the young Slovak Republic.
, Bratislava lies in the north temperate zone and has a moderately continental climate (original/US Köppen–Geiger climate classification Cfb/Dfb, Trewartha climate classification DCbo, USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7b) with mean annual temperature (1990–2009) of around 10.5 °C (50.9 °F), average temperature of 21 °C (70 °F) in the warmest month and −1 °C (30 °F) in the coldest month, four distinct seasons and precipitation spread rather evenly throughout the year. Bratislava’s workforce is highly educated, with over 24% of adults educated to third level.
Altogether, visitors made 1,338,497 overnight stays. In 1930 the Jewish population in Bratislava numbered 14,882 (12% of the total population), 5,597 of declared Jewish nationality. The transport system is known as Mestská hromadná doprava (MHD, Municipal Mass Transit) and employs buses, trams and trolleybuses. The port provides access to the Black Sea via the Danube and to the North Sea through the Rhine–Main–Danube Canal. However, the city is one of the few European capitals to have neither an observatory nor a planetarium.
The historic centre is characterized by many baroque palaces.
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