Boroughs and localities of Bratislava

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Bratislava, with district borders in black and borough borders in grey

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, is divided into five national administrative districts (Slovak: okres: I, II, III, IV, V) and into 17 boroughs (Slovak: plural: mestské časti, literally: city parts, also translated as (city) districts or wards). These boroughs vary in size and population, from the smallest Lamač and least populated Čunovo to the largest Podunajské Biskupice and most populated Petržalka.

Each of the boroughs has its own mayor and council. The number of councillors in each depends on the size and population of that borough. Mayor and the local council are elected in municipal election every four years. The boroughs are responsible for issues of local significance such as urban planning, local roads maintenance, budget, local ordinances, parks maintenance, safety and so on.[1]

Cadastral areas coincide with boroughs, except in two cases: Nové Mesto is further divided into the Nové Mesto and Vinohrady cadastral areas and Ružinov is divided into Ružinov, Nivy and Trnávka. Further division often, but not always includes various unofficial quarters and localities.

Until 1943, Bratislava was made more or less of Staré Mesto, Nové Mesto and part of Ružinov boroughs. That year, village of Karlova Ves was annexed to Bratislava.[2] In 1946, the formerly independent villages of Devín, Dúbravka, Lamač, Petržalka, Prievoz (part of Ružinov), Rača and Vajnory were attached into Bratislava, rising total area of the city into 193.6 km².[2] The last territorial expansion of Bratislava so far was in 1972, with the villages of Devínska Nová Ves, Záhorska Bystrica, Vrakuňa, Podunajské Biskupice, Jarovce, Rusovce and Čunovo being annexed, creating so-called Greater Bratislava (Veľká Bratislava) with an area of 367.5 km².[2] This was done in order to gain more space for massive apartments construction, which resulted in population growth from 143,000 in 1946 to around 450,000 in 1989.[2]

The following table gives an overview of the boroughs, along with the district, population, area, annexation, if applicable and location within Bratislava.

Borough and
Dec. 2005[3]
in km²[3]
Staré Mesto (I) 42,241 9.59 n/a Bratislava stare mesto.png
Podunajské Biskupice (II) 19,977 42.49 1972 Bratislava podunajske biskupice.png
Ružinov (II) 69,674 39.70 n/a Bratislava ruzinov.png
Vrakuňa (II) 18,996 10.30 1972 Bratislava vrakuna.png
Nové Mesto (III) 37,040 37.48 n/a Bratislava nove mesto.png
Rača (III) 20,357 23.66 1946 Bratislava raca.png
Vajnory (III) 4,331 13.53 1946 Bratislava vajnory.png
Devín (IV) 1,005 13.96 1946 Bratislava devin.png
Devínska Nová Ves (IV) 15,629 24.22 1972 Bratislava devinska nova ves.png
Dúbravka (IV) 34,540 8.65 1946 Bratislava dubravka.png
Karlova Ves (IV) 33,559 10.95 1943 Bratislava karlova ves.png
Lamač (IV) 6,447 6.54 1946 Bratislava lamac.png
Záhorská Bystrica (IV) 2,492 33.30 1972 Bratislava zahorska bystrica.png
Čunovo (V) 919 18.62 1972 Bratislava cunovo.png
Jarovce (V) 1,227 21.34 1972 Bratislava jarovce.png
Petržalka (V) 114,862 28.68 1946 Bratislava petrzalka.png
Rusovce (V) 2,163 25.56 1972 Bratislava rusovce.png
Total 425,459 367.584

The following table shows various quarters or localities in the boroughs.

Administrative and Territorial Division of Bratislava
Districts Borough Quarters or Localities
Bratislava I Staré Mesto
Bratislava II Ružinov Nivy, Pošeň, Prievoz, Ostredky, Trávniky, Štrkovec, Vlčie hrdlo, Trnávka
Vrakuňa Dolné hony
Podunajské Biskupice Dolné hony, Ketelec, Lieskovec, Medzi jarkami
Bratislava III Nové Mesto Ahoj, Jurajov dvor, Koliba, Kramáre, Mierová kolónia, Pasienky/Kuchajda, Vinohrady
Rača Krasňany, Rača, Východné
Bratislava IV Karlova Ves Dlhé diely, Kútiky, Mlynská dolina, Rovnice
Dúbravka Podvornice, Záluhy, Krčace
Lamač Podháj, Rázsochy
Devínska Nová Ves Devínske Jazero, Kostolné, Paulinské, Podhorské, Stred, Vápenka
Záhorská Bystrica
Bratislava V Petržalka Dvory, Háje, Janíkov dvor, Lúky, Ovsište, Kopčany, Zrkadlový háj, Kapitulský dvor, Starý háj


  1. ^ "O Bratislave - mestské časti (About Bratislava - boroughs)" (in Slovak). City of Bratislava. 2002. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  2. ^ a b c d Lacika, p. 43
  3. ^ a b Mestská a obecná štatistika SR Archived November 16, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.


  • Lacika, Ján (2000). Bratislava. Poznávame Slovensko (in Slovak) (1st ed.). Bratislava, Slovakia: DAJAMA. ISBN 80-88975-14-X.  External link in |publisher= (help)