Emergency Telephone Numbers
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|Vehicle clamping and removal service||18 124|
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|Information about phone numbers (international call)||12 149|
In the event of you needing medical treatment, you will need to visit one of the four following big faculty hospitals. Most of the doctors speak English. As tourists are largely concentrated in the Old Town, you will probably try the first one:
Old Town – Mickiewiczova street 13 ;
Kramáre – Limbová street 5;
Ružinov – Ružinovská street 6;
Petržalka – Antolská street 11
If you plan to stay in Bratislava for a longer period or you come to live here, it is advisable to find a private medical practice providing greater comfort and facilities. The following are some reputable private clinics: Pro sanus, Procare, Medical Care, Hippokrates, Sport Clinic, Sanatorium Koch, Schill Dental, Medissimo, iClinic
In the EU and EEA member states, it is possible to obtain an EHIC card which entitles you to medical care at a reduced price or even free of charge in a public health office of another member state under the same conditions as the local insurees. This is recommended as supplementary to a private insurance.
Pharmacies are identified by a green cross. They are plentiful and usually open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday to 1 p.m. The only pharmacy providing a 24-hour emergency service is situated east of the Old Town: Lekáreň Pokrok, Račianske mýto 1/A.
Like all larger cities, Bratislava also has a problem with pickpockets. They operate in crowded places, hence they are found in the popular Old Town and on public transport. As a result of the introduction of CCTV cameras, the situation has improved considerably but the thieves are very inventive. Most thefts are committed in crowds of people or in shops. It is advisable to carry your bags in front of you.
In comparison with other big cities, the crime rate here is relatively low. Bratislava does not have anywhere that could be termed as a dangerous quarter. The city centre popular with tourists is well-lit even at night and is monitored by a camera system. However, this does not mean that one does not have to be watchful especially in deserted and dark places. Tourists should also carry their ID (EU) or passport with them at all times.
Women on Their Own
Bratislava is a modern city with a relatively young population so a woman on her own is nothing unusual. In general, men are attentive towards women; however, their attitude depends on their generation and education.
Shortly after the fall of communism, Bratislava gained a reputation as a city where it was inadvisable to have an expensive car with foreign number-plates. Since then, however, the situation has changed radically and although car theft has not been totally eradicated, the situation in Bratislava is incomparably better than in other neighbouring cities. It is important not to provoke theft by leaving valuables on view.
Most of the embassies are located either in the Old Town and or in the villa quarters below and above the Castle. Some states have their embassies to Slovakia in Vienna, Prague or Budapest. A current list of embassies and contact numbers can be found at: mzv.sk.