Bratislava at Your Fingertips -- A New Web Application for the iPhone 3GS is Launched

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Bratislava 3G is the first in a series of free web-based applications for touch screen devices. Visitors to Bratislava, are now able to explore the city armed with all the information they need to help make their stay an enjoyable one.

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Thanks to Bratislava 3G (http://www.bratislava3g.com), a new web application for iPhone and iPod Touch users, it is now possible to hold Slovakia's capital in the palm of your hand.

With a focus on ease of use, tourists and business people alike can now call up information about Bratislava's hotels and restaurants and its entertainment possibilities with a simple touch of the screen. Divided into intuitive sections, Bratislava 3G also covers tourist attractions, bus and tram routes, news & weather and useful information on hospitals, pharmacies, churches and shopping centres.

Hotels are listed by classification, type and location and restaurants by cuisine and location. There is also a top tips section, which includes some great advice about eating out in the city centre.

Bratislava 3G has been developed by the people behind the popular English language website, Heart of Europe (http://www.heartofeurope.co.uk), a leading online resource about Slovakia. Its founder, David Ault, explains that the idea behind the project actually came about from personal experience.

"As a British ex-pat, living in Slovakia, I often visit Bratislava, for both work and pleasure. However, in the early days, when I had only just begun to learn the Slovak language and had a very limited knowledge of the capital, I felt at a distinct disadvantage. I felt then that my trips would have been made much easier if I had been able to make better choices as to where to stay, where to eat and where to find entertainment, and did not have to rely on getting a taxi to each destination."

Bratislava 3G is perfect for finding out directions to the nearest restaurant from your hotel, whatever the cuisine you fancy, or discovering what is on at the local cinema and whether you will still have time to catch the film after your meal. However, as Mr. Ault explains, perhaps the strongest feature of the application is the invaluable "Getting Around" section.

"When I visit a city, I like to get to know it. I find that using the local transportation networks is a good way of doing this, rather than going everywhere by taxi. Bratislava 3G means that I have access to a map of tram and bus routes, schedules and timetables. This information has always been out there, but now it is easily accessible."

On the occasion when you do need a taxi, it would be good to have a number for a reputable firm, where the staff speak English. Of course, Bratislava 3G has a list of these taxi firms, as well as contact details and directions for concert halls, theatres, cinemas, museums and other places of interest. And, as it is a web-based application, Bratislava 3G is continually being updated with more and more of the information needed to help make your stay as comfortable as possible.

Bratislava 3G is actually the first in a series of web applications for users who require information when on the move in Slovakia. Tatry 3G, which will focus on the areas in and around the High, Low and Western Tatras mountain ranges, is scheduled to be released in the coming weeks. Later in the summer, Slovakia 3G will be launched, covering the country as a whole.

The 3G series of web applications are not only restricted to use with the iPhone 3GS. They can also be accessed via earlier models of the iPhone and iPod Touch, as well as a number of similar compatible touchscreen devices, including the Google Android G1 phone.

For additional information about Bratislava 3G, contact David Ault, or visit a showcase of the application at http://www.heartofeurope.co.uk/bratislava3g.html#bratislava3g

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