Bratislava is the Capital of Slovakia and the country’s largest city with 650,000 inhabitants in the whole metropolitan area.
This is the political and economic center of Slovakia with many museums, theaters, galleries and important educational institutions.
Here are a few of the most important tourist attractions in Bratislava attracting Slovakia Tourism.
Bratislava Castle overlooking this great city
Bratislava Castle, also called Hrad, is located on a hill overlooking the city and dates to the 9th century. It was reduced to ruins after a big fire in 1811 and was reconstructed only in the 1950s to 1970s.
It is home to the History Museum and the National Museum with about 3,500 paintings and statues by foreign and domestic artists. The main display are copies of 15th century altarpieces and church statues by artist Paul Levoca and his students.
Enjoy the display of Slovakian colored glassware, wooden furniture, weapons, helmets and clocks. Also a display of silver plates, bowels and other utensils dating to the 17th and 19th centuries.
Do not miss the replicas of the crown of the Hungarian King and the jewel chest. And from there go up to the Crown Tower for an amazing view of the city.
This palace built in 1778 in the center of town is considered one of the prettiest buildings in the Capital of Slovakia. It is topped by a large cast iron cardinal hat.
It is filled with large portraits of the Hapsburg Royalty, and features English crystal chandeliers and English tapestries from the 17th century, and the Hall of Mirrors, a small example of the one in Versailles.
St Elizabeth's Church
This beautiful piece of Art Nouveau architecture was built from 1907-1913, by the design of Hungarian architect Odon Lechner. It is decorated by blue majolica tiles, original from the town of Modra in western Slovakia. Today it is home to a high school and a rectory
Nicknamed the Blue Church it is located at Bezrucova Street, near the Main Square.
St Martin Cathedral and the Castle on the background
St Martins Cathedral
This Gothic structure is located at the end of the Old Town. Originally built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style, was replaced by Gothic Dome in the 14th century. It became the coronation church for Hungarian kings and 19 of them were crowned there until the 19th century, including Maria Theresa.
The cathedral has three naves and several chapels that were added over the years. It utmost piece of art is the statue of St Martin and the Beggar by famous Austrian baroque sculptor Raphael Donner.
Don’t miss the one meter high Hungarian Royal Crown placed on the church tower about 85 meters above town.
Located in Hodza Square and built in the 1760s by Count Anton Grassalkovich, and it is the home of the President. It is guarded 24 hours a day by an Honor Guard that can be seen marching in front of the palace.
The Baroque garden where it is built is open to the general public even when the President is in residence. In Christmas the building and the trees are well illuminated.
One of the three oldest castles in Slovakia, it is built on the confluence of Rivers Danube and Morava. The town of Devin, now part of Bratislava dates back to the 5th century and was an important trade route.
Devin Castle, a cultural national monument since 1961 is now a museum displaying seasonal exhibits within the history of the castle, some of them dating to the middle ages.
Old Town Hall located on the main Square of Bratislava
Old Town Hall and Main Square in Bratislava
This is a group of precious historical buildings of several architectural styles. It has been developing since the 13th century when the towers was the private house of the first mayor of Bratislava, Mayor Jakob.
Today it serves as a cultural center such as the municipal museum and city archives. In the pretty Renaissance courtyard, concerts are held in the summer months. In December the famous Bratislava Christmas Market is held here.
It was originally build for defensive purposes. At the bottom you may see a plaque with the date of February 1850, marking the level of the waters when the Danube overflowed.
There is a large cannon ball commemorating the attacks of Napoleonic troops in 1809. Also the statue of Madonna of 1676 and the statue of Hungarian King Ladislaus.
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The Slovak National Theatre
The Slovak National Theater built in Neo Renaissance style is located at the end of the large Hviezdoslav Square. It was built during 1885-1886 under the Austro Hungary Empire. It opened in September 22, 1886 as the City Theater with the opera Bánk Bán by Erkel.
The famous Ganymede Fountain at the front of the theater was crafted by Slovakian sculptor Victor Tilgner.
and Observation Deck
Meaning the New Bridge it is located on the outskirts of the Capital of Slovakia. It was completed and opened in 1971.
Located about 100 meters above the Danube River, it has a walkway for pedestrians.
Please take the elevator to the Observation Deck for an incredible view of the city.
Michalska Ulica or St Michael's Street in the Capital of Slovakia
St Michael's Street and St. Michael's Gate
This is one of Bratislava’s coolest attractions as a street with many shops and restaurants. Called in Slovakian Michalska Ulica it is full with tourists and locals enjoying the nice summer evenings of this country.
The building of this street are mostly of the 18th century, having survived many wars, occupation and Communist rule, that was known for tearing down historic buildings in the whole country that was then called Czechoslovakia.
At the end of the street you’ll find the St Michael’s Gate one of the few well preserved medieval city fortifications. Today it serves as the Museum of Weapons and City Fortifications.
When you are done visiting the museum, go out to the balcony for a spectacular view of the Capital of Slovakia, the Old Town Bratislava and the Castle.
Map of Slovakia showing the location of Bratislava
images of capital of slovakia
castle by marc ryckaert
primatial by frank spakovski
st elizabeth by jorge lascar
grassalkovich by musti
st martin by wizzard
devin castle by pd self
theater by jorge lascar
novy most by pd self
old town hall by jozef kahilic
st michaels street by jorge lascar
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