Bratislava Travel Summary

Bratislava is a young capital becoming Slovakia’s capital at the time of the country’s independence in 1993. Bratislava is characterised by the its Medieval and Gothic Old Town and Renaissance castle which sits watchfully above the city.

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The Bratislava Travel Summary is segmented into 2 key travel themes to immerse you into everything Bratislava:

  1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town;
  2. What to See

Hope you enjoy it!  Carpe Diem!

1. An introduction and brief history to this wonderful town

Bratislava is nestled beside the Danube river, among vineyards and skirted by the Little Carpathian Mountains. Slovakia’s capital breeds a fusion where new meets old and east meets west.  One of the city dominants which can be seen from far distance is The Castle of Bratislava. The most attractive part of Bratislava is the compact and predominantly pedestrianised Old Town where the most historical sights are.  It is filled with winding narrow streets, baroque architecture, and fairytale churches and palaces. The walkways along the Danube also offer relaxation and some great vantage points.

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The Main Square is the epicentre of social life in Bratislava and in late summer afternoons a laser show is projected onto the Clock Tower of Bratislava Town Hall, a stone building dating back to the fifteenth-century and home to a permanent exposition dedicated to the city’s history.

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The old town of Bratislava, connected to the new town by the Nový Most (new bridge), is renowned for its disk, named “UFO”, inside which a restaurant and a sky bar can be found, and where a splendid panorama of the Danube can be enjoyed.

 

2. What to See

Bratislava Castle

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • This beautiful white Renaissance masterpiece sits proudly above the Bratislava Old Town
  • Bratislava Castle was built in the 9th century and proudly stands on the hill above Danube river
  • Eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past
  • The castle building consists of museums, picture galleries, and temporary exhibitions
  • One of the most important works of art in the Bratislava Castle is located within the Music Hall located on the first floor – the 18th-century monumental Baroque picture ‘The Assumption of the Virgin Mary’ by Anton Schmidt
  • The views from the castle offer great views over the city and beyond and are a photographer’s delight

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Michael’s Gate

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The last remaining fortified gate in Bratislava’s double ring of medieval fortified walls, Michael’s Gate (Michalska Brana) is a Gothic tower that has its beginnings in the 14th century
  • This 51m high tower above the gate with its green copper roof is one of the best known and the oldest buildings in Bratislava
  • You can climb the very top of the tower and visit the Museum of Weapons
  • There is also a great view onto the streets of Bratislava

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Old Town Hall

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The oldest city hall in the country and one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava
  • At the beginning of the 13th century, the Romanesque building of the Old Town Hall was the house of the mayor of the medieval town
  • Since 1868 the building has housed what is now the oldest museum in Bratislava, the City Museum
  • Take a walk up to the tower which opens into a great panoramic view of Bratislava

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The Blue Church

AllThingsTravel Top Pick:

  • The Church of St Elizabeth of Hungary, commonly referred to simply as the Blue Church is one of Bratislava’s best art nouveau building
  • Both the interior and exterior of the church are painted in shades of pale blue and decorated with blue majolica
  • The roof is also tiled with blue-glazed ceramics

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