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SIGHTSEEING

Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, is the most important tourist destination in Slovakia. Small, as it is one of the smallest capital cities in Central Europe, big as it offers visitors more than they expected.

This city offers visitors many historic monuments, museums and cultural events, excellent traditional and international cuisine, and a pleasant atmosphere fostered by the friendly and welcoming locals.

From Bratislava Main Square most places are only short walk away. Castle can be reached from the historic centre in a few minutes via narrow cobbled side streets. From the Castle there is a beautiful view over the entire city, the River Danube and the Small Carpathian Hills which encrible Bratislava. After a visit to the Castle area, be sure to visit St. Martin´s Cathedral where a great number of Austro-Hungarian rulers were crowned as well as Empress Maria Theresa. Visit the Primatial Palace which in the past was the archbishop´s winter palace and today is the official residence of the Mayor of Bratislava.

Architecture lovers are certain to be impressed by the Slovak National Theatre and Reduta buildings. The official residence of the President of the Slovak Republic is the Grassalkovich Palace, and visitors are welcome to stroll around and relax in its pretty gardens. The pedestrian zone begins at Michael´s Tower and ends by the River Danube, it offers countless original cafés, wine bars, pubs and restaurants that cater for all tastes and styles. Bratislava is a city you will never tire of, rather it will energise and inspire you for more trips to see the beauty of Slovakia.

Castle

Castle

The symbol and dominant feature of Bratislava, which stands at a strategic site above the Danube. The site was inhabited as far back as Celtic and Great Moravian times. The Castle underwent large-scale reconstruction during the Gothic and Renaissance period and during the reign of Maria Theresa. Currently, the Castle houses the expositions of the Slovak parliament.

St. Martin's cathedral

Rudnayovo námestie

St. Martin's cathedral

A 15th century Gothic church in which 11 Hungarian kings and 8 consorts were crowned between 1563 – 1830. There is a replica of the Hungarian crown, which weighs an unbelievable 300 kg, on top of the 85 m tower. There are crypts beneath the cathedral where church dignitaries and city functionaries are buried.

Old town hall

Hlavné námestie

Old town hall

In the 14th century, a house with a tower which was build for the magistrate Jakub stood on this site. The Old Town Hall took shape in the 15th century with the joining together of a number of burgher houses and has undergone a number of reconstructions over the centuries. The Old Town Hall houses the oldest museum in Slovakia – the Municipal Museum, which was established in 1868. The entrance to the exposition on the history of the city and feudal justice is in the corner of the courtyard.

Primatial palace

Primaciálne námestie

Primatial palace

The archbishop´s winter palace which dates to the end of the 18th century and is the most beautiful classical palace in the city. The palace´s Hall of Mirrors has seen many significant events – the Treaty of Pressburg between France and Austria was signed here in 1805 after the Battle of Austerlitz. The palce houses a unique series of six English tapestries from the 17th century, which depict the tragic love of Hero and Leaner.

Grassalkovich palace

Hodžovo námestie

Grassalkovich palace

This was the summer residence of Count Grassalkovič which was built in the 18th century and was the centre of society life at the time. It was even graced by a visit from Maria Theresa. In the 19th century the palace was reconstructed for the Archduke Friedrich. In the 1950s, the palace was used by pioneer organization. The palace was extensively reconstructed and became the official residence of the President of the Slovak Republic in 1996.

St. Michael's Gate

Michalská street

St. Michael's Gate

There were originally four gates to the medieval city. Only one has survived to the present day – St. Michael´s Gate. The original Gothic gate has been reconstructed a number of times. During teh baroque reconstruction, a copper statue of St. Michael was added to the top of the 51 m tower. The tower houses the medieval weapons and city fortifications collection of the Municipal Museum.

Reduta

Palackého street

Reduta

An eclectic building built over the period 1913 – 1919 on the site of former state granary. It is used to hold various social events and concerts and is also home to the Slovak Philharmonic.

Academia Istropolitana

Ventúrska street

Academia Istropolitana

The first university to be established on the territory of today´s Slovakia in 1465 by King Matthias Corvinus. The university ceased to exist after his death. It is currently home to the Academy of Music and Drama.

Slavín

Slavín

A memorial standing above the city, which was ceremonially unveiled in 1960 to mark the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the liberation of the city. The cemetery is the final resting place of 6,845 Soviet troops. The terrace of the memorial gives a superb view over the city.

Devín and Devínska kobyla – Sandberg

Hlavné námestie

Devín and Devínska kobyla – Sandberg

Devín Castle is a national cultural monument and one of the most significant archeological sites in Slovakia. Over the centuries the Castle witnessed Celts and Romans, and during the period of the Great – Moravian Empire it was the most important castle on the border. Only Napoleonic armies managed to destroy it. Hiking enthusiasts can continue to Devínska Kobyla hill – a massif forming the western part of the Devín Carpathian Mountains west of Bratislava, where the rich thermophilic vegetation and rare insects from can be observed from nature trails. On the sandstone hill of Sandberg you can still find fossils 14 to 16 milion years old. Characteristic for the vegetation of Devínska Kobyla is its individuality and abundance – the fauna that thrives here originally did not grow anywhere else in the entire Slovak territory.

UFO air observation deck

Observatory on New Bridge (former name SNP Bridge)

Old town hall

Another of Bratislava's major sights is the unforgettable Novy Most, a fine a bridge as to grace any city. The unique "UFO" style restaurant sitting atop the tallest suspension pillars on the Petržalka side, is what really makes it stand out. You can take the elevator in the left pillar to the restaurant and viewing area about 86 meters up for some great views of the city landscape. The Bridge was built between 1967 – 1972.