Many people see the Slovakian capital only when passing by in train, bus, or car while travelling from the Czech Republic to Hungary or vice versa. But it is really worth it to spend a while in the city of half-million on the Danube. Bratislava has changed. It is no longer boring, grey city. It has been gradually removing the damage done by the communist regime and life crawls back to the city.
The main symbol of Bratislava is its castle. We will talk about it in some other article. What is worth a visit is the historical center. Its streets come to life every evening thanks to cozy wine cellars, restaurants, cafes and bars. Majority of sights are located in the city center. Among them is, for instance, a 13th century Franciscan church, Devin neighborhood is home to the legendary castle of the same name.
Bratislava works on its culture. And it has been successful, at least in some respect. For instance, local International Jazz Festival enjoys great respect, the Bratislava Jazz Days and Bratislava Music Celebrations are just other examples. Slovakian National Gallery stands on the riverbank. You can pay a visit also to the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum – the largest Slovakian gallery exhibition modern art. It is situated in an interesting building on a peninsula on the Danube.
Exhibitions at Slovakian National Museums , City Museum of Bratislava are recommended as other points of interest for you. Near the main train station, the Museum of Transportation is open for all fans of machines. On Zidovska street is the Museum of Jewish Culture. The Month of Photography is an event that has been increasingly popular. Every autumn it displays the best pictures by Czech, Slovakian, Hungarian and other photographers from all around the world.
So, what are the sights you shouldn’t miss while in the city center? Wel,l one of the most interesting buildings is the New Town Hall and also Main Square which is adjacent to it. In the former, there resides the aforementioned City Museum. another famous sight is the Gate of Michael – which belongs to the most preserved parts of former fortification of Bratislava. Other sigh is clearly visible from the castle grounds. It is St Martin church. The Gothic-style church is one of the largest in Slovakia. We highly recommend you to go inside.
Bit odd seems a blue Art Noveau church situated in the eastern part of the Old Town. It is St Elizabeth church (designed by Hungarian architect Ödön Lechner) built in the beginning of the 19th century. Also, make sure to visit St Stephen church and St Jan of Matha church which is on Zupni Square.
There are some Baroque palaces in the center. Some are occupied by governmental institutions. For instance, Grasalkovic’s palace is the residence of the president. Slovakian government resides in the former archbishop’s palace.
Other Bratislava’s major sight is the SNP Bridge. It connects the historic part of the city and Petrzalka neighborhood that is on the opposite bank of the Danube. There is an observation platform on the top of the main pier of the bridge. The view of the city and the river up from there is spectacular.
In our opinion, Bratislava is worth your attention. Well, actually not only according to us for the number of visitors visiting Bratislava increases each year. The capital of Slovakia is easy to get to thanks to freeways, railroads and its own international airport. Once there you can easily take a trip to Wien or Budapest. Go and make your own impressions of Bratislava!
In the south of Slovakia, less than 100 kilometers east of Bratislava, you will find a picturesque town with the same name on the Nitra River. It played an important role in Slovak history and many monuments have been preserved to this day. Let's have a look at the most interesting places together.
Bratislava is the capital and the largest city in Slovakia. The Danube flows through this city. Five bridgest (well, technically four today as the Stary Bridge is being disassembled only to be replaced with a new one). The most interesting si the SNP bridge built in the 20th century. There are couple of distributaries going to nowhere yet surrounded with riparian forests. Bratislava borders two countries – Hungary and Austria.
Spring is in full blow, everything around starts to be green, and also people living in the capital are increasingly leaving their homes, rather run away from the office, or instead of very long wandering in the shopping centres, which often visited and so unnecessarily, seek refuge in awakening nature.
In the Czech Republic people have their astronomical clock, in Vienna world-famous Cathedral St. Stephen and on the Slovak Republic have their pride, unique blue church, one of the notable attractions of Bratislava.
In the outskirts of Slovakian metropolis, an important National Cultural Monument is located. When visiting Bratislava, you would not forget to have a stop also at this spot. Especially during summer months, the visitors will be rewarded with extraordinary outlook, despite the fact that the highest section of the castle is closed for tourists.
Summer is the period of walks and relax. Pools, parks, or mountains are welcomed shelters from the heat. We went to Bratislava's green oases this time. Locals and tourists alike find there refuge among trees and flowers.
We crossed the new Old Bridge (the last week's article) and reached Danube's right riverbank, the borrough of Petrzalka. After this beautiful bridge, two beautiful landmarks caught our attention. The first one was the water tower. The other a noise coming from around the riverbank.
The Male Karpaty mountains is a very beautiful mountain range situated in the west of Sloavkia. There are many interesting paleontological and geological localities in the south of the range. The significance of this area led to foundation of a new Slovak geopark - the Sandberg-Pajstun geopark (SAPAG).
The castle looming above Bratislava has four towers and it is hard to miss. Well, it would be a pity not to visit it. If only it was for the view over the city it would be worth it. It really does the city proud after its renovation in 2010. Inside, there are interesting historical exhibitions. Before getting inside, let’s walk up the hill and learn more about castle’s interesting history.
The unique SNP bridge and its noticeable structure on top resembling a flying saucer is one of the most popular and most photographed landmarks in Bratislava. Today it naturally belongs to the city, however, this wasn’t always true.
Not long ago we visited silent part of Bratislava near the historic center. It is not visited very much by tourists. Inhabitants of Bratislava, however, love this location. Today we continue along the Hlboka Road. We will visit the Church of Our Lady of the Snows situated right above the Lurdska Cave.
Once we rode on bikes from Petrzalka across the Pristavni Bridge along the Small Danube and across Vrakunsky forest we found ourselves at the airport. From there we will continue to our first place of interest the M. R. Stefanik Memorial.
Since beginning of July 2011, a gate of Bratislava Old Town Hall was open for public again. Within past couple of years, the building undergone complete reconstruction. The Town Hall and its spaces is available for visitors daily, except Mondays.
Bratislava is changing before our eyes. It is delightful to live a dream of the Old town’s medieval history. But what happens behind its walls? And what has happened in the last 70 years? The today's Bratislava has been formed predominantly by the period of socialism. The market conditions are changing the metropolis again.
One Saturday in March, we set out to exploring our capital, Bratislava. We had learned that it has a new landmark. It is devoted not only to tourists from abroad, but mostly to locals. The attraction is the so-called Street of Light.
If you are one of those who love mountain biking, it is almost unnecessary to introduce you to a low about 100 kilometers long mountain ridge of the Male Karpaty. Mostly people of Bratislava and western Slovakia relax there, but also seek adrenaline to clear their heads and make them forget worries of everyday life.
Cyclists capital of Slovakia, and not just those, are happy from the recently opened bridge between urban parts of Děvínská Nová Ves and Austrian municipalities Schlosshof. The bridge is built on the site where in the times of Maria Theresa used to stand his predecessor. Our portal Infoglobe was also at the opening ceremony.
Are you sick of learning about historic and cultural landmarks? Or just wandering about without a goal in Bratislava’s nooks hiding places of unique atmosphere? Do you have enough of smog and you would go somewhere in nature instead? We have a perfect tip for you! Join us in tour of Horsky Park located almost in geographic center of Bratislava!
Bratislava - the capital of Slovakia. Its most famous landmarks - Bratislava castle, Slavin, St. Martin's church, the SNP bridge and its UFO, and many other cultural and historical sights are very well-know to Slovaks even though they often even have not seen them.
Among the most famous dominants of the Slovak capital includes the New Bridge with a panoramic restaurant on the top of the bridge pillar. A little bit shorter tradition has a viewing platform above the restaurant, to which we will visit this time.
In Bratislava and surroundings are several extraordinary tourist localities. In the northwestern part of Bratislava there are the Devinske Karpaty region; a popular destination among tourists. It is also great for some sporting activities.
Petrzalka is the largest and densest district in Bratislava, also it is the largest housing development in central Europe. Many called it a “concrete jungle” in the past, however, today there is not only vast greenery but also several interesting natural sights located just among houses or nearby.
During the Night in the Museum event our staff visited Slovakian Museum of Technology – the Traffic Museum in Bratislava. It is located in the compounds of the rails of the first steam train station in Bratislava built in the 19th century.