Aug 11

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN BRATISLAVA (BRATISLAVA)

Slovakia is often called the “heart of Europe” because of its central placement on old continent. Many tourists visit Bratislava, the capital of this country, to uncover the history, culture and nature. When visiting the city for a few days, you have to decide in advance what you want to see. Hopefully this guide will help you decide more easily.

A walk downtown

This may seem boring at first sight. But the historical center of Bratislava has much to offer; not only its medieval streets, and the atmosphere created by locals and tourists alike, spending their leisure time in the lovely cafes or bars. All visitors are encouraged to discover the little streets full of history and live the thrill of centuries past.

Bratislava’s castles

In Bratislava there are two castles that can be admired. Bratislava Castle is placed up on a hill, downtown the city. It offers a wonderful view of the entire city, the neighboring countries Austria and when weather permits, also Hungary. The castle played an important role in the history of the Kingdom of Hungary and the Habsburg monarchy.

Devin Castle has a strategic position at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. This place has been fortified since the Bronze Age. Later, the Celts and Romans have built fortresses here. In 1809, the castle was destroyed by Napoleon I. Today tourists are welcome to visit the ruins.

Traditional Slovak cuisine and wines

Tourists can find a lot of international restaurants in Bratislava. Those who want to try traditional dishes must go to a Slovak restaurant. Bryndzove halušky is one of the main dishes that must be tried by all those who visit Slovakia, it’s actually a plateau with the most delicious foods of the country. Also, if you hear of Haluškysunt, you should know that they are some irregularly shaped soft dumplings flavored with bryndza (goat cheese) and ham.

Wine production in Slovakia is divided into 6 regions located in the south: Small Carpathian, South Slovakia, Nitra, Central Slovakia, Eastern Slovakia and Tokaj wine region. Slovakian wines are very popular among locals and neighboring countries.

Museums and galleries

Tourists interested in history and culture can visit some of the many museums of the city Bratislava. The Slovak National Museum is the most important of them and is focused on scientific research. It was founded in 1961. Headquartered downtown, the museum has several other specialized departments across Slovakia that you will definitely enjoy and admire.

Slovak National Gallery is in fact a network of galleries. The main gallery is in Esterházy Palace, and in the year 1970 an annex was added. In the gallery, there are exposed permanent collections and temporary exhibitions as well.

Clubbing in the hottest clubs

Although Bratislava city center breathes history at every turn, young people on its streets make you feel in a modern and full of life city. Here you will find many pubs, bars and clubs which are worth visiting and fun is guaranteed. The Dubliner’s Irish Pub is very popular among English and Irish tourists. Other bars where the atmosphere is special are Malecon, Paparazzi or Downtown. Fashion Club or Trafo are preferred by young discos.

Overall, Bratislava has it all: classic culture, great architecture, amazing food, lively atmosphere and a modern lifestyle. You will definitely love it and we guarantee that you will return for more!

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May 18

BRATISLAVA, THE “LITTLE BIG CITY” OF SLOVAKIA

Bratislava is Slovakia’s largest city and is separated, both historically and geographically by the bridge over the Danube, which separates the Old City from the New City. Just like in any other European city, the old side is the cluster of all the history and culture and the new side is filled with shopping centers, malls, supermarkets, hotels etc. Both sides seem to be completely different worlds.

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Bratislava is a slice of living history, a rather small town where you can still feel the atmosphere of ancient elegance, with ladies dressed in ample gowns, townsmen and knights. It almost feels like you’re about to see these characters filling the area, coming with their elegant carriages pulled by horses. This kind of beauty is hardly found in any city, nowadays.

From the touristic point of view, the locals of Bratislava have been attempting for a while to get rid of the veil of anonymity which shrouded this beautiful and little known city, due to all its architecture which is predominant and common for the former socialist regimes of this area of the continent.  The Old City is very well highlighted by the Baroque style buildings that emerge from the midst of the communist blocks “jungle”.

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Bratislava is betting more on entertainment tourism rather than cultural or historical. But even so, there are many other monuments and beautiful buildings to see and admire.

Hlavné námestie (Central Market) is considered the epicenter of Bratislava. The buildings that surround it are beautifully restored and exude historical significance.

Roland Fountain central square is the epicenter and one of the main meeting points in the city. Built in 1572 by Maximilian II, King of Hungary, the well was an important water supply for city residents of those times.

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Stara radnica (Old Town Hall) was inaugurated in the 15th century and consists of a complex of old stone buildings (sec. 14) and is now the headquarters of Bratislava City Museum.

Cumyl (Man at Work) is the name of one of the most famous statues of the city. The statue is a Modern contemporary piece of street art, and there are many theories about its meaning. One of them states that suggests the first breath of freedom after coming out of the “communist sewage”.

Another trademark statue is Napoleon resting on a bench in the Central Square, reminding Slovaks of his visit in 1805 and the ravages he caused to the Devin Castle located on the hills near Bratislava.

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Other eye-catching statues and objectives cameras are dotted around the city: that of Paparazzo, Hans Christian Andersen, Schöner Náci who was left right in front of the altar, by the woman who was supposed to be his wife; and many other statues that look so realizing and invite you to have a chat with them and take pictures, but you’ll have to discover them yourselves.

Michalská Brána (Michael’s Gate) is the name of one of the four city gates, one that, amazingly, is still standing since it was built around 1300. Now, this building hosts an exhibition of weapons and the view from tower from 51 meters high is stunning and breathtaking. A modern addition is just below the gate, where you can check the distances from Bratislava to a few other cities in the world marked on a disk.

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As soon as you get on the other side of Michalská Brána, you might not even realize that you’ve just passed right by the narrowest building in Bratislava, built on an area of 1.3 meters wide, which was used as access for the sentries. Pat attention as the building is cramped between the tower and the building next to it is a separate house and you might not even see it.

Martina Svätého Cathedral (Cathedral of St. Martin) is one of the symbolic buildings of Bratislava and one of the oldest churches of great importance to … the Hungarian kingdom. After the battle of Mohacs in 1526, when Suleiman the Magnificent defeated Luis II of Hungary; it culminated with the occupation of the Hungarian Kingdom by the Ottomans and after that, the Hungarian kings had to be crowned here, in exile, far away from their homeland.

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Grassalkovich Palace, the Presidential Palace or the White House residence of President of Slovakia is a central building, situated amid the bustle of city, adorned in Rococo style and has a beautiful French garden.

Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad) is placed on a hill above town. The building is massive and has towers in all four corners with the Danube flowing quietly at her feet. It lies close to the heart of Bratislava, and you will notice it from about anywhere. It seems that the hill where now stands the castle was inhabited by Celts since the Stone Age. The castle was first mention in the chronicles of Salzburg, in the year 907 b.C. Before reaching its current form, history records a few changes: initially, the hill was built as a fortress for the Slavic nations who settled here. Afterwards, it was modified into a stone palace in the 11th century. Then, in the 15th century, under the reign of Sigismund of Luxembourg, it was transformed into a Gothic castle with seven meters thick fortifications. Afterwards, in the 16th century King Ferdinand restored the castle in the Renaissance style of the epoch.  Then, in the 17th century, the castle was rebuilt as the Baroque residence of the political leader of that period.

In recent times, the palace housed the art collections of Queen Maria Theresa’s groom, Albert, who were later moved to Vienna, to the Albertina Museum. Since the declaration of independence, the castle has been a part of the Slovak Parliament buildings and houses collections of the Slovak National Museum. Bratislavský hrad is colored in white and the red towers offer a beautiful contrast.

There are many other interesting touristic attractions in Bratislava waiting for you to discover.

May 16

Bratislava, Slovakia

 

View on the Skyline of Bratislava from the Castle

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Slovakia can be a destination for art and architecture lovers. Bratislava is the city that offers a variety of choices.

Bratislava Castle attracts many tourists with its unusual appearance; it has four corners that remind you of the legs of a table. Visiting the interior opens up a new world dedicated to art. More than 3500 paintings, statues and prints are highlighted here. Paintings inspired by religious events or by royalty figures (like those of Maria Theresa or Maria Antoinette) are the major themes that visitors can enjoy in the museum’s rooms. In other rooms, local painted furniture, ancient weapons or clocks are displayed. A very well made replica of the crown of the Hungarian kings can be seen here as well. And as a final destination point there is the Crown Tower that offers an impressive panoramic view of the city.

St. Martin’s Cathedral is a place of Gothic inspiration that worth visiting it while you are in Bratislava. The church was used as coronation place by many Hungarian kings.

Built in 1778, the Primatial Palace it is probably one of the most beautiful and luxuriant buildings in Bratislava. The Palace it is the place where Francis I and Napoleon signed the Treaty of Pressberg in 1805.

Grassalkovich Palace is known as Slovakia’s White House. It was built in 1760 during Maria Theresa lifetime. The Palace and the park surrounding it are visited every year by hundreds of tourists, especially Christmas time when they can admire the magical lights used to illuminate the building.

Devin Castle it is another must see in Bratislava. The first known reference to the castle it is from 864. Back in the days has been used as a fortress during the Great Moravian Empire. Devin Castle became a museum and can be visited by tourists.

If you wish to take a nice stroll in the afternoon in Bratislava, then St. Michael’s street is the place where you want to be. Many shops are inviting you with appealing products while you enjoy the music of local street bands. The St. Michael’s Gate is known to be the only gate remained untouched from the old medieval city fortifications.

Even if it is of Communist inspiration architecture, Novy Bridge (The New Bridge) and Observation Deck it is special among the old architecture of the city. Here you can have a romantic dinner at UFO Restaurant and buy souvenirs for friends and family.

These are only a few recommendations to take into consideration when visiting Bratislava. If you plan to stay a longer period in Slovakia then you should go and visit some of the numerous caves considered as natural wonders or the first reservation of folk architecture in the world.