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Bratislava Sights and Landmarks Guide, Slovakia

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the centre of the country’s economy, cultural scene and nightlife. Across the 11 centuries that have passed since the city’s first attestation, Bratislava was visited by some of the most prestigious historic figures: Friedrich Barbarossa, Tsar Peter the Great, Empress Maria Theresa of Austria, Napoleon I or Pope John Paul II.

Bratislava Sights – Museums and Historical Landmarks

Once the coronation town of Hungarian kings, Bratislava is home to an impressive number of palaces, mansions and churches, representing various architectural styles. Many of Bratislava’s museums are hosted in such historic buildings: Bratislava Castle is home to Slovak National Museum (also encompassing the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Jewish Culture), the Old City Hall hosts a collection of archeological artifacts, while St. Michael’s Gate and the Devin Castle were transformed into a Museum of Arms and a City Museum, respectively.

The historic centre of Bratislava, known as the Old Town, has a distinctive air due to the predominance of the Baroque buildings: Grassalkovich Palace, Primate’s Palace, Mirbach’s Palace, Capuchin’s Church, Trinitar’s Church etc. The list of popular Bratislava sights also includes edifices like St. Martins’s Cathedral, Academia Istropolitana, and the Slavin Memorial. Not many people know that Bratislava has some of the most unusual monuments in Europe: Rubberneck, Schöner Náci, Paparazzi or the Well without Water.

Bratislava Sights – Cultural Institutions and Events

If you’re passionate about classical music and opera, you have come to the right place: Bratislava’s name is connected to names of famous composers like Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn or Hummel. The Slovak National Theater, Arena Theatre, Naïve Theater or Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra give several representations a week. Thousands of tourists gather each year to attend musical events like Bratislava Music Festival, Bratislava Jazz Days, the Wilsonic Festival or street manifestations like the New Year’s Party and the Coronation Ceremony.

Bratislava Sights – Spare Time

As Danube is Bratislava’s greatest natural treasure, a cruise down the river is highly recommended. Due to the city’s location at the foothills of the Small Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is the perfect location for practicing outdoor sports like hiking, cycling or rafting. Some trails start at the city’s outskirts and continue through the surrounding forests and picturesque countryside. Children will have the time of their life visiting Bratislava’s Zoo and Dinopark, the Botanical Garden, BIBIANA (International House of Art for Children) or the Liana Ropes Complex at Aupark.

If you enjoyed Bratislava sights, you will love to visiting the neighboring capitals, Vienna and Budapest.

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