The capital city of Slovakia, with its 500 000 residents has recently blossomed into one of Central Europe's economic and cultural centres. With its rich history and brilliant architecture, it's no wonder that this city is regarded as "the Beauty of the Danube". More tourists are discovering the beauty of the picturesque old part of this city, with its traditional bars, cafés, typical inns and taverns.
The opera of the established National Theatre is on a par with the one in Vienna - a visit to the famous philharmonic orchestra is highly recommended. If you have no plans for one day, we suggest you wander down the Wine Road of Malé Karpaty which leads through former royal disticts Bratislava, Svätý Jur, Pezinok, and Modra, numerous villages and stops in Trnava.
The castle has been the distinctive mark of the city for a long time. Already in 907AD it was mentioned in records from Salzburg. Slavic people built up a strong fort which became a significant centre of the Greater Moravian Empire. The fort was renovated between 1953 and 1968. Currently part of the castle serves as a presentation area for the Slovak National Council, while another area houses a section of the Slovak National Museums collection - expositions of fantastic jewels from yesteryear - and the Museum of History.
The history of the Old Town Hall can be traced back to the 13th century, when Bratislava was a medieval town. It was then that the original Romanesque house of Mayor Jakub became property of the city. Over the course of time Unger's House and Pawer's House were annexed to it.
The Primatial Palace (1778-1781) was built on property that originally belonged to the archbishop of Esztergom. The façade of the palace was built in classic style. The Treaty of Bratislava between France and Austria was signed in the palace's Hall of Mirrors on 26 December, 1805. Today the palace is the office of the mayor of Bratislava, and the absolutely stunning Hall of Mirrors is now used to host concerts.
This rococo summer palace was built in 1760 for the chairman of the Hungarian Royal Chamber and advisor to Empress Maria Theresa, Count Anton Grassalkovich. The palace is now the official residence of the President of the Slovak Republic. Behind the Presidential Palace (Grassalkovich Palace) on Hodžovo Square lays a glorious park (originally the gardens of the palace) with old trees and well-maintained lawns.
Constructed between 1967 and 1972 across the Danube River, the New Bridge – also known as the SNP Bridge, after the Slovak National Uprising – is perhaps the city's most distinctive structure. Its designers, J. Lacko and A. Tesar, decided to suspend the steel deck of the bridge from a single pylon. On top of the pylon, at a height of 80 metres, is a restaurant connected to the bridge itself via an inclined high-speed lift housed within one of the pylon's columns, as well as via an emergency staircase with 430 steps inside the other column. The bridge is 431.8m long and 21m wide. The total mass of the steel structure, including the pylon, is 7,537 tons.
UFO is the iconic building and symbol of Bratislava. At the height of 95 meters, with a line of sight to 100 km you will truly know the magic of the building.
Mighty fortress above the confluence of the rivers Morava and Danube is one of the most significant archaeological sites in Slovakia. The oldest traces of settlement date back to 5000 BC. The first written reference comes from 864. The castle is a national monument of cultural legacy belonging to the Municipal Museum at present.
The bulbous yet elegant copper roof of Michael's Gate is one of the symbols of Bratislava. The 51 meters long tower has seven floors, and the superb view of the old town from the upper terrace of the tower is one of Bratislava's top visitor experiences.
The three-nave Gothic church was built in the place of the original Romanesque church. There were crowned 11 Hungarian Kings and 8 royal wives. Beethoven‘s Missa Solemnis was played for the first time in this church.
The art museum is set in a beautiful location on the Danube peninsula projecting out into the Gabčíkovo Dam. The main idea of building the museum was to promote contemporary Slovak art and young artists in particular. The Danubiana achieved public and professional recognition for its prestigious exhibitions.
Experience the adventure in Bratislava ZOO and Dinopark! The Dinopark is a recreation of prehistoric times, with robotic structures of dinosaur, is a theme park with games connected to archaeology.
The River Danube is one of Bratislava's great assets and it's possible to take sightseeing cruises on the river as well as ferries to Vienna. Among favourite destinations for pleasure cruises are – downstream – the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum at Čunovo and – upstream – historic Devín Castle.
Are you looking for the best way to get to the centre of Vienna? We offer you an unforgettable experience aboard a catamaran with the wind in your hair. Take a high-speed catamaran Twin City Liner and travel comfortably and fast on the Danube River.
Prešporáčik Oldtimer is unique cabriolet old fashioned design and transparent convertible top. Prešporáčik is the only tour vehicle travelling right through the heart of the historic Old Town, along the streets of the pedestrian zone.
Small Carpathian Wine Route includes a trip to the small cities and villages under the slopes of Small Carpathians with silent beauty of nature, traditions, architecture and folklore based on production of wine and of course tasting of the best Slovak wines!