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 Bratislava History Overview

This city is cited by low cost airlines as a gate way to Vienna which is about 60km away. However, it is a city worthy of visiting as it has has since the fall of communism taken great care to preserve and resurrect the old part of the city – Stare Mesto. This ‘old town’ with cobbled streets has many beautifully restored examples of Hapsburg Baroque architecture. Stare Mesto is on the north side of the Danube. On the south side of Bratislava, like Berlin, Budapest Potsdam and to a lesser extent Prague there are still some sad examples of Stalin’s influence on architecture in occupied country’s which mean that within the city its architectural features are very diverse.

Bratislava lies close to the Lesser Carpathian Mountains and its origins can be traced back to about 200 BC when it (like Moscow) became recognised as a trading post / market. Since then it always been noted for its vineyards. In the 16th century it was occupied by the Ottoman Empire during which time it was officially designated as the Capital of Hungary. This was the ‘throne’ of several Hungarian Kings. Two hundreds years later it became part of Austria – Hungarian Empire. At the end of World War if became part of the Czech – Slovak Federation. (see the Slovak Country profile). In 1993 the federation ceased and Bratislava became Slovakia’s Capital. It has a population of around 602,000 and has since the Slovakia joined the EU in 2004 become a popular destination for tourists. It is has also seen a significant growth in commercial investment from all over the European Union.

Sightseeing and Attractions in Bratislava

Bratislava is full of historical and Architectural gems. Royal residences and presidential palaces are just a taste of what’s on offer in the Slovakian capital. Their 240 acre zoo is a great day out for animal lovers and kids alike. The Theatre has a little something for everyone with Ballet, opera and Drama catering to the more artistic or creative tourist. The history and the views from the top of the hill or towers are simply spectacular. You are likely to marvel at the architectural masterpieces and significant landmarks which have played a crucial part on modern day Bratislava, in the young country of Slovakian which was formerly under Hungarian and Czech rule.

The Slovak National Theatre Opera and Ballet, – Hviezdososlavo Namestie The Slovak national theatre is a neo-renaissance building constructed between 1885 and 1886.  the theatre consists of three ensembles which are Ballet, Drama and Opera. It’s situated in the Old Town and esteemed Austrian architects R.Fellner and H.helmer were responsible for the theatre’s creation.  The National theatre was initially established in 1920. It was initially opened as the City Theatre in late 1886. The new spectacular theatre building was opened up in 2007. website http://www.snd.sk/?home

St Elizabeth’s Church, Bezrucova Street Bratislava =St Elizabeth’s is also commonly known as the little blue church of Bratislava. The Church was built between the years of 1907 and 1913. Hungarian architect Odon Lechner was the brains behind the Art Nouveau design. The roof and building are partly decorated with stunning, bright blue Majolica tiles.  St Elizabeth’s has been described simply as a work of art and an essential destination for any tourist or Slovakian native. The Blue church has a religious High School attached to it these days. The Churches’ religious design and interior is utterly breathtaking.

St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava Dom Sv Martina Rudnayovonamestie 1 – St Martins is a Gothic looking cathedral located on the edge of the Old Town.  St.Martins was originally constructed in the 13th century in a Romanesque style of architecture but the now Gothic building was unveiled in 1452. 19 Hungarian Emperors had their coronation in St.Martin’s, a tradition which ceased in the 19th century. A popular attraction is the 1 metre high Crown of St. Stephen which was created on top of the Church Tower. Arguably its most notable feature though is Raphael Donner’s 18th century sculpture of St.Martin and the Beggar.website http://dom.fara.sk/

Bratislava Castle [Hrad] Old Town near St.Martin’s Church – This legendary castle sits on a picturesque hill offering beautiful views of the city. There has been a castle here since the 9th century and it began life as a Roman frontier in Ancient times. This castle has four towers and is not necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing building but is well worth a visit just for the fascinating museums inside the Castle. There are lots of separate rooms in the museum which cater to different historical and artistic tastes, genres. There’s Religious art as well  as Statues and a War exhibition with Helmets, Swords and armoury. There are paintings of leading Royal figures such as Maria Antoinette and Empress Maria Theresa. The castle’s opening hours are Tuesday till Sunday from 9 am till 5 pm. website http://www.snm.sk/

Old Town Hall, [Stara Radnica] Primacialne namestie 3 Bratislava [Next to the Jesuit Church] Tel no:421-2591-008-12  – The Old Town Hall is a complex of buildings which began work in the 13th century and was completed in 1599. The oldest Museum in the City, The Bratislava City museum opened in 1886 is located inside the Old Town Hall. The museum has a fascinating exhibition of old Torture devices and displays the long and illustrious history of the Slovakian Capital. The Old Town Hall is conveniently  situated right in the centre of Bratislava between Primate’s Square and the Main Square. Its colourfully tiled roof distinguishes it from other nearby buildings. The style of Architecture was originally Gothic but is now more Neo-Gothic and Baroque. Statues of Madonna of 1676 and Hungarian King St. Ladislaus are two of its most popular attractions.

Grassalkovich Palace, Slovakia White House Hodzovo namestie 1 Maja – The Palace is home to the Slovakian President but historically was utilized as meeting place for the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy. The palace is named after its creator, the Count Anton Grassalkovich who was one of Empress Marie Theresa’s aides and confidants. Grassalkovich is protected 24 hours a day by armed guards who patrol the grounds of this elegant abode. There’s a mesmerising open Park created in a Baroque style which is made available for public visitations. The Palace looks particularly spectacular at Christmas when all the building is beautifully lit and looks simply magical.

Devin Castle, Devin Village Muranska Ulica Bratislava 841 tel no: 421-265-7301-05 – Devin is located between the Danube and Morana rivers.  It’s a significant sight which despite being in the city is away from the centre in a scenic area. Devin is a historical sight which was constructed between the 9th and 15th century. There’s an authentic Slavic and medieval feel to the castle which illuminates the mind and may have you imagining the bloodshed in epic battles  which took place here in years gone by.  The Celt and Roman Armies built fortresses on this historical landmark.website http://www.castles.sk/devin.php

Bratislava Zoo Mlynska Dolina 1 devinska Nova  Bratislava  – This Zoo is a must for any animal lovers vacationing in Bratislava.  The zoo is locate din the little Carparthians Forest. They have  1307 specimens of around  150 different species of Animal including Lions, reptiles, Monkey’s and Giraffes. Dino World is a an exhibit dedicated to the prehistoric dinosaurs and is a big favourite amongst children. The zoo opened in 1960 had over 200,000 visitors in 2006. Opening hours are Mon 9 am to 4 pm, 10- 11 pm, Tuesday 10 am- 7 pm and 12 till 1 am. Wednesday 11 am to 5 pm Thurs  11 am till 10 pm Friday 9 am till 5 pm and 8 am till 2 am on Weekends. Entry fee is exceptionally cheap at between 2 and 5 Euros for Adults and Children. website http://www.zoobratislava.sk/

The Archbishops Palace at Primalacialne Namestie was built during the 18th century as a luxury palace for the local archbishop. At the turn of the 20th century it was purchased by the local council and is now the official residence of The Mayor.

Michael’s Gate at Michalska st is the only remaining part of the original city wall. It is a 14th century tower, standing about 50 metres high, which offers a good view of the city. Within the gate is The Museum of Arms which details how the many rulers of the City of Bratislava have defended themselves from attacks.

The Old Town i& The Main Square. Apart from many examples of renovated 17th century Burgher houses it is home to The Church Of The Holy Saviour. Nearby is The Gallery Of The City Of Bratislava at Mirbach Palace which is an exhibition of Renaissance Art between 17th – 19th century with a religious emphasis.

Please also see Slovakian Museums

Night Clubs In Bratislava

For our detailed clubbing guide for Bratislava with club reviews please follow this link 

Restaurants in Bratislava

One of the most impressive restaurants in Bratislava is the high class Ludwig Restaurant at Venturska 7 (Tel: 5464 8284). Its offers a range of well prepared European food with the trout and salmon dishes being particularly good. The venison dishes are out of this world especially the venison with cranberry and mushroom sauce. Follow this with the chocolate tart and chocolate sauce and even the most discerning patron will be pleased. Expensive but worth it. Also worth mentioning is the only establishment that you cannot miss – The UFO Restaurant 85m above The New Bridge. The menu is an adventurous combination of Asian and Mediterranean dishes accompanied by a well chosen wine and cocktails list. It is expensive but worth the experience which includes free admission to the viewing platform 10m above. There is a lift !

The Govinda Restaurant at Obchoclna 30 (Tel: 5296 23 66) which a mostly Indian vegetarian menu with a wide selection of healthy salads. Traditional Indian music creates a very relaxed ambience. The food here is good and served in vast portions and the prices are amazingly cheap. The Irish Pub at Sedlarska 6 is an English speaking pub and restaurant that seems to popular with the locals as well. Apart from serving good English and European food it has a fair selection of local beers and the all important Guinness. Lively. There are quite a few appealing restaurants in the main square area of the Old Town.

Crime and Personal Safety & Security In Bratislava

Pickpockets and bag snatchers target tourists in Bratislava on public transport and in the street. Do not leave valuable in your car. There have been reports of men having their drinks spiked by women and later finding they have been robbed.

Taxis: These are all metered and relatively cheap. At night the fares are higher.

Passport Requirement Immigration Note: Slovakian Immigration Officers have a reputation for refusing entry to visitors with well worn or damaged passports.

The Bratislava Tourist Board  http://www.bratislava.sk/en/

Bratislava Slovakia Weather Forecast

monthly average and extreme temperatures in Bratislava Slovakia:

sun hours per day

Temperatures
Average Daily
Records
Minimum
Maximum
Lowest
Highest
January
2
-3
2
-18
15
February
3
-2
3
-23
16
March
5
1
9
-11
24
April
7
5
16
-4
28
May
9
11
21
-3
33
June
9
14
24
5
37
July
9
16
26
9
38
August
9
15
26
8
37
September
7
12
22
1
33
October
5
7
15
-5
27
November
2
3
8
-7
20
December
1
2
4
-21
15
extreme cold
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