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25 Best Things to Do in Bratislava (Slovakia)

Slovakia’s capital is love at first sight and oozes style, culture and history. Until 1919 Bratislava was known as Pressburg and up to that point it had been part of Hungary in some form for more than 1000 years. From the 16th century the Hungarian crown jewels were kept at the castle, and eleven kings and queens of Hungary were crowned in the city’s cathedral.

The city’s position on the Danube and at the nexus point of trade routes helped it grow into a centre of commerce and power in that time. The city’s deep layers of history are all exposed, so be prepared for palaces, castles, churches and outlandish Soviet megastructures.

Let’s explore the best things to do in Bratislava :

1. Slavín War Memorial

Slavín War Memorial, Bratislava

At the summit of the highest hill there’s a cemetery and war memorial to the Soviet troops killed while liberating Bratislavain 1945. The monument is in an upmarket quarter of the city above mansions and embassies, and was unveiled in 1960. There’s a memorial auditorium at its base capped with a statue of a Soviet soldier atop a 39.1-metre pylon, all clad with marble panels.

In front are six mass graves, holding the remains of 6,845 Soviet soldiers.

At all times of day residents and tourists make their way up to the terrace below for the ultimate view of the Bratislava skyline.

2. St Elizabeth’s Church (Blue Church)

Blue Church, Bratislava

This whimsical Art Nouveau church is just east of the old town on Bezručova Street.

It was raised in the 1910s as the chapel for the Gamča gymnasium (grammar school) but has gone on to become a symbol for Slovakia.

The architect in charge was Ödön Lechner, a pioneer of Hungarian Secessionism and often referred to as the Hungarian Gaudí.

Outside, the church has a Disney-esque blend of Romanesque, Baroque and Oriental design in its rich stucco mouldings, painted white and pale blue and roofed with glazed blue tiles.

Inside, the pews are especially pretty, painted blue with gold patterns, and there’s an oil painting of St Elizabeth handing out alms above the altar.

3. Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

Watching over the city from its craggy roost, Bratislava Castle is on a site that has been fortified for thousands of years.

As a defendable stronghold and lookout, the castle was unmatched as it rested between the Alps and Carpathians and defended an ancient fords on the Danube.

The castle’s apogee came in the 16th century when it was the seat of the Kings of Royal Hungary, housing the Hungarian crown jewels for the next 200 years.

After war damage and reconstruction it’s a landmark to see because of what it represents more than its architecture.

From the terrace you can see over the Danube and across the borders into Austria and Hungary, while the interior has exhibitions for the National Museum, covering Slovakian history from the middle ages to the present day.

4. Historic Centre of Bratislava

Historic Centre of Bratislava

Bratislava has the kind of historic core where you can let idle curiosity take over and guide you down bright, airy alleys and onto palatial squares.

The Old Town is also compact enough that if you get lost you won’t have any trouble finding your way again.

There’s a multitude of things to fawn over, like dainty fountains, Baroque places, idiosyncratic little monuments and plaques indicating the historical figures that passed by.

Many places have real historic import, like the University Library Building, a former government building from the Hungarian Reform Era, where serfdom in the kingdom was abolished in the 19th century.

There’s also an abundance of outdoor cafe, artisan stores and gelato shops to tempt you on your tour.

5. Devin Castle

Devin Castle

Do not pass up the chance to see this awesome castle, around 10 kilometres west of the city centre.

Devin Castle is a ruin perched on a 212-metre cliff at the confluence of the Danube and Morava Rivers.

In its heyday this mighty stronghold controlled the trade route on the Danube, as well as an arm of the ancient Amber Road.

With traces going back to the 5th century BC, it’s one of Slovakia’s three oldest castles, and its story is told by information boards and an exhibition inside the caves in the upper enclosure.

The castle’s death blow came with an assault by Napoleon’s troops in 1809, and it has been a scenic ruin ever since.

6. St Martin’s Cathedral

St Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava

On the west side of the Old Town, Bratislava’s 15th century Gothic cathedral was against the city walls and even had a secondary role as a bastion.

It lies in the shadow of Bratislava Castle and from 1563 became the coronation church for the Kingdom of Hungary, so it makes for a handy one-two on a sightseeing trip.

Eleven kings and queens, and eight of their consorts were crowned in this building up to 1830. The cathedral’s role as a coronation church is honoured by a gold-plated reproduction of the Crown of St. Stephen at the top of the tower.

Inside, the nave is in three aisles, divided by bulky Gothic columns and leading to an ensemble of statues portraying St Michael as a Hungarian hussar.

7. Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall, Bratislava

On Hlavné Námestie the Old Town Hall Bratislava most venerable landmarks.

It came together in the 1200s when the Romanesque house belonging to the Mayor was acquired by the city.

Slowly the neighbouring buildings were also bought off and annexed.

So now it’s an interesting muddle of four different houses and palaces full of little surprises.

The most beautiful portion is the Renaissance courtyard, dating to 1581 and with an arcade and gallery.

The main tower is older, designed in the Tuscan Gothic style in the 1200s, and housing a branch of the City Museum that deals with feudal justice in medieval Pressburg.

8. Slovak National Gallery

Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava

At the time of writing in 2017 the Slovak National Gallery is undergoing refurbishment, with exhibitions restricted to small corners of this 18th-century palace and its striking Soviet-era annexe from the 1970s.

A small permanent exhibition has been set up on the first floor to present the most cherished Gothic and Baroque art and artefacts from the 1300s to the 1700s.

This exhibition is arranged in six parts, beginning with the incomparable 18th-century busts by the sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, which pull bizarre facial expressions.

Temporary exhibitions are still scheduled, dedicated to anything from Slovak fashion in the 60s to contemporary graphic art and medieval Gothic painting.

9. Michael’s Gate

Michael's Gate, Bratislava

Another early structure in the Old Town is the last vestige of Bratislava’s original four medieval gates, protecting the east entrance to the city.

Michael’s Gate climbs to 51 metres, over an elegant tangle of streets and dates to the very start of the 14th century.

It took on its current Baroque appearance after a remodel in 1759. This was when the dome was installed, as well as the finial of St Michael fighting the dragon at the tip of the spire.

In the tower there’s another branch of the Bratislava City Museum, with an exhibition about the old fortifications and medieval weaponry.

Get up to the tower’s sixth floor, as this is a handy vantage point over the Old Town.

10. Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

Also some way out of city, this contemporary art museum has a fabulous location at the tip of a long peninsula in the middle of the Danube.

Starting in the early 2000s, the museum opened in several stages before it was fully complete in 2014. The Great Hall on the first floor holds the permanent exhibition, where there’s an international assortment of painting and installations by Sam Francis, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Jill Moser, CoBrA artists like Karel Appel, Austrian artists such as Hermann Nitsch and Hungarians like Ilona Keserü Ilona.

The space outside the museum has been landscaped as a sculpture park, covered with greenery and hosting works by the likes of Hans de Bovenkamp and Roland Goeschl, all with the river in the background.

11. Grassalkovich Palace

Grassalkovich Palace

The official residence of the Slovak President is in a sublime Rococo palace from 1760, on Hodžovo Square just north of the Old Town.

It was commissioned by Count Anton Grassalkovich, who was the chairman of Hungary’s Royal Chamber and had the ear of Empress Maria Theresa.

As the permanent home of the president the palace isn’t open to the public, but you can stop for a photo in front of the modern fountain.

Then go round to the rear as the palace’s formal gardens are now a beautiful public park.

There’s a horseback statue of the empress, tree-lined paths and lawns.

One row of trees here was planted by statesmen visiting the palace like the former King of Spain Juan Carlos I.

12. Primate’s Palace

Primate's Palace, Bratislava

Unlike Grassalkovich, the Primate’s Palace welcomes visitors.

It was constructed in the 1770s in an imperious Neoclassical style for the Archbishop of Esztergom, and up to 1996 was also the president’s residence.

The high point of any tour is the Hall of Mirrors, a sequence of five salons, each named after the colour of its decor.

A momentous event occurred in the Hall of Mirrors in December 1805 when the Treaty of Pressburg was signed, sealing Napoleon’s victory over the Third Coalition.

There’s a set of 17th-century Mortlake tapestries on display, and in the inner courtyard is a magnificent fountain with a statue of St George slaying the dragon.

13. Most SNP

Most SNP

Traversing the Danube is a spectacular relic from the Soviet period.

The Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising) opened in 1972, and holds the record as the world’s longest cable-stayed bridge to have only one pylon and a single set of cables.

At the top of that pylon is a structure known as the “UFO”. At 80 metres above the river this disc-like building houses a restaurant reached via an elevator up the pylon’s east pillar.

Book a table for a meal with a memorable view, or just come to the observation deck to see the Danube, castle and old Bratislava in all their glory.

14. Hviezdoslavov Square

Hviezdoslavov Square, Bratislava

A broad pedestrian boulevard in the Old Town, Hviezdoslav Square starts near the Most SNP and extends to the Slovak National Theatre.

The walkway has rows of trees and fountains, and is traced by exuberant mansions and townhouses.

On the north side of the square are bars, restaurants and ice cream shops, while the south has a ceremonious line of embassies.

There’s a podium for public events, and the square also hosts Bratislava’s Christmas Market in December.

The square is named after Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, a turn-of-the-century Slovak poet and dramatist who also who made a lasting contribution to Slovak culture by translating works by Schiller, Shakespeare and Goethe.

You can find his outsized statue half-way along the boulevard.

15. Maximilian’s Fountain

Maximilian's Fountain, Bratislava

Back in the Main Square is another of Bratislava’s most prized monuments and meeting places.

Opposite the Old Town Hall is a fountain commissioned by the King of Hungary, Maximilian II in 1572 as a water supply for Pressburg’s citizens.

The column in the middle is crested by a statue of the knight in battle armour.

Some people believe this an image of Roland, the mythical defender of Pressburg’s rights, and others are certain it’s Maximilian himself.

According to legend, every New Year at the stroke of midnight the statue turns to face the Old Town Hall and bows to honour 12 councillors who died defending the city.

16. Heydukova Street Synagogue

Heydukova Street Synagogue

Bratislava’s only synagogue dates to 1926 and is an extraordinary cubist building designed by the avant-garde interwar architect Artúr Szalatnai-Slatinský.

Its steel and concrete construction was cutting-edge for the time and allowed for a large open hall unobstructed by pillars.

The synagogue is still an Orthodox place of worship and is preserved as a Slovakian National Monument.

Upstairs in the women’s gallery there’s a small museum about Bratislava’s Jewish community before, during and after the Second World War.

There are also artefacts recovered from the city’s Neolog synagogue, which was pulled down in the 1960s.

17. Galéria Nedbalka

Galéria Nedbalka, Bratislava

From the outside you’d never guess what lies within this art gallery that opened in 2012. The Baroque exterior gives way to a Guggenheim-esque atrium.

In this stylish space are four floors dedicated to Slovakian art sculpture and painting from the 19th century to the present.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Slovak art scene here’s an opportunity to get to know the likes of the Barbizon landscape painter Ladislav Medňanský, the early Modernist Ľudovít Fulla and the Expressionist Vincent Hložník.

You’ll also be introduced to the Galana Group, a prodigious circle of nine modern Slovak artists that lasted from 1957-1969.

18. Kamzík TV Tower

Kamzík TV Tower

This peculiar television tower is visible from almost any angle in Bratislava, and if you’re ready to go in for a closer look you’ll have to catch the 201 bus from the centre.

Travelling northwest you’ll go past Slavín, ending up at the base of a wooden park on the Kamzík hill.

After a short walk you’ll be confronted by this 196-metre High-Tech behemoth, erected in 1975. At 70 metres, the observation deck has two eateries, one a casual bistro and the other an upmarket restaurant.

Both afford spellbinding panoramas of the city, and you can see Austria, Hungary and even as far as the Czech Republic from this height.

19. Sad Janka Kráľa

Sad Janka Kráľa

In the Petržalka borough right across the Danube on the Most SNP is the oldest public park in Europe, plotted in 1774-1776. Thanks to its age the park abounds with mature trees, and the willows, poplars, maples and ash trees planted in groups along specific paths in the 18th century.

These are joined by ginkgo bilobas, dawn redwoods and a gigantic 200-year-old plane tree.

But the park’s unforgettable feature is the Gothic gazebo.

This is the upper section of Bratislava’s 15th-century Franciscan church tower, brought here after the church was rebuilt at the turn of the century.

20. Statues in the Old Town

Cumil Sculpture, Bratislava

Bringing some whimsy to the centre of Bratislava is a series of creative statues in unexpected places.

The most photographed of these is Cumil, at the junction of Laurinská and Panská Streets.

He’s a cheeky-looking sewer worker poking out of a manhole with his chin resting on his arms.

What he’s doing here isn’t explained; Cumil could either be an unmotivated communist-era worker taking a break, or might even be trying to look up women’s skirts…

In the main square beneath the Old Town Hall there’s a friendly Napoleonic soldier leaning over a bench, while on Sedlárska Street is Schone Naci.

He represents Ignac Lamar, a Pressburg citizen in the 19th century who is said to have lost his mind because of an unrequited love.

21. Bratislava Transport Museum

Bratislava Transport Museum

This attraction is on Šancová Street, inside the hall of Bratislava’s first railway station and next to the city’s main transport hub.

The first steam locomotive pulled into this station in 1848, and the rails and platforms have been kept as they were, along with a small set of steam engines.

As for cars, there’s an exciting relic from the Soviet era in the form of a ZIL-115 limousine, the preferred mode of transport for the communist elite in the 70s and 80s.

Most of the car collection is Czech-made and boasts vintage Pragas, Tatras and of course Škodas going back to the beginning of the 20th century.

The core of the motorbike exhibition dates to the 1920s and 30s, and includes Indians , BMWs, Ogars and a Harley Davidson.

22. Slovak National Theatre

Slovak National Theatre, Bratislava

The title, Slovak National Theatre refers to both the Neo-Renaissance opera house on Hviezdoslav Square, and a modern hall beside the Danube that was inaugurated in 2007. The two venues are managed by the same body, and both stage opera, ballet and theatre performances.

At the newer building you have the benefits of superlative acoustics, extra leg-room and a higher capacity.

The old hall has resplendent architecture from the Imperial days in the 1890s, and was designed by the Austrians Fellner & Helmer, responsible for hundreds of new buildings across Europe in this period.

The muse, Thalia who crowns the facade was sculpted by the acclaimed Theodor Friedl, and there’s an elegant fountain with a statue of Ganymede in front.

23. Botanical Garden of the Comenius University

Botanical Garden of the Comenius University

Open only from April 1 to October 31, the botanical garden is some way west of the centre of Bratislava on the left bank of the Danube.

Even though the garden is off the tourist trail, many visitors come to revel in the colours and fragrances in summer, when 120 rose species growing in the rosarium are in bloom.

There are also large greenhouses containing a cactus garden, orchids, an Australian garden and other varieties of tropical and subtropical plants like ferns and palms.

Outside, the garden has azaleas, rhododendrons and itemised collections of deciduous and coniferous trees.

24. Chatam Sofer Memorial

Chatam Sofer Memorial

A site of real meaning to people of the Jewish faith is at the western foot of Bratislava Castle.

It is the burial place of Moses Sofer, one of the most prominent Orthodox rabbis in Europe in the 19th century and a noted anti-reform voice.

He established a yeshiva (religious school) in Pressburg, which became the most influential in Europe and educated dozens of Jewish spiritual leaders.

The cemetery he was buried in was damaged in the 1940s, but the site was restored in the 1990s and a modern memorial was erected around Chatam Sofer’s grave.

Visits have to be arranged in advance via the Bratislava Jewish community.

25. Eurovea

Eurovea Shopping Center

On the left bank of the Danube in the southeast of the city, Bratislava’s former industrial district has been totally revitalised.

The symbol of this shiny new quarter is Eurovea, a large mixed-use development combining homes, shopping and entertainment.

The first phase was completed in 2010, when the Eurovea Galleria Mall opened its doors, together with a casino, cinema, pool and gym.

Anyone hankering for some big brand shopping will be pleased with the choice of mid-market and luxury names like H&M, Lacoste, Guess, Armani, Marks & Spencer, Adidas and Mango.

In front of the development are lawns and a new promenade on the Danube.

25 Best Things to Do in Bratislava (Slovakia):

  • Slavín War Memorial
  • St Elizabeth's Church (Blue Church)
  • Bratislava Castle
  • Historic Centre of Bratislava
  • Devin Castle
  • St Martin's Cathedral
  • Old Town Hall
  • Slovak National Gallery
  • Michael's Gate
  • Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
  • Grassalkovich Palace
  • Primate's Palace
  • Hviezdoslavov Square
  • Maximilian's Fountain
  • Heydukova Street Synagogue
  • Galéria Nedbalka
  • Kamzík TV Tower
  • Sad Janka Kráľa
  • Statues in the Old Town
  • Bratislava Transport Museum
  • Slovak National Theatre
  • Botanical Garden of the Comenius University
  • Chatam Sofer Memorial

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17 Top-Rated Attractions & Things to Do in Bratislava

Written by Diana Bocco Updated Dec 24, 2023 We may earn a commission from affiliate links ( )

Even by European standards, Bratislava, Slovakia , is a small capital city at just under half a million residents. But don't let that fool you — the city is packed with things to do.

Bratislava Castle and the old town along the Danube river in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava is a foodie's paradise, a city of fairy-tale palaces and stunning architecture, and a great place to visit for those wanting an affordable European holiday .

While most visitors who stop in Bratislava are just passing by — and on their way to the country's incredible mountains and national parks — the city has much to offer, and it's worth exploring. Whether you're looking for castles, unique buildings, or quirky art, Bratislava won't disappoint. Plan your sightseeing with our list of the top attractions and things to do in Bratislava.

1. Bratislava Castle

2. michael's gate, 3. slovak national theatre, 4. kamzík tv tower, 5. grassalkovich palace, 6. primate's palace & hall of mirrors, 7. danube river, 8. statues in the old town, 9. blue church, 10. hviezdoslav square, 11. ufo bridge, 12. slovak national gallery, 13. devin castle, 14. slavín war memorial, 15. kapitulska street, 16. gerulata rusovce remains, 17. bratislava museum of transport, where to stay in bratislava for sightseeing, bratislava, slovakia - climate chart, map of bratislava - top-rated attractions & things to do.

Bratislava Castle at sunset

The massive four-tower structure is hard to miss anywhere you are in Bratislava, as it sits in the middle of town, atop a rocky hill. Not only do you get a great view of Bratislava from the towers, but on a clear day, you can see all the way into Austria and parts of Hungary . The oldest of the towers, the 47-meter-tall Crown Tower, dates back to the 13 th century and once housed the crown jewels.

The castle went through a number of renovations over the centuries, including a large expansion and conversion of the castle when Maria Theresa of Austria became queen in 1740. In the early 1800s, however, the castle went through a series of disasters: first, it was shot with cannons by Napoleon, then it caught fire just a few years later and was eventually abandoned and left in ruins. It wasn't until 1953 that restoration work started.

Today, the castle is home to a branch of the Slovak National Museum , housing documents, photographs, and objects showcasing the development of the area starting in the Middle Ages. You'll also find the remains of the 11 th -century Great-Moravian basilica on the grounds of the castle.

Address: Hrad, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia

Michael's Gate

Michael's Gate is the only remaining city gate from the fortified walls and towers built in the 1300s.

At the time, the only way in and out of Bratislava was through one of the secured four city gates. The gate went through several reconstructions through the years, including a Baroque-inspired one in 1758 that included the addition of the current massive St. Michael and the Dragon statue on top of the gate.

Today, the tower houses an exhibition of weapons, as well as documents, photographs, and models showcasing the history of the city walls and how they influenced the city over the centuries. Visitors can also make their way up to the top of the tower to access a balcony that opens up over the Old City and offers one of the best views in town.

Address: Michalská ulica 22 806/24, 811 03 Staré Mesto, Slovakia

The old Slovak National Theatre

The Slovak National Theatre consists of two buildings: a Neo-Renaissance one in Old Town — which originally opened in 1886 as the City Theater — and a newly designed structure that opened in 2007. Although the newer theater officially holds all three ensembles ( opera, ballet, and drama ), both buildings are used for performances and practice.

The old theater is located right on Hviezdoslavovo Square, in an area famous for its café offerings. When it first opened, it only featured Hungarian and German theater performances, and it wasn't until after the end of WWII that operas started to be presented in their original language (with Slovak subtitles).

The new theater sits on the banks of the Danube river, in an upscale residential area famous for its upmarket shops and restaurants.

In recent years, the theaters have focused on a mix of foreign performers and shows with traditional writers known worldwide.

Address: Pribinova 17, Staré Mesto Bratislava Slovakia

Kamzik TV Tower at sunset

The 196-meter-tall Kamzík TV Tower sits at the top of Kamzik hill and within the borders of the Bratislava Forest Park.

The park, which offers great views of the city, covers an area of 27 square kilometers and offers a long network of hiking trails , a dry bobsleigh run down the hill, a treetop ropewalk, and plenty of places to visit for a snack. It's also possible to catch a cable car here to make your way down into the Železná studnicka valley.

The tower's best feature is the observation deck , which offers stunning views of Austria, the Czech Republic, and Hungary in the distance. A rotating restaurant, a café, and a second smaller eatery are also part of the tower.

Address: Cesta na Kamzík 14, 831 01 Nové Mesto, Slovakia

Grassalkovich Palace

A Rococo/Baroque building with an exquisite formal French garden, the Grassalkovich Palace is the official residence of Slovakia's president since 1996.

The building dates back to the 1700s and was originally used for aristocratic society events and musical performances — Haydn premiered and conducted some of his most famous works here.

The gardens of the palace are open to the public, and visitors can walk around from dawn to dusk to discover the many old trees; a statue of the Empress Maria Theresa (who originally ordered the construction of the palace); a number of statues by old and modern Slovak sculptors; and the famous Fountain of Youth, a beautiful design of three naked statues playing in the water.

Address: Hodžovo námestie 2978/1, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia

Primate's Palace

The 18th-century Neoclassical Primate's Palace in the heart of Old Town has a significant place in history. This is where the fourth Peace of Pressburg was signed in 1805 between Napoleon and the Holy Roman Emperor to end the War of the Third Coalition. Today, the palace is the seat of Bratislava's mayor, though parts of it remain open to the public for tours.

Perhaps the most famous room in the palace is the Hall of Mirrors , a stunning, lavish conference room decorated in reds and golds. Special classical concerts and events are sometimes held here.

After walking through the palace, head out into the inner courtyard to find a fountain with a statue of St. George, known as "the dragon slayer."

Address: Primaciálne námestie 2, 811 01 Bratislava, Slovakia

Danube River in Bratislava

Europe's second-longest river crosses right through Bratislava and served as inspiration for the famous waltz by Johann Strauss, who composed part of it right in this city in 1852.

Brand new hotels, floating restaurants, and shopping complexes stand along the river, which also offers a great riverbank walkway , a number of bridges, and plenty of shady spaces to stop along the way.

Of the many memorials along the river, the pole crowned by a barbed wire heart is the most stunning one — a reminder of the fence that once stood here to separate East from West during Communist times.

In summer, you can board a riverboat here to reach either Vienna or Budapest , both less than two hours away. The port is near the Old Town area, near the National Gallery, and surrounded by lush, colorful gardens and stunning architecture. For the most adventurous souls, there are also downstream canoe trips available.

Statue in Old Town Bratislava

Bratislava is full of whimsical, quirky statues everywhere — it's a stunning contrast to the Communist-era buildings that still dot the city streets. Whether you're in a quest to find as many as possible or just want to keep your eyes open in case you see them as you walk around, some of them are a truly exciting find.

Perhaps the most famous of the statues (and definitely the most photographed) is Cumil , a sewer worker coming out of a manhole, just sitting there and watching the world go by. The Napoleon's Army soldier statue , leaning over a bench while tipping his top hat, is another popular photo spot — tourists often lean back on the bench as they join in the courteous bowing.

If you're visiting the Hviezdoslav square, look for the statue of Hans Christian Anderson set in the park to commemorate the 200 th anniversary of his birth.

The Blue Church

The Art Nouveau Church of St. Elizabeth is best known to everybody locally as "the blue church" because of its colorful exterior. Built in 1909 as a Hungarian Secessionist Catholic church, the tiny one-nave church was initially meant to be just a school chapel.

It was originally painted in just pastel colors — as the blue paint, tiles, and mosaics were added, the little building became a popular sight, and its doors were open to the public. Today, even the benches, ceiling, and the walls are painted in blue and covered in majolica and blue-glazed ceramic tiles.

The church is dedicated to Elizabeth, the 19 th -century Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, and is a popular place for weekend weddings.

Address: Alžbety, Bezručova 2, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia

Hviezdoslav Square at dusk

The Hviezdoslavovo námestie town square has been around for over 1,000 years in one form or another. It was named after Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Slovakia's most beloved poet — you can see a statue of him next to one of the park's fountains. In its modern incarnation, the square is a pedestrian green zone with benches, fountains, and an outdoor podium where live music and special cultural events often take place.

The Slovak National Opera Theater and the Slovak Philharmonic sit next to the square, with cafés and restaurants lining up the streets around it. In summer, the square is a popular meeting point, while in winter it becomes the main destination for Christmas markets.

The UFO Bridge at night

The SNP bridge — affectionally known as the UFO Bridge because of its flying saucer-shaped observation area — crosses over the Danube, and it's one of Bratislava's most famous structures. The 303-meter-long bridge has two levels: one for four lanes of traffic and one for bikes and pedestrians.

Sitting almost 95 meters up in the air, the UFO houses a restaurant serving traditional Slovak food and an observation deck offering panoramic views of Bratislava — this is a great place to photograph the Castle, Old Town, and even the Kamzik Tower in the distance.

The only way to access the tower is via an elevator located inside one of the "legs" of the bridge.

Slovak National Gallery |  lindasky76 / Shutterstock.com

The Slovak National Gallery is actually housed in several buildings around the country and in two buildings — the Esterházy Palace and the Water Barracks, which sit next to each other and near the Danube riverfront — in Bratislava. The gallery focuses on both classical and modern painting and sculpture with a strong connection to Slovakia.

The ground floor of the buildings showcases items from the permanent collection, while other floors focus on temporary exhibits and visiting artists. Exhibits have included everything from a library project dedicated to Slovak writer and book collector Kornel Földvári to a children's interactive projection about art history.

Address: Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4, 811 02 Bratislava, Slovakia

Devin Castle ruins

Located in the suburbs of Bratislava near the border with Austria, the ruins of this 9th-century castle sit on top of a 212-meter-tall cliff, at the point where the Danube and Morava rivers meet.

Although the castle went through many expansions and reconstructions between the mid-800s and the 15 th century, the major changes were introduced in the 1600s. Two hundred years later, the castle was bombed during the Napoleonic Wars and left in ruins.

Today, visitors can stroll around the maze of staircases, courtyards, and walls that make up the ruins. An ongoing archaeological project is hoping to restore some of the structures and even reconstruct the Great Moravian church that once stood here.

The most photographed spot here is the Maiden Tower, set on a lone rock away from the castle and right over the river — legend goes that scorned, heartbroken lovers jumped off this tower to their deaths.

Address: 10, Muránská 1050, 841 10 Bratislava-Devín, Slovakia

Slavín War Memorial

Slavín is a memorial monument dedicated to the almost 7,000 Soviet Army soldiers who died during the liberation of the city from the Nazis at the end of WWII. Located on a hill looking over embassies and rich villas, the monument consists of a 42-meter-tall obelisk topped by the statue of a soldier holding a flag.

The base of the obelisk is reached by a massive stone staircase. Inside, a memorial hall holds several statues and an empty sarcophagus as a symbol of the lives lost here. The monument is surrounded by a cemetery (holding both individual and mass graves), as well as several viewing points that open up over the city.

Address: Pažického, 811 04 Staré Mesto, Slovakia

Kapitulska Street

One of the oldest streets in the capital, Kapitulska is a trip back in time, where cobblestone streets and ancient, quiet narrow courtyards mix with cozy cafés. Sit outside to breathe in the atmosphere as you enjoy some lokše (thin potato pancakes filled with either minced meat or fruit preserves) or laskonky (crispy meringue cookies with buttercream filling).

The picturesque medieval street takes you straight to the three-nave Gothic St. Martins Cathedral and Michal's Tower . The cathedral's 85-meter-tall spire is one of the most famous sights in the Old Town, and it was once part of the historical city walls.

Bratislava City Museum on Primate Square

The ancient Gerulata Rusovce is a historical attraction that includes the remains of the 2nd- to 4th-century grounds of the Roman military camp of Gerulata plus a lovely little exhibition hall displaying artifacts found in the area. These include bronze and ceramic items, gravestones, and other details that describe what life was like for those who once lived here.

The museum itself is part of the Bratislava City Museum , which also includes the main Museum of the City History (with a fascinating collection about the history of pharmacy), the Museum of Clocks , and the Museum of Period Rooms .

Address: 1, Gerulatská 67, 851 10 Rusovce, Slovakia

Locomotive at the Bratislava Museum of Transport

Located next to the main railway station, the fun Bratislava Museum of Transport is great for those who want to explore a different side of the country's history.

Nowhere is this more obvious than in the museum's car collection, which includes a number of Czechoslovak models, such as a 1932 Škoda (a much-beloved local brand that still produces cars nowadays), a Sentinel steam-powered truck, and a Škoda 130 RS rally car.

There's also a collection of motorbikes and military and government vehicles. Outside the museum buildings, you'll also find a number of steam and electric locomotives and carriages, which sit in the original rails and platforms of what once was a working part of the train station.

Address: Šancová 6419/1A, 811 05 Bratislava, Slovakia

Luxury Hotels :

  • Grand Hotel River Park, A Luxury Collection Hotel has a fabulous location right on the Danube River. Rooms and suites are spacious and have an elegant, sophisticated vibe. Amenities at this 5-star property include a restaurant and the Zion Spa. The spa offers a full range of massages and treatments and also hosts an indoor swimming pool, two Jacuzzis, three saunas, and a large fitness center.
  • Just a few minutes' walk from the historic city center, the Sheraton Bratislava Hotel is another luxury option. It offers contemporary guest rooms and suites, including options for families. Kids stay free here, and there are a number of amenities, including a French brasserie restaurant. The Shine Spa does a range of treatments, but guests can use the heated swimming pool, steam room, and Finnish sauna for free.
  • Roset Boutique Hotel is a luxe boutique property in Bratislava's old town. The hotel has a very modern look about its sleek rooms and suites, which come with polished wood floors and white furnishings. They also feature kitchenettes. Amenities include a fitness room. If you're traveling with a dog, the hotel is pet friendly.

Mid-Range Hotels :

  • Marrol's Boutique Hotel Bratislava is a good mid-range choice, with a location within walking distance of old town. The rooms are comfortable and come with refrigerators and smart TVs with international channels. There is an underground parking garage for guests. Other amenities include a workout room and restaurant.
  • In the city center, just a short walk from the old town, LOFT Hotel Bratislava has views of the Presidential Palace's garden. The rooms and suites at this family-friendly property are spacious and elegantly decorated with chandeliers and area rugs. There is an on-site restaurant known for its Italian coffee. Massage services can also be arranged.
  • Just a five-minute walk from old town, the Hotel Danubia Gate Bratislava is another good-value choice. The small hotel has just 45 beds in single, double, deluxe, and family rooms. There is also a handicap accessible room. There is an on-site restaurant and workout room. Paid private parking is also available.

Budget Hotels :

  • Botel Gracia is a good-value option located just a few minutes from the city center. It has views of the Danube River and Bratislava Castle. Rooms are basic but affordable. A complimentary breakfast is served, and the front desk is open 24 hours. There is also street parking.
  • BNC Hotel is another budget choice. Rooms are colorful and have large windows and flatscreen TVS. Amenities include a free breakfast, coffee shop, restaurant, and massage services. The hotel is also kid-friendly.

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More to Discover Nearby: This is a country with much to discover. If you have time to get outside of the capital, see our list of the top things to do in Slovakia . Bratislava sits next to two international borders and close to the cities of Vienna in Austria and Brno in the Czech Republic. While in Bratislava, you can jump on a ferry and make your way to visit the sights of Vienna in less than an hour. If you would rather cross into the Czech Republic, read more about the top tourist attractions in Brno , including easy day trips.

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Before Bratislava became Bratislava, it was first called Possonium (Latin), Pressburg (German), Pozsony (Hungarian), and Prešporok (Slovak). Its long history means that the famous Bratislava Castle is just one of several hotspots in Slovakia ‘s capital. Read on for Bratislava ‘s must-visit attractions to add to your itinerary.

The blue church.

One of the most unique churches in Central Europe, this Art Nouveau masterpiece is painted baby blue with white accents and darker blue roof tiles. The result is a whimsical, fairy-tale like façade and an interior which feels more like a ballroom than a church.

Bratislava Castle

Perched on a small hill, the castle enjoys the best vantage point of the Old Town. If you hike for about 15 minutes, you can enjoy the views, stroll through the Baroque gardens, sip a coffee in one of Bratislava’s most scenic cafés or visit the Museum of History in the castle.

Another iconic symbol of the city, the UFO Tower is located at one end of the SNP Bridge across the Danube. Take the elevator 95 meters (312 feet) up to enjoy the views from the observation deck, or make reservations to sample the innovative cuisine in the restaurant. The tower belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers and was seen as an engineering marvel when it opened in 1972.

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The Bratislava Castle (right) and the UFO Tower (left) face each other across the Danube River I

Kazmik Radio Tower

This tower with a view is located on the opposite side of the city from the UFO, at the top of Kazmik Hill in the Bratislava Forest Park. It also features an observation deck and a restaurant, plus visitors have the added bonus of exploring the trails of the park on their way there. From the city center, you can take the trolley and then walk 45 minutes uphill through the park. Alternatively, you can drive or a take a taxi to the top.

Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall is a beautiful building both inside and out. Inside, the Museum of City History occupies most of the space. Don’t forget to head down to the basement to see examples of Medieval torture instruments, then walk up to the top of the tower for a fabulous view of Bratislava Old Town’s main square.

Bratislava’s central square and the Old Town Hall and tower I

Slavin Memorial

This memorial is dedicated to the Soviet Army soldiers who lost their lives while liberating the city from the occupying Germans. Slavin lies on a hill just behind the Bratislava Castle. Many people head up here for the views, but the monument, which dates to 1960, is also an interesting example of Stalinist architectural style.

Primatial Palace

This is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved classicist buildings in Bratislava. City Council meetings take place here, but most of the second floor is open to the public. Visitors can enjoy royal tapestries from 1630, examples of period furniture from the 18th and 19th centuries in every room, and the elegance of the Hall of Mirrors.

Nedbalka Gallery

Art lovers will be delighted with the fabulous collection of works by Slovak masters and the remodeled modern interior in this Old Town palace. The focus of the Nedbalka Gallery is showcasing the work of artists working in Slovakia from the late 19th century up until the present day. To accomplish this, they host several temporary exhibitions throughout the year in addition to the permanent collection.

Old Building of the Slovak National Theatre

Don’t miss your chance to see an opera, ballet, or theatrical performance in the Old Building of the Slovak National Theatre which dates back to 1886. The building looks similar to performance halls in Vienna because it was designed by Viennese architects in a Neo-Renaissance style. You’ll find a variety of performance available throughout the day with favorable ticket prices – spending an evening here is not to be missed.

B-S 4 Musuem (Czechoslovak Fortification Museum)

If you are interested in seeing an authentic Czechoslovak military bunker from 1930, this is the place. The old bunker has been converted into a museum which showcases weapons from both World Wars and the Cold War. You can also see how the bunker would have been set up and used by soldiers. The museum is a bit outside of the city, so you’ll need to rent a car or a bicycle to get there.

St. Michael’s Gate

You’ll know that you are entering the pedestrian area of the Old Town when you pass through St. Michael’s Gate. One of the oldest buildings in town, it is the only city gate which has been preserved since Medieval times. You can climb the tower and check out the small Museum of Weapons and City Fortifications.

Bratislavsky Mestiansky Pivovar craft brewery

The Bratislava region is blessed with a fantastic climate for growing grapes, but fortunately for visitors, Slovaks also know a few things about brewing high quality beer. You can buy a bottle of Slovak-produced Saris, Urliner, or Zlatý Bažant in any pub or supermarket, however, Bratislava also features several great craft breweries. Bratislavsky Mestiansky Pivovar is so popular that it now has two locations in the city center. They’ve been producing beer since 1752, so you’re sure to find something you’ll enjoy.

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

The best time to visit the Danubiana Meulensteen is from May through October, when you can take a riverboat cruise from Bratislava’s city center. Modern art fans will enjoy getting to sample the best works from recent and current Slovak artists. The large museum also hosts many eclectic, funky, and trendy temporary exhibits throughout the year.

Devin Castle

If you love castles, there’s more than the impressive Bratislava Castle to see! You can also pay a visit to Devin Castle , which is only about a half an hour away from the city on the Danube River. You can cycle, take a bus, catch a train, or relax on a river cruise to get there. Once there, you’ll need a few hours to climb up to the top of the castle ruins and admire the view. This castle hasn’t been restored, but that’s part of what gives it a special historic charm

St. Martin’s Cathedral

This cathedral was the site of the Hungarian empire’s coronations of kings and queens between 1563 and 1830 – the popular Queen Maria Theresa was crowned here. The cathedral is Gothic in style and features huge stained glass windows. It’s also possible to go beneath the cathedral to check out the interesting crypt and ancient catacombs – don’t miss this!

The bell tower of St. Martin’s Cathedral stands out in Bratislava’s historic center I

Slovak National Gallery

The Slovak National Gallery collection is a treasure trove of Slovak art from over hundreds of years. The collection is so large that it cannot all be housed in one location, so the Gallery has buildings in five different Slovak cities to showcase the very best works of artists working in Slovakia from the Middle Ages to today.

Take a photo with Cumil

Bratislava’s got a few funny statues around which provide perfect photo ops, but Cumil is by far the most famous. Make sure you watch your step while walking through the Old Town because Cumil is not very tall. He’s a bronze representation of a man who is working on the sewers and has just popped his head up to get some air. Quirky? Definitely. Must-take photo? For sure!

Bratislava’s bronze Cumil statue I

Horsky Park

If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city center, go for a stroll in Bratislava’s Horsky Park to get some fresh air. This large protected nature area is only about a 20-minute walk away from St. Michael’s Gate and the pedestrian streets of the Old Town. It is a popular place for locals to come to run, walk their dogs, or cycle.

Bratislava Zoo

Everyone who visits Bratislava with kids should visit the Bratislava Zoo , where there are all sorts of animals such as giraffes, hippos, red pandas, leopards, monkeys, apes, and crocodiles. There is also a Dinopark with life size dinosaur models.

Bratislava Transport Museum

If you love cars, you’ll absolutely love the collection of the Bratislava Transport Museum . With more than 100 cars from the interwar period to the 1970s, as well as several old motorcycle models, you’ll feel like you’re at an old car show. Slovakia is now a major car manufacturer in Europe, and this museum does a great job of tracing the history and development of cars produced in this region over almost 80 years of history.

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Long an important cultural, economic, and political center in Central Europe, Bratislava is the capital and largest city of Slovakia. Located on the banks of the Danube, just a stone’s throw away from Austria, Czechia, and Hungary, its proximity to so many different cultures has had a profound impact on the city’s look, feel, and identity.

Besides the myriad of architectural styles and cultural influences, the city also has lots of fascinating historical tourist attractions for you to visit, with castles, cathedrals, and palaces found alongside its gorgeous Old Town. Hidden away among its winding streets or tucked away in concrete blocks that were built in communist times, you can find cozy cafes, trendy bars, and brilliant restaurants.

A cute and charming place, it is well worth exploring some of the thing to do in Bratislava if you have the chance. Many people combine it with trips to Budapest and Vienna, both of which lie nearby.

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17. Old Town Hall

Old Town Hall

Actually consisting of three different townhouses that were joined together to form the town hall, this peculiar yet pretty building exhibits a mishmash of Baroque, Gothic, Romanesque, and Renaissance architecture.

The standout feature is its marvelous stone tower that is painted light yellow and dates to 1370. Located in the center of town, the Old Town Hall has housed the Bratislava City Museum since 1868. Inside, you can learn all about the city’s captivating past, as well as enjoying fantastic views from the top of the tower.

16. Hviezdoslavovo Namestie

Hviezdoslavovo Namestie

Lined by lots of leafy trees and lovely buildings, Hviezdoslavovo Namestie – or Hviezdoslav Square – has remarkably been around in some shape or form for over a thousand years. Now named after the famous Slovak poet Hviezdoslav, whose wonderful statue lies in the square, it is here that many of the city’s cultural events take place.

While the Neo-Renaissance Slovak National Theater is perhaps its most important and impressive sight, the square is also a great place to head for a drink or bite to eat, as various cafes, bars, and restaurants are found here.

15. Eurovea Galleria

Eurovea Galleria

Lying on the banks of the Danube, Eurovea Galleria is one of the largest shopping malls in the city, and both locals and tourists come here to shop the day away. Only opened in 2010, the sparkling complex has revitalized Bratislava’s waterfront, with houses, hotels, and businesses found above the shops and stores.

With a casino, cinema, and swimming pool also available, Eurovea Galleria offers a myriad of leisure opportunities, and there is a delightful little park for you to stroll along by the river. Work is still ongoing, and soon, the shopping complex will boast the first skyscraper in the country.

14. Napoleon’s Army Soldier Statue

Napoleon’s Army Soldier Statue

In 1809, Napoleon’s army laid siege to Bratislava as the little corporal waged war against the Austro-Hungarian Empire. While this was going on, legend has it that one of Napoleon’s men fell in love with a local girl and decided to stay on in the city.

Today, a statue of the soldier in his distinctive uniform can be seen leaning against a bench. Many people sit and pose for pictures with the famous figure.

13. Grassalkovich Palace

Grassalkovich Palace

Now the residence of the President of the Slovak Republic, Grassalkovich Palace was built in 1760 and is named after the Croatian aristocrat who commissioned it. Its elegant and elaborate Rococo architecture makes for a splendid sight.

While its interior is said to be just as pleasing on the eye, only state officials are allowed inside. After drinking in all its fine features to your heart’s content, there are some peaceful and relaxing landscaped gardens for you to explore behind the palace.

12. Schone Naci Statue

Schone Naci Statue

Born in 1897, Ignac Lamar won the hearts and smiles of the city’s people with his charm, jovial nature, and ability to bring happiness to those around him. The son of a shoemaker would wander through the Old Town’s streets, greeting people here and there, making everyone smile wherever he went.

Such was his renown and reputation that the Schone Naci Statue was erected in his honor. This shiny silver statue of him holding out his top hat in greeting is a fitting tribute to his larger-than-life personality and testifies to the joy he brought to Bratislava and its people.

Cumil

Another of the many quirky statues that are dotted around the Old Town, Cumil is perhaps the most unusual of the lot. Located at the point where the streets of Laurinska and Panska join, the statue is of a sewer-worker resting his chin on his arms as he takes a break from work. Emerging from a manhole, he has a very cheeky smile on his face.

Touching his head is said to make your wish come true – providing, of course, that you don’t tell anyone about it. Although no one is quite sure what the story surrounding the sewer-worker is, since it was erected in 1997, the bronze statue has made for a very popular photo stop.

10. UFO Observation Deck

UFO Observation Deck

Perched on top of the pylon that holds up the Most SNP bridge, the flying saucer-like shape of UFO Observation Deck is one of Bratislava’s most recognizable landmarks. Built in 1972, the bridge spans the Danube. From its futuristic observation deck, you can enjoy spectacular views of both the river below you and Bratislava Castle set upon a nearby hilltop.

As it is also home to a restaurant, you can grab a memorable meal here while basking in the beautiful panoramas. Evening is a particularly special time to visit when the sun is setting and the city and castle light up before your eyes.

9. Michalska Brana

Michalska Brana

One of the oldest buildings in the city, Michael’s Gate (as it is known in English) was built at the beginning of the 14th century and is Bratislava’s only remaining medieval gate. While it was once set in fortified walls, the gate is now flanked by historic buildings. Making your way through the narrow alleys towards it is an amazing experience as it feels like you’ve stepped back in time.

Rising impressively before you, the gate’s lofty tower reaches 51 meters, with a distinctive copper dome and spire perched atop of it. From inside the tower, you can enjoy lovely views of the city, as well as peruse some interesting exhibitions on the history of the city’s fortifications.

8. Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

Although it lies a bit outside of the city, the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum is well worth visiting. Set on a small promontory that juts into the middle of the Danube, the museum boasts a fabulous collection of contemporary artworks by both Slovak and international artists.

Founded in 2000 by the art collector Gerard Meulensteen, it has a scenic sculpture garden for you to explore, as well as avant-garde and abstract art installations. Built in the shape of a Roman galley, the building itself also makes for a fine sight. It is located among some beautiful wetlands, with the Hungarian border lying not too far away.

7. St Martin’s Cathedral

St Martin's Cathedral

One of the largest, oldest, and most important churches in the country, it is here in St Martin’s Cathedral that many Hungarian monarchs of years gone by were coronated. Built in 1452 on top of an earlier Romanesque church, the solid-looking cathedral actually used to be embedded into the city’s walls. The sturdy building supports a large tower that once acted as a lookout point. Its tall spire is topped by a replica of the sparkling golden Crown of St. Stephen, which highlights that it was a coronation church.

Besides the delightful Gothic architecture, there are some magnificent stained glass windows, charming chapels, and a statue of St. Stephen inside for you to check out. Located on the edge of the Old Town, St Martin’s Cathedral is a just short walk away from Bratislava Castle that looms above it.

6. Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

Towering above both the Danube and Bratislava, the city’s castle has stood in the same spot for millennia. Although records show that the hill has been inhabited for thousands of years, much of the current castle only dates to the 50s and 60s, when it was rebuilt following a disastrous fire.

Perfectly rectangular, each corner of the castle is topped with a tower. Because everything is painted a brilliantly bright white, it makes for a spectacular sight at night as its walls are illuminated against the sky.

One of the most popular and famous landmarks in the city, Bratislava Castle is now home to an interesting museum. Wandering around its many rooms, courtyards, and gardens is a great way to learn more about Slovakia’s captivating past.

Slavin

Built between 1957 and 1960, this impressive memorial commemorates and honors the Soviet soldiers who lost their lives fighting to liberate the city from the Nazis in the Second World War. Set upon a hilltop overlooking Bratislava, with pleasant gardens all around it, the memorial’s 42-meter high obelisk makes for a fine sight.

On top of it, there is a statue of a Soviet soldier crushing a swastika underfoot. The quiet and scenic hilltop is a peaceful resting place for the 6,845 soldiers buried in its cemetery, and the views from its gardens are some of the best in the city.

4. Hlavne Namestie

Hlavne Namestie

Literally meaning ‘Main Square,’ Hlavne Namestie is lined by beautiful old buildings. For many people, it is the beating heart of Bratislava itself. Full of fantastic architecture, with Gothic, Neo-Baroque and Romanesque features all on display, the square is home to a number of palaces and embassies, as well as the Old Town Hall.

In the center lies the Roland Fountain, which was built in 1572 by order of Maximilian II to provide the people with fresh water. With lots of bars, restaurants, and cafes found around the square, Hlavne Namestie certainly has a lot for you to see and do.

3. Blue Church

Blue Church

Officially known as the Church of St. Elizabeth, Blue Church looks gorgeous and is one of the highlights of any trip to Bratislava. Built in 1913, almost every centimeter of the church is painted in a marvelous light blue color; this is what lends it its nickname.

The elegant Art Nouveau architecture is a joy to behold, and its small tower and facade appear as if out of a children’s fairytale. The blue theme is continued inside as its colorful pews stand out delightfully against the crisp white of the walls. Designed by Odon Lechner, the Blue Church is just one of the many architectural wonders that Bratislava has to offer.

2. Devin Castle

Devin Castle

One of the most popular excursions from Bratislava, Devin Castle lies just under ten kilometers outside of the city, at the spot where the Danube and Morava rivers join. While the castle is first mentioned in written sources all the way back in 864 AD, most of the fortifications date to later centuries.

Looking out imperiously over the hills and rivers surrounding it, Devin Castle’s now crumbling ramparts and dilapidated watchtowers long guarded a vital trade route that ran past it. Nowadays, its incredible ruins are loads of fun to explore. From its prominent position on top of the hill, you can enjoy splendid views out over the countryside.

1. Old Town

Old Town

The historic heart of the city, the Old Town contains many of Bratislava’s most important and impressive sights and is the main place that all visitors head to. Getting lost is a great way to explore the center; small, scenic alleys give way to large squares lined by elegant townhouses, pretty palaces, and fascinating historical landmarks.

Besides its many marvelous medieval buildings and magnificent museums, the Old Town also boasts loads of fantastic cafes, bars, and restaurants. With a laidback yet lively atmosphere, the Old Town has a plethora of incredible things for you to see and do. Exploring its many treasures is the highlight of many people’s trips to the city.

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Bratislava, located on the banks of the Danube river, has become one of the favourite tourist destinations in Europe. The city has several architectural styles, cultural influences, and fascinating historical tourist attractions such as castles, churches, and palaces.

Main Square is one of Bratislava's top tourist spots. Here, attractive colourful buildings reminiscent of the baroque and renaissance eras fill the perimeters. The Old Town Hall and The Roland Fountain are part of the usual route for guests. Many foreign embassies take domain in the buildings on the Main Square, steadily dwelling among the cheerful ambience of the area. Some retail shops and cafes are also located in the area.

The castle reigns atop a hill by the River Danube. If the weather is clear, three countries can be seen from the castle windows - Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary. Now the castle is home to collections of the Slovak National Museum.

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The Presidential Palace is a summer palace with an elaborate French garden, also a public park. The facade architecture is of late baroque/rococo style, while the interior boasts a grand staircase and impressive rooms.

The attractive building has contributed significantly to the Baroque musical life of the city, having been a venue for many musical events, recitals, and royal parties. There is a statue of Bratislava-born composer Jan Nepomuk Hummel in the palace's park. The President of Slovakia resides in the palace, hence the name.

The Archbishop's Palace is next to the Presidential Palace, complete with its sprawling English garden. It used to serve as a summer seat for the archbishops of Esztergom. Currently, it houses the government of Slovakia.

The palace itself is an artistic jewel from the old Pressburg era. Along with its Rococo-style architecture, colourful engravings are also preserved from the original interior design. After renovations and reconstructions, the palace became the seat of Bratislava City Gallery. Mirbach Palace now holds occasional gallery shows in its halls and houses the permanent exhibition of Central European Baroque Painting and Sculptures, attracting many tourists.

The newest addition to Bratislava's modern architecture is the sophisticated bridge crossing the Danube River. The bridge was inaugurated in 2005. It was the sole European structure to be named one of the five finalists for the 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award (OPAL Award) conducted by the American Civil Engineering Society. This attractive bridge is designed to carry vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists across the river.

Above The futuristic Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising (also known as the Nový Most or New Bridge) at the top of a single tower is the circular UFO Observation Deck. It is crowded with tourists all the time. There are informative graphics and telescopes around the deck. You can also meet your hunger on the UFO Deck is Taste, Bratislava's highest restaurant.

One of Bratislava's historical landmarks is the Devin Castle. This castle has played an enormous role in Slovakian history. The Celts occupied it in the 1st century BC; the Roman Empire used it as a military station. The Moravian Empire used it as a boundary fortress of the Hungarian state. In 1809, retreating forces of Napoleon I of France had blown up the area after the Siege of Pressburg. The castle is now the property of the Municipal Museum.

The St. Martin's Cathedral is one of the oldest and largest churches in Slovakia. Built in the 14th century, this Roman Catholic Church is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava. It is situated below Bratislava Castle. St. Martin's Cathedral was famous for being the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between the 16th and 18th centuries. The top pyramidal structure of the church spire is fitted with a gold-plated replica of the Crown of St. Stephen instead of a cross. The church towers above the city and is one of Bratislava's best-known landmarks.

Michael's Gate is a part of the Bratislava City Museum housing the Exhibit of Weapons. It's a historic structure and the only remaining city gates preserved from the city's medieval fortifications. Initially built in 1300, the gate's present architecture was the baroque style when the statue of St. Michael and a Dragon was placed at the top in 1758.

The statue of Schoner Naci stands by the sidewalk in Old Town, bidding his hat among passersby's. The famous sculpture by Juraj Melus is said to be famous in Bratislava, whose real name was Ignác Lamar. Known around town as a true gentleman, Ignác walked from Michael's Gate to the river, waving his hat and greeting local ladies with flowers.

Taunter is a unique sculpture of a supposedly naked man set in the facade of a house. There are many explanations offered for this strange carving. Some say it mocks the neighbour for spying on clueless passersby's, and others say it is a man rushing to the windows to watch the coronation feast.

The domain between St. Michael's Gate and St. Michael's Tower is the narrowest house in Europe. With 130cm wide, this 3-storey structure attracts attention as curious and fascinated tourists visit the site.

A statue of Napoleon's soldier leans forward upon a bench where many tourists take the opportunity to get photographed with the famous sculpture.

The paparazzi sculpture stands by the corner of the Paparazzi Cocktail Bar, armed with his full lens camera, sculpted into spy mode.

Rubberneck is one of the most photographed attractions in Bratislava. The sculpture sneaks from the sewerage hole and has lost his head a couple of times due to irresponsible drivers. A street sign was put up to warn drivers that Cumil is near.

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Bratislava has a beautiful natural setting partly on the slopes of the Carpathians and partly along the Danube river. It enjoys a unique location in a corner of three countries and has a typical Habsburg ambiance with a touch of the Mediterranean. Bratislava is much larger, more attractive and has a lot more to offer than most people think. This list of Top Sights are therefore just the absolute must-sees when visiting Bratislava. It is already enough to fill more than two full days. You can experience the following but many more on our Bratislava Essential City Tours or Insight Tours of Bratislava .

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1. Bratislava Castle

Originally a Gothic castle and the seat of kings, the Castle is without doubt the symbol of Bratislava and one of its top sights. It affords a beautiful view over the town and can itself be seen from a distance of over 30 km.

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2. St. Martin’s Cathedral

For centuries this former coronation church was the tallest building in the town and it is now its most valuable architectural monument. The crown on the top of the cathedral spire is a reminder of the coronations that took place here.

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3. Old Town Hall

This complex of buildings from various periods, harmoniously complementing each other, is to be found in the middle of the Old Town. Here you can breathe in the atmosphere of Bratislava’s 600 years of history, with its bright and dark sides.

4. Primate's Palace - Bratislava top sights

4. Primate’s Palace

This magnificent palace was built as the winter residence of the Hungarian archbishops and now serves as the Town Hall. The splendid rooms can boast of precious English tapestries.

5. Michael's Gate - Bratislava top sights

5. St. Michael’s Gate

One of the dominant landmarks of the Old Town, this is the only gateway in the town’s fortifications still standing. There is an interesting museum inside and its balcony offers a delightful view of the Castle.

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6. Blue Church

This unique church was designed by renowned Budapest architect Edmund Lechner as part of a complex with a school and parish house. The Church of St Elisabeth is named after Elisabeth who was born and grew up in Bratislava Castle, but thanks to its color, everyone commonly refers to it as the Blue Church.

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7. Presidential Palace

This elegant palace was built in Rococo style in 1760 for Count Anton Grassalkovich, who at that time was head of the Hungarian Royal Chamber. A large Baroque garden was established behind the palace. At that time, the palace marked the edge of the city where the spread of vineyards started.

8. SNP Bridge - Bratislava top sights

8. SNP Bridge

No matter what people think about the SNP bridge, everyone can agree without doubt that it is one of the dominant features of Bratislava. The bridge was designed in the 1960s and built between 1967 and 1972, at which time it was definitely a bit Avant-garde thanks to its unique design and construction.

9. Eurovea - Bratislava top sights

The uniqueness of the new districts along the Danube lies in how they are right in the city center, just a few minutes’ walk from the Old Town. This has finally turned Bratislava from being a city along the Danube to a city on the Danube, and this element of water in the city gives it an altogether new dimension.

10. Devin Castle - Bratislava top sights

10. Devin Castle

One of the largest castles in Slovakia is to be found in the west of the city. Nations and civilizations have come and gone here in the course of a thousand years. The fantastic panoramic view is an unforgettable experience.

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11. Historic Opera

The elegant building of the Opera House is a living symbol of Bratislava’s rich musical traditions. Many people familiar with the town cannot imagine a trip to Bratislava without paying it a visit.

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12. Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

Since 2000, a narrow artificial peninsula on the Danube has been home to an attractive gallery of modern art, named after the river and its Dutch founder. It unites people with art, just as the Danube unites various countries and cultures.

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Bratislava, with its compact old town, charming city streets, and outdoor café culture, is a wonderful place to visit. This city may not be as popular as other central European cities such as Vienna or Prague, but don’t let that fool you. Bratislava is underrated as a European destination, as we just learned.

If you are visiting Europe during the busy summer months and want a break from the crowds of the more popular cities, put Bratislava on your list. Even in mid-July, its streets felt less crowded and we never waited in line for anything. It was a very refreshing experience.

So, if you are looking for a very cool European city but want a quieter experience, Bratislava is well worth the visit!

Here are our top ten things to do in Bratislava, with a few more ideas of how to spend your time at the end of this article.

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Wander the old town.

Small and compact, you can walk from one side of the old town to the other in less than ten minutes. But you can spend several hours exploring the cobblestoned streets, shopping, and searching for your favorite café along the way.

Bratislava Street

Michael’s Gate

Built in 1300, Michael’s Gate is the only surviving medieval gate in Bratislava. You can simply walk up to it and take a photo (it is one of the iconic views of Bratislava) or, for a better experience, you can climb to the top of the tower for a view over the city.

Michaels Gate

The door to get into the tower is easily missed. If we hadn’t known that it as possible to climb the tower, we would have totally missed this. It took a little bit of searching to find the entrance.

If you are looking at Michael’s Gate from the southern side (inside of the old town), there is big, heavy, wooden door to the right of the archway. Not knowing if I was in the right spot, I pulled the door open, and yes, it lead up into a ticket office for the tower. It costs just a few euros to climb the tower. And since it is so easily overlooked, we only shared the view with two other people.

WALKING TOUR OF BRATISLAVA: On this one hour walking tour of the old town of Bratislava, visit the Old Town Hall, Michael’s Gate, St. Martin’s Cathedral, and House of the Opera. 

Kapitulska Street

Even though this is just a few blocks from the heart of the old town, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. Kapitulska Street is a quiet, medieval street lined with a mix of colorful buildings and buildings that have seen better times. It only takes a few minutes to walk the length of the street and this was one of our favorite experiences in Bratislava.

Kapitulska Street

Bratislava Castle

Dominating the hillside next to the old town is Bratislava Castle. Recently renovated, it feels modern and somewhat empty on the inside. Many people who visit recommend skipping the castle tour and instead, just enjoy the view over the city.

St. Martin’s Cathedral

This gothic cathedral is another popular landmark in Bratislava. It’s interesting to see on the inside and out.

St Martins Cathedral

Old Town Hall

The Old Town Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Bratislava. Built in 1370, this civic hall was also used as a prison and a mint.

For another view over Bratislava, climb the tower. You get a great view of the main square below.

Old Town Hall

You can also tour the Bratislava City Museum and learn a little about the city, if you are interested.

See the Statues of Bratislava

For such a small city center there sure are a lot of quirky, interesting statues to see.

Cumil (aka “Man at Work”). This is the most popular of the bunch and the statue with the longest line of people waiting to take their selfies. Located on the corner of Panska and Rybarska brana.

Man At Work Bratislava

Schone Naci. Schone Naci was a beloved character in Bratislava. Located on the corner of the main square.

Schone Naci

Napolean’s Army Soldier. Located in the main square, this is another popular photo spot.

Napoleans Army Soldier

Hans Christian Andersen. This statue commemorates the life and work of this famous children’s author. You can find the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Hviezdoslavovo Square.

Hans Christian Andersen Bratislava

The Paparazzi. This was another popular statue located in the town square. The Paparazzi was taken down when the restaurant with the same name closed. You can now find the Paparazzi at the UFO restaurant.

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The View from the UFO Tower

Have you see the movie “War of the Worlds?” Do you think the UFO Tower looks like one of the alien ships from this movie?

Bratislava UFO Tower

Located on the southern bank of the Danube River, you have panoramic views of Bratislava from the top of the UFO Tower. On a clear day, you can also see Hungary and Austria.

Bratislava from UFO Tower

The UFO Tower feels a bit run down. The elevator is small and creaky and hot in the summertime. If you are claustrophobic, this may be an attraction to skip.

However, the view over the old town is awesome and well worth the strange elevator ride to get here. There is also a restaurant and bar at the top of the tower.

Slavin Memorial

Slavin is a memorial to the almost 7,000 Soviet troops who were killed while liberating Bratislava from the Germans in April 1945. The main building is the memorial. Located around the building is the cemetery, the final resting place for these Soviet soldiers.

Slavin

I had heard that the view over Bratislava from the Slavin Memorial was amazing. Maybe we missed something, but this is what we saw from the memorial. So, make the trip up here to see the memorial but I would not expect a great view of the city. You can get that from Bratislava Castle or the crazy UFO Tower.

Slavin View

Dinner with a View

How about lunch or dinner with a view? The Lemontree & Sky Bar serves Asian food with a view over the old town. The food is delicious, the cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks are creative, and we loved the view over St. Martin’s Cathedral.

Lemontree Bratislava

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With More Time

Here are a few more things to do in Bratislava. Most of the places on this list are located outside of the old town. To get to these places, you will need a car or you will need to use public transportation.

Primatial Palace

Just around the corner from the Old Town Hall is the pink Primatial Palace. This palace is the office of Bratislava’s mayor but you can also take a tour of the rooms, the highlight being the Hall of Mirrors.

Primates Palace

The Blue Church

The Blue Church, also known as the Church of St. Elizabeth, looks exactly like it’s name implies. It’s a fanciful, Art Noveau church that was completed in 1913. From the old town, it takes between 10 to 15 minutes to walk.

Worth it? We thought it was just ok, not really worth the walk from the old town.

Blue Church Bratislava

Devin Castle

Sitting on a cliff overlooking the Danube River are the ruins of Devin Castle. Built over 1000 years ago, the castle was blown up by Napolean’s army. The ruins remain and are now a tourist attraction. To get here, take bus 29 from Most SNP or take a taxi (about 20 minutes one way). You can also visit Devin Castle on a 3-hour tour that includes your transportation, a guide, and a local wine tasting.

Museum B-S 4

At this museum, tour a Czechoslovak fortification that dates to pre-World War II. Learn more here.

Danubiana Muelensteen Art Museum

This relatively new, modern art museum features paintings and sculptures by renowned artists from around the world. The museum is located on a small peninsula on the Danube River.

To get here, take bus 90 (about 4o minutes one way) or drive, if you have a car.

Should You Buy the Bratislava Card?

The Bratislava Card is a tourist card that gives you free admission into 14 museums, unlimited use of public transportation, a one-hour walking tour of the old town, and discounts on other attractions.

The card is worth it if you plan to visit the more expensive attractions, such as Devin Castle, Danubiana Art Museum, and take a walking tour and use public transportation.

However, if you only plan on visiting Bratislava for one day and simply visiting the top attractions in the old town, then the Bratislava Card is not worth it.

You can purchase the card online and then print a voucher, which you will turn in for the card. The card can be picked up at Tourist information booths, public transportation hubs, and several hotels. Learn more here.

Where We Stayed

We stayed at Hotel Avance , a modern, 4-star hotel located in the old town. In just 5 minutes, we could walk into the center of the old town. The hotel was clean, quiet, and comfortable, the WiFi worked well, and the included breakfast was pretty good. They offer parking in a small garage located under the hotel.

Are you planning a trip to Bratislava? Comment below if you have any questions!

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We were in Bratislava on Oct 6., 2022, and would like to note that Michael’s Gate is under renovation indefinitely. Other than that, we hit most everything on your list, minus the castle and UFO but added the Holocaust Memorial, the opera house, and the American embassy:)

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Thanks for the update!

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Any positive and objective observation is 🙏

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Amazing photos again as usual. The statues of Bratislava are my favorite. I received a lot of questions from our guests that wanted to know about the Bratislava card. I am glad you mention it in the article that it is not worth buying if you only stay one day. I am not sure what the latest update was, but I really enjoy your website.

Thank you! This article was just updated one month ago, so the info is still current. There’s always a chance that things could change in 2020, of course. Cheers, Julie

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I love your comment, “things could change in 2020…” Prophetic?

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I would be a good idea to insert a link to a map of the places. Happy travels!

That’s a great suggestion. I’ll put it on my to-do list. 🙂 Cheers, Julie

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If you only have an hour or so free, you may be interested in one of the following local favourites. Most of them are within the historic Old Town within walking distance of each other; the exceptions are easily reachable by public transportation. Unless otherwise noted, the following list is oriented mostly to adults – for the best ideas on what to do with young children, please visit our Kids page .

St Martin’s Cathedral and its surroundings, particularly the adjacent seminary on Kapitulska Street with its robed adepts, give an almost intact physical overview of the environs of a major coronation cathedral.

Bratislava Castle , apart from offering a quick look at historical architecture and artifacts, gives you a wonderful view of the city, especially pretty in the evening. The castle is being currently renovated.

The Slovak National Gallery displays an overview of Slovak art, with the most remarkable and extensive collection focusing on Gothic church art. www.sng.sk

The Slovak National Museum centres on natural history (geology, wildlife and ancient man), and recently has increasingly invested in outstanding temporary exhibits.

Bibiana children’s museum will of course captivate younger visitors, but its uniquely creative arts exhibits interest visitors of all ages. Close to other Old Town attractions, it’s especially easy to add to other activities.

A short but rich Jewish history tour includes a stop at the Chatam Sofer mausoleum (tours here requires special arrangement in advance), the Jewish History museum, and a stroll through the adjacent old Jewish quarter – partly decimated by communist building projects, but even in these spots suitably marked with commemorative monuments. Information on all these sights at www.slovak-jewish-heritage.org .

Other small museums abound in Old Town. The art exhibitions are especially memorable, in part because of their location in palaces mostly baroque in period.

Old Town “without museums” : even those who don’t enjoy museums will be moved by the beauty available on a simple stroll through the historic core, mostly closed to cars. Small art and antique galleries and shops are mingled with a surprising number of restaurants and cafes.

Devin Castle , even if you have limited time, is fifteen minutes from downtown by car or bus.

Outdoors inside the city : the most popular participatory sport by far is walking in the woods, and it is easy to enjoy this with even a few free minutes. Koliba with its distinctive radio tower is best known, but unexpectedly close in-city forests are also to be found in Horsky Park, Zelezne Studienka and Devinska Kobyla.

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Slavín

Slavín is a memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the burial ground of thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II while taking over the city in April 1945 from the occupying German Wehrmacht units and the remaining Slovak troops who supported the clero-fascist Tiso government. It is situated on a hill amidst a rich villa quarter of the capital and embassy residences close to the centre of Bratislava.

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2. Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. Because of its size and location, it has been a dominant feature of the city for centuries.

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UFO

UFO is an iron statue, which is located in the park of the housing estate between Jarky in the Bratislava district of Podunajské Biskupice. It dates back to the 1970s and its author is the academic sculptor Juraj Voke.

Wikipedia: UFO (socha) (SK)

4. Evanjelický zborový dom

Evanjelický zborový dom

The Evangelical church in Dúbravka, a suburb of Bratislava, is the second-youngest religious building in this part of Bratislava. Originally built as a ceremonial hall in the 1980s, regular evangelical worship services began in 1995. In 2003, the building became the property of the Slovak Evangelical Church. The church consists of a main hall with a capacity of about 200 people and a minor hall with a 100-person capacity. In 2006, the general bishop consecrated a white marble octangular baptismal font made as a commemoration to the early Christian believers and traditions. The interior is dominated by 4-meter-tall wooden cross with textile depiction of the Creed.

Wikipedia: Evangelical Church, Dúbravka (EN)

5. Kochova záhrada

Kochova záhrada

Koch's garden is a protected area on Partizánská Street in Bratislava. It was founded in the thirties of the 20th century as part of the sanatorium MUDr. Karol Koch. Interesting is the exotic composition, planting plan and overall architecture. The garden has a pool -built swimming pool serving patients, elements of small garden architecture - benches, staircases, raised places, rest areas, statues (are the subject of people's efforts to save them and replace replicas); Many sidewalks, nooks and elegant terraces make this a glamorous place. For peaceful in this area, it is a sought -after place of various birds nesting in trees.

Wikipedia: Kochova záhrada (SK)

6. Slovak National Theatre

Slovak National Theatre

The Slovak National Theater is the oldest professional theatre in Slovakia, consisting of three ensembles: opera, ballet, and drama. Its history begins shortly after the establishment of the first Czechoslovak Republic in 1918. It is located in the capital, Bratislava. The theatre is currently based in two separate buildings: the historic Neo-Renaissance building at Gorkého 2 and the new SND building in the Old Town, opened on 14 April 2007, at Pribinova 17. Performances take place on most days of the year. The Slovak National Theatre has represented Slovak culture on its numerous tours abroad.

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7. St. Nicholas church

St. Nicholas church

St. Nicholas Church in Bratislava is an Orthodox church situated on the castle hill next to the Bratislava Castle in Podhradie the historical part of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The church was built in 1661 by Paul Pálffy's (1589–1655) widow Countess Frances, née Khuen. It is an early baroque building built on the place of original Gothic church below the Bratislava Castle. The church is consecrated to St. Nicholas, the patron of sailors. His statue is situated in the stone niche above the main entrance to the church. The church is a protected cultural monument.

Wikipedia: St. Nicholas Church, Bratislava (EN)

8. House at the Good Shepherd

House at the Good Shepherd

The House of the Good Shepherd is a narrow, Rococo-style building in Bratislava, Slovakia, located in the Old Town below Bratislava Castle. It was built in 1760–1765 by notable Bratislava master-mason Matej (Matthäus) Hollrigl. The townhouse was constructed for a local merchant and the lower part of the building was used for commercial purposes, the upper part for living. It is one of the few buildings in the area below Bratislava Castle to retain their original state, mostly due to the demolition of much of the Jewish quarter in the 20th century.

Wikipedia: House of the Good Shepherd (EN)

9. Galéria Nedbalka

Galéria Nedbalka

The Nedbalka Gallery is a non -profit organization founded in 2012. The gallery is based in a reconstructed historic building on Nedbalova Street in Bratislava. In accordance with the subtitle of the gallery - Slovak modern art, its representatives set the goal of gradually collecting, systematically processing and presenting the art works of the 20th century with an overlap to the end of the 19th and early 21st centuries, which were established in Slovakia. The focus of the collection lies in the painting, but there is also a statue and graphics.

Wikipedia: Galéria Nedbalka (SK) , Website

10. Radošinské naivné divadlo

Radošinské naivné divadlo

Radošinské naive theater is a Slovak professional theater ensemble with a permanent scene in Bratislava. The date of foundation could be set on 25 December 1963, when in the village of Radošina stated by Stanislav Štepka with local theater players of his cabaret play silent faces or game is written with a large Z. RND is the original Slovak author's theater, which has been enjoying a great popularity since its inception. the audience. His performances are permanently sold out and all games achieve an above -average reprise.

Wikipedia: Radošinské naivné divadlo (SK) , Website

11. Kostol Zvestovania Pána

Kostol Zvestovania Pána

The Franciscan Church is the oldest existing religious (sacral) building in the Old Town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The church was consecrated in the year 1297 in the presence of King Andrew III of Hungary. In the past, the church building served for larger gatherings of townspeople or Hungarian nobles. In 1526 Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor was elected here to become the King of Hungary. During coronations, kings used to knight nobles as Knights of the Order of the Golden Spur in this church.

Wikipedia: Franciscan Church, Bratislava (EN)

12. Museum of Pharmacy

Museum of Pharmacy

Red Crayfish Pharmacy is a baroque building and former pharmacy from the 16th century in the Old Town of Bratislava, Slovakia. Since 1953 it houses the Museum of Pharmacy of the Bratislava City Museum. Today, the exhibition features three of the original five rooms of the former pharmacy complete with historical furniture, pharmacy equipment and Baroque – Classicist paintings and wall decorations. The museum contains an original edition of works by Paracelsus from 1574.

Wikipedia: Red Crayfish Pharmacy (EN)

13. Sad Janka Kráľa

Sad Janka Kráľa

Janko Kráľ Park (Slovak: Sad Janka Kráľa, literally Janko Kráľ Orchard/Garden; formerly called Städtischer Aupark, is a park in Bratislava's Petržalka borough. It is located in the northern part of Petržalka, bordered by the Danube in the north, the Old Bridge access road in the east, a main road in the south and the Nový Most access road in the west. The park is one of the oldest municipal parks in Europe. The statue of Janko Kráľ is situated in the park.

Wikipedia: Janko Kráľ Park (EN)

14. Kostol svätého Mikuláša

Kostol svätého Mikuláša

The Church of St. Nicholas is a Roman Catholic parish church located in Bratislava in the city part of Podunajské Bishopice on Vetvárská Street in the parish of Bratislava – Podunajské Bishopice. It is a 3-ship Romanesque-Gothic church from the mid-13th century, with a polygonally finished sanctuary and one tower on the west side. Since it has been rebuilt since its creation, it carries signs of various styles - Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and classicist.

Wikipedia: Kostol svätého Mikuláša (Podunajské Biskupice) (SK) , Website , Url

15. Kostol Mena Panny Márie

Kostol Mena Panny Márie

Church of the Virgin Mary is a church that was built in 1879 and is located on Poľnohospodárska street, in the Vrakuňa district of Bratislava. Its capacity did not meet the demand, so the church was extended with an addition. The foundation stone and the building site of the new part were feasted on 28 February 1993. The new church was put in use on 1 January 1994, and the ceremonial dedication was made by Archbishop Ján Sokol on 9 September 1995.

Wikipedia: Church of the Virgin Mary, Vrakuňa (EN)

16. Kostol Sedembolestnej Panny Márie

Kostol Sedembolestnej Panny Márie

The Church of the Seven Sorrowful Virgin Mary is a Roman Catholic church in the city part of Bratislava-Petržalka on Betliarska Street No. 3. It belongs to newer buildings, before its sanctification, the Mass served in a nearby cultural house. The church was built from the lovers of the faithful and the Archbishop’s Office in Trnava, according to the project of architect Klement Trizuljak. Today there are several schools in the parish.

Wikipedia: Kostol Sedembolestnej Panny Márie (Petržalka) (SK) , Website

17. Divadlo P. O. Hviezdoslava

Divadlo P. O. Hviezdoslava

Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav Theatre (DPOH) is an independent non-profit organization in Bratislava. While until March 2007 it was one of the three seats of the Slovak National Theatre Drama, from October 17, 2009 to June 2022 it was the BKIS art scene, then known as the Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav Municipal Theatre (MDPOH). After its restructuring, it has been operating independently and under its historical acronyms since June 2022.

Wikipedia: Divadlo Pavla Országha Hviezdoslava (SK) , Website

18. Keglevičov palác

Keglevičov palác

Keglevich Palace is a Baroque mansion on Panska Street 27 in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is included among the National Monuments Reservation of the city and is also listed as a Cultural Real-estate Monument. The last reconstruction was in 1998, involving the roof and facade rendering. Following the reconstruction a new street was named Strakova Street. It is between Venturian Street and Hviezdoslavovo námestie (Bratislava).

Wikipedia: Keglevich Palace (EN)

19. Kaplnka svätej Rozálie

Kaplnka svätej Rozálie

Chapel of Saint Rosalia is an early baroque church in the Lamač borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, built at the end of the 17th century. It is a Slovak national cultural landmark, protected since 1963 for retaining its historical value and being a testament of the urbanistic and architectonic features of historical Lamač. It is named after Saint Rosalia and it is owned by the city of Bratislava.

Wikipedia: Chapel of Saint Rosalia (EN)

20. Divadlo Arteatro

Divadlo Arteatro

Arteatro bolo theatre, settlement in the historic centre of Bratislava in the Čierny raven, near Franciscan namestia. Theatre was founded by director Tomáš Roháč and dramaturgy Sasha Sarvashová in 2008. After leaving Sarvašová at the stage of the Arena Theatre in 2015, theatre director Roháč with hercom Emilom Leegerom, until the theatre was destroyed in 2020 in the result of the COVID-19 pandemia.

Wikipedia: Divadlo Arteatro (SK)

21. Kaplnka sv. Kataríny

Kaplnka sv. Kataríny

Chapel of Sv. Katarína from 1311 is located in the Bratislava-Staré Mesto district, on Michalska Street. It is situated in the development of other houses. Chapel of Sv. Katarína is the oldest Gothic chapel in Bratislava. Its construction began in 1311 Cistercian monk František from Columba. It was completed in 1325, when it was consecrated by Ondrej, a bishop from the chair Belgrade.

Wikipedia: Kaplnka svätej Kataríny (Bratislava) (SK) , Url

22. Mikuláš Kopernik

Mikuláš Kopernik

Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance polymath, active as a mathematician, astronomer, and Catholic canon, who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than Earth at its center. In all likelihood, Copernicus developed his model independently of Aristarchus of Samos, an ancient Greek astronomer who had formulated such a model some eighteen centuries earlier.

Wikipedia: Nicolaus Copernicus (EN)

23. Jesenákov palác

Jesenákov palác

Jesen's Palace is a three -wing baroque palace in Bratislava, built for Baron Ján Jenák on the foundations of an older medieval house. On the corner is a stone cartridge with the coat of arms of the original owner. The house had a retaining pillar towards the square, which was removed at the end of the 19th century. In the pillars they found secondary Romanesque heads.

Wikipedia: Jesenákov palác (Hlavné námestie) (SK)

24. Padlým v 1. a 2. svetovej vojne

Padlým v 1. a 2. svetovej vojne

Monument of the fallen at 1. and World War II is a national cultural monument registered in the Central List of Monument Fund located in Bratislava's city part Lamac on Vrančovičova street in front of the Church of St Margita. The object was declared a national cultural monument on April 16, 1985. The monument is built in memory of the fallen at 1. and World War II.

Wikipedia: Pomník padlým v 1. a 2. svetovej vojne (Lamač) (SK) , Website , Url

25. Dessewffy Palace

Dessewffy Palace

Dežőfi Palace or (older) Dessewffy Palace is a palace and the National Cultural Monument of the Slovak Republic under number 101-193/1 on the Square of Ľudovít Štúr Number 2 in the Old Town district in Bratislava. In its neighborhood is Esterházy's palace. Dežőfi Palace was built in the second half of the 19th century in a neo -Renaissance style.

Wikipedia: Dežőfiho palác (SK) , Website

26. Nová scéna

Nová scéna

New Scene is a theatre located in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It specializes in mainstream and Musical theatre such as musicals, comedies and fairy tales. The theatre was established in 1945 as part of a program to establish a network of theaters in the post-war years in the Slovak part of Czechoslovakia as the second theatre in the Slovakia.

Wikipedia: New Scene (EN) , Website

27. Kačacia fontána

Kačacia fontána

The duck fountain is a national cultural monument located on Šafárikovo Square in Bratislava. The fountain, together with its individual parts, is written in the Central List of the Monuments Fund. The National Cultural Monuments were declared the objects on 23 October 1963. According to some sources, this is the most popular fountain in Bratislava.

Wikipedia: Kačacia fontána (SK)

28. Kostol Navštívenia Panny Márie

Kostol Navštívenia Panny Márie

The Church of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary, popularly known as the Church of the Brothers of Mercy, is a Baroque sacral building in Bratislava's Old Town district situated on the Square of the Slovak National Uprising. The church is part of the architectural complex of the hospital and monastery of the hospital order of the Brothers of Mercy.

Wikipedia: Kostol Navštívenia Panny Márie a kláštor Milosrdných bratov (SK)

29. Kostol svätého Františka z Assisi

Kostol svätého Františka z Assisi

The Church of St. Francis of Assisi is a Roman Catholic church in the Bratislava district of Karlova Ves in the Square of Sts. František 4. is part of the monastery of the Order of Minorites - the smaller brothers of the conventions. This religious also manages the Charles Parish of St. Michael, in which the church and the monastery are located.

Wikipedia: Kostol svätého Františka z Assisi (Karlova Ves) (SK)

30. Bratislavské kultúrne a informačné stredisko

Bratislavské kultúrne a informačné stredisko

The Bratislava Cultural and Information Center (BKIS) is a contributory organization of the capital of the Slovak Republic of Bratislava, which is based on Židovská Street no. 1. It was created by a merger of three city contribution organizations: Municipal Cultural Center, Bratislava Information Service and Park of Culture and relaxation.

Wikipedia: Bratislavské kultúrne a informačné stredisko (SK) , Website

31. Zoo Bratislava

Zoo Bratislava

The Bratislava Zoo is a zoo in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is located in the area of Mlynská dolina in the borough Karlova Ves. Opened in 1960, it is the second oldest zoo in Slovakia. The zoo covers an area of 96 hectares, out of which 35 hectares is open to the public. The zoo receives on average around 300,000 visitors annually.

Wikipedia: Bratislava Zoo (EN) , Website

32. Museum of Transport

Museum of Transport

Bratislava Transport Museum is a transport museum in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is a branch of the Slovak Technical Museum in Košice, is situated on the site of the first steam-railway station in Bratislava on Šancová Street, near the current main railway station in central Bratislava. It opened on June 24, 1999.

Wikipedia: Bratislava Transport Museum (EN) , Website

33. Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden of the Comenius University is the only botanical garden in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is located in the Karlova Ves borough, next to the Old Town district and the Lafranconi Bridge by the Bratislava Riverfront and it contains over 4,000 plant species covering an area of 6.6 hectares.

Wikipedia: Botanical Garden of the Comenius University (EN)

34. Sandberg

Sandberg

Sandberg is an important paleontological site located in the territory of the city district Devínska Nová Ves. It lies on the southwestern edge of the protected landscape area of the Little Carpathians and is part of the Devínska Kobyla National Nature Reserve. The site was discovered during sand mining.

Wikipedia: Sandberg (SK)

35. Kostol Sedembolestnej Panny Márie

Kostol Sedembolestnej Panny Márie

The Church of Our Lady of Sorrows is a Roman Catholic parish church in Bratislava in the Vajnory district of Bratislava III. It was built between 1270 and 1278 and since 1968 it has been dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows. On October 23, 1963, the church was included in the central list of monuments fund.

Wikipedia: Kostol Sedembolestnej Panny Márie (Vajnory) (SK)

36. Gerulata

Gerulata

Gerulata was a Roman military camp located near today's Rusovce, a borough of Bratislava, Slovakia. It was part of the Roman province of Pannonia and was built in the 2nd century as a part of the frontier defence system. It was abandoned in the 4th century, when Roman legions withdrew from Pannonia.

Wikipedia: Gerulata (EN) , Url

37. Prístavný most

Prístavný most

Prístavný most is a double-floor motorway-railroad truss bridge over the Danube in Bratislava, Slovakia, near the Port of Bratislava. It lies on the D1 motorway. It is a 599 m long bridge, and was built between 1977 and 1985. There are also pathways for pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge.

Wikipedia: Prístavný most (EN)

38. Aspremontov letný palác

Aspremontov letný palác

Aspremont Summer Palace is a baroque palace in the Old Town of Bratislava, Slovakia. It was built along with the Medical Garden in 1770 for Count Johann Nepomuk Gobert d’Aspremont-Lynden. Nowadays the palace houses the office of the dean of the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University.

Wikipedia: Aspremont Summer Palace (EN)

39. Kostol Nanebovzatia Panny Márie

Kostol Nanebovzatia Panny Márie

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Church of Canonists of Notre Dame in Bratislava, is part of the complex of the monastery and school of canons of Notre Dame in Bratislava in the Old Town, near the historical building of the Slovak National Theatre.

Wikipedia: Kostol Nanebovzatia Panny Márie (Notre Dame) (SK)

40. Nový evanjelický kostol

Nový evanjelický kostol

The new evangelical church on Legionarska Street in Bratislava is built in a functionalist style. In 1997 the church was registered in the Central List of Monument Fund under number 11007/1 and since 2002 it has been in the category of national cultural monument of the Slovak Republic.

Wikipedia: Nový evanjelický kostol (Bratislava) (SK)

41. Most SNP

Most SNP

Most SNP, commonly referred to as Most Slovenského národného povstania or the UFO Bridge, and named Nový most from 1993 to 2012, is a road bridge over the Danube in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the world's longest bridge to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane.

Wikipedia: Most SNP (EN)

42. Chrám Povýšenia vznešeného a životodarného Kríža

Chrám Povýšenia vznešeného a životodarného Kríža

The Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a cathedral in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was built in the year 1860 at the edge of St. Andrew's cemetery. Since 1972, the church belongs to Greek Catholic Church. It is the cathedral church of the Eparchy of Bratislava since 2008.

Wikipedia: Cathedral of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Bratislava (EN)

43. Swetlikov dom

Swetlikov dom

Swetlik's house is a staircase, cornering bourgeois house in Bratislava in the Old Town on Štefánikova 5 and 7 at Tolstého Street 1 and 3 in the monument zone, it has an inventory number 879. It is a national cultural monument no. NKP 465/0, which was announced in 1980.

Wikipedia: Swetlikov dom (SK)

44. Petržalská vodná veža

Petržalská vodná veža

The water tower in Petržalka is a water tower located on the Petržalian bank of the Danube, near the Old Bridge on the Tyrršová River. It is approximately 20 meters high and along with the house serving its service is located in the area of the Arena Theatre.

Wikipedia: Vodná veža (Petržalka) (SK)

45. Pradiareň 1900

Pradiareň 1900

Cvernovka is the folk name of a thread and thread products factory in Bratislava's Ružinov district. The official names of the factory were: Bratislava Vern Factory, International Women's Day Plants, š.p., BCT – Bratislava Vern Factory, joint-stock company.

Wikipedia: Cvernovka (Bratislava) (SK)

46. Bratislava City Museum

Bratislava City Museum

The Bratislava City Museum is a museum in Bratislava, Slovakia, established in 1868. Its headquarters are located in the Old Town, near the Main Square at the Old Town Hall. The museum is owned by one of the 11 allowance organizations of the City of Bratislava.

Wikipedia: Bratislava City Museum (EN) , Website

47. Grassalkovich Palace

Grassalkovich Palace

The Grassalkovich Palace is a palace in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the residence of the President of Slovakia. It is situated on Hodžovo námestie, near the Summer Archbishop's Palace. The building is a Rococo-late Baroque summer palace with a French garden.

Wikipedia: Grassalkovich Palace (EN)

48. Kostol Najsvätejšieho Spasiteľa

Kostol Najsvätejšieho Spasiteľa

The Holy Saviour Church also called the Jesuit Church, is an originally protestant church from the 17th century on the Franciscan Square in the Old Town of Bratislava, Slovakia. Today, the church belongs to the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuit Order.

Wikipedia: Jesuit Church, Bratislava (EN)

49. Kostol Loretánskej Panny Márie

Kostol Loretánskej Panny Márie

The Church of Our Lady of Loreto, popularly known as the Ursuline Church, is a Renaissance sacral building of the Ursuline Order in the historical zone of Bratislava, in the district Bratislava I. It is included in the list of national cultural monuments.

Wikipedia: Kostol Loretánskej Panny Márie (Bratislava) (SK)

50. Panny Márie Snežnej

Panny Márie Snežnej

The Church of the Virgin Mary of Snow also known as the church in Calvary from 1943 is located in the Bratislava district of Staré Mesto, on the street on Calvary no. 10. The church since 1990 has been managed by the religious preachers - Dominicans.

Wikipedia: Kostol Panny Márie Snežnej (Bratislava) (SK)

51. Modern Church of Mother Mary

Modern Church of Mother Mary

The Church of the Queen Family is a Roman Catholic church in Bratislava – Nové mesto, built between 1997 and 1999 on Teplická Street no. 2. The consecration of the church was on September 25, 1999, the church was consecrated by Mons. John Sokol.

Wikipedia: Kostol Kráľovnej rodiny (SK) , Website

Ticho

Ticho et al. is an independent chamber theatre located in the premises of the Old Town Club 10x10 at Školská 14 in Bratislava. In its plays, the theatre reflects the lives and ideas of important but unappreciated personalities of Slovak culture.

Wikipedia: Divadlo Ticho a spol. (SK) , Website

53. Ortodoxná synagóga

Ortodoxná synagóga

The Heydukova Street Synagogue is the only Jewish synagogue in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It was constructed in 1923 – 1926 on Heydukova Street in the Old Town in Cubist style, designed by the local Jewish architect Artur Szalatnai.

Wikipedia: Heydukova Street Synagogue (EN)

54. Mýtnica

Mýtnica

The former city hall of Devínska Nová Ves in Bratislava is a historical building where the local office has been established until recently. Today it houses various private companies and the Tourist Information Office of Devínská Nová Ves.

Wikipedia: Budova bývalej radnice v Devínskej Novej Vsi (SK) , Url

55. Kostol svätej Margity

Kostol svätej Margity

The Church of St. Margaret is a Roman Catholic parish church in Bratislava's Lamač district. On December 16, 1996, by decision of the Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic, the church was included in the central list of monuments fund.

Wikipedia: Kostol svätej Margity (Lamač) (SK)

Aréna

Arena Theatre is one of the oldest theatres in Bratislava. It was established in 1828 on the right bank of Danube. In the beginning it served as an open summer amphitheatre, hence the name Arena. The current building was built in 1898.

Wikipedia: Arena Theatre (EN)

57. Kostol Nanebovzatia Panny Márie

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Blumenthal Church is an eclectic church in Bratislava's Old Town district on the corner between Florian Square and Blumentálská Street. It was built between 1885 and 1888.

Wikipedia: Kostol Nanebovzatia Panny Márie (Blumentálsky) (SK) , Website

58. Kostol sv. Kozmu a Damiána

Kostol sv. Kozmu a Damiána

The Church of St. Cosmos and Damian is an architectural symbol of Dúbravka. The construction is very interesting because it has an elliptical ground plan and architecturally related to the Church of Sts. Trinity in Bratislava.

Wikipedia: Kostol svätých Kozmu a Damiána (Bratislava) (SK)

59. Palác Robotníckej zdravotnej poisťovne

Palác Robotníckej zdravotnej poisťovne

The Palace of the Workers' Health Insurance Company is an apartment building in Bratislava in the Old Town on Sienkiewiczova Street no. 1. The institution was founded in 1892. It is one of the national cultural monuments.

Wikipedia: Palác Robotníckej zdravotnej poisťovne (SK)

60. Umelecká galéria SVÚ

Umelecká galéria SVÚ

Art Beseda Slovak is a building in Bratislava on Dostoevsky Rad 2, built between 1924 and 1926 for the purposes of the Slovak Art Beseda Association. The architects of the building were Alois Balán and Jiří Grossmann.

Wikipedia: Umelecká beseda slovenská (budova) (SK)

61. Museum of Jewish Culture in Slovakia

Museum of Jewish Culture in Slovakia

The Museum of Jewish Culture is a museum in Bratislava, Slovakia, which focuses on the history of the Jews in Slovakia. Opened in 1993, it is a component of the Slovak National Museum, and its director is Pavol Mešťan.

Wikipedia: Museum of Jewish Culture (EN) , Website , Facebook

62. Katedrála svätého Šebastiána

Katedrála svätého Šebastiána

St. Sebastian's Cathedral, also called the Cathedral of the Military Ordinariate, is the name given to a Catholic church in Bratislava, which since 2009 ha been the cathedral of the Military Ordinariate of Slovakia.

Wikipedia: St. Sebastian's Cathedral, Bratislava (EN) , Website

63. Villa Rustica

Villa Rustica

A large meadow is an archaeological location, the site of the remains of the monument from the Roman period. It is located in the cadastral area of the Bratislava district of Dúbravka in the district Bratislava IV.

Wikipedia: Veľká lúka (Dúbravka) (SK)

64. Kostol svätého Michala

Kostol svätého Michala

The Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Čunov, a national cultural monument, dated to the second half of the 18th century and is characterized as a late Baroque building with a baroque and classicist mobiliary.

Wikipedia: Kostol svätého Michala archanjela (Čunovo) (SK) , Url

65. City Gallery of Bratislava

City Gallery of Bratislava

The Bratislava City Gallery is a gallery located in Bratislava, Slovakia, in the Old Town. It is the second largest Slovak gallery of its kind. The gallery is housed at the Mirbach Palace and Pálffy Palace.

Wikipedia: Bratislava City Gallery (EN) , Website

66. Tyršovo nábrežie

Tyršovo nábrežie

Tyršovo nábrežie is the Danube embankment in Bratislava in the district of Petržalka in the Bratislava V district. It is named after Miroslav Tyrš, the founder of the organized sports movement Sokol.

Wikipedia: Tyršovo nábrežie (Bratislava) (SK)

67. Malý evanjelický kostol

Malý evanjelický kostol

A small evangelical church in Bratislava on Virenska Street. It belongs to the Evangelical Church a. v. In 1963 it was included in the Register of Real Estate National Cultural Monuments under number 173.

Wikipedia: Malý evanjelický kostol (Bratislava) (SK)

68. Kostol svätého Jána z Mathy

Kostol svätého Jána z Mathy

The Trinitarian Church or Trinity Church, full name Church of Saint John of Matha and Saint Felix of Valois, is a Baroque-style church in Bratislava's Old Town borough, on the Župné námestie square.

Wikipedia: Old Cathedral of Saint John of Matha and Saint Felix of Valois (EN)

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    Visit us and: pick up free maps and brochures of the city and the Bratislava Region, buy the money-saving tourist discount card Bratislava CARD, buy tickets for public transportation, book al ternative sightseeing tours, day trips and accommodation, we are happy to arrange private guided tours for individuals and groups in 22 languages.