17 Places you may go in Bratislava

Image-2Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is situated along the Danube by the border with Austria and Hungary.

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It’s surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, crisscrossed with forested hiking and cycling trails.
The pedestrian-only, 18th-century old town is known for its lively bars and cafes. Perched atop a hill, the reconstructed Bratislava Castle overlooks old town and the Danube.
1.Bratislava hlavná stanica / Bratislava Main StationImage-3
  • By train from London
  •  Bratislava hlavná stanica is the main railway station in Bratislava, Slovakia. It is located near Šancová street, around 1 km or a 15 min walk north from the Old Town.
  •  Trains from this station depart to Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia (in summer), Poland and the rest of Slovakia.

2.Kostol svätej Alžbety / Church of St. Elisabeth

  • A 30 minute walk from the train stationImage-5
  • The Church of St. Elizabeth (Slovak: Kostol svätej Alžbety), commonly known as the Blue Church (Modrý kostolík, Kék templom), is a Hungarian Secessionist (Jugendstil, Art Nouveau) Catholic church located in the eastern part of the Old Town in Bratislava, Slovakia.Image-6.jpg
  • It is consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary, daughter of Andrew II, who grew up in Pressburg Castle (pozsonyi vár). It is referred to as “The Little Blue Church” because of the colour of its façade, mosaics, majolicas and blue-glazed roof. It was initially part of the neighboring gymnázium (high school) and served as the school chapel.

3.Apponyi House / Period Rooms Museum

  • A 30 minute walk from the train stationImage-8
  • http://www.muzeum.bratislava.sk/en/vismo/dokumenty2.asp?id_org=700016&id=1060#_=_
  • Open: daily except for Monday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Admission:
    Adults:  4 €
    Reduced (children, students, pensioners):  2 €
    Family ticket:  8 €,  children under 14 years
    School groups: 1,30 €   per person, at least ten children

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  • The museum is housed in Apponyi House which was built in 1761 – 1762.
  • The first floor with its original wooden wall-panelling and paintings is furnished as a grand piano nobile evoking an aristocratic interior from the end of the 18th century.
  • On the second floor, in rooms with restored wall paintings, examples of town-house interiors from the end of the 18th up to the end of the 19th centuries are displayed.

4.Múzeum Židovskej kultúry / Museum of Jewish CultureImage-11.jpg

  • A 35 minute walk from the train station
  • http://www.muzeum.sk/?obj=muzeum&ix=mzk_snm
  • Open: Mon-Fri, Sun 11:00 to 17:00
  • Fee: Every first Sunday of the month, admission to the museums and galleries founded by the Ministry of Culture are free.
    Adult: € 7
    Reduced: € 2, reduced (students, school groups)
  • The museum focuses on the presentation of spiritual and material culture, and documentation of the Holocaust in Slovakia.

5.Dóm sv Martina / Church of St. Martin

  • A 40 minute walk from the train stationImage-13
  • The St. Martin’s Cathedral (Slovak: Katedrála svätého Martina), is a church in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava.It is situated at the western border of the historical city center below Bratislava Castle.
  • It is the largest and one of the oldest churches in Bratislava, known especially for being the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between 1563 and 1830.Image-14Crown of St. Stephen
  • The tower is topped by a gold-plated replica of the Crown of St. Stephen.
  • It was placed there in 1847 following restoration of the damaged tower, to commemorate the cathedral’s importance as a coronation church.
  • It weighs 150 kg (330 lb), measures over 1 m (3.3 ft) in diameter, and rests on a 1.2 m × 1.2 m (3.9 ft × 3.9 ft) gold-plated pillow and stands 1.64 m (5.4 ft) high.
  • The pillow and crown contain a total of 8 kg (18 lb) of gold and were restored in August 2010.

6.Slovenské Národné Múzeum / Slovak National Museum

  • A 40 minute walk from the train stationImage-16
  • The Slovak National Museum (Slovak: Slovenské národné múzeum) is the most important institution focusing on scientific research and cultural education in the field of museological activity in Slovakia.
  • http://www.snm.sk/?home

7.Slovenská Národná Galéria / Slovak National Gallery

  • A 40 minute walk from the train stationImage-18
  • The Slovak National Gallery (Slovak: Slovenská národná galéria, abbreviated SNG) is a network of galleries in Slovakia. It has its headquarters in Bratislava.
  • http://www.sng.sk/sk?id=0&lang=1&loc=0

8.Bratislavský hrad / Bratislava Castle 

  • A 40 minute walk from the train stationImage-20
  • Bratislava Castle (Slovak: Bratislavský hrad), is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.Image-21
  • 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.

9.Čumil / Man at work

  • A 35 minute walk from the train stationImage-23
  • It is a Bronze sculpture of a man peeping out of the manhole.
  • His name is Čumil and he is either resting after cleaning the sewer or is looking up womens’ skirts.
  • After the statue lost its head twice due to inattentive drivers, it was decided to place a unique road sign next to it.Image-24
  • Location: Panská 1, 811 01 Staré Mesto, Slovakia

10.Roland’s Fountain

  • A 30 minute walk from the train stationImage-26
  • The Roland Fountain (sometimes referred to as Maximilian Fountain; Slovak: Rolandova fontána or Maximiliánova fontána) is the most famous fountain in Bratislava, Slovakia, as well as one of the city’s important landmarks. It is located in the Old Town, in the Main Square.

 11.Stará radnica / Old City Hall

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  • Old Town Hall (Slovak: Stará radnica) is a complex of buildings from the 14th century in the Old Town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the oldest city hall in the country and it is one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava, with the tower being built approximately in 1370.
  • The town hall was created in the 15th century by connecting three townhouses, and then went through several reconstructions in the course of the centuries.

12.Múzeum hodĺn / Museum of Clocks

  • A 40 minute walk from the train stationImage-30
  • Open:  daily (except for Monday)
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m., 
Saturday, Sunday 11a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Admission:
    Adults: 2,30 €    
 Reduced (children, students, pensioners): 1,50 €
    School groups: 1,30 € per person, at least ten
    children
    Family ticket:   4,60 € children under 14 years

13.Reduta Palace

  • A 40 minute walk from the train stationImage-32
  • The Reduta is an attractive building located near the Danube Riverfront in Bratislava Slovakia.
  • Constructed in the early 1900s, the Reduta was originally used to host concerts and community events.
  •  Today, it is home to the Slovak Republic’s Philharmonic Orchestra.

14.Slovenské národné divadlo / Slovak National Theatre

  • A 35 minute walk from the train stationImage-34
  • The Slovak National Theatre is the second oldest Slovak professional theatre. It has 3 ensembles (drama, opera and ballet).
  •  It was founded in 1920 after the creation of Czechoslovakia as a cooperative and became a state-run company in 1945. Between 1920 and 1945, there was also a musical ensemble.
  •  The Slovak National Theatre has represented Slovak culture on its numerous tours abroad.
  •  http://www.snd.sk/?home

15.Petržalka

  • A 55 minute walk from the train stationImage-36
  • Petržalka is primarily a residential area, with most people living in blocks of flats called paneláks
  •  A neologism for buildings built from concrete panels joined together to form the structure, which were widely deployed throughout the Eastern Bloc during the communist era.
  •  As the borough was built primarily as a residential area, it has no clearly defined centre.

16.Nový most / New Bridge

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  • The Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising (formerly known as the New Bridge – Novy Most) is an asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge suspended over the river Danube.
  •  The massive steel construction is suspended from steel cables, connected on the PetrĹľalka side to two pillars.Image-39
  • The bridge has four upper lanes for cars, as well as lanes for bicycles and pedestrians beneath the roadway on both sides.
  •  A special attraction is its flying saucer-shaped structure housing a restaurant, called the “UFO” . The restaurant is reached using an elevator situated in the left pillar, and offers a good view over Bratislava.

17.Monument to the Slovak National Uprising

  • A 25 minute walk from the train stationImage-41
  • The Museum of the Slovak National Uprising (SNP) is situated in an architecturally unusual building built in 1969 as the Memorial of the Slovak National Uprising.
  •  It is located in the middle of a park that includes an open-air museum of heavy military equipment used in the SNP.
  •  The building is symbolically divided into two parts linked by a bridge. Under the bridge, in the reverence hall with the tomb of the Unknown Soldier, burns the ever-burning light.

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Opening hours

Daily except Mondays.

May – September: 09.00 a.m. – 06.00 p.m.

October – April: 09.00 a.m. – 04.00 p.m.

http://www.muzeumsnp.sk

By Jien-Hua Chou
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