Apponyi Palace Bratislava
The cellars and the ground-floor of the newly reconstructed premises of Apponyi Palace in Bratislava house the Museum of Viticulture. It documents the history of viticulture, vine growing, grape harvesting and processing in the territory of Bratislava from antiquity up to the 20th century.
The other floors accommodate the Period Rooms Museum. The first floor is arranged as a grand piano nobile evoking an aristocratic interior of the end of the 18th century. Some examples of furniture in the interior of a town house at the end of the 18th and the end of the 19th centuries are displayed on the second floor.
Period Rooms Museum
The museum is in the Apponyi Palace which was built in 1761 – 1762. The first floor with the 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 on display.
Museum of Viticulture
The cultivation of vines and the production of wine played an important role in the history of Bratislava. The museum traces the history of viticulture, growing vines, harvesting and the process of winemaking within the territory of the city from antiquity up to the present day. It also introduces two of the most important Bratislava vintners - J. E. Hubert and Palugyay, whose wines, especially their sparkling wines, were awarded many international prizes.
Located on a hill above the Old Town, Bratislava Castle is the landmark of the city. The fascinating history of the knoll reaches back to the Stone Age and can be discovered at the archaeological exhibition and the Museum of History documenting the ethno-cultural roots of Slovaks and presenting the numismatic collection from the ancient times that are inside the Castle. In the west courtyard of the Bratislava Castle, there is a restaurant called Hradná Hviezda (The Castle Star), with a beautiful historical interior that offers meals of modern and regional cuisine.
Church of St. Elisabeth (Blue Church) Bratislava
Although its official name is the Church of St. Elisabeth, this one is better known as the Blue Church. It is the bluest building in all of Bratislava, with its candy-colored walls and roof, and the cutest azure pews inside. It is the most beautiful secessionist building of the city too, located in one of the quieter streets of a lively Old Town, visited by many tourists who often refer to it as a fairy-tale spot. Built at the beginning of the 20th century by the Hungarian architect Edmund Lechner, the church was initially a part of the neighboring high school designed by the same artist and served as the school chapel.
Primatial Palace Bratislava
This pretty pink palace was built in 1778 for Archbishop József Batthyány. Various political and cultural meetings took place in the palace over the next one hundred years and in 1903, the city bought the palace. Many events such as city council meetings, literary lectures, and author evenings have taken place in its beautiful Hall of Mirrors. Today, you can experience the historical grandeur of the palace by visiting the second floor. You’ll see tapestries from the 17th century, several old paintings, period furniture in every room, and the stunning Hall Of Mirrors.
City Museum of Bratislava
The most spectacular objects on display at the City Museum of Bratislava might be the original advertisements from several well-known Slovak companies dating from the early 1900’s. The authentic invitations to craftsmen’s guilds Carnival balls are also beautifully printed and extravagantly detailed pieces of art. Additionally, when in the museum, if you manage to tear your eyes away from the many interesting historical artifacts to admire your surroundings, it's rewarding.
The museum's venue is in the Old Town Hall, several of the rooms have been restored with their lavish and colorful original paintings and embellishments. Visitors can also climb to the top of the old tower for an unbeatable view of Bratislava’s central square from above.
Slovak National Gallery
This collection is held in several buildings in Bratislava and in four other major cities throughout Slovakia. In the Esterházy Palace in Bratislava, visitors can see the museum’s permanent collection and two to three temporary exhibitions. The museum’s historical collection includes hundreds of years of art produced in the Slovak Republic, most notably religious art from the 14th to 18th centuries. Temporary exhibits feature a range of subjects from Slovak fashion to contemporary graphic art to Slovak architectural accomplishments.
The architectural design of the Nedbalka Gallery has earned many awards, with critics comparing its interior to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The trendy modern interior is surprising after entering the historical building on one of the central streets in the Old Town. The museum’s permanent collections include The Turn of the Century – The Origin of Modern Fine Art in Slovakia, Modern Art in Slovakia, the Mikuláš Galanda Group, and Personalities and Phenomena. The gallery is home to many special pieces which depict the everyday life of Slovak people, as well as many impressive landscape works of Slovakia’s beautiful mountains.
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
The best time to visit the Danubiana Meuelensteen Art Museum is between April 29 to October 29, when boats carry visitors from Bratislava to the museum, located about 15 kilometers south of the city. Once you arrive, expect to spend several hours at this large, modern museum featuring artists from Slovakia and abroad. The museum opened in 2000, making it one of the youngest museums of modern art in the world. You’ll find all types of art on display in the permanent and temporary exhibitions here; from sculptures to photography to paintings from all corners of the globe.