Bratislava Slovakia Travel Guide 10 Amazing Tips

Bratislava Capital Of Slovakia

Bratislava Apponyi Palace

Apponyi Palace Bratislava
Apponyi Palace Bratislava

The cellars and the ground-floor of the Apponyi Palace in Bratislava house the Museum of Viticulture. It shows the history of 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.

Period Rooms Museum

The museum is in the Apponyi Palace and is from 1761 – 1762. The first floor with the original wooden wall-paneling and paintings is furnished as a grand piano noble. It has 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 are on display.

Museum of Viticulture

Vine cultivation and wine production played an important role in the history of Bratislava. The museum traces the history of growing vines, harvesting, and the process of wine-making within the city’s territory from antiquity up to the present day. It also introduces two of the most important Bratislava vintners – J. E. Hubert and Palugyay. Their wines, especially the sparkling ones, won many international prizes.

AddressRadničná 577/1, Bratislava
Telephone+421 2/591 008 56

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle

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.

The archaeological exhibition documents the ethnocultural roots of Slovaks. It also presents a numismatic collection from ancient times.

In the west courtyard of the castle, there’s a restaurant called Hradná Hviezda (The Castle Star). It has a beautiful historical interior and offers meals of a modern and regional kitchen.

Church of St. Elisabeth (Blue Church) Bratislava

Blue Church
Blue Church Bratislava

Although its official name is the Church of St. Elisabeth, this one is better known as the Blue Church. It’s the bluest building in Bratislava. It has candy-colored walls and roof, and the cutest azure pews inside. It’s the most beautiful secessionist building of the city too, in one of the quieter streets of a lively Old Town. Many tourists visit it, who often refer to it as a fairy-tale spot.

Built at the beginning of the 20th century, the church was part of the neighboring high school.

AddressAlžbety, Bezručova 2, Bratislava

Primatial Palace Bratislava

Primatial Palace Bratislava
Primatial Palace Bratislava

This pretty pink palace is from 1778, built for Archbishop József Batthyány. Various political and cultural meetings took place in the palace.

In 1903, the city bought the palace. Many events such as city council meetings and literary lectures have taken place in its beautiful Hall of Mirrors.

Today, you can experience the historical grandeur of the palace by visiting the 2nd 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

City Museum Bratislava
City Museum Bratislava

The most spectacular objects on display are original advertisements from well-known Slovak companies. They date from the early 1900s. The authentic invitations to Carnival balls are also detailed pieces of art.

The museum’s venue is in the Old Town Hall. Several of the rooms were restored with their colorful original paintings and embellishments.

Visitors can climb to the top of the old tower for an unbeatable view of Bratislava’s central square from above.

AddressHlavné námestie 501/1, 811 01 Staré Mesto, Bratislava
Telephone+421 2/541 312 14

Slovak National Gallery

Slovak National Gallery
Slovak National Gallery

Several buildings in Bratislava and in four other major cities throughout Slovakia hold the collection. In the Esterházy Palace in Bratislava, visitors can see the museum’s permanent collection and some temporary exhibitions.

The museum’s historical collection includes 100’s of years of art produced in the Slovak Republic. Most notable is the religious art from the 14th to 18th centuries. Temporary exhibits feature a range of subjects.

It ranges from Slovak fashion to modern graphic art to Slovak architectural accomplishments.

Nedbalka Gallery

Nedbalka Gallery
Nedbalka Gallery Bratislava

The architectural design of the Nedbalka Gallery has earned many awards. Critics compare its interior to the Guggenheim Museum in New York. The modern interior surprises 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 that depict the everyday life of Slovak people. It also has many impressive landscape works of Slovakia’s beautiful mountains.

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum Bratislava
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum Bratislava

The best time to visit the Danubiana Meuelensteen Art Museum is between April 29 to October 29. A boat carries visitors from Bratislava to the museum, about 15 kilometers south of the city.

On arrival, 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.

St. Martin’s Cathedral Bratislava

Dom svateho Martina

St. Martin's Cathedral Bratislava
St. Martin’s Cathedral Bratislava

Like many Bratislava churches, St Martin’s appeared over the remains of an earlier Romanesque basilica on the edge of the Starý Mesto (Old Town).

Between 1563 and 1830, 11 Hungarian monarchs were crowned here, a fact celebrated by the placement of a replica coronation crown on the top of the 279-foot (85-meter) Gothic spire.

The church’s interior is awash with Gothic detailing, from the soaring wooden altarpiece found in St Anne’s Chapel depicting the Crucifixion, to the ceilings in the presbytery. Another ornamentation in the cathedral is Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque in style.

Along with the vivid colors of the 19th-century Viennese stained-glass windows, highlights include the equine statue dedicated to St Martin, plus the Baroque side chapel of St John the Almsgiver.

Below, the cathedral, crypts, and burial grounds are being excavated. Currently only one is open for exploring.

AddressRudnayovo námestie 4549/1, Bratislava

Visit The Slovak National Theater

Slovak National Theater Bratislava
Slovak National Theater Bratislava

The architectural focus of the eastern flank of Hviezdoslavovo namestie (one of the two Baroque main squares gracing Bratislava’s Old Town), the Slovak National Theater is a splendid Neo-Renaissance building created by Viennese theater designers Hermann Helmer and Ferdinand Fellner.

It was completed in 1886 in a time when the Habsburg Austro-Hungarian Empire was thriving and its elaborate pillared, colonnaded facade is encrusted with busts of playwrights such as Shakespeare and Goethe.

Seating for just over 600 in the plush, red velvet and the gilded auditorium are in banks of boxes, and the season runs from September to July. The repertoire features a full program of opera, ballet, and drama, including such old favorites such as Mozart’s Magic Flute, as well as contemporary performances by the Dragon Kungfu Dance Company.

An innovative new adjunct to the Slovak National Theater opened in 2007 on the banks of the Danube. The seven-story SND New Building is of gleaming glass and marble, seating 1,677 in its three auditoriums.

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