Things to Do in Bratislava
BRATISLAVA IS FASCINATING CITY WITH SOMETHING TO OFFER FOR EVERYONE. EXPLORE UNIQUE MUSEUMS, PARKS, MAJESTIC PALACES TOWER, ROMANTIC FOUNTAINS AND POPULAR STATUES ALL OVER THE HISTORIC CENTER.
It is the main tourist attraction and the most significant symbol of Bratislava. The Castle which in the past was controlled by Great Moravia and for almost 200 years stored the crown jewels of Hungary, nowadays hosts many expositions and is an ideal place for walks with beautiful surroundings and views. It serves as a representative venue for the Slovak Parliament and houses collections of the Slovak National Museum.
Slovak National Theater-Historical Building
The historical building of the theater was designed by the famous Viennese duo – Ferdinand Fellner and Hermann Helmer in the neo-Renaissance style. It has undergone several reconstructions since then and nowadays hosts drama, opera and ballet perfomances.
One of the most beautiful palaces in Bratislava currently serves as the office of the city’s mayor. It also boasts a very unique collection of English tapestries, one of them depicting the tragic love of Hero and Leander. You can notice an iron hat weighing 150 kg at the very top of the tympanum as a symbol of the Archbishop, for whom the palace was built, and of the various cardinals who lived here throughout the years
The construction of the UFO was completed in 1972. The unique structure is 85m high with a restaurant at the top. There are two ways to climb up and enjoy the views – by the elevator placed in one arm or the 430 step staircase in the other. The total weight of the steel building together with the pylon is 7 537 tons. It is said that the former communist regime actually banned climbing to the top of the tower in order to prevent the inhabitants from even thinking about escaping the country. Nowadays you can freely enjoy amazing views over the city for a small fee.
Prešporáčik-Bratislava Tourist Train
The only vehicle allowed to drive through the city’s oldest parts has become a symbol of Bratislava. With a retractable roof, folding windows and audio guides in multiple languages, it can take you the through the beauty of the city in about 50 minutes.
St. Martin’s Cathedral
A copy of the Hungarian royal crown as we know it from the very top of Bratislava’s largest cathedral was created by Pressburg goldsmiths sometime around 1870. The 300 kg crown is located 85 m above the ground, together with a cross measuring 2.7 meters. The pillow below the royal crown has a spectacular 2 x 2 meters. During its most important era, ten Hungarian kings, one queen and eight royal wives were crowned here. You can also visit the crypts beneath the cathedral that were used for the burials of church dignitaries until the end of the 19th century.
The Modern Art Museum was built near the village of Čunovo, approximately 20 minutes from Bratislava, by the Dutch entrepreneur and art collector Gerard H. Meulesteen and the Slovak gallery owner, Vincent Polakovic. Since its opening, the gallery has been visited by Juan Carlos I, the Spanish King, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and other significant guests.
The castle which witnessed the glory and fall of Great Moravia and was blown up by Napoleon’s army. Later declared to be a national cultural monument of Slovakia. Since it is situated on a high cliff over the Morava and Danube rivers, and standing on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria, it offers beautiful panoramic views and is a very popular place to visit.
Wakelake is part of the Golden Sands (Zlaté Piesky) lake which is the largest recreational and sporting area in Bratislava. Wakelake represents one of the most popular places to spend warm summer days and nights with a variety of water sports (wakeboard, flyboard, standup paddle, volleyball, and more). Each summer, there are several special concerts with popular DJ legend during the weekends (Friday,Saturday).