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Top ten attractions and places to see in Bratislava 

 On this website you can find tips for walking and free time - Top 10 attractions and places to see in Bratislava. The maps, tramway and bus connections to the places out of centre are shown too. Other gratis photo - click here, attractions in High Tatras region - click here, attractions in Slovakia - click here. Your comments or free time tips are welcome.
 

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Bratislavský hrad castle (Bratislava castle)

 Tip 1:  Bratislavský hrad castle (Café at the castle - click here)

 
Bratislava is the Capital of the Slovak Republic and the most
 visited tourist destination in the country.
Bratislava castle is a
 National Cultural Monument and a point of
pride for Slovaks.
 Large
reconstruction changed it from a ruine to the most
 dominant features of Bratislava.
The castle was built earlier
 than the city lying below - first traces of settlement on the
 Castle hill stem from the ancient times.  In the time of the Great
 Moravia empire there was a major castle on the hill.
 After
 desintegration of Great Moravia the castle served as a border
 fortification of the Kingdom of Hungary
. Besides representative
 
premises there is a museum in the castle today. MHD
 Trolley
buses 203 and 207 provide connection with the city.
 
Our tip: Refreshment in Hangout Café, or Cafe L´Aura

Square Hlavné námestie with Old City Hall & sculptures

 Tip 2: Square Hlavné námestie with Old City Hall & sculptures
 

 The old town has been in 1954 proclaimed an urban conserva-
 tion
area
. The central point of this area is one of the best known
 squares in Bratislava - Hlavné námestie (Main square) with its
 most important landmarks Roland Fountain
and Old City Hall -
 erected in the late 13th century and finished in Gothic style in
 the 15th century
(oldest city hall in Slovakia). The Old City Hall
 underwent later some reconstructions,
restylings and
 enhancements, last one in 1912. In the tower wall there is
 embaded a canonball shot by Napoleon´s soldiers in 1809.
 Today it hosts a museum. In the
same area there are popular
 new sculptures: Čumil (Man at work), Schöner Náci and
 Napoleon Soldier.
 

 Our tip: Refreshment in India restaurant or Internet Café

Modrý kostolík church (Blue Church)

 Tip 3:  Church of St. Elisabeth - Modrý kostolík  (Blue Church)

 Model of the Blue Church is symbol of Bratislava and Slovakia in
 Mini-Europe in Brussels. The original you can see in the Old
 Town Bratislava on the street Bezručova ulica - near the square
 Šafárikovo námestie. It is called "Blue Church" because of the
 colour of its facade, mosaics and blue-glased roof - see the
 picture.
 The church designed in Art Nouveau style was finished 1913
 after the plains of
Ödön Lechner. The Hungarian seccesionist
 style forms dominate in the church. The interior is decorated
 with altarpieces.  On the altar there is an illustration of St.
 Elisabeth - known by relinquishment of her wealth to the poor.
 
Our tip: Refreshment in MonVin wine bar or Café Jakub, or
 Hotel Danubia Gate

Devín Castle

 Tip 4:  Devín Castle - National Cultural Monument

 This strategic place at the confluence of rivers Danube and
 Moravia has been settled since the Neolithic age. Already Celts
 and Romans built fortresses here. In the period of the Great
 Moravian Empire (9th century) the Prince Rastislav built here a
 huge fortress
(Dowina). In 1809 it was blown up by Napoleon´s
 army.
Devin has become in the 19th century an important
 national symbol for the Slovaks -
Ľudovít Štúr has organised
 here in 1836 a youth meeting. The partly reconstructed castle
 hosts some exhibitions of the Slovak National Museum now.
 There is
a wonderful panoramic view over confluence of the
 Danube and Moravia rivers as well as on Austria f
rom the castle.
 MHD
Buses 28 and 29 provide connection with the city.
 
Our tip: Refreshment in Restaurant U Srnčíka

ZOO Bratislava

 Tip 5:  ZOO Bratislava,  member of EAZA, EARAZA UCSZOO, IZE,
            SPECIES 360

 
ZOO Bratislava was opened for public in 1960. It is situated
 on 96 ha of Carpathian forest.
The Zoological garden Bratislava
 is located in Mlynská dolina not far from the  Danube river in
 the area of the bridge La Franconi. It serves popularizing tasks
 of animal world. Gradually the recreational aspect is extended.
 
The connection with the city is provided by the MHD buses no.
 
30, 31, 37, 39, 92 and 32 from railway station, with the getting
 
off on the stop Slávičie údolie and by the trams no.
4, 5, 6, 9 
 
with the getting off on the stop Botanická záhrada
 and then on foot ca 15 min direction Mlynská dolina. Video

 More info - click here.

Our tip: Refreshment in Tennis Restaurant

Botanic garden Bratislava

 Tip 6: Botanic garden Bratislava

 Botanic garden of the Comenius University, Bratislava is situated
 in the municipality of
Bratislava 4
nearby the Danube river closed
 to the La Franconi bridge.
It serves scientific, educational,
 cultural and popularizing tasks. Gradually the recreational 
 aspect is extended. The area of about 5 hectares comprises a
 collection of over 10000 plant species. Botanic garden is divided
 into glass-houses, rose garden, Alpine houses, woodland
 garden.
The connection with the city is provided by the MHD
 
buses no. 27, 29 and 32 (from railway station) and by the
 trams no.
4, 5, 6, 9 with the getting off on the stop
 
Botanická záhrada

 Our tip: Refreshment in Sport Pub Machnáč

Grassalkovich palace - Prezidential palace now

 Tip 7:  Grassalkovich palace - Presidential palace now

 The Grassalkovich palace with French garden was built in 1760
 in Roccoco/late Baroque style as a summer palace for Count
 Antal Grassalkowich - a Hungarian noble. The buiding became
 later a center of musical life in Bratislava - Joseph Haydn
 premiered some of his symphonies here. The palace was often
 used for various balls and parties organized by Viennese royal
 court - for example when Maria Theresa 's daughter Maria
 Christina married Albert of Sachsen-Teschen. It is seat of the
 President of the Slovak Republic today. A
fountain and  some
 statues located in the garden of the presidential palace
 - now a public park -
enhace the charm of this place.
 

Our tip: Refreshment in Matyšák Wine Restaurant,

 St. Martin´s Cathedral

 Tip 8:  St. Martin´s Cathedral (Slovak: Dóm svätého Martina)

 St Martin´s Minster is the biggest and most spectacular church
 in
Bratislava. Its construction began in the late 13th century
 on
the site of an older Romanesque church and old cemetery.
 St Martin 's Minster was a coronation church of the sovereigns of
 the Kingdom of Hungary in the years 1563 -
1830. In total, the
 coronations of 11 kings and queens plus 9 of their consorts took
 place here, including that of Maria Theresa of Austria (1768).
 The tower is topped by huge gold-plated representation of the
 Crown of St. Stephen -  the copy of the Hungarian royal crown.
 The imitation is one metre tall and weighs 300 kilograms. There
 are two bells in its tower; the bigger one is called Wedderin.
 Beethoven's Missa Solemnis was played for the first time here.
 
Our tip: Refreshment in  Cafe L´Aura 

Chatam Sófer memorial - the site nominated for the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage

 Tip 9: Chatam Sófer mausoleum  (map - click here).
 

Chatam Sofer also known as Moses Sofer with his real name
 Moshe Schreiber (1762-1832) was a world-renowned rabbi

 living in Bratislava. After his study (Tora, Talmud) he took
up the
 
position of Chief Rabbi in Bratislava in the year 1806. Chatám
 
Sófer founded in Bratislava the rabbinical seminary. Excellent
 reputation of this seminary and the fame of its high educational
 
standards spread all over Europe. Chatam Sófer influenced
 religious activities of Jews in the whole  Europe. Thanks to him
 
Bratislava yeshiva became one of the  most important rabbinical
 
educational establishment in the world. Albert Einstein himself
 visited his grave in 1923. The Chatam Sofer Memorial is a burial
 site and a place of prayer.
 MHD
Buses no. 28, 29, 30, 31, 39
as well as 
trams no. 4 and 6 provide connection with the city.

 Sad Janka Kráľa Park

 Tip 10: Sad Janka Kráľa Park

 Park Janko Kráľ in Bratislava - Petržalka is one of the oldiest
 public parks in Europe. Park was founded in 1774 - 1776 on
 the right side of the Danube river. The walks were set up in the
 shape of an eight-leg star and the trees were planted along
 them. Each allée in the park was named after its correspoding
 species of tree (maple, willow, alder etc.). Also
Ginkgo biloba   
 trees (maidenhair tree) can be found here. There is
Janko Kráľ
 statue (Slovak poet) in the centre of the park. The park attained
 its current shape in 1839. The park is situated between the Old
 bridge and the bridge Nový most. The shopping centre Aupark is
 located near the park - see the
map.
 
MHD Bus no 50 provides connection with the city. 
 Our tip: Refreshment in Restaurant  Gracia,
Restaurant AuBridge

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