Bratislava is home to numerous attractions, most notably those peppered through the Old Town area. A multitude of galleries and museums enhance the city’s cultural appeal. For those more interesting in green areas, there are a number of pretty parks and flowering gardens to be found around the city. Shopaholics will also be pleased, thanks to the stores and shopping centres Bratislava offers.
While wandering around Old Town, you’ll find some of the city’s main historical attractions. These include Bratislava Castle, the Slavin Monument, St. Martin’s Cathedral and St. Michael’s Gate. The Blue Church is yet another popular attraction, thanks to is unusual exterior and interior decoration. Museums and art galleries aplenty are scattered throughout Bratislava. Some of the most popular include the Slovak National Gallery, the Natural Science Museum and the Bratislava City Gallery, which is located at a number of different places including Mirbach and Pálffy Palaces.
Those looking for something to stroll amongst colourful flowerbeds or to sit in the shade under the tall leafy trees need look no further than Sad Janka Kral’a Park, a large open park area across the Danube from Old Town. Another pretty place for a walk is Grassalkovich Garden, located to the rear of the Presidential Palace and open to the public free of charge.
Shoppers will enjoy the extensive selection at both Polus and AuPark shopping centres. Polus can be found in the Nové Mesto area of the city, while AuPark is located beside Sad Janka Kral’a Park. A number of other stores can be found along Obchodná street, which also boasts its own open-air market.
Pálffy Palace, Panská 19, Bratislava, Slovakia
Probably the most interesting thing about this gallery is the ‘Passage’ exhibit, an intriguing corridor of mirrors, giving the effect that you’re standing between endless walls of stacked books. Housed inside a 19th century building, the gallery also boasts numerous interesting pieces of modern art, along with permanent exhibitions covering Gothic painting and sculpture.
Open Tues-Sun 11am-6pm, closed Mon; admission €3.32.
Vajanskeho nabrezie 2, Bratislava, Slovakia
Currently, two of the four floors of this museum are closed; however, the museum still boasts a large number of interesting exhibits, well worth a look. Here you’ll see animals of all kinds, of both national and international origin, including birds, fish, insects, bears and much more. These displays are made up a selection of the 2.4 million objects in the museum’s vast collection.
Open Tues-Sun 9am-5pm, closed Mon; admission €3.32.
Muránska ul., Devín, Bratislava, Slovakia
This important fortress was initially constructed in the 13th century, with other buildings added later. An early Christian chapel discovered on the site can also be visited. Make sure to check out the various exhibits covering the castle’s history as you wander around, and check out the castle well too. From the various ramparts you’ll be afforded with great views of Devín village and the surrounding countryside.
Open Apr-Oct Tues-Sun 10am-5pm, May-Sept Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 10am-7pm; admission €3.
Rudnayovo nám 1, Bratislava, Slovakia
Built in the early part of the 13th century, this Gothic Cathedral is one of the city’s most important houses of worship. The largely stone interior is enhanced by stunning stained glass windows, elaborate chandeliers and more. While you’re here be sure to check out the crypt and the exhibits of religious artefacts in the treasury.
Open Mon-Sat 9am-11.30am & 1pm-5pm, Sun 1.30pm-4.30pm; admission €2.
Hlavné nám, Bratislava, Slovakia
Lining two sides of Bratislava’s historic main square, these stalls are a popular stop with visitors to the city. As well as offering the usual souvenirs, you’ll also come across an interesting collection of crafts, handmade jewellery, tin soldiers and more.
Open daily 9am-7pm.
Einsteinova ul. 18, Petrzalka, Bratislava, Slovakia
Stretching over three floors, AuPark shopping centre provides a smorgasbord of local and international brand names for avid shoppers to feast upon. Some well-known brands on offer here include Esprit, Benneton, Mango, H&M, C&A, and Swarovski, among others.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-9pm, Sat-Sun 9am-9pm.
Vajnorská 100, Nové Mesto, Bratislava, Slovakia
A short trip by tram will bring you from the city centre to this shopping behemoth. From the main, domed atrium various avenues branch off and these are filled with shops of all sizes. A staggering range of goods are available, from clothing to electronics and much more, with both local and international brands well-represented. Sony, Reebok and Vero Moda are just a few of the big names present here.
Open Mon-Sun 9am-9pm.
Obchodná, Bratislava, Slovakia
Beneath the Castum Pub, this market is comprised of numerous stalls offering everything from shades to shoes. Prices are reasonable, making this a great spot to pick up some extra clothes during your trip.
Open Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm, Sat 8.30am-2pm, closed Sun.
, Bratislava, Slovakia
Spanning the Danube, this bridge was completed in 1972 and carries both road and foot traffic across the river. While cars and trucks rumble by overhead, you can take the walkways at either side of the bridge. As you walk across you'll be afforded great views of the Danube, Old Town, and much more. You'll also be able to get a good look at the UFO-like structure at the top of the bridge's 84-metre tall tower.
Slavín, Bratislava, Slovakia
An important monument, Slavín was built to honour the almost 6,900 Soviet soldiers who were killed in Bratislava during WWII. A visit here is a solemn experience, as you’ll see many soldiers’ graves surrounding the towering monument. The tall column stretches up for 39.5 metres, and is topped by a statue of Alexander Trizuljak, a Soviet soldier. Various statues and a large cross are also part of the complex, which looks out over the city.
, Bratislava, Slovakia
Calm and peaceful, this is the place to go if you're looking to unwind. A walk through this beautiful, open park will take you past colourful flowers, funky free-standing art, a large fountain and more. Locals can often be seeing enjoying a respite from city life here, whether that's playing frisbee on the grass or just lounging under the shade of one of the many trees.
, Bratislava, Slovakia
From its collection of fountains to its variety of interesting artworks and statues, Hviezdoslavovo nám is a must while in Bratislava. Reaching from the Slovak National Theatre to the New Bridge, here you can enjoy the shade under tall leafy trees and have a drink at one of the numerous cafés lining one side of this well-loved stretch.
Bezrucova, Bratislava, Slovakia
A visually stunning structure, the Blue Church or ‘Modry kostolik’ is well worth a visit if just to marvel at its exterior, which is painted in a variety of pretty blue hues. Inside, the church also features bright blue pews. Colourful stained glass windows, hanging chandeliers and a number of interesting statues increase the appeal of the peaceful interior.
Open daily 7am-6pm.