Coronation Ceremonies in Bratislava are among the largest cultural events in Slovakia and presents the 18 coronations of kings and queens who were crowned in Bratislava in an experiential way. They take place annually on the last weekend in June to commemorate the coronation of Maria Theresa, who was crowned 25 June 1741.
The coronation is staged according to historical documents. It is performed by more than 200 actors in period costumes. The king receives St. Stephen’s crown from the archbishop of Esztergom –the Primate of Hungary – along with other coronation insignia: the sword, cloak, orb and scepter. After the coronation ceremony, he appoints the knights of the Order of the Golden Spur, takes the oath to the country and promises to maintain the integrity of the country on the coronation hill.
Coronation chips are thrown about as part of the coronation procession; free wine flows from the fountain; oxen are baked; and the contemporary coronation craft fair and many other attractions create a true coronation atmosphere in the city.
24th June 2016 – Friday
14.00 – 22.00 Coronation contemporary crafts fair – Hviezdoslavovo square
More than 150 contemporary artisans showcasing their skills
14.00 – 22.00 Lemberger wine festival – Primaciálne square
25th June 2016 – Saturday
9.00 – 22.00 Coronation contemporary crafts fair – Hviezdoslavovo square
9.00 – 22.00 Lemberger wine festival – Primaciálne square
9.00 – 22.00 Contemporary children’s playground (contemporary carousel, shooting, coinage, children knight tournament) – Hviezdoslavovo square
9.00 – 22.00 Ox roasting – Hviezdoslavovo square
9.00 – 22.00 Presentation of free royal towns – Hviezdoslavovo square
11.00 – 12.00 Fighting performance of War of Austrian Succession– Hviezdoslavovo square
13.00 Coronation procession and transfer of coronation insignia from Bratislava castle: Zámocká st., Kapucínska st., Hurbanovosquare, Michalská st., Ventúrska st., Panská st., Radničná st.
13.30 Coronation ceremony of Maria Theresa– Jesuit church (tickets required) + Hlavné square (wide screen)
15.15 Coronation procession and spreading coronation chips – from Hlavnésquare, Františkánske square, Františkánska st, Uršulínska st
15.30 The accolade of knights of the Order of the Golden Spur — Primaciálne square
15.40 Festive royal toast on Lemberger wine festival – Primaciálne square
16.00 Coronation oath – Hviezdoslavovo square
16.15 Coronation mound – Hviezdoslavovo square
16.40 – Ceremonial start tapping wine from the fountain – Vtáčia fontána – Ventúrska/Panská streets
17.00 – Folk festival – Hviezdoslavovo square
18.00 — Concert of church music – Choir of the Holy Crown of Hungary — Franciscan church
21.45 – Firework – Hviezdoslavovo square
26th June 2016 – Sunday
10.00 – 22.00 Coronation contemporary crafts fair – Hviezdoslavovo square
10.00 – 22.00 Contemporary children’s playground (contemporary carousel, shooting, coinage, children knight tournament)- Hviezdoslavovo square
10.00 – 22.00 Lemberger wine festival – Primaciálne square
17.30 Baroque dance and contemporary music – Hviezdoslavovo square
Program subject to change. Times are approximate.
Ticket for coronation ceremony of Maria Theresa – 25 Eur adult, 10 Eur children.
Tickets in Information office in Venturska street 9 or in Flora Tour Kupelna street 6.