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Top 10 Around You

Discover TOP sights and attractions around you! No visit to Bratislava would be complete without taking in all these attractions. Some of them have free admission while others charge a small entrance fee and accept discount passes. But the best suggestion is to purchase the Bratislava Card City & Region. It not only lets you travel around Bratislava for free, but the card gives you many other benefits and discounts as well.

1. Bratislava Castle

The former seat of the rulers, today the symbol of Bratislava and the seat of the Museum of History. There is a wonderful view of the city and the neighbouring countries from its 47-metre-high crown tower in which royal coronation jewels used to be deposited.

Entrance: 10 €, discount with Bratislava Card City & Region 100 %

2. Slavín

The largest war memorial in Central Europe is thanks to its height of 52 metres one of the dominating features of the city skyline. It is the burial ground of 6845 soldiers of the Soviet army who died during the liberation of Bratislava in World War II.

3. Michael’s Gate

The only preserved gate of the city fortification system dates back to the 14th century. The upper terrace of its 51-metre-high tower provides an enchanting view of the Bratislava Castle and the Old Town. The tower houses the Museum of Arms.

Entrance: 4, 50 €, discount with Bratislava Card City & Region 100 %

4. Grassalkovich Palace

A Rococo summer palace from the 18th century used to be known for its rich social life and a famous composer Joseph Haydn also performed here. Since 1996 it serves as the seat of the President of the Slovak Republic.

5. Old Town Hall

The former seat of the city self-government is since 1868 the seat of the Bratislava City Museum, the oldest museum in Slovakia. After climbing up the narrow stairs leading to its 45-metre-high tower you will be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view of the Old Town.

Entrance: 5 €, discount with Bratislava Card City & Region 100 %

6. Presidential Garden

Are you looking for a quiet place to relax in the middle of the city? Then make sure you check out the Presidential Garden, located directly behind the Grassalkovich Palace. Children will enjoy the wooden playground, swings, or the train while the grown-ups can relax in the shade of the trees, many of which have been planted by presidents of other countries on their visits to Slovakia.

7. Freedom Square

Anybody interested in the architecture of the Communist era is invited to one of the largest squares in Bratislava – Freedom Square. During the Communist era it was named Gottwald Square, after the first Communist president of Czechoslovakia, Klement Gottwald. The centre-piece of the square, is the largest fountain in Bratislava, called Družba.

8. Slovak Radio Building

Another hallmark of Bratislava from the Communist regime is the Slovak Radio building, completed in 1983. This “inverted pyramid” is intriguing from an architectural point of view and was justly awarded Slovak Structure of the Century in the Community building category.

9. The Museum of Jewish Culture

The Museum of Jewish Culture in Slovakia is located in the 17th century Baroque Zsigray Mansion on Židovská street. The exhibits document the rich cultural life and traditions of the Jewish denizens of Bratislava. Explore this unique history and culture via these rare artefacts. The highlights of the exhibition include the furnishings of a synagogue and the gallery of notable Jewish figures of Slovak origin.

10. Transport Museum

The Transport Museum is to be found in the premises of the first Bratislava railway station and rail-yard of the steam railway which was part of the Hungarian central railway in the 19th century. Nowadays, the museum exhibits artefacts of road and rail transport – carriages, bicycles, motor vehicles, steam, diesel and electric locomotives and many others.

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