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Top Ten Attractions in Bratislava
Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. It has a population of around 500,000 people and it has a number of fascinating historic attractions. There is a lot to see and do here and in the surrounding country – here are ten of the top sites in this intriguing city:
This imposing building stands on the hilltop looking down over the city. This is a reconstructed Baroque castle on a site with a history of occupation dating back to 907AD. Inside it is now a National museum.
This is one of the oldest buildings in the city, the only remaining gate of the Mediaeval fortifications. The 51m high tower above the gate is a well-known landmark of the city. The structure was built in the 14th Century.
This is a ruined castle in a suburb of the city. It is around 10km from the centre of the old town and it is easy to get to. The location is not only interesting from a historic perspective, it also gives amazing panoramic views over the confluence of the Danube River and the Morava River.
Church of St. Elisabeth
This church is commonly known as the 'Blue church' for reasons that are very obvious as soon as you see it. It is a Hungarian Secessionist Catholic Church and is located in the eastern part of the old town.
This is a military memorial monument and cemetery which is the burial place of thousands of Soviet soldiers who died in the conflict of the end Second World War while liberating the city from the German occupying force.
Bratislava City Museum
This museum was established in 1868. It is a key feature of the old town and tells the fascinating story of this city. Be sure to climb the bell tower here for some lovely views out over the old portions of the city.
This elegant palace is in the Neo-classical style. It was built between 1778 and 1781. It contains statuary and tapestries and is currently in use as the mayor's office and as a music hall.
This Rococo or Late Baroque palace is the official residence of the President of Slovakia. It was built in 1760 as a summer residence for Count Grassalkovich. It was reconstructed in 1996 and became the official Presidential residence. It is not open to the public except during certain special events.
Slovak National Gallery
This is one of a whole network of galleries across the country. It houses interesting artistic displays that include contemporary and classical pieces by artists from Slovakia and across Europe. There are works by famous names as well as contemporary works by up and coming Slovak artists.
Slovak National Museum
The Slovak National Museum is the largest cultural organisation in the country and houses more than 3.8 million items and artefacts. In the main building of this museum deals with natural science and is considered one of the foremost natural scientific institutes in Europe.