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Michalska Veza (St Michael's Tower)

Michael's Tower's blue copper roof is one of the symbols of Bratislava. The best views in the city are from the viewing platform of the tower, which dates from the 14th century. To the south, you can see the baroque town houses of Michalská Street, to the west the red tiled houses at the foot of the castle. Entrance to the tower is via the Museum of Arms, a small museum of old weapons and firearms. The admission charge includes entry to the Pharmaceutical Museum a few doors away at Michalská 24.

Address: , Michalská ulica 22, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 5443 3044.
Opening times:

Tues-Fri 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 1100-1800.

Website: http://www.muzeum.bratislava.sk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Bratislavsky Hrad (Bratislava Castle)

Situated high above the Danube, this 17th-century Habsburg castle is often called 'the upturned table' due its four octagonal corner towers. Parts of the castle are currently closed for major renovation, but some areas have now reopened (including its precincts, which contain a small museum) and tours are available, though the best reason to take a stroll up here is for the view over the town and the Danube.

Address: , Beblaveho ulica from the Old Town or from Mudronova ulica, Bratislava,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 0900-1800 (museum), 9am-9pm (grounds).

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes (museum only).

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Primaciálny Palác (Primate's Palace)

This late 18th-century Baroque Palace hosts the signing of the Pressburg peace treaty (in its Hall of Mirrors) after Napoleon's armies defeated Austria at Austerlitz in 1805. It is also home to a fine collection of 17th-century English tapestries, found during restoration hidden behind the wallpaper.

Address: , Primaciálne námestie 1, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 593 56394.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 1000-1700.

Website:
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Nový most (New Bridge)

Undoubtedly the city's most distinctive modern structure is the New Bridge (also known as the SNP Bridge, after the Slovak National Uprising), which spans the Danube below Bratislava Castle and is suspended from a single pylon. The all-steel bridge was built between 1967 and 1972 and is just over 431m (1,414ft) long. There's a restaurant at the top of the pylon, though the best view of the bridge itself is from the castle.

Address: , Nový most 1, Bratislava,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Slovenska Narodna Galeria (The Slovak National Gallery)

Housed in an impressive neo-classical building originally built in the 18th century, the Slovak National Gallery overlooks the Danube and contains works of art from the 13th century to the present. Many of the temporary exhibitions take on the country's past and Slovakia's intercultural history, offering a lively and colourful insight into Slovakia's history with all exhibits also captioned in English.

Address: , Esterházy Palace, Námestie Ľudovíta Štúra 4, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 204 76100.
Opening times:

Tues, Wed, Fri-Sun 1000-1800, Thu 1200-2000.

Website: http://www.sng.sk
Admission Fees:

No.

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Mestke Muzeum (Old Town Hall Museum)

With sections dating back to the 14th century, the Old Town Hall offers a mix of architectural styles, including a Renaissance courtyard from 1581 and a tower that offers views of the city. It also houses the Bratislava City Museum, which includes artefacts from the area from the Neolithic period to the 1930s.

 

Address: , Primaciálne námestie 3, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 5910 0847.
Opening times:

Tue-Fri 1000-1700, Sat-Sun 1100-1800.

Website: http://www.muzeum.bratislava.sk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: No

Dom svateho Martina (St Martin's Cathedral)

From the 16th to the 19th centuries, this 13th-century Franciscan cathedral was the coronation place of four Hungarian monarchs, including Empress Maria Theresa. Its Chapel of St John is regarded as a gothic masterpiece and the crypt is also worth a visit. The cathedral accepts visitors by prior arrangement or between mass times.

Address: , Rudnayovo námestie, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 305 44334.
Opening times:

Mon-Sat 0900-1130 and 1300-1600, Sun 1330-1600.

Website: http://dom.fara.sk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Galéria mesta Bratislavy (Bratislava City Gallery, Pálffy Palace)

This branch of the City Gallery contains Gothic, 19th-century, 20th-century and contemporary Central European and Slovak works of art; the most interesting works are the latter, particularly the astonishing trompe l'oeil Passage by Matej Kreén. There's also a permanent exhibition of a Celtic coin mint.

Address: Pánska 19, Pálffy Palace, Bratislava,
Telephone: (02) 5443 3627.
Opening times:

Tues-Sun 1100-1800.

Website: http://www.gmb.sk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Galéria mesta Bratislavy (Bratislava City Gallery, Mirbach Palace)

This branch of the City Gallery contains Baroque painting and sculpture from Central Europe. There are also German, Dutch and Italian prints, and the 290 copper engravings for the building's original 18th century wallpaper decoration.

Address: , Mirbach Palace, Františkánske námestie 11, Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 5443 1556.
Opening times:

Tue-Sun 1100-1800.

Website: http://www.gmb.sk
Admission Fees:

Yes

Disabled Access: Yes
UNESCO: No

Napoleon’s Soldier and other outdoor sculptures

Among the most charming aspects of the Slovak capital are the many humorous outdoor sculptures dotted around the old town centre. Forget austere sculptures of kings, politicians and equestrian-mounted generals, and instead go in search of Napoleon's Soldier (leaning nonchalantly on a bench in Hlavné námestie), Paparazzi (on a corner of Laurinská), Schöner Naci (an early 20th century dandy who doffs his hat to passers-by on Rybárska), and Čumil (also known as Rubberneck, the first of these sculptures, who peeps out of a manhole cover on Panská).

Address: , , ,
Telephone:
Opening times:

Daily 24 hours.

Website:
Admission Fees:

No

Disabled Access: No
UNESCO: Yes

Tourist Offices

Bratislava Tourist Information Office

Address: , Klobučnícka 2 (Old Town), Bratislava,
Telephone: +421 2 5441 9410.
Opening times: Website: http://visit.bratislava.sk

Another tourist information office is located in the arrivals hall A at Bratislava International Airport (tel: +421 2 3810 3988).

Tourist passes

The Bratislava City Card (BCC) offers free travel on public transport plus small discounts at around 60 institutions and services including museums, galleries and shopping and includes a free walking tour of the old town in season. It is available for one, two or three days, from tourist offices and leading hotels.

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City Hostel

This is a basic but cheap and clean hostel on the edge of the old town. The single, double, triple and quad rooms each have their own ensuite bathrooms, and there’s free internet access at reception. Other amenities include a summer terrace and secure bicycle parking.

Kempinski Hotel River Park

Über-luxurious hotel complex on the banks of the Danube, just a short walk from the old town. With some 231 rooms and suites, the Kempinski boasts its own restaurant, a lobby lounge and a cigar bar, not to mention an 11th-floor spa with jaw-dropping views over the Danube. Possible extras to ensure a seriously good pampering range from a complimentary luxury Rolls Royce or BMW to drive you into town, to your own personal chef.

Hostel Blues

This fun and friendly place, just on the edge of the Old Town, is perfect for young travellers on a budget, particularly music-lovers. It hosts concerts weekly and provides free internet access.

Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava

This 162-room hotel on the edge of the Old Town has excellent business and conference facilities as well as very comfortable and elegant rooms for leisure travellers, as well as a gym and sauna. The staff are friendly and helpful.

Hotel Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel

Set in a beautifully restored old building on the Old Town's attractive main promenade, this luxury, 170-room establishment was built in 1837 and boasts a superb Danube view from the seventh-floor terrace, as well as an acclaimed restaurant and a casino. There's a leafy summer terrace, a plush Mirror Bar, an upmarket restaurant (the Savoy), and the buffet breakfasts are legendary.

Hotel Film

This attractive Hollywood-themed hotel, a 5-minute walk north of the Old Town, offers 13 rooms each dedicated to a different film star. It also boasts a pleasant café, cocktail bar and restaurant.