Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and it’s renowned for its incredible mountains, majestic vineyards, and spirited nightlife. It has many sights full of history and culture to satisfy the most curious adventurer – but where should you go if you’re pressed for time during your European trip?
Check out these 10 incredible attractions if you’re visiting Bratislava. Take your time to see these sights to have an unforgettable vacation!
Bratislava is part of my recent Dream Euro Birthday Trip: 26 Days in Europe + Turkey !
Proudly standing atop the Little Carpathians, Bratislava Castle is a formidable sight. With four wings, a majestic courtyard, and an underground area perfect for exploring, it’s a must-visit if you’re in Slovakia. Walk through its park to the Crown Tower, the oldest part of the castle. The Museum of History here holds incredible permanent exhibitions about the country, including the Music Hall and the Castle Gallery!
The Blue Church
Also known as the Church of St. Elizabeth, the Blue Church was built in the early 1900s and has an ethereal, completely blue façade. Originally, this church was meant solely to serve the nearby grammar school, but it’s since been opened to the public. Take a stroll along its peaceful walking paths and marvel at its Art Nouveau architectural style.
Old Town Hall
Known as Slovakia’s oldest town hall, this hall was built in the 14th century and is home to the country’s oldest museum – the Bratislava City Museum. Visit this historic building to learn more about the city and gasp at its unusual collection of weapons and paintings. You can also go up to the tower to get an incredible view of the city.
This cheeky ground-level statue was installed in 1997, originally as a joke. However, as tourists began to flock to this amusing sight for photos, the statue was allowed to stay. Some people think the watcher is a lazy worker loafing around, while others think he’s just a peeping tom. Snap a selfie with this humorous work of art!
St. Martin’s Cathedral
St. Martin’s Cathedral is one of the oldest, largest, and grandest churches in Slovakia. It’s one of the must-visit tourist spots in Bratislava and should be included in your itinerary. It’s the coronation site of the rulers of Hungary, and its 85m tower spire is an imposing sight on the Bratislava skyline. Go inside to see its magnificent interiors with original Gothic windows. You can also visit the underground crypt and catacombs here.
Widely considered as one of the most splendid classicist buildings in Slovakia, this palace was constructed in 1778 and houses incredible portraits of Habsburg rulers. Be amazed by its crystal chandeliers and opulent tapestries as you walk to the Hall of Mirrors. It’s the historical site where the Peace Treaty of Pressburg was signed between Austria and France!
Sunshine-filled and bustling with activity, the waterfront is home to quaint restaurants, charming outdoor spots, and the massive Eurovea Galleria where you can shop to your heart’s content. Pack a picnic and chill out by the Danube, or cool off at a terrace while enjoying refreshments nearby!
Grassalkovich Palace or the Presidential Palace is the official residence of the President of the Slovak Republic. It is located at Hodžovo Square, between the Old Town and the main train station.
Behind the palace is a vibrant French garden that offers a quiet space away from the bustle of the city.
Námestie Slobody or Freedom Square is a popular tourist spot in Bratislava. Also known as Gottko by the locals, it’s a monumental square with a large green space in the city’s Old Town. It is currently undergoing renovation so it was closed when I went there.
Situated around 10 kilometers from the city center, Devin Castle is a popular tourist attraction among locals and foreign tourists. Its location on an elevated cliff makes it an ideal place to witness a panoramic view of Slovakia.