Bratislava Castle is located on top of a 280ft rock at the Danube's north bank. It is an important landmark of Bratislava, and home of the Slovak National Museum. The exhibition wants to document the emerge of Slovak society from the Middle Ages to present day. Furthermore, the castle terrace provides you with a stunning view of the city.
Crown Tower and Treasury
The tower is one of the oldest and best preserved parts of the castle. The treasury features the biggest archaeological exhibits of Slovakia from the Stone Age to the 13th century. Don't miss out on the two inch statue of a woman made from a mammoth's tooth. It dates back to approximately 22,800 years before our time.
Castle Restaurant and Castle Games in the Summer
In the course of the castle's cultural programme, a range of events takes place on the castle grounds every summer. Castle games, Shakespeare plays, organ concerts and more keep visitors entertained. Enjoy regional specialties at the castle restaurant's terrace.
Due to its strategic location, the castle hill has been inhabited as early as the Stone Age. The Romanesque Arpadian castle was built in the 13th century. The crown tower dates back to the same period.
The smaller castle was replaced by a new complex in the 15th century. A new fortification was meant to turn the castle into a fortress. Another large reconstruction took place in the 18th century, when a stately Baroque residence with French gardens emerged on the castle hill.
The complex burned down in 1811, and wasn't restored until the second half of the 20th century.
How to get there
From Vienna, you get to Bratislava via motorways A4 and A6. After you cross the Slovak border, continue on E58. Exit at Route2/Route61 and follow the signs to the centre. Cross river Danube and continue on Starometská. Turn left to Suché myto and left again to Palisády. Parking is available right by the castle.