Bratislava, Slovakia :: Interesting places, food, castle, ufo

Bratislava: Interesting places, food, castle, ufo

Bratislava is not a usual capital city with many unmissable icons. It's a perfect place to wander and walk around its small streets surrounded by calm. It's worth to visit during a tour of Central Europe or a Slovakia. It's a small, quiet city.

But of course, travellers not only want to visit Bratislava to wonder, but also to visit some specific places. I will try to give you the best of what I've visited during the trip across Slovakia.

Bratislava castle
Bratislava castle, one of the most iconic places in cappital of Slovakia.

Bratislava Castle

Called also Bratislavský hrad. Probably this will be one of the first places you will see during your stay in Bratislava. Castle just dominates the whole capital and also the Danube River and can be seen from almost every part of the city.

History of the Bratislava Castle starts up in ancient times when there was a Celtics settlement here. In 10th century stone castle was build here, changed for the much bigger fortress 500 years later. It was for centuries the place where Austria-Hungary monarchs kept the Crown of Saint Stephen. Burned by Napolean, reconstructed not far from now, because in the 1950s. In last few years castle has been painted white. You can see breathtaking views of the city and the Danube river from the Bratislava Castle.

Bratislava St Martins Cathedral
Bratislava St Martins Cathedral (on the right).

Bratislava San Martin's Cathedral

Build in Gothic style, Bratislava cathedral is dedicated to St. Martin of Tours. He was born in the ancient Roman province called Sabaria (today Szombathely). In the medieval times this church was served as a coronation temple: here eight royal consorts and eleven Hungarian kings were crowned between XVI and XIX century. Recently this Bratislava church was restored and also the statue of St. Martin built.

If we are planning to visit this cathedral, you must remember to visit also an underground crypt where a lot of treasures are stored and the archbishops of Esztergom are buried.

Bratislava botels

If you want to have a bit more fun, it's a good idea to book your room in one of the botels places across the Danube river. Sleeping on a boat can be an awesome experience, especially with a tasty Slovakia breakfast.

Bratislava Town Square
Bratislava Town Square with the City Hall and the Roland Fountain.

Bratislava Central Square

Called also Stara Radnica. For many, many centuries this old historic central square was the main part of the Slovakia's capital. It was the main place of Medieval executions, filled with markets and fairs. Many military parades and plays happened here. Like in many other cities, now it's more a tourist attraction than a real city centre, but it's worth to see for sure. There is plenty of good restaurants and places where you can drink a beer or if you like, a vodka. On the middle of the Bratislava's Central Square, you can find the Roland Fountain, which was the gift from King Maximilian in 1570.

Bratislava City Hall

City hall of Bratislava is actually a few buildings that look like they are built in different times and using different styles. The first part of it was built in the 13th century and it was the bell tower. That times it was a possession of Jakob, the first mayor of the Slovakia's capital. Town hall was rebuilt plenty of times, mostly before World War I. Nowadays you can find here City Archives and Municipal Museum.

Bratislava St Michaels Tower
Bratislava St Michaels Tower, one of the icons of the city.

Bratislava primate's palace

One of the most beautiful palaces of Bratislava placed in an Old Town. It was an official residence of the primacy of Esztergom, who was the head of the Catholic Church in whole Hungary. A curiosity: this is the biggest house in Bratislava. 

Bratislava St Michael's Tower

Called also Michalska Veza. Top of this 14th-century tower is a city symbol. This is one of the most beautiful spots in Bratislava Old Town, especially if you will notice a small bridge on the north. If you want, you can climb to the top to see the magnificent view over the city.

Bratislava UFO
Bratislava UFO is a restaurant placed on the top of the New Bridge over the Danube river.

Bratislava UFO

The UFO restaurant is located on the top of the New Bridge over the Danube river, and it's one of the most unusual restaurants I've ever seen. If you want, you can eat here both traditional Slovak and international cuisine. For me (as a photographer) the most important thing was to go to the head of the UFO to see an awesome view of the whole city including Bratislava's Castle. As far as I remember access to the lift costs about €6.50 (if you eat something it's for free), but it's worth every euro.

Bratislava blue church
Bratislava Church of St Elizabeth, called also the Blue Church.

Bratislava Blue church

An  Art Nouveau temple designed by Odon Lechner just before World War I. It's dedicated to St. Elizabeth and it's the perfect example of Hungarian Jungendstil architecture.

Bratislava statues

Wondering through Bratislava small streets in the Old Town you cannot miss some of the statues. They are some kind of a way to forget about a grey communist city Bratislava became in XX century. You can find Napoleon's soldier, paparazzi with a camera or a sewer worker.

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Comments: 13
  •   6th March 2017, 13:54

    I think that Bratislava deserves more than just a pass-thru to get to know it well. This is a very cool city with many beautiful places. Hope to travel there once more one day.

    •   13th April 2017, 14:28

      Of course it has, but its also one of the best places to visit when you have only a day or two :-)

      •   19th May 2019, 06:31

        This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Dzień całkowicie wystarczy. Myślę, że na upartego to i w pół da radę ;)

  •   7th March 2017, 09:32

    I love this UFO place. Its a bit ugly (communist buiding), but have some weird magic inside and the view is amazing, especially on the castle. Bratislava is a nice place to travel, but as you pointed correctly, only for maximum few days. I was the just one and, for example, I didnt see this blue church. Next time.

    •   13th April 2017, 14:30

      UFO is worth to visit for sure. The Blue Church is also very beautiful, so I hope next time when you will travel to Bratislava you will see more of the interesting places!

  •   7th March 2017, 20:10

    Bratislava is not a good place for a trip if you like, for example, Vegas or similar places. But I guess its perfect for an older or quieter couple.

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  •   18th June 2018, 14:56

    Interesting places in Bratislava are unfortunately a rarity ... This is a city for a one-day visit, unless someone wants to take a break from the crowd of tourists and wander dreamily through the streets of the city. After all, several tourist attractions in Bratislava will be: I liked a UFO with a restaurant and a castle. There are also some nice churches. This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Ciekawe miejsca w Bratysławie są niestety rzadkością... Jest to miasto na jednodniową wizytę, chyba że ktoś chce odpocząć od tłumu turystów i poszwędać się sennie po uliczkach miasta. Mimo wszystko kilka atrakcji turystycznych w Bratysławie się znajdzie: mi podobało się UFO z restauracją oraz zamek. Jest też kilka fajnych kościołów.

  •   16th July 2018, 11:52

    Bratislava is a city with some interesting monuments, but most of the interesting places and tourist attractions can be visited in one weekend. Despite everything, I recommend Bratislava to visit, because it's a nice city. This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Bratysława to miasto z kilkoma ciekawymi zabytkami, jednak większość interesujących miejsc i atrakcji turystycznych da się zwiedzić w jeden weekend. Mimo wszystko polecam Bratysławę do zwiedzenia, bo to fajne miasto.

  •   17th July 2018, 09:42

    I like Bratislava there, even if there are not a million tourist attractions or interesting places. I like both the castle and the UFO restaurant. Bratislava simply connects me well and does not torment dozens of tourists. This text was translated automatically. Original text is below: Ja tam lubię Bratysławę, nawet jeśli nie ma miliona atrakcji turystycznych czy ciekawych miejsc. Lubię zarówno zamek, jak i restaurację UFO. Bratysława po prostu dobrze mi się kojarzy, a i nie męczą tuziny turystów.

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