Bratislava Castle is one of the biggest attractions of the capital of Slovakia. But it is also from the country, especially since in 1961 it was declared a national cultural monument number one. We give you all the information you need to know to visit this jewel, as well as other places of interest in its surroundings.
Bratislava Castle History
The first castle on the hill on which the construction sits dates from the 10th century. He was raised by the Bavarians, although he fell a century later into the hands of the Hungarians. In this way, it became part of the primitive Kingdom of Hungary.Bratislava Castle
Later it was subject to various remodeling. However, it would be the reform undertaken in the 18th century that gave the Bratislava castle its current appearance. At that same time served as occasional residence for Maria Teresa of Habsburg.
At the beginning of the 19th century the period of decline began from Bratislava castle. In 1811 he suffered a great fire that marked the beginning of his abandonment. We had to wait until 1950 for its reconstruction and recovery to begin.
Already today, Bratislava Castle is used for cultural purposes. Specifically, it hosts the exhibitions of the history department of the Slovak National Museum. Of all of them, the so-called Treasures of Slovakia over time.
It is also, for many, a ideal place for a pleasant walk. In fact, It offers magnificent views of the historic center of Bratislava and the Danube, as well as part of the city of Petrzalka.
Practical information for your visitBratislava Castle
The visiting hours of Bratislava Castle are from Tuesday to Sunday, from nine in the morning to five in the afternoon. It only remains closed on Mondays. Of course, you must pay a ticket of 10 euros to visit the museums. This rate is reduced to 4 euros for students and retirees. Young children and families enjoy discounts.
Once in the enclosure, admire the construction from the outside, with its wall, the patio with a water well in the center and the four towers. Of them, the highest is that of the Crown, with 47 meters high.
While, inside you can visit the four rooms of the Treasury Chamber, opened in 1988 and with important archaeological finds, such as the Venus de Moravany. You can also see the Rooms of the Slovak Parliament or the National Council of the Slovak Republic.
What else to see in the center of BratislavaPrimacial Palace
Bratislava Castle is located in the historic center of the city, so after visiting it you can take advantage of other places in the Slovak capital. One of the most significant places is the Grassalkovich Palace, dating from 1760 and is the residence of the president of the country.
But there are many more palaces in the historic center of Bratislava. It is worth mentioning the former Archbishop's Palace, which houses a collection of 17th-century tapestries.
Another interesting building is the Primacial Palace, classicist style. It is very important, as it was where the diplomats of Napoleon and Francisco I of Austria signed the fourth Peace Treaty of Presburg.
Other attractionsBratislava Cathedral - Miroslav Petrasko / Flickr.com
To these architectural wonders is added the door of San Miguel, the only one that is preserved from medieval fortifications. You also have to admire City Hall, a set of three buildings erected from the fourteenth to the fifteenth century; or the University library building, built in 1756.
Among the religious constructions the cathedral of San Martín stands out, Gothic style and in which the monarchs of the Kingdom of Hungary were crowned between 1563 and 1830. Next to it, we must visit the church of the Franciscans, the oldest sacred building in the city; and the church of Santa Isabel, blue.
Therefore, and as you have seen, Bratislava Castle is one of the treasures of the capital of Slovakia due to its history and its beautiful architecture.Do you dare to know this beautiful city? You will certainly not regret it.