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Best Places to Visit in Bratislava

If you are planning to visit the beautiful capital city of Bratislava then you should definitely not miss on these top sites and places of interest that make Bratislava remarkable. Walk through the streets of the city form the historic Old Town to the modern UFO Bridge. Your trip to Bratislava will not be concluded without visiting all these attractions in Bratislava. While some of them do not charge you for entry, others may charge a small entrance fee and accept discount passes. But the wisest thing to do will be to buy the Bratislava Card. It not only provides you with free travel all over the city but also gives you several other discounts and benefits.

1. Bratislava Capital

What was the former seat of the rulers is now the symbol of Bratislava and the seat of the Museum of History? One can have a breathtaking view of the city and its neighboring areas from the 47-meter high crown tower which used to be safe hold of the royal coronation jewels.

2. St. Martin’s Cathedral

This cathedral is a three-nave Gothic church dating back to 15th century and also the formal coronation church. One can get an idea of the former glory of this tower by its 150 kg replica which is placed on the top of the 85-meter high cathedral tower.

3. Old Town Hall

This place was the former seat of the city self-government but since 1868 it is the seat of the Bratislava City museum which also happens to be one of the oldest museums in Slovakia. You can have a beautiful panoramic view of the Old Town once you climb the narrow stairs leading up to the 45-meter high tower.

4. Primate’s Palace

This historic palace was built in the 18th century. It was this palace where the peace of Pressburg was signed after Napoleon’s victory in the battle of Austerlitz between the French and the Austrian Emperors. This palace displays a gallery consisting of a unique collection of items from the 17th century. It is also the active seat of the Mayor of Bratislava.

5. Michael’s Gate

This is the only preserved gate from the city fortification system dating back to the 14th century. The gate itself is 51 meters high and from up there one can get an enchanting view of the Bratislava Castle and the Old Town. This tower also serves as home to the Museum of Arms.

6. Grassalkovich Palace

This palace is a Rocco summer palace right from the 18th century. It was well known for its rich social life and the performance of the famous composer- Joseph Haydn. It serves as the seat of the President of the Slovak Republic since 1996.

7. Blue Church

Also known as St. Elizabeth’s church, this place was built in pure Nouveau style at the beginning of the 20th century and is most famous for the blue color of its façade with detailing done with the use of mosaic. It is a special place for weddings and baptisms.

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