Bratislava Old Town (Self Guided), Bratislava

The city of Bratislava can amaze you with its history. The special charm of the Old Town of Bratislava will leave you absolutely dazzled by the beauty of it all. It's possible to find anything to your taste here. Wonderful architecture, fine examples of art, lots of information on science and the history of Bratislava Old Town -- all will give you a real Slovakian experience.
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Bratislava Old Town Map

Guide Name: Bratislava Old Town
Guide Location: Slovakia » Bratislava (See other walking tours in Bratislava)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 Km or 3.4 Miles
Author: hollyg
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Slovak National Theater
  • Comenius University in Bratislava
  • Slovak National Museum
  • Esterházy Palace
  • Old Slovak National Theater
  • Academia Istropolitana
  • House of the Good Shepherd
  • Square of Freedom
  • Slavin Memorial
Slovak National Theater

1) Slovak National Theater (must see)

The Slovak National Theater is the second oldest Slovak professional theater. It has three ensembles, which include drama, opera and ballet. The design of the new building was begun in the early 1980s, and construction started in 1986. Due to a lack of funds, the building was under construction (with long interruptions) for twenty-one years, which increased the planned costs from 874 million to almost five billion Slovak crowns. This figure is exaggerated by the relatively high inflation of the 1990s. The building was finally opened on April 14, 2007, and it houses all three ensembles of the Slovak National Theater, which continue to use the old building situated in the Old Town, as well. The building is designed to hold 1,700 spectators at a time in its three sections.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Comenius University in Bratislava

2) Comenius University in Bratislava

Located in Bratislava, Slovakia, Comenius University is the largest university in this region. Established in 1919 in Czechoslovakia, the university was named after teacher and philosopher, Jan Amos Comenius. The exclusive mission of the university is to obtain and propagate knowledge and enlightenment to its students and the community-at-large. Comenius believed that education expands beyond just the classroom and reaches to philosophy and world educational experiences. He believed the world was a classroom. He introduced the country to a four-level educational system with elementary, intermediate, advanced and university studies based on the age of the student. A large university, by today’s standards, has over 30 thousands students who attend school in Bratislava and over 2,000 faculty members instructing them. Students who attend Comenius do not pay tuition. Rather the university is government supported. The school offers a college of medicine, law, philosophy, humanities, education, pharmacy, physical education, mathematics, physics, and social sciences. Additionally, in 1941, the Roman Catholic Church, in collaboration with the university, opened the school of Theology. The transformation of Slovakian society to a free market economy in the 1990s resulted in a need for economics education and, the university opened a school of management and financial services as a result. The university continues to grow today.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Slovak National Museum

3) Slovak National Museum (must see)

The Slovak National Museum is at the forefront of the conservancy of Slovakian culture. Headquartered in the city of Bratislava, Slovakia, the exhibition is a conglomeration of 18 specialized museums throughout the metropolis and the surrounding communities. The institution was established in 1961 to document, research and preserve archaeological artifacts, numismatic history, ethnographic evidence, arts, crafts, anthropological history and the natural sciences of the region. The main building of the National Museum overlooks the right bank of the Danube River, in Old Town, Bratislava. The building was designed by architect M.M. Harminec and opened its doors for the first time in 1930. The collection of the National Museum is said to contain over 3.5 million objects and is one of the largest collections of its kind. Visitors to the exhibit are greeted by a regal lion statue as they walk up to the entrance. It is important for guests to the city to note that the Slovak National Museum is more than one building and one museum. The institution includes five castles, multiple manor houses, several mansions and two outdoor galleries. Another important part of the facility is the vast collection maintained by the archives, which is responsible for keeping documents and records attached to the history of Slovakia.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Esterházy Palace

4) Esterházy Palace

Esterházy Palace can be found on the banks of the exquisite Danube River. Designed in the Neo-Renaissance architectural style, the structure was erected in the 1870s for one of the country’s aristocracy. Because of general wear, fire damage and specific needs when it was taken over by the Slovak National Gallery in recent years, the building has gone through several reconstructions in the 1920s and 1950s. The facility is used for several exhibits which are overseen by the Slovak National Museum, which is the largest museum of its kind in this region. Esterházy Palace is just one of 18 facilities managed by the National Gallery with the purpose of providing the public with information pertaining to the history of this beautiful country. Currently, the Ministery of Culture and Tourism of the Slovak Republic have offices in this building. The Ministry is the state agency responsible for the preservation of national history, national language, Slovak culture and the arts. The institution was named after the Esterházy family, which was a powerful Hungarian noble family, that dates back to the Middle Ages. The family owned a lot of land and several extravagant palaces throughout Europe. The clan continued to maintain titles and influence well into the early part of the 1900s.
Old Slovak National Theater

5) Old Slovak National Theater (must see)

The Slovak National Theatre of drama, opera and ballet is an original neo-renaissance building that dates back to the 1880s and shows signs of Hungarian influence. It first opened to the public in 1886 with the seating capacity of 1,000 spectators. The more modern part of the building is a renovation project that lasted over 20 years from 1980 until April 2007; it can seat over 1,700 people. Both the new and the old buildings are used by the theater.
Academia Istropolitana

6) Academia Istropolitana

Universitas Istropolitana (since the 16th century frequently -- but incorrectly -- referred to as Academia Istropolitana), in Pressburg (today's Bratislava), was the first university to be founded in the territory of present-day Slovakia. It was founded in 1465 by Pope Paul II, at the request of King Matthias Corvinus. It was the only university in the Kingdom of Hungary at that time, although historically not the first in Hungarian territory. Many well-known lecturers from Austria, Italy and elsewhere, such as Galeotto Marzio and Johann Vitez, taught at the school. Regiomontanus served there as the chair in mathematics, while the court astrologer for Corvinus, Martin Bylica, was the chair in astrology and right from the university's inception. The university ceased to exist around 1490, after the death of Matthias Corvinus. The Renaissance university building still stands in Bratislava, and it currently houses the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava.
Sight description based on wikipedia
House of the Good Shepherd

7) House of the Good Shepherd

The House of the Good Shepherd is notable because it is one of the few buildings in this region of the country which is in the same condition it was when it was originally built. This Rococo styled structure was constructed in the late 18th century just below the Bratislava Castle. Its golden color and its tall figure make it one of the most beautiful buildings on the landscape of Bratislava, Slovakia. In its original construction, the upper floors were used for individual housing while the lower level was used commercially. The facility is only one room wide with a narrow staircase between levels. The gallery is home to an extensive exhibit of clocks, which pay homage to the history of these timepieces from their introduction into society. Visitors will find a wide range of artifacts including sundials, wrist watches, wall clocks and grandfather clocks. There is a total of over 60 clocks in all. The majority of the clocks on display were crafted by Slovakia artisans. The four-story narrow structure was named for the statue which is set into the corner of the building depicting Christ the Good Shepherd. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday all year round. It is closed on Mondays.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Square of Freedom

8) Square of Freedom (must see)

Námestie Slobody (Freedom Square), is one of the most well-known squares in Bratislava. It's located in the central part of the Staré Mesto district. The location of the current square was covered with vineyards during medieval times. It probably originated in the 17th century, with the Summer Archbishop's Palace which was built there. It currently houses the Slovakian government. Later, it was rebuilt as a grassy area, divided by an alley of trees. It was called Kniežacie or Fürstenallee and Hercegfasor. The Slovak expression Firšnál originated from Fürstenallee. The Post Office palace (which is the biggest post office in the world), and the buildings of Slovak Technical University, were built there during the 1940s and 1950s, thereby closing the square in from all sides. The biggest fountain in Bratislava stands there, and it was built in 1980. It was one of the first squares in Bratislava that was renamed after the Velvet Revolution in 1989.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Slavin Memorial

9) Slavin Memorial (must see)

An impressive monument, located in Malé Karpaty, overlooks the city of Bratislava, Slovakia, the Slavin Monument was erected as a memorial to the Soviet soldiers who died fighting for the emancipation of Bratislava. The caisson doors of the monument are emblazoned with relief sculptures which were created by artist R. Pribiš. The structural portion of the monument was designed by renowned architect j. Svetlik in the Stalinist architectural style and, the statue, which sits atop the platform, was crafted by sculptor A. Trizuljak. Dedicated in 1960, a cemetery surrounds the monument and is the final resting place for the Soviet soldiers who gave their life in the name of freedom during World War II, while fighting the German Wehrmacht troops. Close to 7,000 troops are buried in this cemetery, which includes 6 mass graves and close to 300 single graves. A national treasure, this is definitely a place tourists will want to visit, when taking a walking tour of the city. The area has been designed with a solemn staircase, which leads to the monument. There are several statues and symbolic sarcophagus in the cemetery, all of which are constructed of white marble and commemorate heroes from the war.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Bratislava, Slovakia

Create Your Own Walk in Bratislava

Create Your Own Walk in Bratislava

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Bratislava Introduction Walking Tour

Bratislava Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Bratislava Museums

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The majority of Bratislava museums are located in the Old Town part of the city. It's amazingly quaint and charming. The museums are numerous and so varied that we can easily call Bratislava the City of Museums. Be ready to bring home unforgettable memories from a great tour of Bratislava museums!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Art Galleries Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Bratislava Architectural Jewels

Bratislava Architectural Jewels

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Bratislava Palaces Walking Tour

Bratislava Palaces Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
Historical Churches

Historical Churches

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles