Bratislava Palaces Walking Tour, Bratislava

The historic center of the largest city in Slovakia is rich in majestic palaces and great mansions. The majority of Bratislava palaces are designed in a Baroque style, and they have a great history related to famous figures like Napoleon and composer Johann Hummel. Don't miss the chance to experience the luxurious life lived not so long ago by emperors and nobility.
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Bratislava Palaces Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Bratislava Palaces Walking Tour
Guide Location: Slovakia » Bratislava (See other walking tours in Bratislava)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: hollyg
Bratislava Castle

1) Bratislava Castle (must see)

Bratislava Castle is the huge rectangular fortress with four corner towers, standing atop a rocky hill directly above the river Danube right in the middle of Bratislava. Strategically positioned to ensure safe passageway between the Carpathians and the Alps, for many centuries it had guarded crossing over the Danube at the intersection of the old central European trade routes – most notably the amber route – running from the Rhine River valley and the Baltic Sea down to the Balkans and the...   view more
Palace of Erdody

2) Palace of Erdody

The Palace of Erdödy, located in Bratislava, Slovakia was built in 1770 by Mathew Walch. The facility originally comprised four houses, which were initially occupied by Count George Leopold Erdödy, the head of the Hungarian Royal Chamber, and his family. The Erdödy family were decedents of Hungarian nobility with their genealogical lines dating back as far as the 14th century. The grand structure was converted during the 19th century into a palace for the son of Count George Leopold Erdödy,...   view more
Palffy Palace

3) Palffy Palace

Pálffy Palace is located in the Old Town portion of Bratislava, Slovakia. Built originally for Count Leopold Pálffy, Count of Pozsony County and a Major General in the armed forces of Empress Maria Theresa, the palace is a good example of a Baroque piece of architecture. Over the years, archeological digs have unearthed indications of a Gothic structure, which once stood on the grounds of the palace, along with Roman and Celtic artifacts. The palace has had many uses, since it was first...   view more
Palace of Zichy

4) Palace of Zichy

The Palace of Zichy, or Ziciho Palac as you say in Slovak, represents a beautiful example of fine architecture from the end of the 18th century. It's situated in the historic center of Bratislava and designed in Neo-Classical style. The Palace was built in 1775 for Count Franz Zichy, who was the master of great composer Heinrich Marschner. This composer served as a teacher for the count's family. Now, the Palace of Zichy serves as a hall for wedding...   view more
Leopold de Pauli’s Palace

5) Leopold de Pauli’s Palace

Leopold de Pauli’s Palace was built by architect Franz K.Romisch for Leopold de Pauli in 1775-1776. The palace halls resounded with the brilliant and unforgettable music of Ferenz Liszt, who performed there in 1820. The Palace also features an amazing garden, where you can find a beautiful musical pavilion designed in Rococo style. Today, the music pavilion and the palace itself are owned by the University...   view more
Miestodržiteľský palác

6) Miestodržiteľský palác

Miestodržiteľský palác (Vice Governor's palace in Bratislava) is an old and historically important building, located in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. It stands in the main square of Old Town and was owned by the city of Bratislava until it was bought by the state in the 18th century, for the purpose of housing the vice governor's council. After WWII, the building was used by many institutions until the Velvet Revolution in 1989. At present, it's owned by the Slovak...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Primate's Palace

7) Primate's Palace (must see)

Primate's Palace (or Primacialny palac as they call it) was created between 1778 and 1781 by architect Melchior Hefele for the Archbishop of Bratislava József Batthyány. The palace is famous for its Hall of Mirrors that has hosted many historic events over the centuries, including the signing of the fourth Peace of Pressburg in 1805 after the Battle of Austerlitz which effectively ended the War of the Third...   view more
Grassalkovich Palace

8) Grassalkovich Palace (must see)

The Grassalkovich Palace is the residence of the Slovakian president. This palace represents a mixture of Rococo and late Baroque styles and was built by architect Anton Mayerhofer in 1760 for the Hungarian nobleman, Count Antal Grassalkovich, the vassal of Habsburg Empress Maria Theresa. The palace was intended primarily as an entertainment venue and had hosted many balls and musical parties throughout its history thrown by the Habsburg royals; eventually it became a popular center of musical...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Summer Archbishop's Palace

9) Summer Archbishop's Palace

Used mainly as a government office, the Summer Archbishop’s Palace was originally built in the 1600s for the prelates of Esztergom. A striking English garden is one of the exceptional features attached to this structure. The current building was constructed under the direction of Archbishop František Barkóczy by architect F.A. Hillebrandt. The facility emulates all of the grandeur expected of a Baroque palace. Together with its Rococo décor, the space is a wonderful example of architecture...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Bratislava, Slovakia

Create Your Own Walk in Bratislava

Create Your Own Walk in Bratislava

Creating your own self-guided walk in Bratislava is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old Town of Bratislava Self-Guided Tour

Old Town of Bratislava Self-Guided Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
Museums Self-Guided Tour in Bratislava

Museums Self-Guided Tour in Bratislava

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: 1.9 km
Self-Guided Tour of Religious Buildings in Bratislava

Self-Guided Tour of Religious Buildings in Bratislava

Religious Buildings of Bratislava are not just architectural monuments and historic treasures, but also beautiful places that convey a religious atmosphere and spiritual mood. Seize the opportunity to become a part of harmony by visiting Bratislava religious buildings.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Art Galleries Self-Guided Tour in Bratislava

Art Galleries Self-Guided Tour in Bratislava

The exhibitions held in Bratislava galleries can be absolutely unforgettable and rather charming. Discover the pleasure that only art can give you. Don't lose the chance to see the world-famous treasures of art that are presented in Art Galleries of Bratislava!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Bratislava

Kids Entertainment Walking Tour in Bratislava

There are lots of interesting things to do in Bratislava for adults, teenagers and kids alike. The city offers every visitor a great variety of entertainment options -- from informative and educational on architecture and national history, to the simply funny and charming street sculptures. This guide presents the most unusual landmarks and facts about Bratislava that you and your kids may be pleased to discover.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Slovakian capital Bratislava straddles the river Danube right at the Austrian and Hungarian border. The closeness of these two countries has had its toll on the city's long and often tumultuous history in which the Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks have played their role. It wasn't until 1919 that the city, prior to that known as Pressburg, got its contemporary name. This walk covers some of the most prominent sights of the historic part of Bratislava.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 km