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
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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 Adriatic Sea. In good weather the Castle allows outstanding view of not only Bratislava, but also the neighboring Austria and Hungary. Many legends are associated with the Castle, which has found place in the historical and cultural heritage of both Hungarians and Germans, due to its connection to Hungary and the Hapsburg monarchy.
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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, Jan Nepomuk Erdödy. Originally, the building was erected with three floors and a fourth floor was added to it at the beginning of the 20th century. It has four wings and an immense central courtyard. The rooms have vaulted ceilings with rococo stucco. Over the years, the structure has been the home of Hungarian nobility, a concert hall and a government facility. The building is a tremendous example of rococo style, which is acknowledged for its florid embellishments. Today, the palace houses a selection of high-end cafes, restaurants, shops and boutiques amidst the historic sites of the town. Visitors to the municipality will appreciate spending the day exploring the many amazing buildings and varied architectural elements which make this place exceptional.
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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 constructed as a home for Count Leopold Pálffy. It has been a government mint, the location of one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s early concerts and the site of the Austrian embassy. Along with the embassy, which is currently housed on the grounds of the palace, visitors will want to spend time visiting the on-site gallery, which displays a rich collection of the original paintings of Dutch and Flemish masters from the 17th and 18th centuries including, Rembrandt and Rubens. The Old Town section of the town of Bratislava is characterized by a wide range of high-end shopping, boutiques, cafes and restaurants. Tourists will relish spending the day taking a walking tour of the region, while planning time to revel in some of the local flavors at one of the marvelous local eateries.
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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 ceremonies.
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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 Library.
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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 Republic Government office and it serves as one of the many representative buildings of the Slovak capital.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 Coalition.
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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 life in Pressburg and saw many celebrities of the day, including composer Joseph Haydn himself premiering here some of his works. In September 1996, the palace underwent reconstruction and was turned into a presidential office. The adjacent garden, containing the statue of Bratislava-born composer Jan Nepomuk Hummel, has been made a public park.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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 from this time period. Following the Napoleonic war, the structure was used as a military hospital, with the main room being split in two sections and filled with beds to care for the wounded. In the present day, the building is home to the Slovakian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Only two of the exquisite art pieces from the original structure remain, which were located in the palace’s chapel, a fresco and an altar. The palace is not open to the public, for the exception of one special day each year known as Doors Open Days. On this day, guided tours are provided, which include very specific portions of the building including, the green room, mirror room and the pink room, along with the chapel and the conference room.
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.
Bratislava Architecture Self-Guided Walking Tour

Bratislava Architecture Self-Guided Walking Tour

Owing to the fact that the Danube Road connected Western Europe with the Orient, Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, has always been influenced by European art and culture. Visitors to the city can admire its Gothic and Baroque architecture, along with the splendid 20th century buildings. Don't miss the chance to explore Bratislava's great architectural variety!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 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
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
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
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

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bratislava for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bratislava has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bratislava, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.