Museums Self-Guided Tour in Bratislava, 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!
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Museums Self-Guided Tour in Bratislava Map

Guide Name: Museums Self-Guided Tour in Bratislava
Guide Location: Slovakia » Bratislava (See other walking tours in Bratislava)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 km
Author: hollyg
Bratislava City Museum

1) Bratislava City Museum (must see)

If there's a place to learn about Bratislava's history, it is undoubtedly the Bratislava City Museum. It first opened in 1868 and today prides itself as the oldest constantly running museum in Slovakia.
The collection includes archaeological finds, coins, ancient drugs that were once produced here, as well as many other artifacts telling about the history of society, industry and culture of Bratislava. The Museum is open year round, six days a week except Mondays. Feel free to pop in and check out the exhibition.
St. Michael's Tower

2) St. Michael's Tower (must see)

St. Michael’s Tower is one of the last pieces of medieval architecture in Bratislava and a gateway to the Old Town that was once surrounded by a massive fortified wall. That fortress had four gates in each direction. St. Michael’s Tower was part of the northern entrance and was built around the year 1300. In 1758, it was remodeled with the added baroque features and the statue of St. Michael and the Dragon placed at the top where it still remains. Today, the Tower holds an exhibition of old weapons. Apart from the weaponry, visitors to the Tower can also enjoy a magnificent view of the city opening from the top. Down below at the basement, lovers of shopping will be thrilled to find a variety of high-end stores and restaurants.
Museum of Jewish Culture

3) Museum of Jewish Culture (must see)

The Museum of Jewish Culture in the city of Bratislava, Slovakia pays homage to the once thriving Jewish Community which existed in the 1960s. Housed in the historic Zsigray mansion on Judengasse, which means Jewish Street, the museum hosts a multiplicity of permanent and traveling exhibits throughout each year. The building is a handsome example of Baroque architecture whose pedigree can be traced back to the 18th century. The facility is sustained by the Slovak Jewish Heritage Center in collaboration with the Bratislava Jewish Heritage Foundation. The purpose of the center is to preserve Judaic history through research, documentation and education. Besides the massive collection of Jewish artifacts, educational programs are hosted around the city and the country. One of the main focuses of the institution is synagogue architecture and they produce several publications annually which include “Synagogue Architecture of Slovakia” and pamphlets, which aid travelers in locating the various monuments and attractions throughout Bratislava that are correlated to Judaic history and culture. The organization is presently involved in several projects throughout the region, including the restoration of several synagogues and cemetery chapels. The museum is open all year round and they encourage anyone who is interested in the history of the Jewish faith to visit and explore the contents of this space.

Operation hours: Sunday - Friday: 11 am - 5 pm
Museum of History

4) Museum of History (must see)

The Museum of History in Bratislava is located in momentous Bratislava Castle on Castle Hill. The structure is a brilliant example of Gothic and Renaissance architecture with interior features taken from the Baroque period of time. For those who are captivated with incredible construction and design, this is unquestionably a place to include in travel plans to this intriguing metropolis. The purpose of the Museum of History is to preserve and sustain historical documentation and articles from Slovakian culture, beginning with the Middle Ages through contemporary times. The exhibition hall contains an extensive variety of cultural icons, from the field of historical furniture, ethnography, numismatics, economics, art and warfare. The numismatic collection is extensive and filled with a selection of artifacts which trace the history of the monetary unit in Slovakia. Explore the replica of the Hungarian Crown Jewels or the coronation medals which are located on the third floor. The extensive display of historic Slovakian furniture, jewelry and silver treasures will mesmerize guests. Also, a vast collection of Croatian cultural history is preserved within the walls of the institution. Tourists will want to climb the towers to get a phenomenal view of Bratislava and the Danube River from the observation decks, which will take their breath away.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm
Archaeological Museum

5) Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Museum is a part of the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava, Slovakia. The facility was established in 1991 to collect and preserve the archaeological finds from the area which date back to the Middle Ages. The collection is housed in the beautiful Kamper Mansion which was built in 1601 by František Kamper. The building consists of four wings and is two stories tall. With Renaissance features, it once had a surrounding moat and drawbridge to protect its inhabitants. Those fascinated with architecture will want to see the lunette and cross-vaulting which has been preserved in its rooms and indicates Italian craftsmanship. The structure holds over 136,000 items in its collection with the sole focus on research and scientific exploration. The most popular of the exhibits is the Treasures of Slovakia’s Distant Past which is a conglomeration of archeological finds from prehistoric times through the contemporary era. Visitors to the establishment will find a wide selection of items made from materials like clay, metal, glass and wood which have been discovered at various dig sites throughout greater Slovakia. The museum prints various catalogues and periodicals throughout the year which are marketed to education facilities throughout the world.

Operation Hours: Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Museum of Carpathian German Culture

6) Museum of Carpathian German Culture

The Museum of Carpathian German Culture is solely focused on the preservation of the culture and history of the Carpathian German people of Slovakia. The facility houses collections which can be traced back over 900 years and includes textiles, clothing, crafts, art and sacred items. Visitors will enjoy the extensive collection of stoneware and enamel pieces from Poprad-Matejovce along with the paintings of artists like Hans Weiss, Ladislav Fuchs and many other Carpathian German artists. Located in the historic Sunyal Mansion, the collection is part of the Slovak National Museum. The mansion consists of just one room and, in comparison to other buildings in the area, is rather small. The medieval structure has Baroque features which were added in the 18th century. During the 19th century, Napoleonic characteristics were also added to the details of the facility, making it a hodge-podge of architectural components. The museum itself has two other branches within Slovakia, which are located in Nitrianske Pravno and Handlová.

Operation hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Music Museum

7) Music Museum

Located in the breathtaking Bratislava Castle is the Slovak National Museum’s Music Museum. The building is an enormous structure with four towers, one on each corner. The facility is an amalgamation of Gothic and Renaissance architecture with hints of Baroque style. The exhibition hall pays tribute to the history of Slovakian music from the earliest days of its existence to contemporary times. Visitors will discover an immense array of instruments, musical scores, recordings, letters, photographs and documents from composers and distinguished individuals from the music industry of Slovakia. Additionally, a large collection of awards, statues, drawings, medals and plaques, which have specific connections to music, are on display. The northern part of the facility was once a Baroque chapel and is now used for concerts. During 2010, the institution went through a major refurbishment, so many of the exhibits were hosted in other locations throughout the municipality. Established in 1991, it is foremost member of the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives and Documentation Centers. The building houses articles from Ludwig van Beethoven, Liszt, Bartók and many other famous musical leaders. This gallery contains over 150,000 items and is said to be one of the largest collections in Slovakia.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm
Museum of Hungarian Culture in Slovakia

8) Museum of Hungarian Culture in Slovakia

Located in the historic Brämer Manor House in Bratislava, Slovakia, the Museum of Hungarian Culture is charged with preserving the cultural history of the Slovakia people. Keep in mind that Slovakia is a somewhat new country which only was established in 1992 when Czechoslovakia fragmented into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The establishment focuses on the history and preservation of the culture of the Hungarian ethnic group, which has lived in this region for hundreds of years. The location of the Brämer Mansion is actually on a partially uncovered Hungarian settlement called Podhradie. The institution has three major permanent collections, Hungarian Traditions and Values of Slovakia, Kálmán Mikszáth Memorial House and Imre Madách Manor House. The exhibit that focuses on Hungarian Tradition and Values focuses on the homelife and culture which was found in the typical Hungarian household beginning with the Middle Ages. The Kálmán Mikszáth Memorial House pays homage to the life and literary works of author Kálmán Mikszáth. Kálmán Mikszáth was an novelist, politician and journalist. His work started out in short story form, which documented the culture of the peasant class and then became the foundation of his later works of satire. Theodore Roosevelt was said to be a fan of his writing. The Imre Madách Manor House houses poems of Imre Madách along with paintings and drawings from his era.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Sunday: 10 am - 5 pm

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
Bratislava Palaces Walking Tour

Bratislava Palaces Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 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
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

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.