Self-Guided Tour of Religious Buildings in Bratislava, 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.
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Self-Guided Tour of Religious Buildings in Bratislava Map

Guide Name: Self-Guided Tour of Religious Buildings in Bratislava
Guide Location: Slovakia » Bratislava (See other walking tours in Bratislava)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: hollyg
St. Martin's Cathedral

1) St. Martin's Cathedral (must see)

St. Martin’s Cathedral is the oldest and largest cathedral in the area. The history of it is long and closely associated with the Austro-Hungarian royals who used it as a coronation church. Emperors and Empresses such as Leopold I, Maximilian II, Rudolf II, Matthias, Elisabeth Christine and Maria Theresa where all crowned here. The massive spire of the cathedral dominates the city’s skyline reinforced by the bold Gothic features. The incredible stained glass windows also deserve mention. The Cathedral's bell tower displays replica of a Hungarian Crown, while the alter features a massive statue of St. Martin on horseback dressed up in Hungarian regalia, sculpted by Georg Rafael Donner in 1744. Just as many other buildings of that period, the cathedral has survived several fires. Each time it burned down, the ensued reconstruction brought in a mix of new architectural styles which are now visible all over the place. Inside the chapel there are catacombs holding the remains of many prominent Austo-Hungarian historic figures laid down to rest.
Church of St. Nicholas

2) Church of St. Nicholas

Built in 1661, the Church of St. Nicholas was erected by Countess Frances Khuen, the widow of Count Paul Pálffy. Located next to world renowned Bratislava Castle, the structure is built in the early Baroque architectural style with a hint of Gothic bravura. The Baroque style was supported by the Jesuit order of the Roman Catholic Church during the 17th century. Common to this type of architecture, the church has expansive naves and vivid lighting. Visitors to the building are greeted by a stone statue of St. Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen and sailors of the Roman Catholic Church, who is located in the stone niche above the entrance of the building. Just like the municipality where it is located, the church has been influenced by the people of diverse nations and religions like the Austrians, Germans, Hungarians, Slovaks and the Czechs. Up until the 1900s, St. Nicholas’ Church was administered by the Roman Catholic Church. Presently, the facility serves the Orthodox Church. The extravagant altar is recognized throughout the community of academic experts of Baroque architecture as one of the best examples of this time period. The incredible angels at the top of the altar were created by the renowned artist Paul of Levoca.
Church and Nunnery of the Order of the Sisters of St. Clare

3) Church and Nunnery of the Order of the Sisters of St. Clare

Currently the site of a Bratislava concert hall, the Church and Nunnery of the Order of the Sisters of St. Clare dates back to the 14th century. The church was originally held by the Order of the Sisters of St. Clare, also known as the Sisters of Poor Clare, which was an order of nuns in the Roman Catholic Church founded by Clare of Assisi in 1212 C.E. The structure is a amalgamation of Baroque and Gothic styles with a fantastic five-sided tower as its most dominant characteristic. The tower can be seen from all over the city of Bratislava. The tower has a folktale attached to it which involves a knight who is said to have fallen intensely in love with one of the nuns in the abbey but, he was never able to act on his love. The legend says that he erected the tower as compensation to the Mother Superior for permitting him to wed the nun but, the Mother Superior did not satisfy the promise, and consequently broke the young knight’s heart. Over the years, the convent has been used for several purposed including as a school which educated several famous Slovakians like Béla Bartók and Jozef Murgaš.
Capuchin Church

4) Capuchin Church

The Capuchin Church that was built in 1717 belongs to the Capuchin order in Bratislava and is consecrated to Saint Stephen of Hungary. You can find the statue of St. Stephen above the main portal. The Church has a very simple but notable design. The square of the Capuchin Church is decorated with a column to the Virgin Mary.
Trinitarian Church of Bratislava

5) Trinitarian Church of Bratislava

The Trinitarian Church of Bratislava is also known as the Church of Saint John of Matha and Saint Felix of Valois. Located in the Old Town of Bratislava, the church is chockfull of fantastic Baroque features. The structure was erected on the original location of the first St. Michael’s Church in 1717, after almost 200 years following the destruction of the St. Michael’s settlement during the Ottoman wars. Many of the components found in the design of the building were influenced by features of the St. Peter’s Church in Vienna, the sister city of Bratislava. With its awe-inspiring vaulting and unbelievable frescos, this is categorically a must-see for those who appreciate architecture. The altar was manufactured by A.G. Bussi. The main feature of the construction is the altarpiece showing St. John of Matha and St. Felix of Valois ransoming prisoners, while the statues of St. Agnes and St. Catherine flank the altar. Over the years, the great hall of the church has played host to various prominent composers who held concerts for the public, including Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt. The building has served as a secular and sacred facility with everything from church services to political events being facilitated within its walls.
Bratislava Franciscan Church

6) Bratislava Franciscan Church

Sanctified in 1297, the Franciscan Church is one of the oldest sacred buildings in Bratislava, Slovakia. Constructed by King Ladislaus IV of Hungary, the building has suffered several times in its history from natural disasters and fires, each time being reconstructed. The building was originally erected in the Gothic style. However, with each reconstruction other architectural styles were infused into the structure. Over the years, the facility has been used for knighting ceremonies, funerals, meetings, elections and parliamentary sessions. The brick pillar altar of the church displays the statues of St. Stephan and St. Emeric along with an immense glass painting illustrating the Annunciation. Several altars border the main altar and are dedicated to numerous important ecclesiastical moments and people including, St. Anthony of Padua and St. Francis of Assisi, along with Our Lady of Sorrows and the Nativity. The pulpit is a striking representation of the Rococo style with incredible relief sculptures portraying the life of St. Francis. Distinct to the church is the shrine of St. Reparat, who was a deacon and martyr and patron of those who want to make a positive change in their life. The torso of St. Reparat is contained in the reliquary.
The Church of Merciful Brothers

7) The Church of Merciful Brothers

The Church of Merciful Brothers is part of a complex which includes the church, the monastery, and the hospital of Merciful Brothers. The complex was built in 1728 and played a significant role during the pestilence of the early 1700s, as well as a bourgeois revolution in 1848–1849.
The Blue Church

8) The Blue Church (must see)

The Hungarian Secessionist Catholic Church, known as the Church of St. Elisabeth or the Blue Church, is located in Old Town Bratislava, Slovakia. The construction was consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary, who was a princess and, later, became a Roman Catholic saint. She was widowed young and surrendered her wealth for a life devoted to the poor and indigent. After her death at the age of 24, many miracles of healing were accredited to her. She was canonized by Pope Gregory IX in 1235. The structure was designed by Ödön Lechner, a recognized Hungarian architect. He was known to embellish his constructions with Zsolnay tile patterns. Zsolnay tiles were manufactured by a Hungarian company known for its intricate porcelain, tiles, stoneware and pottery. The tiles on the church’s roof were generated using the pyrogranite process, which involves firing ceramic under exceptionally high temperatures, producing resilient materials which are resistant to acid and frost. The structure has attained its name because of the blue color of the mosaics, which decorate its roof and walls. Built in 1908, the building features a cylindrical tower and bell dome common to the Hungarian Art Nouveau and the Romanesque movement in art and architecture. The single nave church contains vaulted ceilings along with hints of barrel vaults. Romanesque double pillars encompass the entrances and the windows.

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
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
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
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
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

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.