The Main Square is one of Bratislava's top tourist spots. Here, attractive colorful buildings reminiscent of the baroque and renaissance eras fill the perimeters. The Old Town Hall and The Roland Fountain are part of the usual route for guests. Many foreign embassies take domain in the buildings on the Main Square, steadily dwelling among the cheerful ambiance of the area. Some retail shops and cafes are also located in the area
Location: Hlavne namestie, Bratislava, Slovakia
The castle reigns atop a hill by the River Danube. From the castle windows, three countries come to view - Slovakia, Austria, and if weather is clear, Hungary. This attraction was rebuilt after a fire, reconstructed and renovated many times over. Now the castle is home to collections of the Slovak National Museum.
Address: Bratislavský Hrad, 810 06 Bratislava, Slovakia
Presidential Palace (Grassalkovich Palace)
The Presidential Palace is a summer palace with an elaborate French garden, which is also a public park. The facade architecture is of late baroque/rococo style, while the interior boasts of a grand staircase and impressive rooms.
The attractive building has contributed greatly to the Baroque musical life of the city, having been a venue for many musical events, recitals, and royal parties. There is a statue of Bratislava-born composer Jan Nepomuk Hummel in the palace's park. The President of Slovakia resides in the palace, hence the name.
Address: 811 06 Bratislava-Old Town, Slovakia
Summer Archbishop's Palace
The Archbishop's Palace, complete with its sprawling English garden is situated right next to the Presidential Palace. It used to serve as a summer seat for the archbishops of Esztergom. Currently it houses the government of Slovakia.
Address: Námestie slobody, 811 06 Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Slovakia
The palace itself is an artistic jewel from the old Pressburg era. Along with its Rococo-style architecture, colorful engravings are also preserved from the original interior design. After renovations and reconstructions, the palace became the seat of Bratislava City Gallery. Mirbach Palace now holds occasional gallery shows in its halls, and houses the permanent exhibition of Central European Baroque Painting and Sculptures, which attracts many tourists.
Address: Františkánske námestie, 811 01 Bratislava-Staré Mesto, Slovakia
The newest addition to Bratislava's modern architecture is the sophisticated bridge crossing the Danube River. Inaugurated in 2005, it was the sole European structure to be named one of the five finalists for the 2006 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award (OPAL Award) conducted by the American Civil Engineering Society. This attractive bridge is designed to carry vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists across the river. Costing close to 103 million Euros, the bridge's opening ceremony was attended by 25,000 people.
One of Bratislava's historical landmarks is the Devin Castle. This famous attraction has played a monumental role in Slovakian history. It was occupied by the Celts in the 1st century BC; the Roman Empire made use of it as a military station, and the Moravian Empire used it as a boundary fortress of the Hungarian state. In 1809, retreating forces of Napoleon I of France had blown up the area after the Siege of Pressburg.
The castle is now the property of the Municipal Museum. It is open to the public until winter sets in.
Address: Hrad Devín, Muránska ul. 841 10 Bratislava, Slovakia
St. Martin´s Cathedral
The St. Martin´s Cathedral is one of the oldest and largest churches in Slovakia. Built-in the 14th century, this Roman Catholic Church is the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava. It is situated below Bratislava Castle. St. Martin´s Cathedral was famous for being the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between the 16th and 18th centuries. Thus, to commemorate the importance of the cathedral the top of the church spire is fitted with a gold-plated replica of the Crown of St. Stephen, instead of a cross. To this day, the church towers above the city and is one of Bratislava's best-known landmark attractions.
Location: Old Town, Bratislava, Slovakia
Michael’s Gate is a part of the Bratislava City Museum housing the Exhibit of Weapons. It's a historical structure and the only remaining city gates preserved from the city's medieval fortifications. Originally built in 1300, the gate’s present architecture is baroque style when the statue of St. Michael and a Dragon was placed at the top in 1758.
Address: 851 01 Bratislava-Petržalka, Slovakia
Schoner Naci Statue
The statue of Schoner Naci stands by the sidewalk in Old Town, bidding his hat among passersby’s. The famous sculpture by Juraj Melus is said to be of a celebrated character in Bratislava whose real name was Ignác Lamar. Known around town as a true gentleman, Ignác walked from Michael’s Gate to the river, waving his hat and greeting local ladies with flowers.
Location: Sedlarska Street, Bratislava-Old Town, Slovakia
Taunter is a unique sculpture of a supposedly naked man set in the facade of a house. There are many explanations offered for this strange carving. Some say it mocks the neighbor for spying on clueless passersby’s, and another say it is of a man rushing to the windows to watch the coronation feast.
Location: Panská 29 (above shop window of an optician), 811 01 Bratislava, Slovakia
The Narrowest House
The domain between St. Michael's Gate and St. Michael's Tower is known as the narrowest house in Europe. With 130cm wide, this 3-storey structure attracts attention as curious and fascinated tourists visit the site.
Location: Michalská 15, between St. Michael's Gate and St. Michael's Tower, Bratislava, Slovakia
A statue of Napoleon's soldier leans forward upon a bench where many tourists take the opportunity to get photographed with the popular sculpture.
Location: Main Square, Bratislava, Slovakia
The paparazzi sculpture stands by the corner of the Paparazzi Cocktail Bar, armed with his full lens camera, sculpted into spy mode.
Location: Paparazzi cocktail bar & ristorante, Laurinská 1, 811 01 Bratislava, Slovakia
Rubberneck is one of the most photographed attractions in Bratislava. The sculpture sneaks from the sewerage hole and has lost his head a couple of times due to irresponsible drivers. A street sign was put up to warn drivers that Cumil is near.
Location: corner Rybarska brana and Panska & Sedlarska streets