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Since 1990 the city magistarte’s office has been part of the current local government structure. The engraving over the door reads “Hlavné mestro Bratislava magistrate”
Address: Stará Radnica, Primaciálne us 1, 814 99 Bratislava
Directions: The Magistrate's Office is located on the north side of Primate's Square.
Phone: +421 (0) 25 9356 111
The Old Town Hall (the oldest in Slovakia) is a complex of buildings built in 1370 and with bits added on over the years. In the background is Jacob’s tower, from 1370. Since 1868 it has housed the Municipal Museum which includes an atmospheric dungeon.
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Address: Stará Radnica, Primaclilne nim. 3, Bratislava
Directions: The Town Hall is located in the city centre between the Main Square and Primate’s Square.
Phone: +421 (0) 2 59 20 51 30
The Palace was designed for the Cardinal Joseph Bátthány, Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary in 1781, this palace is one of the architectural jewels of Slovakia.
Its pale pink and white exterior is topped with various marble statues and a large cast iron cardinal’s hat. The hat is a symbol of the Archbishop, for whom the palace was built, and of the various cardinals who lived here throughout the years.
It was here on 26th December 1805 in the Hall of Mirrors that Napoleon signed the Pressburg Peace Treaty after being defeated at the Battle of Austerlitz
Today, the palace houses part of the Municipal Museum, and has an excellent collection of 17th century English Tapestries, which were found hidden in the palace.
Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Address: Primaciálne námestie 1, Bratislava
Directions: The Palace is located in the main square, in the heart of the city
Grassalkovich Palace or the Presidential Palace is the home of the President of Slovakia. The building is a Rococo/late Baroque summer palace and was built in 1760 for the Count Anton Grassalkovich who was a close advisor of Empress Maria Theresa. The palace was often used by the aristocracy for social events and concerts.
Address: Hodžovo námestie 1, 811 06 Bratislava
Directions: The palace is located in the centre of Bratislava
The statues were erected in memory of the Slovenske Narodne Povstanie (Slovak National Uprising of 1944, for which the Square is named). These statues are considered a prominent flaw in the city by some of the locals, as it was built by communists, who claimed that the rebellion against the WWII pro-Nazi Slovak government (Slovakia declared independence from Czechoslovakia in early 1939, and was persuaded to side with Germany as Hitler led the Slovaks to believe their country would be divided up by other powers otherwise) was all done thanks to them.
Address: Slovak National Uprising Square (Námestie SNP)
Church of the Merciful Brothers
This is an early-baroque complex of buildings that date from 1728 and incorporates a church, monastery and hospital. The hospital played a significant role during the pestilence in 1710 – 1713 and also in a bourgeois revolution in 1848 – 1849. The centre of the complex is the square tower of the church.
Address: Nám. SNP 11, 811 06 Bratislava
Directions: The monastery faces the SNP Square
The castle was originally built as a frontier post for the Roman Empire; a later version was built by King Sigismund in the 15th century, with another being built by Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century. This castle burnt down in 1811 leaving only ruins and it took until 1956-68 when the castle was rebuilt to its current format. The castle is located on a hill overlooking the river Danube, the southern-most hill of the Small Carpathian Mountains. There are two ways to walk up to the castle - up Beblaveho Street from the Old Town or from Mudronova Street by the Slovak Parliament building up at the hill. The castle is now also home to the Slovak National Museum.
Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Address: Zámocká, 811 01 Bratislava-Old Town
Directions: The castle is located in the old town above the Dunube river
Phone: +421 (0) 2 5934 1626
Slovak National Theatre - Slovenské národné divadlo
Fronted by a tiny square the Slovak National Theatre is built on the location of the city's original professional theatre. The original theatre was built in 1776, with the present one following in 1886 in the spirit of the Neorenaissance. Today the building houses the Slovak Opera House and National Ballet. In 1888, a fountain with a bronze Ganymede astride an eagle was constructed in front of the theatre.
Address: Pribinova 17, 815 86 Bratislava
Directions: On Hviezdoslav Square
Phone: +421 (0) 2/577 821 10
Home of "The Slovak Radio" (Slovenský rozhlas) the national public service radio broadcaster. Called the Pyramid, the building has been attracting attention for several years. It was referred to as “the building of the century” because its construction took so long.
Address: Mýtna 1, 817 55 Bratislava
Phone: +421 (0) 2/57273111
The palace’s once-large gardens are now a public park, complete with a statue of Bratislava-born composer Jan Nepomuk Hummel.
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