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The main attraction of Bratislava is castle hill with its castle which is the heart of old Bratislava. Castle hill was settled by ancient slavic tribes and there was also a roman settlement in the heydays of the Roman Empire. It was in the 8th or 9th century that the first wooden fortress was erected on the hill. This would evolve into the castle during the centuries.
The castle was one of the most important palaces of the Hungarian Empire, but most time played only the second filled to Vienna or Budapest. In times of crisis, for example during the ottoman occupation of Budapest, it served as an official seat for the ruling monarch, but was only an interim solution. In 1811, during the napoleonic wars, the castle was heavily damaged by a fire and fell into decay afterwards.
The castle suffered from many changes during the centuries of its existence and of course from 140 years of being left untouched after the destruction of the early 19th century. This means that you can?t the beauty of a medieval castle or the glance of a baroque palace like in other places. Some people say that it just looks like an ugly table put upside down. Fortunately, it is far away from this. But the refurbishment of the castle in the 1950s and 60s didn?t bring back the gamlour of the past.
Today, the castle is used as a museum with several smaller exhibtions. A permanent one gives you an impression about how the castle may have looked like in the past centuries, showing furniture and clothes from different eras. Parts of the crown jewellery (some as replica, including the Crown of St. Stephen) of the old (austro-)hungarian monarchies are shown in the Crown Tower. Outside, you can enjoy a nice view on the old town as well as some sculptures in the park. Watch out for the bronze statue of St. Elizabeth, the daughter of a hungarian king, who spent her childhood in Bratislava.
Address: Bratislavsky hrad
Directions: To the west of the old town, close to the New Bridge (or Bridge of Slovak National Uprising)
Phone: 02-5934 1626
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