The Historic Center
of Bratislava or Stare Mesto is the place to wander age-old streets while discovering the gems of the city. It was the capital of Hungary for three centuries, was bought and sold by the Holy Roman Empire, and today is the seat of the government of Slovakia.Explore
Bratislava is a treasure of historic sites that give a refreshing perspective on the roots of the present-day culture of the region.
The Old Town Hall sits on the main square in the historic center and houses a museum that details the city’s history. It is the oldest city hall in the country and its tower gives those who choose to climb the stairs an outstanding view of Bratislava and the surrounding countryside on the horizon.
A beautifully preserved palace that showcases Rococo architecture circa 1768, the Mirbach Palace of the present houses the Bratislava City Gallery. Dedicated to both Slavic and international art, walking through the restored rooms and galleries puts the collection into historical context and shines a genuine light on the artists who created them.
A three-nave Gothic cathedral with four chapels, St. Martin’s Cathedral saw the crowning of almost twenty kings during Hungary’s possession of the city between 1563 and 1830. Active Excursions
Those looking for an active adventure can hike up Castle Hill to Bratislava Castle. The Castle was first built in the 9th century to protect the city and has been rebuilt and added two in different styles and different rulers over the centuries. Today it houses the Slovak National Museum and the views from the upper terrace a well worth the short trip from the Danube River
below.Eat, Shop, and Relax
While better known for its wine, Bratislava’s social scene has recently included a craft beer movement. The capital’s coffee culture dates back to when aristocrats used to meet in the town square, still one of the best places to find a great cup of coffee and people watch. The city’s restaurants serve a wide range of traditional dishes including wild boar, pierogi, rabbit leg in red wine sauce with forest mushrooms and potato herb dumplings, and goulash soup. International offerings include Thai, Mediterranean, and French fare.
The Central Market Mileticova is one of the city’s best outdoor markets taking place on Saturdays. In addition to fruits and vegetables, there are stalls selling clothes, souvenirs, and items seldom found elsewhere. Bratislava also has a wide range of shopping outlets found across town including fashion shops, malls, and art, ceramic, and glassware stores.
The Slovak National Collection of Wine is the place to learn about the county’s best wines AND houses the top 100 bottles from the country in association with the Museum of Viticulture. Self-guided tours and different tasting courses make this a place to relax and enjoy the fruits of the region’s labors.
For more information about Danube river cruises that include Bratislava as a port of call and how Adventure Life can help arrange a trip based around your interests, contact a member of our team.