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Bratislava Castle

Explore an iconic symbol of the city, an imposing fortress that is known for its stunning architecture, gorgeous vistas and fascinating exhibitions.

No matter where you are in the city, Bratislava Castle is impossible to miss, dominating the landscape from its hilltop setting. Four white towers mark the corners of this grand, rectangular palace, which stands directly above the Danube River. Admire the view from the banks of the river then venture inside the massive defensive structure to roam its halls and browse exhibitions on Slovakian history.

The castle dates backs to the 9th century and since that time has undergone numerous renovations, restorations and expansions. The work continues to this day following a devastating fire in the 19th century, although the building remains open to the public.

Go for a stroll around the castle grounds, stopping by the courtyard. This space is occasionally used to host plays and concerts, mostly during the summer. Book tickets and you may be able to see Shakespeare under the stars or a classical music concert.

See the impressive gates, such as the 16th-century Nicholas Gate and the Sigmund Gate, a 15th-century construction. Climb to the highest tower of the castle to enjoy panoramas of the city. Look north for views of the Carpathian Mountains in the distance and the old town below. Note the diversity of architectural styles evident in the castle, including Baroque and medieval elements.

The castle houses the Museum of History, which chronicles the development of Slovakia from the Middle Ages to the present day. There are more than 250,000 objects in its collections. Browse paintings, textiles, glass and ceramic pieces that are hundreds of years old.

To get to Bratislava Castle, ride the trolleybus to the Hrad stop. From there, it’s just a 2-minute walk to the castle. Parking is available, for a fee, in the lot nearby. There is also a free parking lot beneath the rock the castle sits on. An admission fee is required to access the museum, but you can wander the grounds and gardens for free.

Popular Activities at Bratislava Castle

How about making your stop at Bratislava Castle even more memorable? Don't forget to try a few of these things to do:

For many more things to do, have a look at our Bratislava things to do page.


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Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava $79
Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava

Hviezdoslavovo Nam 3, Bratislava
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Slovak National Theater, Primate's Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Bratislava Castle and New Bridge (Novy Most) are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bratislava Central Station is 27 minutes by foot.

    LOFT Hotel Bratislava $71
    LOFT Hotel Bratislava

    LOFT Hotel Bratislava

    Štefánikova 4, Bratislava
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Presidential Palace, Slavin Monument, and Primate's Palace. St. Martin's Cathedral and Natural History Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bratislava Central Station is 11 minutes by foot.

      Marrol's Boutique Hotel $99
      Marrol's Boutique Hotel

      Marrol's Boutique Hotel

      Tobrucka 4, Bratislava
         
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Primate's Palace. St. Martin's Cathedral and Bratislava Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bratislava Central Station is 28 minutes by foot.

        Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava $77
        Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava

        Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava

        Rybné nám 1, Bratislava
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from St. Martin's Cathedral and New Bridge (Novy Most). Primate's Palace and Bratislava Castle are also within 10 minutes. Bratislava Central Station is 27 minutes by foot.

          Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava $73
          Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava

          Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava

          Pilarikova ulica 5, Bratislava
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Bratislava hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Jewish Museum, Primate's Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. New Bridge (Novy Most) and Bratislava Castle are also within 15 minutes. Bratislava Central Station is 20 minutes by foot.

            Mercure Bratislava Centrum Hotel $70
            Mercure Bratislava Centrum Hotel

            Mercure Bratislava Centrum Hotel

            Zabotova 2, Bratislava 1, Bratislava
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Compatriot's Museum (Krajanske Museum) and Slavin Monument. Primate's Palace and St. Martin's Cathedral are also within 2 mi (3 km). Bratislava Central Station is only a 5-minute walk.

              Arcadia Boutique Hotel $90
              Arcadia Boutique Hotel

              Arcadia Boutique Hotel

              Frantiskanska 3, Bratislava
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Bratislava hotel is located in the historical district, just steps from Mirbach Palace and Primate's Palace. St. Martin's Cathedral and New Bridge (Novy Most) are also within 10 minutes. Bratislava Central Station is 22 minutes by foot.

                Grand Hotel River Park, a Luxury Collection Hotel Bratislava $118
                Grand Hotel River Park, a Luxury Collection Hotel Bratislava

                Grand Hotel River Park, a Luxury Collection Hotel Bratislava

                Dvorakovo nabrezie, 6, Bratislava
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Museum of Clocks, Bratislava Castle, and New Bridge (Novy Most). St. Martin's Cathedral and Primate's Palace are also within 1 mi (2 km).