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Hlavne Square

Stately buildings, statues and a popular Christmas market are the top draws of this beautiful plaza in Bratislava’s old town.

Hlavne Square enjoys a fabulous location in the old town, just a few paces from the Danube River, Bratislava Castle and other landmark sites. It is a good starting point from which to explore Slovakia’s exciting capital, but before you do, take in the square’s numerous attractions.

Look around the square to appreciate the attractive and ornate façades of some of the old buildings, including the Paluďaiov Palace and the Palace of the Hungarian Exchange Bank.

Stop by the Old Town Hall, which dates back to the 13th century. Inside is a branch of the Bratislava City Museum. View exhibits that cover events from the Neolithic era through to the present day. Then climb the stone tower for views of the old town. Go next door to the Apponyi House to learn about the history of winemaking in and around Bratislava.

Walk to the middle of the square to look over Maximilian’s Fountain, also known as the Roland Fountain. The 16th-century water feature is crowned by a statue of Maximilian II, ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. According to legend, the figure moves at midnight on New Year’s Eve.

See other sculptures dotted around the square, including a woman pouring water from a jug. In front of the French Embassy is a life-size bronze figure of one of Napoleon’s soldiers leaning on a bench.

The square hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including comedy performances, classical music concerts and food festivals. The biggest draw is the Christmas market. Visit in late November or December when the square is filled with stalls selling handcrafted goods, ceramics, wood carvings and lots of gift ideas. As you browse, sip on fruit punch and honey wine.

Hlavne Square is in the center of Bratislava’s old town and is well served by public transportation. Car parking is tricky in the area, with few spaces. However, there is parking available, for a fee, in garages near some of the big hotels. Return to the square at night for a drink in a café and to see it lit up.


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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.

    Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava $91
    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.

      Marrol's Boutique Hotel $90
      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.

        Arcadia Boutique Hotel $89
        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.

          Mercure Bratislava Centrum Hotel $61
          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.

            Park Inn by Radisson Danube Bratislava $71
            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 $65
              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.

                Art Hotel William $66
                Art Hotel William

                Art Hotel William

                Laurinska 17, Bratislava
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Old Town, this hotel is steps from Johann Nepomuk Hummel Museum and Primate's Palace. St. Martin's Cathedral and Bratislava Castle are also within 15 minutes. Bratislava Central Station is 23 minutes by foot.