Breath-taking Bratislava Castle dominates the city skyline and sits above the Danube River on a rocky hill. One of the most popular attractions in Bratislava, it offers visitors an understanding of Slovakia's history as well as an outstanding view of the surrounding city, and Austria and Hungary on a clear day.
Explore the past at Bratislava Castle
First built in the 15th century, the distinct white palace perched above the Danube River
is one of Europe's finest landmarks. The massive rectangular building is flanked on each side by four large corner towers, making Bratislava Castle an almost impenetrable fortress. Once home to the Hungarian monarchy, Bratislava Castle suffered extensive damage in 1811 from a fire, and restoration of the building did not begin again until 1956.
Today, Bratislava Castle is undergoing a five-year restoration to provide a more up-to-date and accessible interior. In the meantime, travelling museum exhibitions, as well as the Slovak National Museum, can give visitors a glimpse of the past and teach them more about the legends inside the castle walls.
Visiting Bratislava Castle
Open year-round, Bratislava Castle is easily accessible in the heart of the city centre. While restoration of the castle takes place, sections of the interior are closed to visitors; however, the beautiful grounds, exterior fortifications and impressive views are still ready and waiting to be discovered.
This hotel in Bratislava is only a short walk from the castle, making it the perfect base for anyone who wants to get out and explore historic Bratislava.