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Bratislava Architecture Guide

By Viator, August 2014

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As the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava has a photogenic jumble of architectural styles that is testament to the city’s ancient history. By the year 907 AD, there was already a castle on Old Town’s central hill, and the atmospheric ruins of Devín Castle also date from around the time of the Moravian Empire in the early 10th century. In the Starý Mesto (Old Town) itself, the historic heart of this compact city reveals Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque palaces, churches and defense towers scattered around airy piazzas and narrow lanes lined with Baroque townhouses in pastel rainbow shades.

But time has not stood still in Bratislava; brash, modern shopping malls such as Eurovea are springing up in the workaday city outskirts, as are stylish restaurants and bars in their scores along the Danube waterfront. In the residential suburb of Petržalka, Soviet apartment blocks stand in rows as evidence of the post-World War II Soviet occupation of the country, which only ended with the Velvet Revolution of 1989. Linking old Bratislava with the new across the Danube is the sleek Nový Most (New Bridge), one of the Communist era’s few architectural successes; atop the bridge’s single pylon is the circular UFO Observation Deck, guaranteed to provide panoramic views of the red roofs of the Starý Mesto and out across the city suburbs.

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Bratislava by Night: Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Admire the beauty and history of Bratislava by night on a walking tour. A resident guide will lead you up a hill to Bratislava Castle and through the ...  Read more

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $81.09
Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna, Vienna, Night Tours

Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

4 star rating: Recommended 475 Reviews

While in Vienna, don’t miss the opportunity to visit another European capital, the beautiful city of Bratislava in Slovakia. On this day trip, your ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $67.76
Bratislava City Highlights Walking Tour, Bratislava, Day Trips

Bratislava City Highlights Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Hit the historical highlights of Bratislava on this 1-hour walking tour. Learn about Slovakian culture and history as a professional guide takes you through ...  Read more

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $38.61

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