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Bratislava Architecture Guide

By Viator, May 2018

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From the colorful medieval buildings of the Old Town to communist-era apartment blocks of the Petržalka neighborhood and modern high-rises towering over the Danube River, Bratislava’s diverse skyline reflects centuries of architectural history. Here are the must-see buildings in the Slovakian capital.
 
Primatial Palace
Built by architect Melchior Hefele in the 18th century, the Primatial Palace is one of the architectural highlights of Bratislava Old Town. Its fanciful neoclassical facade is a vision of pale pink and gold; inside is an impressive Hall of Mirrors and a collection of rare 17th-century English tapestries.

Blue Church 
The Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary is better known as the Blue Church for its distinctive powder-blue facade and lavishly decorated blue-and-gold interior. Built in the early 20th century by Budapest architect Edmund Lechner, it’s an art nouveau masterpiece.

Slovak Radio Building
Shaped like a gigantic upside-down pyramid, the Slovak Radio Building attracts attention from miles around. Designed by local architects Štefan Svetko, Štefan Ďurkovič, and Barnabáš Kissling, it’s most atmospheric at night, when it’s dramatically illuminated. 

St. Martin’s Cathedral
Standing at the heart of the Old Town, St. Martin’s Cathedral is known as the coronation site of 19 Hungarian monarchs. The three-nave Gothic cathedral was built on the site of a 13th-century Romanesque church, making it one of Bratislava’s oldest churches. 

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Perched on a manmade peninsula that stretches out into the Danube River, the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum is an award-winning complex featuring a modern ship-inspired building surrounded by landscaped gardens and an eclectic selection of contemporary sculptures.

Eurovea
The modern shopping mall of Eurovea is a sprawling complex of shops, offices, and cafés located along the Danube riverfront. Architectural highlights include the striking glass-panelled central tower and the glass canopied roof, while the surrounding park is dotted with sculptures by English artist Colin Spofforth.

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Grand City Tour of Bratislava

The bestseller for tourists is a combination of the Old Town Tour and the Castle Tour. When you have finished a ride through the historic center, you can taste ...  Read more

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 95 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.56
Bratislava by Night: Walking Tour, Bratislava, City Tours
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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 $76.13
Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna, Vienna, Night Tours
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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

4 star rating: Recommended 480 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 $63.61
The Secrets of Bratislava's Old Town Interactive Game Experience, Bratislava, Day Trips
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The Secrets of Bratislava's Old Town Interactive Game Experience

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Unlock the mysteries of Bratislava’s Old Town with this interactive game experience. Solve 10 clues on your phone that take you on an exploration of the ...  Read more

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $23.56
Bratislava City Highlights Walking Tour, Bratislava, City Tours
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Bratislava City Highlights Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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 $36.25
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Private Tour: Bratislava Walking Tour

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Discover the best of Bratislava on this 3-hour private tour of Slovakia’s beautiful capital. With a private guide beside you, walk through the delightful ...  Read more

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.66
Bratislava City Tour with Optional Devin Castle Visit, Bratislava, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Bratislava City Tour with Optional Devin Castle Visit

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Get acquainted with Bratislava 3-hour sightseeing tour. Delve into Bratislava Old Town to see showstoppers such as Main Square and St Martin’s Cathedral. ...  Read more

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
Duration: 3 or 5 hours

From USD $88.13

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