Bratislava Architecture Guide

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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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Bratislava by Night: Walking Tour

Experience the magic of Bratislava by evening on this 2-hour walking tour. With an expert guide, stroll the grounds of Bratislava Castle for sweeping views of the Old Town below. Then, delve into the Old Town to see top Bratislava sights including the Reduta and Slovak National Theatre. Finish at the soaring UFO Observation Deck to absorb glittering views of the city, Danube River and Devin Castle, and enjoy a drink at the UFO restaurant. Entrance fees, apart from admission to the UFO deck, are at your own expense.
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Grand City Tour of Bratislava

See the highlights of Bratislava on this convenient old town, and castle combo tour. Ride in an old-fashioned Presporacik with a convertible top around town. Go by popular sites like the Slovak National Theater, the upside-down pyramid, and more. At the Baratislava Castle, walk around the grounds, and enjoy its scenic views.
  • Duration: 1 hour 35 minutes
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Bratislava City Tour with Optional Devin Castle Visit

Discover the center of Slovakian culture and history on this 3-hour tour of Bratislava. Led by a local guide, explore St Martin’s Cathedral and the historic Main Square in the city’s Old Town. See the neoclassical architecture of the Primatial Palace and, if open, admire its interior Hall of Mirrors. Afterward, enjoy a scenic drive past Bratislava’s top landmarks, including the Slavín War Memorial and Bratislava Castle. To tour the medieval Devín Castle, upgrade your ticket to include a visit (own expense) after your city tour is finished.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Bratislava City Highlights Walking Tour

Get to know the best of historical Bratislava on a 1-hour city walking tour. With a knowledgeable local guide to lead you around and tell you fascinating stories about Bratislava’s past, discover the highlights of the charm-laden, cobbled Old Town. Stroll around bustling Main Square to see the Old Town Hall, and admire top Bratislava attractions including the elegant Primatial Palace, St Martin’s Cathedral and Franciscan Square, with its pastel-painted Baroque townhouses. This tour is a perfect option if you’re short on time or a first-time visitor to Bratislava.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Private Tour: Bratislava Walking Tour

Experience the center of Slovakia’s history and culture on a private, 3-hour tour of Bratislava. Led by a local guide, stroll past the historic landmarks of St Michael’s Gate, the Primatial Palace and the Main Square in the city’s Old Town. After exploring on foot, hop in the car to continue sightseeing, driving past the distinct blue hues of St Elisabeth Church and the Presidential Palace. Enjoy stops at Napoleon’s Hill and Bratislava Castle for sweeping views of the city before being dropped off back at your hotel. 
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Bratislava Candy Shop and Walking Tour

Add some instant family-friendly fun to your Bratislava sightseeing without having to arrange anything yourself with this walking and candy shop tour. See the sights of the Old Town as a guide brings them alive with stories and secrets the kids will love. Then, visit a candy store to see how lollipops and caramels are created, and try making your own lollipop. Choose from various departures to suit you.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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The Secrets of Bratislava's Old Town Interactive Game Experience

Explore Bratislava’s Old Town in a unique way with this interactive game experience. Learn about Bratislava’s history as you solve 10 clues on your phone that take you to monuments, landmarks, and hidden gems, all within walking distance. The game can be played on multiple phones at once, and it is recommended that you have 2-5 people per team.
  • Duration: 1 day
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