Primatial Palace (Primaciálny Palác) Tours

Bratislava’s finest Neo-classical palace is tucked behind the Old Town Hall on Primaciálne námestie in the Old Town, and even today its majestic façade still glows with shades of pink and honey. It was built by Melchior Hefele as a residence suitable for powerful Hungarian Archbishop József Batthyány in 1781 and is situated around a courtyard filled with classical statues, plus a fountain depicting St George slaying the dragon. Batthyány’s coat of arms appears above the ornate pediment over the palace’s main entrance.

Today parts of the palace are given over to the city’s mayoral office but several sumptuous apartments are open to the public, including a gallery containing a few nondescript paintings plus a truly exceptional selection of fine English tapestries dating from the 1630s, with their mythological subject matter singing out in bright, jewel-like colors. The palace’s most famous room, the Hall of Mirrors, is on the first floor and is where, in 1805, the Treaty of Pressburg was signed with Napoleon after the Battle of Austerlitz, which brought about the end of the Holy Roman Empire.

Practical Info

The Primatial Palace is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission costs €1.30.
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Address: Primaciálne námestie 1, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
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Admission: €1.30
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2 Hour Sightseeing Tour of Bratislava

Visit the most-popular sites in historic Old Town Bratislava on this stress-free walking tour. Lead by a local guide, learn the history of the area and pick up some Slovak words as you wander through Old Town. Make stops at Old Town Hall, Primate's Palace, medieval fortifications, art galleries, and more. Choose from a convenient morning or afternoon departure.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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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.
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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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