Bratislava Castle sits on the hill overlooking the Old Town and Danube River. This extraordinarily large rectangular building was once a ruin after a brutal fire burnt it down in 1811. According to history, the Celts were the first inhabitants in this area. Though it looks plain, palace facade has some fragments of Rennaissance and Gothic elements of style.
Unfortunately for me, the castle was closed on the day I visited there – so I have no idea what it looks like inside. However, the gardens and the shades around the palace is a cool refuge from the summer heat.
In the 18th century, the most revered ruler of that time, Maria Theresa lived here. She had a huge family, but all of them took care of this place like no one else.
Under its soil are buried archaeological marvels of the period of Celtic tribes (ancient tribes of Slovakia). There is an excavation going on in the surroundings of the castle and many worthy artifacts are being discovered.
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The sunset from this castle is almost magical. Those who want a romantic dose of the setting sun huddle in the courtyard and witness a true exhibition of nature.
After you’ve explored everything, exit at the back and rest at the quiet garden that is well-manicured. On the side of the castle, there are trees where you can sit and relax under the shade.
The castle still holds a keen position in the politics of Slovakia and its 1st floor in the southern part, to be particular has accommodation for the National Council of Slovak Republic. It even has furniture from the 16th century.
The northern part of the castle has a Music Hall. Numerous concerts are held here and visitors can’t have enough of it.
On a clear day, if you look closely, you’ll find the Austrian Alps looking at you with a firm gaze. The height of the castle allows you to see what lies 100 km ahead and that’s just amazing.
Since Bratislava is situated close to the borders with Hungary and Austria, the castle becomes the only in the world near a border.
Go around the castle and walk to the concrete fort/wall fence to see the Old Town of Bratislava. St Martin Cathedral dominates the skyline and at a far distance, the UFO-looking tower demands attention for its modern, but unique architecture.
Bratislava is pretty cheap, so you can indulge yourself by staying in a nice hotel. Radisson Blu Bratislava is right smack in the center of the city and you’ll never regret staying here. If you are a backpacker, Hostel Brickyard is just a few steps from the train station and the bus stop that goes to the airport is also a few steps from here. I’d recommend this if you have an early flight or early train schedule. However, the location is around 1.2 kilometers to the city center which I think is reasonable and a good way to know the city on foot.