Bratislava castle

Bratislava Castle

Magnificent Bratislava castle is located in the central part of the capital. This is the most recognizable object of the capital of Slovakia. It stays on the hill and rises above the capital.

The history of creation

The hill is situated not far from the Danube river. First building appeared here before Christ. According to the archeologic and historic data, Bratislava Castle was created in the VIII century when this territory was inhabited by the Slavs. The initial castle was wooden and was completely ruined two centuries after its construction. Another stone castle was built there. The construction was strong and reliable. Even the Mongolian army failed to penetrate the fortress.

In the XI century, the complex becomes castle and includes some administration centers of the closest regions. Several years later the authorities have decided to coronate here. At the beginning of the XV century, Bratislava castle becomes the strongest citadel. After a global reconstruction of the complex, it receives magnificent features of the late Gothic style. It includes various buildings, bastions and two-level palace.

Bratislava castle

In the XI century, the complex becomes castle and includes some administration centers of the closest regions. Several years later the authorities have decided to coronate here. At the beginning of the XV century, Bratislava castle becomes the strongest citadel. After a global reconstruction of the complex, it receives magnificent features of the late Gothic style. It includes various buildings, bastions and two-level palace.

Bratislava castle
Presburg 1588

The next reconstructions took place in the middle of the XVI century and in the middle of the XVII century. The complex has received Renaissance and Baroque features.

Bratislava castle
Presburg 1735

The next construction works started in the XVIII century here. Another palace was created for the king’s family. At the end of the same century, the majority of the territory was offered for catholic church needs. In 1811 Bratislava castle was ruined by the fire.

Bratislava castle
Presburg – XIX century

The reconstruction works started 140 years later in 1953. 15 years later the castle received the appearance it had in the XVIII century. The second reconstruction started in 2008. 

Bratislava castle

The goal was to recreate the appearance of the complex it had before the fire. Another goal was to hold all the historical values paying more attention to the most important historical periods including the Great Moravia, Middle Age, and New History.

Bratislava castle

Address: Bratislavský hrad, Zámocká 1, 811 01 Bratislava
GPS: N 48°08’32.9″E 17°05’58.6″

Bratislava castle

Website: http://www.bratislava-hrad.sk

Working hours: from November 1 to March 31, the museum works six days a week (except Monday) from 9.00 to 17.00. The latest tour starts at 16.00. From April 1 to October 31 you can visit the museum six days a week (except Monday) from 10.00 to 18.00. The latest tour starts at 17.00.

Cost: 10.00 EUR, 4.00 EUR for students, 2.00 EUR for pupils, family pass costs 12.00 EUR (1 adult and two children), 20.00 EUR (2 adults 3 children). The yearly pass costs 23.00 EUR. Each first Monday of the month the entrance is free. Special exhibitions have their own cost.

Parking discount is 50% if you buy your ticket you need to show your parking ticket at the entrance

 

Bratislavský Hrad

  1. Hradný palác – castle palace; 2. Čestné nádvorie – honorary courtyard; 3. Leopoldovo nádvorie – Leopold’s courtyard 4. Západná terasa – west terrace; 5. Budova na severných hradbách- building on the northern walls; 6. Budova na Mikulášskej bráne – building at St. Nicholas Gate; 7. Hradná vináreň – castle winehouse; 8. Dom v Južnom bastióne – house in the southern bastion; 9. Nálezy z obdobia Veľkej Moravy – finds from the period of Great Moravia; 10. Viedenská brána – vienna gate; 11. Leopoldová brána s priľahlým opevnením – leopold gate with adjacent fortification; 12. Žigmundova brána – Sigismund’s Gate; 13. Mikulášska brána – St. Nicholas Gate; 14. Bašta Luginsland – bastion luginsland; 15. Oranžéria – orangery; 16. Zimná jazdiareň – winter riding hall; 17. Baroková záhrada – baroque garden

 

 

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