WELCOME TO BRATISLAVA
THE HEART OF EUROPE
Bratislava may be a small city, but it definitely has a big heart. Majestic palaces tower over the tiny cafes, romantic fountains and popular statues all over the historic center. Almost all the most important sights are located within minutes of each other, making it a perfect tourist
The historic sights, cozy cafes, fountains, statues and tourists strolling the streets add to the city’s atmosphere. The closest that can be easily reached on foot include the castle with breathtaking views from its courtyard, the UFO observation tower on SNP Bridge, St. Martin’s Dome, here coronations of the Hungarian monarchs were held and the Korzo promenade with tiny tourist shops, cafes and restaurants.
Grand Hotel River Park, designed by Erick van Egeraat is uniquely positioned on the bank of the Danube River as part of the River Park complex, just minutes from Bratislava´s Old Town, where the major attractions are located, about 10 km away from Bratislava airport and only 58 km from Vienna International Airport, which is just around a 30-minute drive by car.
Sightseeing cruises on the river Danube give you the opportunity to enjoy the panorama of Bratislava right from the deck of our speedboats. Enjoy a great Bratislava boat trip and sail through historical and modern partsof Bratislava riverbank during the day or enjoy its magic duringevening cruises.
The Christmas market in Bratislava has a long tradition and is a great place for people getting together for eating and drinking traditional dishes and drinks as well as maybe do some small shopping. It is always pretty crowded and having a great atmosphere. Around 100 booths are opened every year.
The construction of the UFO was completed in 1972. The unique structure is 85m high with a restaurant at the top. There are two ways to climb up and enjoy the views – by the elevator placed in one arm or the 430 step staircase in the other. The total weight of the steel building together with the pylon is 7 537 tons. It is said that the former communist regime actually banned climbing to the top of the tower in order to prevent the inhabitants from even thinking about escaping the country. Nowadays you can freely enjoy amazing views over the city for a small fee.
St. Martin’s Cathedral
A copy of the Hungarian royal crown as we know it from the very top of Bratislava’s largest cathedral was created by Pressburg goldsmiths sometime around 1870. The 300 kg crown is located 85 m above the ground, together with a cross measuring 2.7 meters. The pillow below the royal crown has a spectacular 2 x 2 meters. During its most important era, ten Hungarian kings, one queen and eight royal wives were crowned here. You can also visit the crypts beneath the cathedral that were used for the burials of church dignitaries until the end of the 19th century.
Prešporáčik – Bratislava Tourist Train
The only vehicle allowed to drive through the city’s oldest parts has become a symbol of Bratislava. With a retractable roof, folding windows and audio guides in multiple languages, it can take you the through the beauty of the city in about 50 minutes.