Bratislava Castle, Bratislava

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    by plavajabuka Updated Jun 30, 2014

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    Castle Bratislavský hrad is located 100 meters above the Danube, its present appearance got in the 15th century. From the castle you can see Austria on 3 km southwest and in the nice weather Hungary on 13 km south.
    There is a monument to Svatopluk- the Slovak national hero and a great founder of the Slovak state in the 18th century.

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    Bratislava Castle

    by Odiseya Written Feb 21, 2014
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    Bratislava Castle (Slovak: Bratislavský hrad) is main landmark in city. By its design it is very simple, unique and some how it is very familiar. During my travelings trough Europe I saw similar fortifications and historical sights. It looks to me as combination of Spielberg of Brno, Kalemegdan from Belgrade and Petrovaradin fortress.

    I visit castle by organized tour bus and it was first stop in city after leaving luggage at the hotel. Sadly it was a rainy day in May.

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    Castle of Bratislava

    by Raimix Updated Dec 15, 2013

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    Bratislava castle I am sure is the most known symbol of Bratislava and probably whole Slovakia. This stronghold is know from 9th century. For Kingdom of Hungary it was one of the central castles. In1531 – 1783 it was even main castle for Hungarian kings, when Ottomans occupied territory where is Hungary nowadays. in 16th century it was decorated in Early Baroque style. Anyway, castle stopped its well-being in the beginning of 19th century, when it was bombarded by Napoleon army, also it had big fire.

    Even now it is under reconstruction, but it is already possible to see a few exhibitions inside. I took a chance to see exhibition of Slovak treasures and picture gallery.

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    Bratislava Castle - Bratislavský hrad

    by grayfo Updated Jan 16, 2013

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    The castle was originally built as a frontier post for the Roman Empire; a later version was built by King Sigismund in the 15th century, with another being built by Empress Maria Theresa in the 18th century. This castle burnt down in 1811 leaving only ruins and it took until 1956-68 when the castle was rebuilt to its current format. The castle is located on a hill overlooking the river Danube, the southern-most hill of the Small Carpathian Mountains. There are two ways to walk up to the castle - up Beblaveho Street from the Old Town or from Mudronova Street by the Slovak Parliament building up at the hill. The castle is now also home to the Slovak National Museum.

    Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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    The Castle.

    by Askla Updated Dec 10, 2012

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    The first known inhabitants on the hill were the Celts who founded a fortified settlement called "Oppidum" in the Late Stoneage. The border of the Roman Empire - Limes Romanus - ran through the are for over four centuries. The castle was first mentioned in written reference in 907, in association with a battle between Bavarians and Hungarians.
    During the centuries different tribes and rulers have built and rebuilt castles and fortresses on the site. In the 15th century, in the reign of Sigismund of Luxembourg, a castle was built in Gothic style as an anti-Hussite fortress.(The period of the Hussite War 1420 - 34) During this period, a new entrance to the castle was built on the eastern side – Sigismund's Gate – while 7-metre-thick fortifications were constructed on the western side, and a castle well was dug in 1437.
    Empress Maria-Theresa of Austria, had the castle furnished for her son-in-law governor Albert of Saxony and Tessen, who collected a huge amount of art. His collection was later moved to Vienna where it was transformed into the Albertina Gallery we can visit today.

    A fire devastated the castle in 1811 so therefore the most of what we can see now is a reconstruction from works carried out between 1953 and -68.

    The castle hosts the Historical Museum as well as the Archaeological Museum, the most valuable object in the latter being the Moravian Venus carved from a mammoth tusk which is estimated to be almost 25.000 years old.

    Opening hours to the museums and the castle itself:
    Tuesday - Sunday 09.00 - 17.00
    Take bus 203 or 207 to get there.

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    Bratislava Castle

    by hungariangirl896 Written Jul 10, 2012

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    Bratislava Castle is a nice place to walk around and offers great views. Many people consider this the "trademark" building of the city, since a castle has stood here for hundreds of years. To some it may not be (architecturally) interesting because it looks very simple (and was recently renovated), but it is still a very beautiful site. One of the more notable residents was Maria Theresa of Austria.

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    Bratislava Castle

    by IreneMcKay Updated Jun 23, 2012

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    Bratislava Castle is perched on a hill just outside the old town. It is a pretty white building with a museum inside. We did not visit the museum. I think it was closed when we visited. The castle has quite nice gardens but the main reason to visit is for the lovely views over the Danube and the old town.

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    Bratislava Castle

    by antistar Updated Oct 24, 2011

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    The Old Town, from Bratislava Castle
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    Bratislava Castle is a huge complex that overlooks the city and the Danube and dominates both. The castle can trace its history back almost 5000 years, but the current incarnation was rebuilt from the ruins that existed here up until the 1950s.

    This history of the castle, and the whole country, can be explored in the Slovak National Museum contained within the complex. But the most enjoyable part of the castle is walking along its walls and enjoying the fantastic views.

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    The best spot for Bratislava panaroma

    by muratkorman Written Oct 14, 2011

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    Bratislava Castle is one of the main landmarks of the city. It has 4 towers and 4 gates namely Sigismund, Vienna, Nicholas and Leopold. The castle had many alterations, destructions and fire in its history, but the latest reconstruction has been done in the late 60s. The castle offers beautiful panaroma over Danube and it's one of the best places to start your Bratislava discovery.

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    Bratislava Castle

    by mallyak Written Dec 21, 2010

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    Bratislava Castle (Slovak: Bratislavský hrad (help·info), German: Pressburger Schloss, Hungarian: Pozsonyi Vár) is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia.

    The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on a quite isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. It is an outstanding feature of the city.

    It provides an excellent view of Bratislava, of Austria and, when there is good weather, of Hungary. Many legends are connected with the history of the castle.

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    Brilliant Bratislava

    by amandajayne81 Updated Oct 17, 2009

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    In the gorgeous old town centre

    This is a forum answer to a question wondering what to do with a day in Bratislava....

    We did a morning trip from Vienna to Bratislava and back all in about 4 hours. I would have loved to have had more time but this is what I would recommend from my brief visit.

    1-2 hours at the Castle. Take in the view looking back over Austria and also over the city/river into Hungary.

    1 hour in the Primate Palace it was pretty interesting especially the massive wall hanging tapestries.

    Allow several hours in the main part of the old city to really walk around and get a feel for it. There are obviously heaps more things to do that I am unaware of but these three were ones I enjoyed.

    Great city with a lovely feel. I hope to return one day.

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    Bratislava Castle

    by georeiser Updated May 23, 2009

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    Bratislava Castle is located on a plateau, 85 meters on a rocky hill above the rest of the city. It provides an excellent view of Bratislava. The Castle is a big massive rectangular building with four corner towers and a courtyard with an 80 m deep water well.

    The 3rd floor houses the exposition History of Slovakia.

    The 1st floor in the southern part of the building houses the rooms of Slovak parliament

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    See Austria and Hungary from Bratislava Castle!

    by jumpingnorman Updated Feb 1, 2009

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    The Bratislava castle is a massive rectangular building with four corner towers standsing on a rocky hill of the over the Danube river in the center of Bratislava. You can’t miss it!

    And so I went up to see the courtyard and was surprised to see two knights having a swordfight over a damsel in distress! Back into the medieval times --- I guess there was some kind of show and it was nice to see these costumed actors (I think it was a Sunday).

    I would have worn a costume myself if given the opportunity – as the court jester, hehehe….
    Inside is a prehistoric statue called the Venus of Moravany and several other important archeological findings in Slovakia.

    But most importantly, the castle provides a stunning view of Bratislava and even of Austria and Hungary in the distance with good weather!

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    behind the castle

    by Rupanworld Updated Dec 26, 2008

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    Behind the castle and on its side is a nice grassy ground where you can relax. But what made me curious were these brick structures on the side of the castle and I came to know that these are the stone foundations that are all that remains from the original 13th century fortifications on the site.

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    Castle in Bratislava

    by Rupanworld Written Dec 26, 2008

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    Snap taken from the Slovakian parliament
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    The Bratislava castle is built on the top of a hill in Bratislava and can be seen from quite a few locatio ns across the city. The hill is close to the old town. It has been said that this hill has been inhabited ever since the stone ages which, I guess, makes the castle on top more important. Plus the Slovakian Parliament is located right opposite to this castle. For going uphill, you have two options, either to take a tourist bus, or simply walk, I did the latter. It was a bit tiring though, but I was rewarded as I reached the top. I must say here, the view of the castle from the foot of the hill is very impressive while it might seem really unimpressive once you are up there, atleast I found it so. But the place is very nice and calm and has nice grassy ground for tired travellers to relax. the castle has a couple of museums inside it displaying armoury, coins, royal clothes, arts and other archaelogical findings, which were closed during my visit. The castle dates back from the 15th century, however during the early 19th century, it got burnt down and was restored during the communist era.

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