Hlavna Namestie, Bratislava

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    Charming City Centre Square

    by EasyMalc Written Nov 23, 2014

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    Hlavne Namestie (Main Square) is generally regarded as the centre of Bratislava and a perfect introduction to the city.
    The 15th cent Old Town Hall stands sentinel over the square but came under fire itself when Napoleon laid siege to the city in 1809. Further up the square on the right hand side is one of Napoleon’s soldiers leaning over a bench and a popular figure to have a photograph taken with.
    If you follow the soldier’s gaze across the square you will see the Maximillian Fountain. Maximillian II was the first Hungarian king to be crowned in Bratislava back in the 16th century and apparently every New Year’s Eve he rotates on top of the fountain to raise a salute in all four directions. Only female virgins are able to witness this phenomenon, but if you’re here and don’t witness the event don’t blame me - I’m only the messenger!
    Behind the Maximillian Fountain are some fine Art Nouveau buildings which help to make this charming square an idea starting point for a tour of the Old Town. Much of the area is traffic-free but you won’t fail to notice the ’Little Red Trains’ that will transport you through the Old Town should you wish to take the easier option.

    Maximillian Fountain
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    Main square in Old town

    by Odiseya Updated Feb 17, 2014

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    Old town in Bratislava is such a charming place.It looks like many other European Old town but still it has a something special. It is enough big and it is surrounding with nice buildings and small cafes.

    Main landmarks you could found here are the Old Town Hall and Roland Fountain.

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    Main Square

    by muratkorman Written Oct 14, 2011

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    This is the main square in the Old Town where you can find the Old Town Hall, the french soldier bronze statue and some pretty buildings with amazing facades. The Roland Fountain constructed by the Hungarian king Maximillian II is the other interesting spot of this small square.

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    Hlavné námestie

    by MATIM Written May 17, 2007

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    A view from Frantiskánske námestie towards the secession bank Palace dated 1906,which was developed from the original neo-baroque Palugay palace built in 1882. An atmospheric traditional yearly christmas market takes place on the square.

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    Picture Perfect - The Old Town

    by Ekaterinburg Updated Jan 21, 2007

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    No matter how many European cities I visit, I never get tired of the 'Old Town' syndrome.
    Almost all of them have 'old towns' and most of them are very touristy but it doesn't matter. The first whiff of a little cobbled street and some quirky gabled roofs and I'm sucked in. I suppose this is a direct result of living in Ireland where, although we have really spectacular scenery, quaint old town centres are definitely few and far between. Bratislava's Old Town was well up to picturesque standards and of course the whole Christmas market thing added greatly to my pleasure. All around the Old Town Hall and Hlavne namestie, Frantiskanske namestie, Michalska Street, Kapitulska Street etc., you couldn't wish for more beautiful atmospheric streets, squares and buildings. This Old Town has plenty of street cafes and restaurants but I think outside of the main square is considerably less touristy than most 'old towns' I've visited. Another unusual feature of this visit for me, was that for once, I hurried away from the 'Old Town' to get to the more historically and (for me) architecturally interesting 'New Town".

    Christmas market on Old Town main square
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    Hlavna Namestie

    by barryg23 Updated Sep 24, 2006

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    The main square (Hlavna Namestie) is always busy with people. It contains some of the most impressive buildings in the city, including the Town Hall at one end and an Art-Nouveau style building at the opposite end. Also look out for the impressive fountain near the centre of the square, and the statue of a very Napoleon like Frenchman near one of the benches, yet another of Bratislava's quirky street statues.

    Fountain in Hlavna Namestie Hlavna Namestie from Town Hall Tower Statue of the Frenchman Building on Hlavna Namestie Old Town Hall

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    THE OLD TOWNThe old town is...

    by SirRichard Written Sep 12, 2002

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    THE OLD TOWN
    The old town is the only interesting place for tourists. To get there from the Railway Station, go down Stefanikova Street and you'll be there in no more than 10 minutes.
    My favourite places here were:
    - Michalska Brana: a wonderful old tower in the north side of old town.
    - Hlavne Namesti: a quiet nice square. In one of the benches you can find a curious statue of Napoleon looking at the visitors.
    - Hviezdoslavovo Nam.: In this long main square stands the Theatre Slovenske Nar. Divadlo.

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