Town hall stands in very center of Bratislava. It is quite different from other buildings around due to baroque tower. Anyway, town hall is older than Baroque period. It was built starting from 14th century, most of buildings are from Gothic times, also Renaissance. So, visit also the inner yard of town hall, that is arched one.
Nowadays town hall houses Bratislava city museum, I would like to visit it if I go there next time.
The Old Town Hall (the oldest in Slovakia) is a complex of buildings built in 1370 and with bits added on over the years. In the background is Jacob’s tower, from 1370. Since 1868 it has housed the Municipal Museum which includes an atmospheric dungeon.
Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday to Sunday: 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
The Old Town Hall was built in the 1421, joining a number of burgher houses. In the chapel of St Ladislav unique wall paintings from the 15th century are preserved. A renaissance arcade was added to the building in 1581.
It has undergone several reconstructions over the centuries.
You can take a city tour starting from the Old Town Square. You will then have the opportunity to ride in such an old car like the one in the picture.
The Primatial Palace (about 25m from this marker) was built between 1777 and -81 for Cardinal Józef Batthyány, Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary. He used it as his winter palace. On top of the roof, above the entrance, is a 150kg cast-iron cardinal's hat.
It is currently the seat of the mayor.
The old Town Hall is made up of a number of buildings, some of which date from the 1300s. Of course, it has undergone many additions and changes over the centuries. and i is now the Bratislava City Museum. From my exploration of the buildings (exterior only) , I think it is pretty obvious that they have been recently restored and renovated.
But there are some lovely, and some ancient, touches still to be found: two obviously original Romanesque lions guard the entrance which leads from Primacialne Namestie (where you will find the pink Primate's Palace); dragons (or lizards?) and bats are carved into the stonework; an arched, first-floor gallery runs around part of the internal courtyard.
If you enter the museum (I didn't) it is possible to climb the tower for views of the city.
Well worth a wander round, even if you don't want to visit the museum.
While we stopped at the Cafe Mayer on the corner, we watched all the folks shopping through the little booths set up with handicrafts and such. One booth had handmade tin soldiers and another had handmade candies.....
Our guide was nice enough to give us advice not to rub the top of this little guy's head, as is the common thing for tourists to do (for luck I guess) as she says this little top-knot on the Peeper's head is the favorite place for local dogs to do their business, so to speak---not a place I would want my children touching !!! So take a photo and walk on by!
A small square lined with pretty buildings with ornate and colourful facades, Bratislava's main square is overlooked by its shy, retiring town hall. The Old Town Hall (Stará radnica) is pleasant, easily mistaken for a church, and doesn't stand out from the crowd of buildings in the square at all. It does contain the city's museum, though, so it's worth seeking out.
The other main piece in the square is the Roland Fountain, constructed by Maximillian II, the King of Hungary 1572. It's one of the most famous landmarks in Slovakia, and a popular meeting point.
The Palace, built in 1778 and located in the centre of Old Town is considered as one the most beautiful building in Bratislava. Its pale pink and white exterior is topped with various marble statues and a large cast iron cardinal’s hat. The hat is a symbol of the Archbishop, for whom the palace was built, and of the various cardinals who lived here throughout the years.
A very special point of interest is the fountain and statue of St. George in the courtyard and the St. Ladislaus chapel. The palace is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10am to 5pm, and admission is 40SK.
Originally the site of a towered house in the 14th century, the old town hall arose in the 15th century by connecting several burgher houses, and then went through several reconstructions in the course of the centuries. After the earthquake of 1599, it was reconstructed in Renaissance style, while the town-hall tower was rebuilt in baroque style in the 18th century. In 1912 the rear wing was constructed in neo-renaissance style from the side of the courtyard, and neo-gothic style from the side of the Primacial square.
Today it hosts the Bratislava City Museum, displaying exhibitions of Bratislava's history.
Bratislava's Old Town Hall (Slovak: Stará radnica, Hungarian: régi városháza) is one of the oldest stone buildings in Bratislava, and the oldest city hall in Slovakia.
The principal building adjacent to the tower was built by the city mayor Jakab in the 14th century, while the tower itself (originally Gothic) was erected in the late 13th century.
The town-hall tower was of defensive nature. At the bottom, you can find a table with the date of February 1850, marking the high water level when the Danube flooded. Left of the Gothic window, there is immured a cannon ball commemorating the attacks of Napoleonic troops in 1809. At the corner of the tower, the statue of Madonna of 1676 is located.
This 13th century building served many purposes, such as being the town hall as well as the see of the semi-autonomus Pressburg Administration. By Acquisition of a neighbouring building, it has grown into a complex mixing late gothic architecture with Baroque and Art Nouveau. Also, Primate’s Palace is part of the complex. The well-known tower was added in the 14th century, but it was damaged by a fire and replaced in the 18th century by today’s baroque style one. Today, the city museum is located in a medeival part of the building, while a hall for official and cultural events is located in the Primate’s Palace. A wine museum is also located in this complex.
A replica of the old guardhouse now stands on the place where the original one was. It was in use from 1767 until it burnt down in 1860. Now, there’s nothing to guard in that old-fashioned way – perhaps with exception of the japanese embassy which is right behind the guardhouse :)
The main square is also one of the main places for tourist attractions, making it one of the most touristy places in Bratislava. During the high season, a small market takes place here where you can buy the one or other souvenir. There is a legend about the Roland fountain in the middle of it. People say, that the figure on its top rotates its year on January 1st, but that it can only be seen by people born in Bratislava J . The only true thing is that the Roland figure depicts hungarian king Maximilian II and was placed there in 1572. Other sights include the Napoleonic soldier and the old guard house. During the cold war, it was named the “Square of April 4th” after the day when Bratislava was liberated from the Nazis by the Soviet Army. Not that Bratislava’s citizens didn’t like to be liberated, but they didn’t like the Soviet influence either…