Our Bratislava Castle & Old Town Tour starts with the Old Town takes in all the must-sees of this historic city. Starting at the elegant Opera House, our guide takes you to the charming Main Square dominated by the medieval Old Town Hall and Maximilian Fountain. From the Main Square it takes you pass the Old Town Hall to another quaint square to visit Bratislava‘s largest palace – Primate’s Palace, formerly winter residence of Hungarian archbishops. The priceless complete set of 17th century royal English tapestries here on show was found in the palace during renovation by chance. The tour continues through narrow winding alleys to Michalska ulica with the town’s only preserved town gate - St Michael’s Gate - towering at the street’s top end and burgher houses with romantic courtyards. The following Venturska ulica and surrounding streets are the musicians’ quarter where numerous famous music composers studied, lived or gave concerts, of whom Bartok, Liszt, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven were the among the most famous ones. Afterwards, you visit one of Bratislava’s landmarks and its largest church – the St. Martin’s Cathedral, where during 270 years 19 members of the Habsburg family where crowned to Hungarian kings. From here you continue up the hill to visit the Castle.
Bratislava Castle has been continuously inhabited for more than 2000 years. The oldest parts of the present Castle date from the 13th century, when a border castle was built here by Hungarian king only to be succeeded later by larger and ever more sumptuous structures. For over 270 years the Hungarian Royal Crown Jewels were stored and guarded here. The Castle saw its golden age in the 18th century during the reign of Queen Maria Theresa, when it was transformed into her summer resindence in Hungary. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views of the city and learn more about Bratislava in general.
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"We really knew nothing about Bratislava or Slovakia, and had originally simply decided it was a good halfway point for a night’s rest between Budapest and Prague. What an eye opener your tour was!
We were especially impressed with your analysis and description of the changes in your country.
As a big fan of classical music, I particularly enjoyed seeing all the sites where famous composers visited.
After we said good-bye to you, we went for coffee and cake to Café Meyer. I had the marzipan cake (your wedding cake) and it was sublime!"
J.S., California, USA
Enjoy an expert tour at a leisurely pace through the cobbled streets of historic Bratislava and walk up to the Castle for panoramic views.
Duration: 3 hours