What to do and see in Bratislava Region, Slovakia: The Best Places and Tips

August 31, 2017 Alida England

Bordering both Austria and Hungary and couched between the Danube and the Little Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is a picturesque city whose natural surroundings are rivaled only by its own historic architecture. Dating back centuries, the Old Town is home to numerous historic churches, castles, galleries and museums, including the Museum of Jewish Culture and Bratislava City Museum. The surviving fortifications at Michael's Gate provide a glimpse into the medieval history of the city.
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1. Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

Vodne Dielo | Čunovo, Bratislava 851 10, Slovakia +421 2/625 285 01
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4.5 based on 357 reviews

Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum

One of the most romatic modern art museums in Europe- the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum- is located less than 20 km south of Bratislava. It was founded by the Dutch collector and patron of the arts Gerard Meulensteen and the Slovak gallerist Vincent Polakovič. Since its opening in 2000, the museum has arranged numerous Exhibitions of leading figures of the Slovak, European and world art scene, including Karel Appel, Sam Francis, Miroslav Cipár, Markus Prachensky, Ilona Keserü Ilona, Rudolf Sikora, Martín Chirino, Vladimír Popovič and other artists. The museum has attracted thousands of Slovak and foreign visitors as well as royal visits and leading political, social and above all cultural figures. Its unique location bordering on three countries, and sensitive integration with the surrounding nature and the River Danube provide visitors extraordinary views of exhibited artworks and of the flora and fauna unique to the peninsula of art in every season of the year. The adjoining sculpture park features the Works of a number of artists, among them El Lissitzky, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Jim Dine, Hans van de Bovenkamp, Jozef Jankovič, Arman, Jean- Claude Farhi, Vladimír Kompánek and Rudolf Uher. A magnificent view of Bratislava and the mighty Danube offer unforgettable experiences at sunset. After the completion of the extension, supported by the Government of the Slovak Republic, the museum is a new symbol of modern Bratislava, recommended by prestigious world guide books and social networking websites. See you by the River Danube, friends!

Reviewed By meagle - W.Sussex, England

If visiting Bratislava it's well worth taking the 40 minutes bus ride out of town and spending time in this excellent gallery. Fascinating pieces (mostly Slovakian) nicely presented in this modern and well designed facility. Seemed very quiet mid week but really allows you to lose yourself in the exhibits.

Nedbalova 17, Bratislava 811 01, Slovakia +421 2/207 660 31
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

Nedbalka Gallery

The building of the Nedbalka Gallery hides an impressive interior featuring an internal structure resembling the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Its four floors provide space for a permanent exhibition dedicated to the birth and development of modernism in Slovakia. The history of painting and sculpture in Slovakia in the 20th century is well documented by works by L. Mednyánszky, D. Skutezký, M. Galanda, M. Benka, M. Laluha and many others who fundamentally influenced the development of art in Slovakia. On the ground floor, the visitors will find the latest of the series of Exhibitions primarily dedicated to works by Slovak artists.

Reviewed By navigatornick - Dorset, England

We found this gallery by chance when walking around Bratislava. As my wife is an artist, we couldn't resist and we were not disappointed. The gallery houses a great collection of original works from artists, some of whom we had never heard of.
The entry price includes a free tea or coffee in the little rest area which was a nice way to end our visit.

3. Bratislava Old Town

Bratislava, Slovakia +421 2/544 194 10
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Bratislava Old Town

Historic neighborhood filled with charming narrow lanes, burgher's houses and nobles' palaces in addition to many of the city's important buildings such as the former Palace of the Hungarian Estates, the late-Gothic building of the Academia Istropolitana and the Leopold de Pauli Palace where Franz Liszt performed as a child.

Reviewed By Peter F - Grantham, United Kingdom

The 'Old Town' is delightful, but gives the feeling that it is suffering from a lack of investment. The bronze statues in the main square are superb, and the 'worker' coming out of a manhole must not be missed, especially for a photograph. The buildings are simply delightful, but to get a real feeling for the history of this lovely town a guide really is required.

4. Slavin

Bratislava, Slovakia
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4.5 based on 881 reviews

Slavin

Reviewed By Tora A - England, United Kingdom

So incredibly sad to read about the people buried here. Very well kept.
Definitely get the trollybus (minibus 147 I think) up as it’s a tough walk, lots or steps and I mean lots! And they are uneven in places.

5. Devin Castle (hrad)

Muranska ulica, Bratislava 841 10, Slovakia +421 2/657 301 05
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Devin Castle (hrad)

Located a few miles west of Bratislava, this castle was once part of the Roman border in the first century A.D. and later became the seat of the Great Moravian Empire and a strategic post during the Turkish Wars.

Reviewed By Karl_Lane - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

2 Euro bargain. Visited via Uber from Bratislava on a sunny early March day. Not many people about so a great day and location for taking photos.
Would not be the best place to visit on a wet Wednesday.

6. Slovak National Theatre

Pribinova 17, Bratislava 811 09, Slovakia +421 2/204 721 11
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4.5 based on 178 reviews

Slovak National Theatre

Reviewed By Neil K - Liverpool, United Kingdom

The Slovak National Theatre is an absolutely wonderful building that is a landmark piece of architecture located in Bratislava's most famous square name Hviezdoslavovo Namesti.
A beautiful facade,the beauty of the building is apparent especially when illuminated at night.
With opera,ballet and drama Performances it's a very popular theatre but as I have little interest in opera or ballet I can admire the sheer elegance of the building.
If you enjoy taking photographs this theatre is perfect .
Well worth checking out.

7. Slovak Philharmonic

Palackeho 2, Bratislava 811 02, Slovakia +421 2/592 082 18
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4.5 based on 190 reviews

Slovak Philharmonic

Reviewed By SteveJacksonnufc - Gateshead, England

Unfortunately we didn't have time to get inside and see a performance but did spend some time outside admiring the architectural brilliance of this building. It is a delight to behold standing overlooking the square on once side and close by the River Danube on the other. Another one of Bratislava's wonderful buildings.

8. St. Michael's Tower & Street

Michalska ulica 22, Bratislava 811 01, Slovakia +421 2/544 330 44
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4.5 based on 832 reviews

St. Michael's Tower & Street

Reviewed By MPWEST10 - Mandurah, Australia

You can't miss the entrance tower to the old town. It's a great meeting point and the gift shops near it are full of wonderful treasures.... mostly locally made. Once you walk through the tower you enter the magical old town... it's like another world full of tourists, bars, restaurants and surprising public artworks.

9. Hviezdoslavovo Namestie

Bratislava City Center, Bratislava, Slovakia
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4.5 based on 392 reviews

Hviezdoslavovo Namestie

Reviewed By David H - Bury, United Kingdom

This is a long, wide street, mostly pedestrianised. There are bars, cafes, restaurants, ice cream shops, hotels, Fountains and statues all to be found there. It is always busy and feels very safe to wander around.

10. St Elizabeth's / Blue Church

Bezrucova 2, Bratislava 811 09, Slovakia +421 2/527 335 72
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

St Elizabeth's / Blue Church

Reviewed By javertz - Prague, Czech Republic

It´s like a fairytale. I never seen any church in blue colour before and its stunning. And more beautiful inside.

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