Top Historical Places in Bratislava

Are you looking to explore the history of Bratislava through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Bratislava including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Bratislava. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Bratislava ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Bratislava, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Bratislava for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Bratislava with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Bratislava Old Town

    Walking Area, Historical Site, Statue, Restaurant

    The old town of Bratislava forms the historic center of the city. Consisting of buildings dating back to the medieval times (including the fortification of the city), classic cobbled streets, bronze statues and stunning architecture, the old town is loved for its romantic ambience. Take a walk through the city to see Bratislava through its magical past. The place also has a number of restaurant...Read more
  2. Bratislava Castle

    4.4 (1151 Votes)
    Bratislava Castle

    Museum, Castle, Historical Site

    The Bratislava Castle dates back to 907 AD and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The place was built overlooking the Danube river and you can see Austria (also Hungary on a clear day) from the Castle itself. Originally built as a part of fortification for the city’s defense, today the building serves as a collection of the Slovak National Museum, exhibition of th...Read more
  3. Man At Work- Cumil

    4.5 (1080 Votes)
    Man At Work- Cumil

    Landmark, Statue

    The ‘Man at Work- Cumil’ is a bronze statue of a man working at a roadside drainage and peeking out to check-out people who pass buy. Some say it was made to depict the man staring at some gorgeous legs! The statue itself is loved for its sheer creativity and life-like appearance. A rather fun bronze statue, take a picture with Cumil to keep the memory alive for years to come. 
  4. Devin Castle

    4.6 (602 Votes)
    Devin Castle

    View Point, Castle, Historical Site

    Located at the confluence of the Danube and the Morava rivers, the Devin Castle dates back to the pre-historic era. Known for proving as a strong structure for the city’s defense mechanism from the early 1st century right up to 1809 when Napoleon’s army destroyed the Castle, today, the place serves as an icon for Bratislava’s intense war history. Highlights include: Exhibitio...Read more
  5. Michael's Gate

    4.5 (1057 Votes)
    Michael's Gate

    Museum, Landmark, Statue, Tower

    The only gate of the original medieval fortification which is preserved to this day, Michael's Gate can be seen from all over the city! The gate was used for entry into Bratislava and has a 51-meter-tall tower with a foundation that is around 700 years old. Highlights include: The statue of St. Michael and the Dragon on top of the gate to represent their protection to the city. Museum of Weapo...Read more
  6. Slavin War Memorial

    4.6 (979 Votes)
    Slavin War Memorial

    View Point, Monument, War Memorial

    A resting place for 7000 Soviet soldiers who fell during the World War II, Slavin Memorial is the city’s way to remember their contribution to the country. The Cemetery and Memorial is located on a beautiful, small hill offering a fantastic view of Bratislava. The main monument is located in the center of the place and consists of a 11-meter-high sculpture of a soldier holding a Flag. The...Read more
  7. Napoleon's Army Soldier Statue


    The bronze statue located at the main square of the Old Town is a tribute to a soldier named ‘Hubert’ who while walking through the town, fell in love with a local girl, stayed here and began producing sparkling wine instead! A love story with a little bit of quirk, Hubert leans on a bench where you can take a pic with him to make your walk through the city more memorable. 
  8. Schone Naci Statue

    4.5 (843 Votes)
    Schone Naci Statue


    Dedicated to a man who lived in the 19th- 20th century, the Schone Naci Statue is the only Silver statue in Bratislava. The story goes that the man fell in love with a woman who did not love him back. Knowing this, the man would give flowers to random women to make them smile and greet people with kind gestures. After he died, the city decided to keep his smile alive through this statue. A stor...Read more
  9. Grassalkovich Palace

    4.5 (776 Votes)
    Grassalkovich Palace

    Garden, Palace, Architecture

    Grassalkovich Palace is the parliament building of Slovakia and is perhaps one of the most important and beautiful buildings in Bratislava. In spite of being a parliament house, many cultural events are also held here. Today, even though the Palace is not open for tourists, you will often find people take a quick stroll around the building to revel in its classic architecture, aristocratic desi...Read more
  10. Primates' Palace

    4.4 (352 Votes)
    Primates' Palace

    Museum, Historical Site, Palace, Concert

    Built in 1781, this palace is the place where Napoleon signed the Peace Treaty after the Battle of Austerlitz. Today the larger-than-life palace is a treat not just for the victorious memories of Bratislava but also its deep rooted art, architecture and craftsmanship. Since 1903, the Palace serves as a City Hall and many concerts are held here. However, the highlight is the Gallery museum which...Read more
  11. Ondrej Nepela Arena

    4.6 (221 Votes)
    Ondrej Nepela Arena

    Arena, Stadium, Entertainment, Performance

    Ondrej Nepela Arena hosts some of the best hockey matches in the region and you will often find the locals catching a HC Slovan (home team of Slovak) match here among other events. The arena’s larger than life architecture, impeccable energy on event nights and the tremendous seating capacity (over 10,000 seats) is one of its highlights. The stadium has hosted the 2011 IIHF World Champion...Read more
  12. Franciscan Church

    4.6 (153 Votes)
    Franciscan Church

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Consecrated in the 13th century, the Franciscan Church is the oldest religious building in Bratislava. The church was built by King Ladislaus IV of Hungary after his victory over the Czech King (Premysl) Ottokar II of Bohemia and was constructed with classic Gothic architecture. The architecture of the church was molded into Renaissance style in the 17th century and later in the 18th century to...Read more
  13. Statue Of Hans Christian Andersen

    Walking Area, Statue, Square

    Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most beloved writers around the world and his stories like ‘Ugly Duckling’, ‘The Little Mermaid’ and ‘The Snow Queen’ among other delights are part of so many childhoods, that the statue is more than just an embellishment in Bratislava’s famous square of Hviezdoslavovo namestie. When in the city, do take a photo wit...Read more
  14. Trinitarian Church Of Bratislava

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    The Kostol Trinitarov is a Baroque church located in the Old Town of Bratislava. Built in the early 16th century under the Trinitarian Order, the work continued well into the 1700s. Today, the church adds to the architectural beauty of the city and the interiors are a celebration of art- from its frescoes, majestic alter, to its classic architecture! If you are an art-lover, this place is an ab...Read more
  15. Ganymede's Fountain

    4.6 (93 Votes)
    Ganymede's Fountain

    Walking Area, Statue, Fountain, Sculpture

    Fontain Ganymed is one of the first fountains which sourced water from the Danube river and the sculptures which adorn the fountain depicts just that. The fountain has a statue of Zeus (in the form of an Eagle) with a young man sitting on the regal bird. Four children below the main statue hold the four types of fishes found in Danube. Today the fountain is one of the historic highlights of the...Read more