Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle
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  • LittleMissS
    United Kingdom26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outside great but don't bother visiting inside
    Great views from the castle grounds over the city and the river. I would not bother visiting the inside of the castle unless you want to see some art displays and some information on the restoration of the castle. The outside around the castle is a lot nicer with a lovely garden and plenty of benches to have a rest.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
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    4 stars
    The descent up to the castle was the highlight of the Bratislava for me. Walking alongside the Old Town into the The Temple of St. Nicholas and then eventually entering the baroque garden was genuinely a magical experience. It was simply so beautiful. The palace itself is nice on the outside, and it shows the mix of beautiful and not-so-beautiful architecture the city has to offer. The palace itself is nothing special, and the inside is alright. There are some very picturesque views you have access to through the top dome, but it feels dwarfed by the view of the Donau in Budapest and the red roofs lining the streets of Prague. Overall, this castle is mid-tier, but getting there through the Old Town was as good as my favourite moments in Prague and Budapest (my favourite cities).
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Markéta_Travel
    United States242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy review
    One of the most beautiful places to go. It reminds me of my childhood. The areas are well kept, it's a smaller size of a castle. There are restaurants all over and the people there are very friendly and helpful they sit and talk with you share their part with you. There are many churches close by and trams and busses to get around. The weather in the summer is pretty warm it's not too hot it's one of the places where you can truly relax and be happy.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Nikovera
    Prague, Czech Republic45 contributions
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    Bratislava castle
    The castle’s surroundings is really nice, beautiful gardens, benches for sitting, nice view,…. The only problem is with restrooms…closed very early. We have been there twice in two days and two “just married” couples were taking photos of their wonderfull day:-)
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 16 September 2023
  • RetiredandLovingIt
    Rainham, United Kingdom74 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top of visitors lists
    Very interesting and well presented. Various exhibitions on different floors. Considering the extent of the castle the cost is remarkable reasonable. I am sure that it would be top of most visitors lists of places to visit, you will not be disappointed. Do remember to go round side of castle to visit the gardens. Marvellous views over Danube
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 September 2023
  • WanderingOttersons
    Denver, Colorado1,470 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice city views, impressive grounds
    You can visit the castle grounds for free all day and evening long. We did not go into the building itself of see the museums but they are reported to be very nice as well. We just wandered around the grounds for an evening and caught the sunset from within the walls. It’s a wonderful way to see all of the different views of the city. It's not nearly as impressive as so many of the other castles and palaces in Europe, but still a good stop to make in town.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 September 2023
  • MN_Walkers
    Minneapolis, Minnesota613 contributions
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    A worthwhile visit, but not a typical palace.
    The castle itself isn’t all that impressive. It has been heavily renovated a number of times, was left as a ruin for years, almost demolished and then restored. It hosts the Slovakian national history museum which is pretty interesting, but that’s all there is to see inside. No period rooms, or furnishings, or things one often encounters in European castles. You can enter and walk through the castle grounds and gardens (which are very pleasant), enjoy beautiful views of the Danube and the city of Bratislava, and even enter the castle inner courtyard itself without any charge. There is an admission charge for the museum, which is the only way to get inside the rooms of the castle or to get up to the main tower. We thought that it was a worthwhile visit — particularly for the grounds and the views — and that the museum was interesting. If you walk to the castle from Old Town, the shortest way is up the steps which start on the other side of the bridge across from St. Martin’s Cathedral, but it’s a lot of steps. It’s a bit longer walk if you take the walk along the road that circles around the castle from the north (Zamoca) but that’s a gradual incline — not steps. There are WCs and a restaurant on the castle grounds. The museum took us about an hour. Walking the grounds and gardens was another 45 minutes.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • sailorgirl123
    Westchester County, New York236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Panoramic view!
    Fascinating history and lovely tour! Worth the light walk to the top- beautiful views. You will see the river below, town and landscape from the castle. Them wander through the peaceful lanes. Enjoy a bit of shopping, a coffee, or a delicious meal! There's lots to see in Bratislava!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 October 2023
  • CarolDM1900
    Montpelier, Vermont3,358 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Views Over Bratislava -- Via Steep, Narrow Stairs
    We were last here a few years ago and found that experience mildly interesting but not exceptional. This time was very different. First of all, the whole place seemed brighter and more beautiful, with everything looking newly painted and polished up. Everything just gleamed. Secondly, the castle now offered a host of interesting and very well curated new exhibitions that featured high-quality English translations, among the best I've seen lately. Real effort appears to have been made to create displays that are appealing and understandable to the wide of visitors who walk the steep hill, hoping the end result will be worth it. Now, it definitely is. I have to add that one of the most charming experiences here was being able to walk through so many narrow, steep (whether up or down) "atmospheric" pathways to move around the castle. It was rather like a game: "hey, wonder where THIS one will take me?!." The big payoff came, of course, when we finally reached the top and saw the beautiful of castle turrets and the glorious views of old Bratislava opening beyond, all the way to high hills beyond the urban center. Among the exhibitions we saw, I found the small one with photos and biographies of Slovak partisan-patriots who died for their country to be very poignant and memorable. That, and all the gold: there is just heaps of it here, all very highly polished, a treat for both the eye and the imagination. If you are travelling with children, be assured that they are welcome here, and there is a small place, just for them, that I think they will enjoy.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Lovetravelling
    United Kingdom20 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok to visit but don’t expect a lot to do and see.
    Ok to visit while in Bratislava There is free entry to the Castle grounds and gardens and the view of the Danube but not too much there to do unless you pay a visit to the museum. It’s still worth the trip in my opinion. There are different routes to reach the castle either the reasonable steep one from the Historic district or the route bus which is less steep and takes you to the main entry.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 17 November 2023
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Babyalmie
Dorset, UK768 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Family
The views from the castle are amazing and whilst the signs are somewhat confusing, we eventually found our way to the ticket office. It is relatively cheap to enter (€14 for myself and my daughter) there is plenty to do if you like art and exhibitions.
The first thing to mention is that the castle is effectively a reproduction as it was extensively rebuilt after falling into significant disrepair. It therefore has an odd “sterile” feel to it but much of main structure (including the amazing staircase - the largest baroque style one in Europe) is how it would have looked to the inhabitants. Much of the space is now made up of galleries and exhibitions with a smallish section set aside to cover Slovak antiquities. Many areas had artwork by modern Slovak artist.
For me the highlight was the section on the Velvet Revolution which I found to be exceptionally well done and very moving. I have travelled to Berlin a lot and this was a better (albeit much smaller) coverage of the events than the Checkpoint Charlie museums etc
Written 5 April 2022
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CCPage90
Reading, UK134 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
Personally I have long felt Castles on hills are often more impressive from afar than up close. Bratislava Castle falls into this category. It is nice, though certainly not grandeur considering it once housed royalty but worth the visit on your travels. After all, Bratislava is a small city and you should certainly be able to cover most, if not all, of the main sites in a short weekend break.

The castle grounds are free to visit, including the Baroque Gardens which are well-kept but again, not fancy. Currently there is quite a bit of ground/restoration work with can spoil some views and photo opportunities a little. E sure to check ahead. While wandering the gardens be sure to take in the views over the old town and UFO-shaped SNP bridge, arguably the best spot to observe the sprawling neighbourhood south of the river and the modern developments going on in the eastern part of the city.
Written 23 February 2020
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Calum F
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The museum was very big with lots of different topics. Not all of it is interesting but with the amount of exhibits you can skip the bits you don't find interesting. The staff were very friendly (the security guy checking tickets) and best of all the student price is less than half the full price :)
Written 18 August 2021
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DexxTravels
Edinburgh, UK620 contributions
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Feb 2020
More of a museum here than a castle. (with entry fees)
Just the exterior of the castle grounds left, a small-ish castle compared to the likes of Scotland etc however looks great none the less.
Lots of building works taking place all over the grounds on the outer banks so beware of this. Worth a short walk up at least.
Written 24 February 2020
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Elina
Edinburgh, UK84 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
The castle looks stunning from the outside and the views are great from up the hill. The entry to the museum within the castle was only 4€ for a student so not bad. However the museum was very unorganised and confusing, and the castle itself has been renovated so has probably lost some of the charm it might have had. Wouldnt visit the museum again as it was quite disappointing but definitely go up to admire the city from up above!
Written 25 January 2020
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Madeleine Duprez
Bangkok, Thailand26 contributions
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Jan 2020
I visited here and enjoyed it, but wouldn’t recommend it if you only have 2 or less days in Bratislava. It takes quite a while to get to, and is a hike up. If you’re not in good physical shape it would be difficult. For me, I’m not in the best shape and I was so out of breath. It was 35 degrees Fahrenheit outside and I had to take off my coat because I was so hot from walking up.

The view is incredible though, especially at sunset. The sun sets right over the river and it is absolutely stunning. The castle itself isn’t much to see, but the view of the city makes it worth it.
Written 2 January 2020
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Marina
Weymouth, UK277 contributions
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Dec 2019
If you are in Bratislava, you can't miss this place. You can see stunning building from everywhere. It's only 10-15 min walk from town centre and it's worth the walk. Views from the castle are stunning, but castle itself not that impressive.There is a lot of work going on, so it's looks like a big building site. We only spend about 30 min there, but you also can visit museum and a restaurant located in the castle grounds if you wish.
Written 9 January 2020
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Xhara71
Rochester, UK663 contributions
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Nov 2020 • Family
We couldn’t go inside as it was closed due to Covid restrictions but we wandered around the outside enjoying the views of the old town and the river Danube. You can also cross the river for some good photos of the castle. One interesting point is they put symmetric gates on either side of the square at the front. The ones to he left however are on t(e edge of a small cliff so presumably guest they didn’t like exited this way!
Written 8 November 2020
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MarcDenny
London, UK118 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Couples
The Castle is worth a visit. It’s a 10/15 minute ascent from the Old Town with several ways to access it (we preferred the stairs by the river side of the castle). It’s pleasant to walk around, though it was fully renovated in the 1950’s and ‘may’ have lost a little of its mystery/history. Sunset is a nice time to visit as you can look out of the City and the Danube and get some good photos
Written 3 January 2020
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Jonathan T
Hope, IN402 contributions
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Jun 2022
I can't imagine visiting Bratislava and not making a stop at the castle. In fact we would recommend this as a first stop as the views out over the city and the Danube are splendid and help one gain a perspective of the city. Being able to see both Austria and Hungary from the ramparts is particularly interesting. To hear our guide share her story of venturing into Austria when the Iron Curtain collapsed was eye-opening as she pointed out the close proximity of the city to the border. The castle is very clean and includes free restrooms (not something to take for granted when on the continent).
Written 18 June 2022
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