We recently visited Bratislava again and spent quite a bit of time at Hlavne Namestie, the main square in the Old Town of Bratislava. This is a nice area of the city and there are several nice attractions which can be found here.
At Hlavne Namestie, there are three museums including the Period Rooms Museum, the Museum of Viticulture and the very good Bratislava City Museum located in the Old Town Hall. At the Old Town Hall you can also climb the tower as part of your visit to the Bratislava City Museum. Here you can catch some lovely panoramic views of the square and the rest of the Old Town.
There is a new attraction at the end of the square on Beila street called Obchod v muzeu, which is a free museum / shop with an impressive collection of old advertisement signs, well-conditioned historic cash registers and other retail equipment. They have a small retail shop selling locally produced food, wines and a few crafts as well. This is a fun stop to make on the square.
Within the Hlavne Namestie area there are two churches with are worth peeking into. These are the historic Jesuits Church and the Franciscan Church, both being amongst the oldest in the city. Across from the Franciscan Church, you will find the Mirbach Palace, which is one of two city locations to host the City of Bratislava Gallery. Presently there is a very good exhibition for the Czech Art Nouveau painter Alfons Mucha.
If you walk past the Old Town Hall, just beyond Nlavne Namestie you will find the Primate's Palace, which is another attraction potentially worth visiting to see a rare collection of historic English tapestries and a lovely inner courtyard.
When visiting Hlavne Namestie, make sure to see the corky statues, structures and fountain found on the square. These include the famous park bench with the Napoleon's Army Solder Statue, the Schone Naci (man with a top hat) the the solider guarding his post and the Maximilian's Fountain. There is a new gold coloured statue called Radiohead added since last year.
Also, make sure to look on the ground from time to time. Throughout the square there are odd tiles and random but interesting pieces fixed into the ground. These are curious and strange but sort of fun to try and find. There seem to be more in front of the two churches and near the Mirbach Palace.
Overall, Hlavne Namestie is one of the main places to visit within the Old Town. There are a fair number of attractions found here and its easy to spend several hours poking into the museums, churches and other attractions, shops and restaurants in this area of the city. In the end, difficult to imagine coming to Bratislava and not spending some time here.
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