Finding attractions closr to your Batislava Airport Hotel is easy to do. Check just a few of the top attractions.
Bratislava CastleDistance from Batislava Airport: 8.5mi / 13.6km
Above the Bratislava city , Bratislava (Slovakia)
Bratislava Castle or Hrad sits on a hill overlooking the city. Initially a Roman frontier post, there has been a castle at this site since the 9th century. In 1881, it was reduced to rubble due to a fire and wasn’t reconstructed until the mid 1900s. Its appearance has been likened to an upside down table with four corner towers that look like table legs. In spite of its drab exterior the Castle is worth a visit for the museums housed inside as well as the panoramic views over the city.
Much of the castle is kept for official functions or traveling exhibitions, but it is also home to The Music Museum, as well as exhibits from The National Museum. The entrance is almost worth the price of admission, with its extremely elegant, wide, white marble staircase, gilt-edged ceiling, and huge, gold-framed mirrors.
St. Martin’s CathedralDistance from Batislava Airport: 7.3mi / 11.7km
Staromestska , Bratislava (Slovakia)
Situated on the edge of the Old Town, St. Martin’s Cathedral is Bratislava’s foremost Gothic structure. The church, originally built in the 13th century in the Romanesque style, was replaced by a 3-nave Gothic Dome in the late 14th century. The new St. Martin’s Cathedral was consecrated in 1452 and underwent several lengthy reconstructions in later centuries. In the 16th century, the Dome became the coronation church of Hungarian kings and there were 19 Hungarian Emperors (including Maria Theresia) crowned in the cathedral until the 19th century. The cathedral was actually built into the town’s outer walls as part of its fortification.
The cathedral has three naves, with several chapels added from time to time over the centuries. Its most famous work of art is an 18th century statue of St. Martin and the Beggar sculpted by famous Austrian baroque sculptor Raphael Donner. Another sight not to miss is St. Stephen’s Crown, a 1m high copy of the Hungarian royal crown placed on the church tower, some 85 meters (280 feet) above town. Over the portal that used to be the cathedral’s main entrance, there is a Gothic relief depicting the Holy Trinity.
Primates Palace Distance from Batislava Airport: 42.8mi / 68.9km
Primate Square , Bratislava (Slovakia)
The Palace, built in 1778 and located in the centre of Old Town, gets my vote for the most beautiful building in Bratislava. Its pale pink and white exterior is topped with various marble statues and a large cast iron cardinal’s hat. The hat is a symbol of the Archbishop, for whom the palace was built, and of the various cardinals who lived here throughout the years.
The palace is filled with large oil portraits of Hapsburg royalty, including one from 1742 of Marie Therese at her coronation. Individual rooms are sparsely furnished, which causes you to focus on what is there – large, sparkling crystal chandeliers and walls adorned with six English tapestries from the 17th century that had been hidden in the palace walls and discovered during renovations in the early 1900s. The tapestries depict the story of Hero and Leander, young Greek lovers who lived on opposite sides of the Hellespont. Hero lit a lamp in her tower to guide Leander in his nightly swim to visit her. One night, a storm caused the lamp to burn out, and without that focal point to guide him, Leander was unable to find the shore and drowned. When Hero found out about Leander’s death she took her own life – very much a Greek Romeo and Juliet.
Second Church of St. Elizabeth, The Blue ChurchDistance from Batislava Airport: 8.1mi / 13.1km
Ulica (Street) Bezrucova , Bratislava (Slovakia)
When I saw the Blue Church in person for the first time with my friend Ivan, I was awestruck. It reminded me of many of the monochromatic paintings that I had done in my high school art classes with Mrs. John and Miss Roarke at East Providence High School in Rhode Island. It is one of the most beautiful pieces of Art Nouveau architecture in the world.
The Second Church of St. Elizabeth or the Blue Church (Kostol Modra) was built from 1907-1913 according to the design of Hungarian architect Odon Lechner. Today, the Blue Church also has a high school and rectory.
Slovakia’s White House–Grassalkovich Palace
Slovakia’s White House–Grassalkovich PalaceDistance from Batislava Airport: 8.2mi / 13.3km
Namestie 1 Maja (May 1 Square) , Bratislava (Slovakia)
Now the home to Slovakia’s President, Grassalkovich Palace was once the home and meeting place for several members of the Austro-Hungarian and Habsburg aristocracy.
Grassalkovich Palace was built in the 1760’s by Count Anton Grassalkovich, the President of the Royal Hungarian Chamber and advisor to the Empress Maria Theresia. It is said that the inventor Wolfgang von Kempelen introduced several of his inventions, including a speaking machine, in the palace’s State Rooms.
Grassalkovich Palace is guarded 24 hours a day by an honor guard who can be seen marching in front of the castle daily by visitors. If you are lucky, you will get to see the changing of the guard which I got to see a little of when I visited Grassalkovich Palace for the first time in September 2001. The second time I saw the guards at Grassalkovich was in June 2002, and I felt bad for the guards in their woolen uniforms marching in the heat with barely any shade.
Devin CastleDistance from Batislava Airport: 14.7mi / 23.7km
Devin just outside Bratislava , Bratislava (Slovakia)
Going there in February 2000, we were the only visitors. If you go in the winter, be prepared to devote 10 minutes to finding the cashier, who won’t be ready for tourists turning up! After you’ve found him and paid about £1 for the two of you, enter the castle grounds, follow the path upwards to the castle itself. On the way, there are the remains of a Roman castle on this spot, and boards explaining how the castle looked at the time, based on the foundations and descriptions of it found.