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Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky Hrad)
Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky Hrad)

Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky Hrad)

Zámocka, Bratislava, Slovakia, 811 01

The Basics

A Bratislava Castle tour is at the top of many visitor’s itineraries, and even if you don’t explore the interior, it’s worth climbing the castle hill for a stunning panoramic view over the city. If you don’t want to climb the steps up to the castle, opt for a scenic city tour aboard a Presporacik—a traditional open-top trolley bus—instead.

It’s also possible to take in the highlights of Bratislava, including the castle, on a day trip from Budapest, Hungary, or Vienna, Austria.

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Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik
Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik
star-4.5
$14.59 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Castle tour
Excellent tour. Very comprehensive commentary. Good stop offs along the way for photographs. Staff very approachable.
pmpardue01, Jan 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Bratislava

star-4
This was a very nice way to see the...
Hamelbasket, Jan 2018
Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik
This was a very nice way to see the city and travel up to the Castle, especially in the winter! Time was just about right to see the sights.
star-4
Neat little trolley! Only complaint...
Brett S, Sep 2017
Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik
Neat little trolley! Only complaint would be check-in process was not very organized and confusing. Castle had great views. Suggest adding another stop at a historical monument, etc - I would have paid more although you did see a lot in the ride!
star-5
Worth it especially if you're short...
HindSaoud, Aug 2018
Bratislava Castle Tour by Presporacik
Worth it especially if you're short on time. The tour stops for 20 minutes at the castle where you can stroll around and take pictures. There is audio commentary throughout and it points out important buildings and landmarks as you make your way to the castle.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Plan to spend up to two hours to tour the castle and grounds.

  • Entrance to the castle museum is free on the first Sunday of the month.

  • Some parts of the castle are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The castle is located on a hilltop at the western end of Bratislava Old Town. It’s possible to walk to the castle from the city center; it takes around 15 minutes from St. Martin's Cathedral, passing beneath the New Bridge, and then climbing up the steps to the Sigismund Gate. The closest bus stops to the castle are Hrad and Zamocka.

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When to Get There

Bratislava Castle is open daily, except Mondays, throughout the year. The busiest time to visit is in peak season (July–August), when it’s best to arrive in the early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds.

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History of Bratislava Castle

The castle has been at the center of Bratislava history for centuries and was one of the many palatial residences of Europe’s Habsburg dynasty. In the 1750s, Empress Marie Therese gave the castle’s interior a rococo makeover, but after her death in 1780, it became a garrison, before tragically destroyed by fire in 1811. It was reconstructed in the 1950s, and in 1992 the constitution for the newly independent Slovakia was signed here.

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