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Bratislava Castle

Listed under Visitor Attractions in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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On a sunny day, you can see as far as Hungary, as well as Austria and the city of Bratislava from the windows of the Bratislava Castle.  Located on a quiet, rocky hill, the castle building has four towers and a courtyard with an 80m deep water well, dating back to the 10th century.  The south-east Crown Tower, the biggest, once held the Hungarian crown jewels.  Gothic and Renaissance elements are found both inside and out around the castle.

Walking up the large Baroque staircase inside the castle, you reach a part of the Slovak National Museum.  Concerts are held in the northern part of the building, the former chapel.  On the first floor are the Slovak Parliament rooms and the third floor displays the History of Slovakia. You can enter through the castle by one of three ways- the Sigismund Gate, which is the best preserved original part of the site from the 15th century, Nicholas Gate, built in the 16th century and the Vienna Gate, built in 1712.

For great hotels near the castle take a look at The Hotel Guru.

Written by  Mary Kate Alfieri.

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