The most significant symbol of the city - the Bratislava castle - is located in the very center of Bratislava. Its interesting design with four towers on each side shapes the panorama of Bratislava from every angle.
The castle gained the rare shape already in in the 9th century, but the strategic position has been held much earlier. Since the mid-16th century, when Bratislava became the coronation city of Kingdom of Hungary, the castle was occupied by council meetings and the coronation jewels were stored here. In 1811 the castle burnt out and was reconstructed only in the 60s. It is a National cultural monument since 1961. Nowadays it is still being reconstructed but accessible for the visitors.
Nowadays castle hosts many expositions and is an ideal place for walks with beautiful surroundings and views.
There is a possibility to access the castle by 3 gates:
- Sigmund gate - considered to be the most complex and the most frequent when accessing from Old Town to the south-eastern part of complex. Follow the street "Židovská" and "Mikuláška" street, then turn to the "Beblavého". Continue the street find the stairs and street called "Zámocké schody".
- Vienna gate - the main entrance to the castle complex. Accessible from the south-west from street "Palisády" or "Mudroňova". You will probably enter this gate when coming by public transport of car.
- Nicholas gate - follow the "Židovská street" and turn to the "Mikuláška street". You will see the street with many stairs upstairs. You will enter the complex from the north-western direction.
There is a newly built parking house called "Hrad" for 276 cars just nearby the castle on the Námestie Alexandra Dubčeka (see the map). It is a payed parking, where you would pay something around 1-2€ per 30 minutes.
A non-payed parking is located under the castle in front of the club called Subclub. However, it is quite difficult to find it and not to miss the entrance (see the map). On the other hand, you can still try to park the car in some of the near-by streets like "Zámocká", "Zochova" or "Svoradova".
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