Michael's gate and tower
This 51m heigh tower above the gate with its green copper roof is one of the best known and the oldest buildings in Bratislava. It has been built in the 14th century as one of the four gates to the city. A small pedestrian bridge over the summer reading place leads there. Before the gate there is a small cannon which invites visitors to the very top of the tower, where there is an Museum of Weapons and besides that also a great outlook on the streets of Bratislava.
Right under the Michael’s tower lays a "golden circle", known as kilometer zero, where there are illustrated the distances from Bratislava to 29 other capital cities. The road which leads under the gate and contiunes down to the city center is decorated by small golden krowns which mark the historical coronation way from the time when Bratislava was a capital city of coronations in Kingdom of Hungary.
Right besides the gate there is an ancient "Baštová" street, which is considered to be the thinnest and most romantic street in Bratislava where for many years lived also a city hangman. You can find here also many bars a restaurants.
Follow the Obchodná street towards the city center, cross the street and go still the same direction until you get between houses. There you will find the small bridge which ends just under the Michael’s tower.
If you go from Zochova bus station you just need to walk down the "Župné námestie" street or follow the bridge towards the city center. On the right side just on the level of Obchodná street you have to turn right between the houses and you will find a small bridge, which will lead you to the gate.
Another big bus station nearby is called Hodžovo nám. Get to the big crossroad just before the Grassalkovich palace and walk down the "Suché mýto" street until you get to the tram crossroad on the level of Obchodná street. Turn right between the houses and you will find a small bridge, which will lead you to the gate.
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