While in Bratislava, you can easily observe a multitude of examples of Socialist architecture. However, the capital city’s most beautiful landmarks date back much further than the 20th century. Bratislava’s historic Old Town is host to some lovely landmarks from the 18th and 19th centuries, and perhaps the most stunning architectural landmark of all is St. Martin’s Cathedral, which dates back to 1492. The best place to embark upon an architectural tour of Bratislava’s most beautiful landmarks is the castle ramparts, which provide a panoramic view over the city.
The Grassalkovich Palace serves as the seat for the President of the Slovak Republic. Unfortunately, it is only open to visitors for special events a couple of times per year, so you can only admire its splendor from the outside. The palace was originally designed as a Rococo summer palace for a Hungarian nobleman, Antal Grassalkovich. The best time to admire this landmark is at noon on weekdays, when you can also observe a short changing of the guard ceremony at the front castle gates. Behind the palace, the French garden serves as one of the most popular public parks in Bratislava’s city center.
Although the official name of the Blue Church is the Church of St. Elisabeth, all of the locals will easily point you in the right direction if you ask the way to the Blue Church. Likely due to its location a bit outside of the Old Town, the Blue Church is perhaps the least well-known landmark on our list, but architecturally speaking, it is a gem. It might just be the most ornately decorated, beautiful, and unique Art Nouveau building in the entire Slovak Republic. This landmark is actually the only building that was chosen to represent Slovakia at the popular Mini Europe park in Brussels. Some locals have even made comparisons between the unique colorful appearance of the Blue Church and the buildings of Gaudí in Barcelona.