The Most Impressive Buildings in Bratislava

The Old Building of the Slovak National Theatre sparkles in the evenings
The Old Building of the Slovak National Theatre sparkles in the evenings | © phtorxp/Pixabay

Freelance Travel Writer

Several buildings in Bratislava’s historic Old Town date back to when the city was enclosed by a fortified town wall during the late Middle Ages. Many of the most impressive buildings you can see in Bratislava today were constructed during the 15th to 18th centuries. However, a few modern contributions have appeared during the past fifty years which are worth a closer look. Read on to discover the buildings you can’t miss seeing during your trip to Bratislava.

1. Slovak National Theatre – Old Building

Building, Theatre, Theater, Historical Landmark

The historic Old Building of the Slovak National Theatre
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The Slovak National Theatre Company now holds performances at two fabulous locations; a large, modern, airy building near Eurovea Shopping Center, and the historic location in the center of the Old Town which was originally opened in 1886. If you have a chance to catch a drama, opera, or ballet performance of the Slovak National Theatre during your visit, don’t hesitate! Especially if you can make it to one of the performances in the Old Building, you will experience an ornately decorated, old-timey, glamorous performance space. People really do dress up for these performances – think dresses or skirts and suits or nice pants with a shirt and tie!

2. St. Martin’s Cathedral

Cathedral, Church

St. Martins bell tower is a prominent feature of Bratislavas skyline
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This New Gothic Catholic Cathedral was built in its current form in 1452 and features stunning Gothic stained glass windows. 11 Hungarian kings and eight queens were crowned in this remarkable Cathedral between 1563-1830. Rising above the roof of the Cathedral is the 85 meter (278.8 ft) high bell tower which features an extraordinary 2,500 kilo heavy bell called “Wederin”, which dates back to 1674!

3. Slovak Radio Building

Building

3. Slovak Radio Building
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This quirky building is in the shape of an inverted pyramid! However it was included in a list of the ugliest buildings in the world by the Telegraph in June 2017. So, is it cool? Or is it ugly? You will just have to decide for yourself when you visit Bratislava!

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