Stay Near the Best Things to do in Bratislava

The Aston Business is situated in an attractive and strategic location in the broader downtown area of Bratislava, the capital and largest city of the Slovak Republic. The hotel is located in the Ruzinov Quarter a short walk from small lakes, green areas and city parks and is easily accessible to the main highway and transport links. It is a five minute walk to the business area of BC V at Plynarenska Street and Apollo BC, five kilometers from the Bratislava Airport and 65 kilometers from the Vienna International Airport. Some of the best things to do in Bratislava, including the Swimming Pool Pasienky and National Tennis Center, are nearby.

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L.E. Hotels Top Ten Bratislava Travel Activities

Bratislava Castle
The Bratislava Castle dominates the city of Bratislava with the first known inhabitants as Celts.  For four centuries, the border of the Roman Empire ran through the area.  In the 10th century, Bratislava became an integral part of the growing Hungarian state and in the 15th century, during the reign of Sigismund of LE Rezmbourg, the castle was built in Gothic style as an anti-Hussite fortress. Then in the 16th century, King Ferdinand ordered the rebuilding of the castle in Renaissance style. In the 17th century, when the castle became the seat of hereditary province Chief Palffy, it was rebuilt in a Baroque style. In the reign of Maria-Theresa, the castle was rearranged for the needs of her son-in-law, Governor Albert of Saxony and Tessen, who was a fervent collector of arts. This collection was later moved to Vienna to become today‘s Albertina Gallery. In the reign of Joseph II, the castle housed a general seminary to educate priests. Later, it served as barracks for soldiers until it burned down in 1811. The present reconstruction was carried out as late as 1953-1968. Today, the Castle serves as a representative for the Slovak National Council and houses the collections of the Slovak National Museum.

Presidential Palace (Grassalkovich Palace)
The Rococo Summer Palace dates from 1760.  It was built for the Chairman of the Hungarian Royal Chamber, Count Anton Grassalkovich, an advisor to Marie-Theresa, and was a luxrious sought-after location for aristocratic societal events. The palace complex includes the Grassalkovitch Garden, a place for walks and concerts.  The gardens feature a copy of a statue of the Empress Marie Theresa on horseback and the fountain of Youth by the prominent Slovak sculptor Tibor Bartfay. Today these grandiose premises are the seat of the President of the Slovak Republic.

Devin Castle
The national cultural monument of Devin Castle is located at the foot of a cliff overlooking the merging of the Danube and Morava Rivers.  The first written mention of the Castle was in 1223. This strategically important site has been populated by several nations, including the Celts, Romans, Goths, Lombards and many more. The oldest traces of Slavs are from the 8th century. In the 9th century, an exceptionally important Great Moravian fortress stood here, connected with the name of Prince Rastislav.  In the 15th century, the castle belonged to renowned aristocratic families and in 1809, it was blown up by the Napoleonic armies. In the 19th century, it became an important site for the awakening movement of the Slovak National Revival.  Today a renaissance fortress with a battlement stands on the narrow cliff. Legend has it that a bride jumped from there on her wedding day, when her family killed her prospective knight Mikulas and wanted to send her to a convent.  Devin is an excellent location for walks, not only to the monuments located within the entire complex, but also in the superb surrounding countryside.

Rusovce (Gerulata)
Gerulata is a country museum (only open in the summer) on the site where archaeologists excavated the remains of a Roman military camp and settlement. Soldiers and civilians lived here from the second half of the 1st century to the end of the 4th century. The remains of a Roman forum, fragments of buildings and grave stones, and a well have been found here. Although ancient Gerulata was mentioned in written sources as early as the 16th century, its exact location remained uknown to treasure seekers. It was only as late as 1965 that archaeologist, Jan Dekan, found signs of two forts. The first was destroyed by the Marcommans after a hundred years of existence and the other was built by the Romans as a part of the border fortification (Limes Romanus).

Slovak National Theater
This historical renaissance building was constructed in 1888 as the City Theater and designed by Viennese architects, F. Fellner and H. Helmer.  The busts of famous musical composers are preserved and placed in the oval openings in the facade.  The Muse of Thalia by the Viennese sculpturer, T. Friedl, and figures of children symbolising tragedy and comedy by V. Tilgner, author of the superb Ganymede's Fountain, are situated at the entrance of the theatre. The fountain depicts Ganymede, born by an eagle to Olympus, where he shall serve Zeus. As a reward, he gains eternal youth, which to this day radiates from the boy's joyful face. Today, the building is the seat of the Slovak National Theatre opera and ballet ensembles.

St.Martins Cathedral
The St. Martins Cathedral is a Gothic cathedral built on the site of the original Romanesque Church of the Most Holy Savior in 1221. In 1291, when Bratislava was given the privileges of a town, the church had to be rebuilt. It became part of the city walls and its tower served as a defensive bastion. It has four chapels, the canons' chapel, the gothic chapel of Sophia of Bavaria, the chapel of St. Anne and the baroque chapel of St. John the Merciful. Between 1563 and 1830 this was the coronation church for Hungarian kings and their wives, documented to this day by a copy of the Hungarian royal crown at the peak of the Neo Gothic tower, placed on a gilded cushion.  At the beginning of September each year, the glory of the coronation is celebrated in Bratislava with a faithful reconstruction of the ceremony performed in the church in honor of the first coronation of the Habsburg King Maximilian II.

Blue Church
This church, consecrated to St. Elizabeth of Hungary on October 11, 1913, is without doubt Bratislava's most appealing secession monument. The church is dominated by its cylindrical tower with a captivating exterior of blue majolica and glazed tiling.

Old Town Hall
The history of the Old Town Hall dates back to the beginnings of the 13th Century medieval town. It features the original Romanesque house of Reeve Jakub and the Unger and Pawer houses. The most complete monument in the neogothic reconstruction is the chapel of St. Ladislav, with its unique wall paintings dating from the 15th century. In 1581, a renaissance arcade was annexed. The City Museum is located here, the oldest in Bratislava (1868) and houses an exhibition of the feudal judicial system, as well as the remarkable interior of the town hall building, the original furnishings of the municipal judiciary. In the summer, cultural programs are held in the beautiful renaissance courtyard and concerts held in the tower.