Capital of Slovakia - Bratislava
The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava is not too big, but an amazingly beautiful city that once served as a coronation site. There are a huge number of ancient castles and other interesting places for exploring, so you will simply have no time to get bored in this city..
Devin gothic castle
The first on the list of visits for tourists should be this particular castle with an interesting history. The fortress very often changed its owners, who made a modest contribution to its appearance. But over time, like all other military buildings and structures, Devin lost its value. And time did not spare the fortress at all, damaging its appearance. Napoleon's troops finally destroyed the castle.
A little later, in the first half of the 19th century, the castle was donated «second wind». And after a while it was made the center of patriotic holidays..
Quite often from tourists you can hear that the streets in Bratislava are a real labyrinth. There are a lot of them, but the most famous of them is Michalskaya Street.
At the beginning of the street there is the famous Michal Tower, which was built at the turn of the XIII-XIV century. It should be noted that the tower is very high - its «growth» is equal to 50 meters. Inside the building is the Weapon Museum, which welcomes visitors on all days except Tuesday. Be sure to climb to the top of the tower, where the observation deck is located. An absolutely amazing view of Bratislava opens from here.
Old town hall
This is not only the oldest building in the capital, but also in the whole of Slovakia. It is located between two squares: the Primate and the Main Square..
The construction of the town hall took place in two stages. The tower dates back to the 13th century, and the construction of the outbuildings was completed by the beginning of the 15th century. The building was significantly damaged by the 1599 earthquake. The situation was aggravated by the fire that occurred in the 18th century. After the restoration work on the facade of the Gothic building, features of the Baroque and Renaissance appeared.
The town hall served as a venue for city council meetings. In different periods, an archive, a mint and a prison were located here. Now the building houses the city museum.
Monument to the plumber Chumil
This is probably the most unusual monument one can find. It is located in the center of Old Bratislava and looks like a plumber half rising from a manhole.
If you think that the inhabitants of the capital decided to perpetuate this profession in this way, then you are mistaken. Chumil is a symbol that does not allow residents to forget about how they escaped from the bombings of the Second World War in the sewers.
Be sure to touch the nose of the plumber. If you do this, then according to local residents, luck will never turn away from you..