Stare Mesto of Bratislava, translating to the Old Town of Bratislava, is the historic centre of Slovakia’s capital and a place filled with a wealth of architectural landmarks, heritage sites and historical attractions. As a fairly compact borough of Bratislava, Stare Mesto is the perfect destination for travellers who love wandering through ancient streets and exploring historic towns on foot.
Most of the important historical monuments and landmarks in Bratislava are to be found in Stare Mesto, although the Old Town is also home to world-class cultural institutions and a beautiful riverside promenade. Some of the finest landmarks to be discovered in Stare Mesto include Bratislava Castle which overlooks the city as well as the Grassalkovich Palace constructed in the Late Baroque style in the mid-18th century. As one of Slovakia’s busiest tourist spots, visitors to Stare Mesto can enjoy a coffee or a meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants lining the historic streets after a day exploring.
Stare Mesto is a small area that can easily be traversed on foot, although Bratislava does boast an efficient public transport network consisting of buses, trams and trolley buses for those looking to explore the wider city. For travellers flying into Bratislava, the nearby Bratislava Airport is an ideal entry point and is linked to the city by public transport. Alternatively, Vienna International Airport is only 40 kilometres from Bratislava and operates flights to and from many international destinations.
Stare Mesto has long been the centre of politics and culture in Bratislava and houses many of Slovakia’s most important institutions including the seat of the Government of Slovakia. The eastern part of Stare Mesto is where much of the city’s historical landmarks can be found, while the quieter western section is much more residential apart from the enormous Bratislava Castle up on the hill.