Bratislava Castle, which stands on a hill above the old historical centre, is the symbol and dominant landmark of the capital. Its shape is reminiscent of an overturned table with its legs in the air and is a favourite and sought after location for foreign tourists and Bratislava locals alike. The castle has a rich history and the castle hill was settled by the Celts in the late Stone Age. For a number of centuries it was home to the heads of Royal Hungary and was also the location of a general seminary for training priests and even the site of barracks for soldiers. Since independence the castle has been the representative seat of the National Council of the Slovak Republic and has been host to expositions of the Slovak National Museum.
CATHEDRAL OF ST. MARTIN
The grand Gothic cathedral reminds of the glory of Bratislava when it was the coronation town for Hungarian monarchs. Maria Theresa was crowned the Queen of Hungary there in 1741. The cathedral´s interior is decorated with a notable relief of the Holy Trinity and the portal of the southern hall is the oldest Renaissance architectural monument in the territory of Slovakia. The 300-kg gold-plated copy of St Stephan´s crown has been placed in the Cathedral´s tower in a height of 85 meters as a memory of the coronation times.
The bridge that was originally called as The New Bridge was built in 1972 and is the first bridge in the world in the category of hanging bridges with a single pylon. This is a unique work of architecture and was declared the project of the century for Slovakia in 2001 in the category of Bridge Projects. The New Bridge returned back to its original name of SNP Bridge in August 2012 to commemorate this historical event which was a major milestone in the modern history of Slovakia. A luxury lookout restaurant at a height of 95 m above the ground at the very top of the bridge is also a component and a unique element finishing the structure. The restaurant offers spectacular views of all of Bratislava in addition to culinary specialities.