Off the beaten path: Secret spots of Bratislava

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Are you one of those people who don’t satisfy themselves with touristy attractions? Do you like to get lost and explore places where tourists don’t usually set foot? If you answered “yes” to both our questions then this guide is perfect for you. We’ve explored these places for you and we bring you the first part of the series “Secret spots of Bratislava”.

Follow our steps and discover hidden treasures and spots that most tourist guides won’t tell you about. We hope to bring you a lot of interesting info. Our wish is to make your stay in Bratislava unforgettable!

Cemetery in Kozia Street

Cintorin Kozia Brana
Cemetery in Kozia Brana

Starting from the Grassalkovich Palace you can proceed towards this beautiful and peaceful place in Kozia Street. The cemetery will take you centuries back. The tombstones covered with moss and ancient trees look like from the medieval times.

Cintorin Kozia Brana - cross
A cross in the cemetery

The cemetery is actually evangelical and many important Slovaks are buried there. Nobody has been buried there since 1950. Nowadays it is especially a place of religious interest and a nice refuge for loners. There are two interesting buildings that are a part of the cemetery: The impressive tomb of Ján Jesenák and the Baptist church.

Haunted hospital

Haunted Hospital
Don’t go in!

Are you a fan of the TV series American Horror Story? The former maternity hospital in Svoradova Street might have inspired the creators. One of the secret spots of Bratislava is this scary abandoned building. There used to be times when anyone could get inside and see things like a baby in formaldehyde, vaccines or the medical history of the patients.

Haunted Hospital, one of the secret spots of Bratislava
The hospital is scary from the outside

We do not recommend entering the hospital. The place could be dangerous and you might get injured. A better idea is to check it from the outside and imagine what was going on there in the past. It’s actually pity, it could be a really nice building if the owners reconstructed it. If you want to find more spots with a scary history, check our list of haunted places in Bratislava.

Bus nr. 147

147 Bus Bratislava
147 stops here!

This is something for those who are too lazy to walk up the hill. Bus nr. 147 will solve your walking issues. This tiny vehicle starts its route close to Hodžovo Square and slowly proceeds up to the monument Slavín. The driver takes up random passengers on the way and shows them where famous Slovaks live. It feels more like a city tour bus but it’s not!

Gottwald’s fist

If you have no idea who Klement Gottwald was we are not going to bother you with too many details. He was an important Czech politician. After a coup d’etat he became the president of the Czechoslovak Republic. Gottwald’s fist is what remained of a huge sculpture in the Square of Freedom. Nowadays it is just two fists with a piece of the president’s collar.

Calvary

The Calvary of Bratislava
The Calvary of Bratislava

The Calvary in Bratislava built in 1694 commemorates the victory in the war against Turks. This one is a little different from the traditional one as it has only 12 stations. When the city was prolonging the Prazska street in the 70’s they destroyed a big part of the Calvary. On the top of the hill you can still find the remains of the old church and bell tower. Not only religious people come and enjoy this peaceful place.

Horský park

Horsky Park in Bratislava
A forest just uutside the centre

Don’t think that Bratislava is a concrete jungle. Not far from the Calvary you can find Horský park, which is something between a park and a forest. Although you might get an impression to be out of Bratislava, this place lies in the very heart of the city. There are a few monuments and a lot of cultural and sport events take place in the area. In spring you can find tons of wild garlic and prepare nice and fresh pesto.

Funus

FUnuz Pub Bratislava
Time for a beer!

After looking for all the hidden treasures it is time for a break. Yes, we are talking about cold beer and something good to eat. Why not a historical place like Funus? It has gone through a reconstruction lately and lost the shabby look we loved so much. Anyway, it offers mainly traditional meals like game goulash or schnitzels with potato puree.

This place dates back to the 19th century when various linguists and politicians were dealing with the question of the proper Slovak language. Ľudovít Štúr, the most important of them, describes visiting Funus in his book. He and his friends didn’t have enough money to pay for the feast. Consequently, one of them had to go back to the city to get it.

Slavín

Slavin Memorial Bratislava
Slavin Memorial

This is is not really one of the secret spots of Bratislava since it is well visible from a distance. However, most tourists avoid it for one reason or another. Either they don’t know how to get there or they don’t visit this monument because it is not in the centre. They are usually really surprised when we tell them that to get there is a piece of cake. You can take the above mentioned bus nr. 147 to start with. Then there are buses that stop right under Slavín and you just have to walk a little, for example 207.

Slavín is a very important historical monument. It is a military cemetery for many Soviet Army soldiers, who died while liberating the city from the remaining Nazis. Its construction began in 1957 and the architects were inspired by the Stalinist Palace of Culture and Science. You can find there the dates of the liberation of various Slovak towns. If you don’t care much about history you will at least have a great view of the city.

In case we got you curious and you want to find out more about the history of Bratislava, click here. There is no need to leave our website.

 

 

 

 

How did you like the tour? Anything interesting on the list? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Peter Korchnak
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    What a nice list of hidden gems in Bratislava! I lived at the Horsky Park dorm while attending university, and the Calvary and Funus were my favorite spots for after-school relaxation.

    A couple of corrections: Your article incorrectly states that Klement Gottwald was a Slovak politician. He was Czech (though people from the Moravian part of the Czech lands would argue he was Moravian). And while he was Czechoslovakia’s head of state (“the first working-class president,” as the Communists taught us at school), he wasn’t President of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic but rather of the Czechoslovak Republic. The Czechoslovak Socialist Republic only came into existence in 1960, seven years after Gottwald’s death, when the new Constitution changed the country’s name.

    • Enri & Zuz
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      Hello Peter, thank you very much for your feedback! We apologize for the incorrect information. Klement Gottwald was indeed a Czech politician. As far as his presidency is concerned we have consulted different sources and the opinions vary on this subject. However, we will accept your advice and modify the information as you suggested. We look forward to reading your future comments!

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