Námestie Slobody


Bratislava's underused 'Freedom Square' was one of the country's first to be renamed after the Velvet Revolution. Sadly, the centrepiece of this Soviet-era plaza, Slovakia's largest fountain, was out of action for more than a decade. Fortunately, the bulging, silvery, lime-flower-shaped attraction resumed operation in April 2023, and now you can once more witness the waters of Fontána Družby (Union Fountain) in Nám Slobody.

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Nearby Bratislava attractions

1. Slovak Radio Building

0.18 MILES

Shaped like an upside-down pyramid, this memorable building is either an eyesore or a marvel of brutalist design, depending on who you ask. The 80m-tall…

2. Transport Museum

0.35 MILES

This transport museum is housed in a 19th-century steam-train station. There is not much explanation in English – or in general – but it's good for kids …

4. Museum of Pharmacy

0.52 MILES

In an original burgher house, a tiny museum gives a glimpse of the unguents and ghoulish cures that would have been offered by the pharmacy that stood…

5. Michael's Gate & Weapons Museum

0.53 MILES

Of Bratislava's original 13th-century walls, Michael's is the last gate standing. Capped with an onion dome, the gate's tower was rebuilt in baroque style…

6. Slavín War Memorial

0.56 MILES

Honouring 6845 Soviet soldiers who died when Bratislava was freed in April 1945, this lofty monument yields great views over the city. The soldier on top…

7. Jesuit Church

0.58 MILES

The Jesuit Church of the Holy Saviour, just off Hlavné nám, was built in the 17th century. It's worth peeping inside to see the baroque altar.

8. Museum of City History

0.61 MILES

Rove through Bratislava's past in the former town hall. First, scale the tower for a lookout over Bratislava. Then tour the exhibition rooms; loveliest of…