Bratislava's largest borough is interesting to drive through, especially if you're a fan of brutalist architecture; otherwise it's not worthy of a special visit. Around 65% of Bratislava locals live in prefab concrete blocks such as those in this concrete jungle, south of the Danube. As one of Central Europe's largest socialist housing blocks, Petržalka may look forbidding, but the proximity of these blocks to the city (and improved public transport) make them increasingly desirable places to live.

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Nearby Bratislava attractions

1. Most SNP


The sci-fi silhouette of Bratislava's 'UFO bridge' came at a heavy cost. Period mansions and an old synagogue were sacrificed for the construction of the…

2. Slovak National Gallery


This engaging art space hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary art, from photography to sculpture. It's well worth scouting what's on, or simply…

3. Slovak National Museum

2.01 MILES

The history of music, from ornate carved violins to the art of Slovak tango, is covered in detail on the 1st floor of this branch of the national museum…

4. Hviezdoslavovo Námestie

2.09 MILES

At least once during your visit to Bratislava, you'll stroll along this tree-lined plaza, bypassing embassies, tourist-magnet bars and some of the city's…

5. Bratislava Castle

2.11 MILES

Magnificently rebuilt in Renaissance style, Bratislava Castle looks as though it has been transplanted from a children's picture book. Inside is a history…

6. St Martin's Cathedral

2.15 MILES

The coronations of 19 royals have taken place within three-nave St Martin's Cathedral, alluded to by the 300kg replica crown atop its spire. The interior…

7. Museum of Clocks

2.16 MILES

All burning questions about 17th- to 19th-century clockmaking will be answered within this narrow, rococo-style building, known as the 'House of the Good…

8. Watcher

2.18 MILES

Crowds amass around the ground-level Watcher statue, who peeps out from an imaginary manhole on Panská. Originally installed as a joke in 1997, the statue…