The world is a big place, and its cities are as diverse as the people who inhabit them. We take a special pride in being able to offer people trips all around the world that pique the senses and dazzle the mind. Europe has a lot of amazing cities, almost too many to name, that have an amazing history that is unique to them. From religious monuments to castles big enough to boggle the mind, there is something for everyone in the city of the day. Today we go to Bratislava, Slovakia, a city which remembers its past well!
The Church of St. Elizabeth, commonly known as Blue Church, is a Hungarian Secessionist Catholic church which is in the Old Town of the city. The church was built in 1908 and was consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary, who was the daughter of Andrew II, who herself had grown up in Pressburg Castle. It is referred to as “The Little Blue Church” due to the color of the majolicas, mosaics, and its facade having various blue hues, as well as the blue-glazed roof. It is built in the Hungarian Art Nouveau style with Romanesque double-pillars, which help to give it an Oriental feel to its look.
Bratislava Castle is the central castle of Bratislava. It is a gigantic rectangular building which features four corner towers and stands on an isolated rocky hill with an amazing view of the Danube River. Due to its prominent location within the city it has been a dominant landmark for centuries. The view is simply breathtaking, providing an amazing view of Bratislava, Austria, and when the weather is very clear, parts of Hungary. It was built in the 8th century originally, however the structure was gutted in 1811 due to an intense fire. Plans were made in the 1930s were made to rebuild it and in 1964 the castle was restored more beautiful than ever.
Slavín is a military cemetery and memorial monument within the city. It serves as the burial ground for thousands of Soviet soldiers who died in World War II while they liberated the city in the waning days of the war from the occupying German army and the Slovak troops who supported the fascist government. It was finished in 1960 and officially opened to the public on the 15th anniversary of the city’s liberation. The following year it became so revered within the country that it was named a National Cultural Monument. Every April 4th thousands gather here, including the president of the country, to honor the soldiers who fell freeing the city from oppression.
There is a lot to love about Bratislava, with its rich history and a culture that shines through in both the landmarks that it houses as well as the people within. There is no reason why you should wait another moment to go and experience it for yourself, and we offer a really great trip to get you there next year with Christmas on the Danube River! For all of the information on this great trip, click here.