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Michael's Gate, Bratislava

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#8 of 153 in Sightseeing in Slovakia
Landmark Tourist Spot
Topped with the statue of St. Michael slaying the dragon, Michael's Gate represents the oldest preserved part of the city's medieval fortifications. Built around 1300, the gate acquired its present appearance during an 18th-century reconstruction. Follow the marked historical crown path through the gate and notice a disk with a compass pointing in the directions of the world's major cities. The bridge on the other side of the passage arches over the last remaining section of a medieval moat. Visit the clock tower to see the exhibition of weapons there and climb to the sixth-floor balcony for vistas of the old town, castle, and surrounding landscapes. Plan to visit Michael's Gate and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Bratislava attractions using our Bratislava itinerary planner.
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  • An entrance to the old town. It is one of the last gate remaining of the entrance of the old town. Surely gives out the culture and ethics of the old times with narrow street and beautiful statues and...  more »
  • This is in the old part of town and an excellent position for some beautiful photos. The gate is the only remaining gate from the original fortification so it is very significant. Don't forget to look...  more »
  • The gate is the only remaining gate of the original fortification structure for the old town. It has a weapons museum inside and a stunning view when climbed.  more »
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  • The only land mark I could find. Bratislava is poorly maintained - weeds and graffiti everywhere. British stag parties. Homelessness everywhere. Crumbling buildings. I'm never going back unless it gets a good injection of EU funding.
  • Located in the middle of the city centre. I´m sure you will take a photo =) Nice museum of weapons inside of the building and a nice view ontop as well. An advice: once a year (this time a weekend in April) Bratislava has its own city days where museum are for free, this gate included.
  • Love these old places. They're taking you on a time travel. Especially with these narrow alleys.
  • Nice to see it once.... But not to special.... A lot of tourists around
  • A fabulous historical part of Bratislava. One of the original gates that allowed traffic to enter and exit the city which was surrounded by a wall. A must see and it can also be seen in many areas of the city.

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Where to stay in Bratislava

Save money on a trip to the pricey town of Bratislava by booking a private room or by staying in one of the many hostels. While there are hotels here, frequent business travelers have driven prices up. Find accommodation in Stary Mesto--the city's Old Town--and experience the medieval charm of the area, such as winding streets, old churches, and a hill-top castle. Consider staying on the Danube for riverside views. Be sure to check the reviews of your lodging ahead of time; the quality of accommodations can vary.
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