Michael's Gate, Bratislava

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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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  • August 19, 2017
    We passed by this lovely gate when we exit the old town. We also found there the zero point. Michael's Gate is a landmark you have to see.  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    reference point to enter the pedestrian zone right in the historical center, very sought after by tourists. It is a pleasure to stroll through the streets and alleys without the presence of the car, observing the historic buildings without the problem of being run over. Restaurants, cafes, small shops are plentiful with cheap price and with the euro currency.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Sami gate and Gate Church performed in the typical style of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Immediately was reminded of Salzburg and Vienna.
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  • August 5, 2017
    Picturesque place with option to go on the top of the tower which I definitely recommend. There is an knights permanent exposition while you climb the tower. Usually you can find music performers under the gate but beggars are not unusual as well.
  • August 9, 2017
    Could be a really nice place. Unfortunately it's quite dirty. In the evening there were always beggers and homeless people sitting under it.
  • June 16, 2017
    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.
  • July 28, 2017
    Felt I had to review this after that very negative review previous, this is a super landmark amongst many to be found within walking distance of the old town, walked round the old town lots of times and to say it's full of weeds and graffiti is rubbish it's spotless yes on the outskirts of town it is apparent money is needed to renovate lots of buildings but his did not spoil things for us as there's many a great Slovak restaurant to find and enjoy great food, feeling totally safe at all times and as for graffiti lol, try Vienna, covered in the stuff. Bratislava is a wonderful place with friendly people and there pride in this old town is plain to see.
  • August 25, 2017
    Must visit old town if you are in Bratislava. Old architecture is amazing and good food options are available just down the street.

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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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