They stand out for their architecture, pompous spaces and are an inseparable part of the historical centres of many cities. As in the past they were used by various nobles, today they create space for works of art or cultural experiences. As you probably think, we are talking about noble buildings – palaces.
Did you know there are almost 60 of them in Bratislava?
In today’s journal, we bring you the most interesting ones, which are certainly worth a visit and you can find them very close to Hotel Devín****. By visiting them, you will not only enjoy a walk through the Old Town, but you will get to know the unmistakable colouring and culture of the capital of Slovakia.
The Grassalkovich palace
This rococo summer palace was built for the chairman of the Hungarian Royal Chamber and advisor to the Empress Maria Theresa, Count Anton Grassalkovich in 1760. It is located a 17-minute walk from Hotel Devín HERE. In the past, the luxurious palace was a popular place for the social life of the nobility. Nowadays, the palace is the residence of the office of the President of the Slovak Republic. Although the palace is normally closed to visitors, the park behind it is freely accessible to the public.
This neoclassical palace was once owned by Count František Zichy. You can find it very close to the hotel, just a 6-minute walk HERE. Heinrich Marschner, a composer and one of the founders of German romantic opera, worked as a music teacher in the Zichy family at the beginning of the 19th century. Currently, the Zichy Palace houses a gallery and hosts wedding ceremonies and cultural events.
It was designed by the Viennese architect Melchior Hefele in the style of French classicism and was completed in 1781. It became the winter residence of the Ostrihom archbishop and kings were occasionally accommodated here during coronations. Since 1903, the palace has served as the town hall and is only a 9-minute walk from the hotel building HERE. The representative first floor is open to the public and the biggest attraction here is the collection of rare English royal tapestries from the 17th century. The hall of mirrors in the palace is used for concerts.
The Pálffy palace
The palace offers visitors contemporary art as well as classic collections of the old masters, and you can find it just a 6-minute walk from Hotel Devín HERE. The attractive installation Passage by Matej Krén consists of almost 15,000 books, which, together with mirrors, create the illusion of infinite space and the infinity of human knowledge. Another permanent installation by Alex Mlynárčik called Villa of Mysteries represents an unmissable part of our visual arts and an authentic testimony of the times.
The rococo Mirbach Palace was built by the Bratislava brewer Michael Spech in 1768-1770 and you can find it just a 9-minute walk from the TU hotel HERE. The last owner, Count Emil Mirbach, bequeathed the palace to the city with the wish to establish the Bratislava City Gallery in its premises. His wish was fulfilled and the building now houses a permanent exhibition of Central European Baroque painting and sculpture. In the courtyard of the palace there is a fountain decorated with impressive sculptures of Triton and nymphs by Viktor Tilgner depicting a woman sitting on the shoulder of a powerful half-serpent and half-man.
Leopold De Pauli´s palace
The palace was built in 1775-76 on the site of an older royal house for Prince Leopold de Pauli and is located 7 minutes’ walk from Hotel Devín HERE. It was the only palace inside the walls that had a garden in addition to the courtyard. At the end of the garden, a rococo pavilion was built, in which the nine-year-old Franz Liszt began his musical career in 1820, when he gave a concert to the local nobility. Today, the palace is part of the University Library and the Liszt Garden is used for concerts.