Old Town Hall
Old Town Hall © Thaler Tamas
Set in the heart of Bratislava's historic city centre, the Old Town Hall is the perfect place to begin your holiday in Slovakia's capital city. The oldest stone building in the downtown area, its Gothic tower was erected in 1370, before the rest of the building was completed in the 15th century by joining three adjacent townhouses together. A distinctive building, photogenically tiled, it now principally functions as the home of the Bratislava City Museum. The museum is small, but certainly worth a look, housing a collection of strange and creepy artefacts: torture instruments, the old town dungeons, antique weapons and armour, and even a cannon-ball that was shot into the wall by Napoleon's forces in 1809. In the summer, the Old Town Hall hosts open-air music concerts in its courtyard. Many of Bratislava's other great tourist sights (such as the Main Square and Primate's Palace) are within easy walking distance of the Old Town Hall, and there are numerous cafes and eateries serving excellent Slovakian cuisine.