Primate's Palace (Primaciálny Palác) Tours
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Right in the heart of Bratislava is the neoclassical Primate's Palace (Primaciálny Palác), with its pink facade. What was once the archbishop’s residence now serves as the seat of Bratislava’s mayor and hosts the city council. This architectural jewel is where Napoleon signed the Peace of Pressburg in 1805 after the Battle of Austerlitz.
Walking through Bratislava’s Old Town, you can’t miss the stunning Primate's Palace (sometimes also translated as Primatial Palace), just off the main square. The palace is open to the public and features a spectacular House of Mirrors, a fountain, a statue of St. George slaying a dragon, and a sumptuous collection of English tapestries from the 17th century.
Most walking tours in Bratislava pass by and discuss the role of the Primate's Palace in Slovakian history. You can also book a private tour of Bratislava for a more in-depth look at its history and a chance to customize the itinerary based on your interests. Private day trips from Budapest to Bratislava are also available.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The Primate's Palace is a must for architecture fans and anyone who loves to explore palaces.
- The palace hosts a number of classical music concerts throughout the year in the grand House of Mirrors.
- Visitors generally spend about three hours exploring the palace.
- Free Wi-Fi is available in the Primatial Square.
- The palace is wheelchair accessible and features a lift to the 3rd-floor courtyard.
How to Get There
The Primate's Palace is located in the pedestrian-only zone of Old Town Bratislava. Take tram 1, 7, 8 or 9 to the Namestie stop, or tram 4 or 6 to the SND stop, both a 5-minute walk to the palace.
When to Get There
The palace is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Sunday, with the busiest time being around midday. The best time to visit the Primatial Palace, and Bratislava in general, is between May and September, when the weather is pleasant.
From Napoleon to Present Day
The Peace of Pressburg, signed in the Primate's Palace, marked the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire, and Bratislava was ruled by Emperor Francis I of Austria. The palace is also where Ferdinand V of Hungary established the first trustworthy Hungarian government and signed the April Laws, which helped to modernize the Kingdom of Hungary into a nation-state. In 1903, the city of Bratislava purchased the palace, which served as the seat of the president of Slovakia until 1996.
Address: Primaciálne námestie 1, Bratislava, Slovakia
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Primate's Palace (Primaciálny Palác)
Visit the most-popular sites in historic Old Town Bratislava on this stress-free walking tour. Lead by a local guide, learn the history of the area and pick up some Slovak words as you wander through Old Town. Make stops at Old Town Hall, Primate's Palace, medieval fortifications, art galleries, and more. Choose from a convenient morning or afternoon departure.
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Bratislava’s Old Town has many authentic corners where you step back several centuries. It’s preserved medieval core is full of narrow streets along the former town walls, numerous Renaissance courtyards full of little cafés, shops and galleries and romantic quiet corners. Enjoy a guided walking tour away from the main tourist paths through some of the town’s narrowest streets with original cobbled stones. Listen to stories about houses and personalities and get fascinated by the charm of this quaint city.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Primate's Palace (Primaciálny Palác)?
The best ways to experience Primate's Palace (Primaciálny Palác) are:
- 2 Hour Sightseeing Tour of Bratislava
- Bratislava Off the Beaten Path Tour - recommended also by Rick Steves
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