[ May 2016 ] When you see the photos of Bratislava of Slovakia, this white castle is always there. It is standing on the hill where you can look over the old town and the Danube river. This photo is the inside of the castle. We climbed up the long staircase which looked like the one Cinderella ran down. It was obviously a new building, but its history goes back to the 13th century. In the 15th century, it became the residence of Hungarian kings and in the 18th century it was the summer house for Maria Theresa. It was rebuilt many times and in the end in 1811 it was burned down. They left it there for as long as 150 years and finally in 1953, they started to reconstruct it.
Currently it is a museum with some rooms of historic exhibitions. We could go up to one of the towers, but the windows were firmly closed, so we could see the view only through the windows. Well, I think that the best way to see the castle is from the outside as one of the focal points of the city. In fact they did not seem to encourage people to enter the castle, as the sign for the ticket office was not so clear. We had to search and ask staff there. From the front of the castle we could see the other side of the river and the huge apartment blocks were impressive. I think there were built during the communist era.