Built on the Castle Hill it dominates the center of Bratislava and its four towers became a symbol of the city. Area of the Castle was inhabited from neolitic Hallstadt and Roman eras. First mentioned in 907. It reached its highest importance during the reign of Austro-Hungarian Queen Maria Theresa. In 1761-66 the fortress was rebuilt into a typical royal residence. More about the castle you can find in a Slovak-English publication Pribeh hradu / The Story of the Castle in Bratislava.
The Castle was destroyed by a fire in 1811. It was in ruins until 1950ties and then after reconstruction sheltered a historical part of the Slovak National Museum. The Castle was also a residence of the President of the Slovak Republic and the Slovak Parliament resides in a new building nearby. The last reconstruction of the castle was finished in 2011. There were new archaeological findings during the last reconstruction.
The castle shelters the Museum of History of the Slovak National Museum and its exhibitions.
The Museum of History administers almost 250,000 objects from the field of national history, arts, sculpting, painting, culture, traditional and artistic crafts, numismatics, ethnography, warfare, economy, the history of Slovaks living abroad and cultures outside Europe. Some of these objects you can see at permanent or current exhibitions in the Bratislava Castle.