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The castle and museums

Bratislava’s castle (hrad) sits on a strategic hill between the Alps and Carpathians, first fortified in 3500 BC. On a clear day you can see Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. The current building, a boxy four-towered rectangle, is a 1950s reconstruction of Emperor Sigismund’s fifteenth-century castle, which burnt down in 1811. The castle houses two museums: the Slovak Historical Museum (Historické Múzeum), which displays historical artefacts and antiques, and the Music Museum (Hudobné múzeum), with local folk instruments, scores and recordings ( Winding down the castle hill is what’s left of the former Jewish quarter (Židovská), which contains the Museum of Clocks on Židovská 1 (