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 (snm.sk). Winding down the castle hill is what’s left of the former Jewish quarter (Židovská), which contains the Museum of Clocks on Židovská 1 (muzeum.bratislava.sk).

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