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Slavin In Bratislava – A Complete Guide

Slavin Bratislava War Memorial is a cemetery for the 6,845 Soviet soldiers who died during the battles for the city. Here’s all the info for visiting.

How To Get To Slavin War Memorial

Slavin Bratislava is a war memorial located in the Slavin suburb of the capital.

It’s around a 30 minute walk from the Old Town, although it’s probably easier to take public transport.

The best option is to buy a Bratislava Card, which allows unlimited use of all public transport for 24, 48 or 72 hours in the Bratislava Region.

The Bratislava Card also gives free access to 14 museums and galleries in Bratislava, plus more than 100 discounts of up to 50% on attractions, restaurants, shops, and leisure activities, the UFO being one of them!

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

If you really want to see the best of Bratislava, including the War Memorial, the Grand City Tour with Devin Castle is a great option.

Slavin War Memorial Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Slavin War Memorial.

The grounds are constantly open to the public, with no gates.

Slavin War Memorial Opening Times

Slavin War Memorial is open all day, every day.

We visited Slavin as part of our Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour.

A tour which shows the off-the-beaten-track places of the communist past, as well as recent transformations in Bratislava.

The best part of it all though, is that you get to travel in an 8-seater Skoda 1203 van, or a 1970-1990s Skoda car, all whilst learning about 20th-century history from knowledgeable guides.

Best Time To Visit Slavin War Memorial

This is a moving place to visit at any time of the year but more pleasant in the warmer weather when you can also enjoy the views of the city without it being shrouded in mist.

It does get busier here in the summer with tourists and you might not want to attempt the hill climb on the hottest of days.

A night time visit when the central monument is lit by floodlights is said to be impressive. You can also look down on the city lights of Bratislava.

It’s a steep walk up the hill to the memorial but definitely worth the hike.

There are no facilities here, so plan ahead.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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An example of the many individual gravestones

Slavin War Memorial History

Slavin War Memorial is a shrine built to commemorate the fallen soldiers who fought and died fighting to liberate Bratislava during the battles of World War II.

Built between 1957 and 1960, Slavin War Memorial remembers the brave soldiers that lost their lives fighting to protect not only the city but the surrounding region too.

There is a mixture of individual as well as mass graves within the grounds and it is sadly home to a total of 6,845 fallen Soviet soldiers.

This memorial carries mixed emotions for Slovaks. On one hand there is genuine gratitude for the sacrifice of the Russians and other Soviet people that defeated the Nazis in 1945.

On the other hand, the Soviet-backed Communist Party takeover of Czechoslovakia in 1948 and the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, did undermined its popular legacy.

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The proud Soviet solider at the top of Slavin Bratislava
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What To Expect At Slaving War Memorial

Slavin War Memorial Bratislava not only gives great views across the city but is also a pleasant place for a peaceful walk. Definitely a place for contemplation and reflection.

The gardens are very well maintained and there are some really nice sculptures in the grounds.

Situated on a hill overlooking the stunning Bratislava castle, Slavin War Memorial is famous for its central obelisk which is visible from most parts of the city.

The grounds stand at 39 metres high, topped by an 11 metre tall statue of a victorious Soviet soldier carrying a flag.

Slavin, along with the famous UFO, give two of the best viewpoints in Bratislava.

If you have time to spare, Slavin War Memorial Bratislava is a place of history and beauty and is definitely worth a visit.

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The views from the top are the best in the city
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Don’t forget to visit Bratislava Castle.

Where To Stay In Bratislava

Luxury

Marrol’s Boutique Hotel

Marrol’s Boutique Hotel is 5-star hotel located in Bratislava city centre, within a walking distance to the historical Old Town.

Parking is available in the underground garage with monitored camera system, WiFi is free of charge throughout the hotel. 

All 54 air-conditioned rooms in Marrol’s Boutique Hotel have been designed and equipped to offer the maximum comfort and create a perfectexperience whether you are travelling for business or leisure. 

All rooms and other hotel areas are strictly non-smoking. 

Free of charge facilities include coffee and tea making facilities, a SMART TV and a laptop-sized safety deposit box.

Mid-Budget

Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava

Situated on the edge of Bratislava’s pedestrianized Old Town, the Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava offers free wireless internet in all rooms and suites, a sauna and fitness facilities. 

Regional specialities and international cuisine are available in the restaurant. 

In the morning, you can start with a rich buffet breakfast and at noon, a light business lunch is available.

Budget

Hostel Bratislava by Freddie

Hostel Bratislava by Freddie is a budget hostel situated near Bratislava‘s main train station and only a 15-minute walk from the historical center.

Free WiFi and laundry services are also provided. 

Dormitory rooms with different capacities feature safety lockers and shared bathroom facilities. 

Towels are available at a charge. All rooms include bed linen. There is also a common kitchen on each floor.

For more places to stay in Bratislava, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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