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.
Slavin Bratislava – A Memorial Worth Visiting
Slavin Bratislava is a war memorial located in the Slavin suburb of the capital. It is around 2km from the old town centre.
If you’re up for walking, it will take around 30 minutes. However if you’re not feeling the exercise, you can ride the local transport such as trams or buses.
We didn’t use the local transport because everything was within walking distance.
The other option in Bratislava is to download the Taxify app. If you’re in a rush or need an airport transfer, then Taxify is a saviour!
Slavin Memorial is open constantly with no gates or entrance fee.
It’s completely FREE.
Slavin War Memorial is a shrine to commemorate the fallen soldiers built between 1957 and 1960. The brave soldiers fought and died during the battles. They protected not only the city but the surrounding region too, all during the final weeks of World War II.
There is a mixture of individual and mass graves within the grounds, all home to a total of 6,845 fallen Soviet soldiers.
The Slavin War Memorial is situated on a hill overlooking the castle. It is recognised for its central obelisk, which is visible from most parts of the city. The grounds stand at 39 metres high, topped by another 11-metre tall statue of a victorious Soviet soldier carrying a flag. You can only imagine that it gives one of the best viewpoints in Bratislava.
Slavin Bratislava not only gives great views across the city, but is also a pleasant place for a peaceful walk.
Although it carries mixed memories for Slovaks, 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.
Never the less, if you have time spare, Slavin Bratislava is a place of history and beauty and is definitely worth a visit.
Luxury – Marrol’s Boutique Hotel – Without doubt the most highly regarded accommodation in the city. This old 5-star hotel is like an old European palace, fully equipped for maximum comfort it the most luxurious place you’ll find in the capital.
Mid-Budget – Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava – We spent two nights at Austria Trend Hotel and the location and service was perfect. Centrally located, just a few minutes from the Old Town, with great facilities and pleasant staff.
Budget – Hostel Bratislava by Freddie – The cheapest you’ll find if you want to be central. Located close to the main train station and just a 15 minute walk to the Old Town. Free WIFI, laundry and a 24 hour reception are a bonus.
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