Did you know about relationship Mary Habsburg to Bratislava?

Many Bratislavans feared for the fire-damaged building ’s fate – after the once beautiful historical structure was engulfed in flames during the Christmas market two years ago. While reconstruction of this national cultural monument on the Main Square continues, the damaged facade has already been returned to its former resplendent glory.

Did you know that it stands on the site of a notable building where Mary Habsburg had sought refuge? She had been the young widow of Hungarian King Louis II Jagelsky who had died in 1526 at the Battle of Mohács.

That Middle Ages Auer burgher family home was demolished in 1906 and replaced by the Art Nouveau bank palace (1911). Kooperativa insurance company is located here today. Mary Habsburg probably stayed in the Auer family home until she moved into the renovated royal mansion on Ventúrska Street. That house in the 17th century played an important role in the history of the Evangelicals, who were in dire straits. After the Turks had destroyed their prayer house, their services in 1683 were held at the house of Ernest Auer, who was an Evangelical Church inspector.

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Splendid Café Štefánka – on the corner of Palisády and Štefánikova streets – dates to the beginning of the 20th century. i.e. the Hackenberg dynasty. Located in an 1897 Alexander Feigler building, in 1904 Béla I. Hackenberger became the tenant and operator of the original Mezey Café. He renamed it Café Štefánka (Stephania, Stefánia caféház) – after the widow of heir to the throne Rudolf who committed suicide with his mistress. Café Štefánka (Palisády and Štefánikova streets) a cult meeting place for Bratislava’s intelligentsia, writers, poets, journalists, artists, doctors, lawyers and factory owners for many years.

Ján Smrek recited the verses of his immortal poem „Poet and Woman“ to his friends in Café Štefánka, as well as other verses in its pleasant atmosphere… Sculptor Tibor Bártfay likened the café to Montparnasse in Paris. After 1948, Café Štefánka was nationalized and then managed by RaJ (Restaurants and Canteens) until 1948. Café Štefánka’s spiritual and architectural betrayal culminated in 1989 when the Old Town’s former management leased the building to a Chinese restaurant. Café Štefánka has now proudly returned to its original name and former fashionable monarchist spirit.

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In August 2020 Bratislava saw the return of the 1913-built inter-city tram that had operated between Vienna and the Slovak capital from 1914 to 1945, and added to Bratislava’s unique character. When the route was decommissioned, the GANG Eg 5 locomotive was displayed at Mariazell Railway Museum in Austria, while the GANZ Eg 6 was put into „retirement“ in excellent condition. However, the tram’s owner nevertheless decided to offer it for sale or even the crushing yard.

Happily, the scrap-destined old tram was rescued at a tune of almost EUR 10,000 – with a similar amount earmarked for full reconstruction. Following this loving care and attention from rail enthusiasts, the beautifully restored tram will once again be ready to grace Bratislava’s tram network for special commemorative trips.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

A unique archeological find has uncovered during final stage of Bratislava Castle renovation – an 11th century wood-earth wall. Matej Ruttkay (director of the Archaeological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences) and archaeologist Marián Samuel commented that the preserved timber wall is one of the best examples of such period’s fortifications in Central Europe.

They explained that the original castle probably burned down in the 11th century fundamentally changing the area’s character and creating the castle hill relief still familiar to us today. The castle is thought to have stationed a military garrison, as well as that of Polish ruler Boleslav the Brave, which occupied the area for some time.

This oak timber wall is the first example of charred oak wood conservation in Slovakia. The research confirming the uniqueness of this strategic ridge above the Danube. The artefact could be restored by 2023 and exhibited to the general public in 2023.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

Bratislava has a wonderful new attraction – 30-metre high observational Ferris wheel on Vajanské nábrežie. The city council approved its temporary construction as a much needed boost to local tourism during the corona crisis. Also providing funds for local government as well. The vision for an observational ‘eye’ over Bratislava riverside was confirmed by a public opinion poll organised in March. “This Ferris wheel in the heart of the Old Town delivers an attractive way to enjoy the city’s summer atmosphere. The subtle white wheel is sensitive to the surroundings, with pod windows affording splendid views of the city’s stunning landmarks“. said the Old Town’s spokesperson Martina Štefániková to TASR news agency. One entry costs EUR 6.50, and it will be open from 4 July to 30 September 2020.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk

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The stunning new 21 meter-high lookout tower on Devínska Kobyla – which began construction in April 2020 – is almost ready to welcome its first visitors. The lookout is located on the former army site where its predecessor stood. It will open as soon as the remaining level is completed.

The seven-story high has seven viewpoints – with the most awe-inspiring at the top of course. Visitors with a head for heights can look forward to views of the Alps and Vienna, as well as Nitra’s Zobor on clear days. The tower is accessible to everyone – walkers and cyclists. Devínska Nová Ves council – which commissioned the project – will run the tower as a free-entry attraction.

It will be closed in winter months.

Original source in Slovak language: www.bratislavskenoviny.sk