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Atlas Obscura Bratislava’s Hidden Bunkers

In Petržalka, the very edge of the city of Bratislava on the western bank of the Danube, sits a string of concrete bunkers scattered across a variety of fields and woods. These are the best-preserved remnants of an expensive border defense system that was constructed throughout the country over 80 years ago.

In the 1930s, what was then Czechoslovakia invested in a line of military fortifications to defend against invasion by Nazi Germany, which by 1938 following the annexation of Austria (Anschluss), also threatened Bratislava, which sits on the Danube mere miles from the Austrian border.

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Atlas Obscura 2022
4.48km
Bratislava Old Town Hall’s Cannonball

Discover Bratislava Old Town Hall's Cannonball in Bratislava, Slovakia: Launched by Napoleon's soldiers more than 200 years ago, a cannonball remains embedded in the tower wall.

Atlas Obscura 2021
11.08km
Devinska Kobyla Missile Base

Discover Devinska Kobyla Missile Base in Bratislava, Slovakia: A relic of the Cold War tucked away in the forested hills above Bratislava.

Atlas Obscura 2021
8.04km
Rusovce Mansion

Discover Rusovce Mansion in Bratislava, Slovakia: A once-fairy tale mansion now stands in a state of disrepair.

Atlas Obscura 2018
5.41km
Fountain of Union

Discover Fountain of Union in Bratislava, Slovakia: The largest fountain in Bratislava.

Atlas Obscura 2022
4.83km
Skater Girls Mailbox

Discover Skater Girls Mailbox in Bratislava, Slovakia: Although a work of public art, this sculpture is still very much a functioning mailbox.

Atlas Obscura 2021
5.62km
Radio and Television Slovakia

Discover Radio and Television Slovakia in Bratislava, Slovakia: The inverted pyramid design of this station stands out amid Bratislava's urban landscape.

Atlas Obscura 2019
4.74km
Church of St. Elizabeth

Discover Church of St. Elizabeth in Bratislava, Slovakia: Also known as the Blue Church, the building was consecrated to the daughter of Andrew II.

Brutalism 1964
4.11km
Addition to the Slovak National Gallery
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4.94km
Bratislava
Audio Guide
2.72km
Audio Guide
Petrzalka – Bratislava. Transformation of post-socialist landscape
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Atlas Obscura 2018
5.3km
Slavín

Discover Slavín in Bratislava, Slovakia: Thousands of slain Soviet soldiers are buried within the shadow of this enormous obelisk.

Atlas Obscura 2020
5.57km
Biatec Monument

Discover Biatec Monument in Bratislava, Slovakia: A massive sculpture of an obscure Celtic coin that has become a symbol in Slovakia.

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4.53km
Audio Guide
Bratislava City Tour
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Atlas Obscura 2022
14.45km
Prírodná Galéria Šrot Park (Scrap Park Nature Gallery)

Discover Prírodná Galéria Šrot Park (Scrap Park Nature Gallery) in Bratislava, Slovakia: Admire dozens of life-size animals made from old scrap metal, nuts, screws, and valves.