The castle dominates the city of Bratislava - to which the first written reference is related in the annals of Salzburg of 907, in association with a battle between Bavarians and Hungarians. The castle's hill was populated as early as the late Stone Age, while the first known inhabitants were the Celts who had founded a fortified settlement here - 'Oppidum'.
Not surprisingly the castle has been destroyed and rebuilt several times, and the outside is of no great interest. The view from it is even less appealing: dreary tower blocks which surround the beautiful city centre. The inside is far more attractive with huge windows which make a great space for exhibitions. The permanent exhibitions are well worth a visit.