Chasing statues in Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia, with a population of just about 500k people and the only national capital that borders two sovereign states. Slovakia may not be on your travel wish list when you go to Europe, but if you are in Vienna, Budapest or taking a cruise on the Danube River it’s definitely worth to make a stop for a day trip – just enough to see all the cool and important landmarks. You can check out my One Day Trip in Bratislava guide here –

Nevertheless, today I want to introduce you to the many quirky human-sized sculptures located all over the Main Square and Old Town area. These bronze statues were added to bring humor and life to the communist-era architecture.
They are eye catching and you will notice lots of people taking photos of and with them. It’s really hard not too, they are everywhere 😉

If you start the chase in the Main Square (Hlavné námestie) you will stumble upon Napoleon’s Army Soldier – leaning over a bench, as I did when I stopped to enjoy my ice cream.Napoleon | Julie's World

Just barely out of the square you find Schone Naci, a well known figure in the early 20th century for being a poor and mentally ill man that paraded the streets of Bratislava in old, but elegant attire, greeting passers-by with his top-hat and bowing courteously to ladies passing by.Schone Naci

In the next intersection, pulling his head out of concrete is maybe the most famous of them all – Cumil (Man at work), residing there since 1997.Cumil

About 4 minutes away, in the Hviezdoslav square, you will find Hans Christian Andersen, a fairy tale author who said “If you want a fairy tale, your city is a fairy tale itself.” and after visiting Bratislava produced some of his masterpieces such as The Little Match Girl.Hans Christian Andersen

If you walk around you can also find characters as a paparazzi, a thief or two girls taking a break on a mailbox, or even more since they started building them near restaurants to attract tourists.

Bratislava statues collage | Julie's World

The statues are one of the emblematic attraction of the city and you just can’t say you’ve been to Bratislava if you didn’t take at least one photo with Napoleon or Cumil (man at work).

If you want to go on more organized tours, Viator has some great ones.

All in all, recently noted as a touristic destination, Bratislava is great to visit especially if you are a traveler that enjoys smaller crowds and cheaper prices. Accommodation is pretty cheap as well, I found some good deals for less than 40$, if you’re interested to sleep cheaper while going between Austria and Hungary.

Bonus tip: If you have time for a city tour you get to ride in these little cars 😉Bratislava City Tour | Julie's World

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12 thoughts on “Chasing statues in Bratislava, Slovakia”

  1. What a cute little city! I would love to see the statues of Hans Christian Andersen and the one of the paparazzi! Do you have any idea why they have so many of these around?

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    1. Yes, I thought so too. As I understand the locals made some statues to be placed around the center in an attempt to create some life in the city center after the fall of communism.


  2. We first heard of this city in the film Eurotrip and later on a backpacking trip to Europe where we were almost thrown off the train because of some confusion with the Eurail pass we were carrying. We’ve never had a chance to explore this wonderful city and now wonder if we should have budgeted an extra day for it!

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  3. You’re right! Bratislava is not necessarily in everyone’s bucket list! Let’s see if I could make a day trip to this beautiful city!
    Such quirky sculptures are really intriguing!!! Brussels are intriguing for me when I spotted quite a few bronze sculptures on the streets!
    The man at work is the most intriguing in your list!

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  4. I noticed these statues while researching Bratislava recently, and found them very interesting. Now after reading your post, I’m sure I won’t be able to resist searching out all the statues I can while in the city.

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  5. Super stunning photos, they really show how happy you are 🙂 Bratislava looks gorgeous, your photos definitely makes me want to visit right now!

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  6. The statues are so interesting, I like the most the Cumil one. I would love to take a ride in that little red car although I know for sure my boyfriend will skip it as he is too tall for it. Hope to cross this Bratislava off my list soon – after reading this article I will chase the statues for sure.

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  7. I haven’t read much about Bratislava around on other travel blogs – it’s nice to see some of the little quirks and attractions of the city spread around! I’ve never been, but I’ve been to Vienna a couple times, and frankly, I think I’m done with that city as a tourist – so maybe next time I’m over that way, I’ll make the short trip to Bratislava and enjoy the statues and general vibe of the city. I bet a float down the Danube would be the best way, thanks for the tip!

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  8. I visited Bratislava a few weeks ago and noticed about 3 of these statues as well as people lining up to get a photo with one. There are more statues than I saw, I wish I had known before going. Your photo of Bratislava from a distance is fantastic.

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