“Be it a family celebration, conference, business meeting or romantic dinner for two….always equally perfectly prepared and beautifully presented dishes”
Our philosophy is the true reflection of our chef’s Rastislav Klasovity passion for the best local and seasonal products.
Hradadna Hviezda/ Castle Star/ presents modern Slovak regional cuisine. The core of our dishes are traditional regional recipes.
All of our products are delivered daily. We only order from the very best local producers. The meet is cut and filleted in our kitchen. Vegetables are delivered from local farms.
We are located in the Bratislava castle west courtyard. The elegance of restaurant interior reflects the historical exterior of the Bratislava Castle.
Unforgettable romantic atmosphere, candle light from the antique silver candelabrums and walnut furniture create the warm and intimate contentment.
You can fully relax and enjoy our chef’s art of cookery.
Dear friends, let us to give you a few interesting historical facts about Bratislava Castle.
Not many people know that the castle hill was inhabited since prehistoric times. Thanks to it location on ancient Danube commercial route, it was continually inhabited until the occupation of Celt tribes.
Bratislava Castle was built in 9th century and stands majestically overlooking the Danube river ever since. Eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past.
The place had its strategic geographical importance in the period of the Great Moravian Empire.
King Stephen I ruled over the empire from Bratislava Castle in 11th century. It remained unconquered during the Tartar raids 1241 and protected Hungary against the attacks from the west. Also the castle provided a protection for Vienna during Ottoman expansion in the 16th century.
Bratislava became the official coronation town for Hungarian Kings and the castle became formal seat of the kings of Royal Hungary.
Maria Theresa had the castle reconstructed to a residence and a representative place. She had a new palace Theresianum built along with several other buildings and French gardens. The Quinn’s advisor Wolfgang Kempelen , who was also incredibly talented inventor, constructed in the castle famous chess automat, talking machine and textile machinery. His aqua duct was pumping water from the Danube River to the castle and was functional for 125 years.
After the Empress and her son Joseph II died, castle was deserted and became a military garrison. In the May of 1811, the fire broke in the military warehouse. For almost hundred years the castle was in ruins.
After the WWII, the castle underwent serious reconstruction and renovation. In 1968, state leaders signed inside Bratislava Castle a document, establishing Czechoslovak Federation. The constitution of independent Slovakia was signed here in 1992.
Bratislava Castle is often called “Upside down table” as is created by four wings, each with a corner tower. For two centuries the south-west tower (jewel’s tower) housed the Hungarian coronation jewels.
The area in front of the castle is called Yard of Honour. It is bordered by two triumphal gates and guard houses of the imperial guard.
Presently Bratislava Castle exhibits the collections of Slovak national museum and host many social events and classical music concerts. During the summer time on the west terrace, right in front of our restaurant, you can enjoy evening concerts or Gourmand’s market in the castle gardens.
On the eastern terrace of the palace you can still see remains of the Great-Moravian basilica and other buildings from 11th century.
If you decide to walk to castle from the centre start your journey from St. Martin Dome. Continue up the steps under the new bridge and walk up Zidovska and Beblaveho Street. Maybe pop in for a glass of delicious local vine in our sister restaurant Modra Hviezda- Blue Star and enjoy the magnificent view from the restaurant terrace. After a little rest continue your journey through Sigismund, s gate – one of the most beautiful architectonical jewels of castle up to the castle gardens.
Anywhere you go in the castle area you can be sure that you will get the best view of our town from any little spot you find.
THE UNDER CASTLE SURROUNDINGS- Podhradie
Podhradie had several parts: the oldest Vydrica (in 10th-11th fishing village), settlement of St. Nicholas (named by the church still standing) also called Schlossberg, a little younger Jewish ghetto, Zuckermandel , Hausberge (Red Cross) and Castle street built around a new road to the castle (from 1630). The community of settlements around the castle was originally subordinate village; in 1713 it became a separate market town with great privileges of King Charles VI. This part was later called the City of Maria Theresa.
Beblavého Street was originally called Petőfi Street, whereas in 1843 poet Petőfi copied the reports of the Hungarian Parliament. In 1913 a large fire spread from Beblaveho Street and destroyed a large part of the Jewish quarter.
The appearance of Podhradie was gradually changing. The nobility moved out, rich Jews settled in the city and the palaces turned into rental apartments. Almost all houses were rebuilt as rental flats without drinking water and toilets. Four families often lived in one room.
Podhradie become the poorest ghetto with a bad reputation. It was dirty and dangerous. The word “Vydrica“has become synonymous with brothel.
In the 30th the town officials were even thinking about the Castle demolition and replacement with newly build Council offices. The first geological work stopped only thanks to desolation of Republic and the under castle continued to decay. Some houses have fallen, others were demolished by bombs and tunnel construction, but the streets continued to maintain their appearance. Worse, however, was that Podhradie lost its inhabitants. Jews were killed, Germans fled and the remaining buildings were nationalized. The buildings, which called for urgent maintenance, were threatened with the demolition. Thousands people migrated to the city and Podhradie has considered just to be a dirt, which has to be removed as soon as possible. Collapsed ceilings buried the wall where allegedly Petofi wrote his verses. The house no. 46 on Vydricka was demolished although it preserved remains of the fortress and the famous Kempelen aqua duct. Abandoned synagogue disappeared too.
The south part of Podhradie was destroyed to give a way Bridge SNP construction. In 1974 the bridge was finished and renewed the historical border between town and under castle Podhradie.
What was left were just a few houses in Vydrica , houses of Jews at the beginning and one at the end, old piece of Palffy wall and from Zuckermandl nothing. Although the castle was repaired, and modified on the end it become completely separated from the city. Centuries created entity was torn apart.
INTERESING PLACES TO VISIT
Museum of clock,
The Rococo-style “House of the Good Shepherd” is one of the few buildings in the area below BratislavaCastle surviving in its original state from earlier times. It was built in 1760 – 1765. The lower part was used for commercial and production purposes, the upper parts were a living area. A false window has been retained in the façade of the house; the moulded statue of the good shepherd in the niche under the baldachin is not original. The house is a small treasure of Central European burgher architecture.
St Martins cathedral
St. Martin’s cathedral is one of the most significant symbols of Bratislava. It was built in the 12th century and almost immediately became the center of an everyday life. Originally a Roman architecture has been converted in the Gothic style in the 13th century and remained till today.
Museum of Hungarian Culture in Slovakia
A specialised museum with national coverage focussing on the history and development of material and spiritual culture of the Hungarian ethnic group in Slovakia is housed in the Brämer Mansion located in the partially preserved settlement at the foot of Bratislava Castle called Podhradie.
The exhibition presents original relics and facsimile of sources on the life and work of this exceptional composer who, according to the oral tradition, visited the manor house and, reportedly, composed his Moonlight Sonata there.
Museum of Jewish Culture
Permanent exhibition opened in May 1993, introduces visitors with the history and culture of Jews in Slovakia since the Great Moravian Empire. Two and three-dimensional exhibits acquaint visitors with the everyday life of the Jewish people: their holidays, interior of synagogues and Jewish personalities who became known throughout Slovakia. The end of exhibition is dedicated to the memory of about…An exhibition permanently housed in the Zsigray Mansion in Bratislava aims at the presentation of Jewish material and spiritual culture and the documentation of holocaust in Slovakia. The collections and exhibitions present to the public objects of everyday life, documents and objects of visual art.
Palace of the Palatine Paul Pálffy in Podhradie (remnant)
Formerly one of the most important Early Baroque buildings in Central Europe Count Paul Pálffy (1592 – 1653), one of the most influential Hungarian aristocrats of the first half of the 17th century, had the palace built. The main attraction of the garden was the so called Pálffy lime tree, which was surrounded by a system of terraces and arbours, where Paul Pálffy spend many hours with his guests.