Visiting unique destinations is one of the best parts of taking a European River Cruise, and travelers heading to Bratislava, Slovakia, might want to add the Museum of Clocks to their itineraries. Not only does the institution contain a plethora of interesting clocks, but the building used to house this collection is memorable in its own right. Visitors can see one of the few remaining buildings from times long gone while also learning about the history of clockmaking, an experience they won't soon forget.
The House of the Good Shepherd
The four-story yellow building that houses the Museum of Clocks was built in the 1760s in a rococo, or late-Baroque, style, according to VisitBratislava.sk. It got its name from a statue of Christ, often called the Good Shepherd, that is displayed on a corner of the building.
Sitting on the hill just below the Bratislava Castle, the building provides a breathtaking view of the Danube River. The house has a unique shape due to its location, wedged in between two converging streets. Its front end is so narrow it only has enough space for one room. When it was built, the first floor of the house was used as a storefront and production area, and the upper levels served as a living area. Now, the building has been converted to display antique clocks.
Museum of Clocks
When travelers get to the House of the Good Shepherd, they can enter the building on the ground floor to begin their tour. Inside they will find a collection of handmade clocks that range from the early 17th century through the late 19th century, the museum's website reports. This includes everything from wall clocks and alarm clocks to wristwatches and sundials, the majority of which were made and signed by Bratislava clockâmakers. Guests can also learn how the art of building clocks developed between the 1600s and 1800s.
This Slovakian attraction covers a lot of bases for travelers, from local history and architecture to a fun and unique collection that will stand out from all the art and history museums. Whether visitors are interested in learning more about clocks or they just want to visit a quirky exhibition in a beautiful building, they should make sure to plan a stop at the Museum of Clocks, which is open seven days a week, all year long.