Battle of Bratislava

About the Battle

  • 2. October 2021 will be the day when annual re-enactement of Battle for Bratislava will take place in famous Bratislava city park of Sad Janka Kráľa.


    Battle for Bratislava is a historical and cultural event which focuses mainly on re-enactment of real local military event from 17th century.

    As usually you can expect the historical camp, presentation of the daily camp life in 17th century, presentation of the regiments, a parade trough the Old City and of course the Battle of Bratislava – reenactment of a military encounter from 1621.

    Compared to previous years we are again moving forward in historical timeline. This year we will be re-enactmenting battle – short siege of Bratislava which took place beneath city walls in August 1621.
    War is going to take its toll on Pressburg 3rd year in a row. Coronation town of Kingdom of Hungary was taken in 1619 by Gabriel Bethlen and his rebels.
    Year later Emperor’s forces tried to take it back but failed. In spring of 1621 citizens of Pressburg, tired and disgusted by wilfulness of rebels, open gates of the city to the enemy.
    Gabriel Bethlen reacts and sets a plan in motion to take Pressburg back. In beginning of August he moves with 15 000 men and 14 cannons from Trnava and lays siege to Pressburg.
    Defenders stand firm and after some time they are joined by emperor’s forces, who took positions on the other bank of Donau and started firing on the besiegers.
    Bethlen eventually breaks the siege and moves his force to Moravia.


  • 10:00 – Event opening

    Cannons will announce event opening – historical camp, crafts and refreshments.

    13:00 – Historical march trough Old City Center

    Historical march of soldiers – reenactors, with drums, and musket fire.

    15:00 – presentation of historical army drills

    17th century army drills with commentary.

    16:00 – re-enactement of short siege of Bratislava

    Enemies will cross their blades on the battlefield.


  • Event will be held in famous Bratislava city park of Sad Janka Kráľa. Parking is available at numerous free public parking spaces, either near Starý Most or in Aupark Shopping park.

Foto & Video
  • Little taste of event in passed years.

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  • Main organizer of the event is SHŠ Banderium.

    Our group was founded in year 2000. Since then we have been regularly taking part in many historical battle re-enactments, parades, performances and other events. Thanks to this we frequently perform not only in Slovakia but abroad as well (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, England, France…). We have even been organizing our own battle re-enactment in Bratislava since 2015.

    Coorganizator of the event is group Manu Forti.

    The re-enactment group MANU FORTI is reconstructing history and martial arts of the Renaissance Europe, focusing on the Bratislava / Pressburg region. With many years of experiences in stage fencing and the reconstruction of historical European martial arts, we are organising and participating at fencing performances, presentations, historical festivals, re-enactment events and tournaments in Slovakia and abroad. MANU FORTI is a member of the Paridon fencing school and the Alblau Regiment, an international association of re-enactment groups reconstructing the history of the Thirty Years War.