The capital city of Slovakia is usually not on everyone’s bucket list. Some of the Indians who visit Eastern & Central Europe keep half a day for Bratislava city tour. Most of them haven’t even heard much about this spectacular city.
That’s a shame because Bratislava was one of the most beautiful, most peaceful & friendliest cities on our trip. If there was 1 country (other than Norway) where I’d live for the rest of my life, it has to be Slovakia.
How to reach?
Bratislava is well connected with other European capitals. You can reach Bratislava by train from Prague (4 hours), Budapest (2.5 hours), Vienna (1 hour) and many other cities. You can also take the bus from these cities. Although, I’d recommend the train.
The best way to reach Bratislava from Vienna is by cruise. It takes about 50 mins & the ride is stunning.
So when you are in Bratislava, how should you spend your day?
1. The Old Town
The prettiest part of Bratislava is definitely its old town. Take a walk around the cobbled-stone, narrow streets, eat & drink in quaint cafes & marvel at its architecture. If you are interested in the historical part, join the city walk that starts from Bratislava Tourism Board’s office near the old town.
2. Devin Castle
There are good evenings, great evenings & an evening spent at the Devin Castle. The castle is a ruin yet it offers the spectacular view of Danube & Moravia Rivers. If you an early riser, catch the beautiful sunrise. The best thing about Devin Castle is that you don’t have to travel too far from the city. It is about 10 mins drive away from the city center & there are buses going to & fro regularly.
3. Bratislava Castle
The Bratislava Castle can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. It is located on a hill above the old town. This castle is undoubtedly the most important monument of the city. It holds a lot of historical artifacts. Bratislava Castle is where Slovak Parliament takes place. You can also visit the Slovak National Museum located inside the castle.
4. Blue Church
The name is obvious. Blue Church is blue in color & it is absolutely beautiful! The entire theme of the church (Exterior & Interior) has been maintained with shades of blue. The Blue Church is about 100 years old & a must visit sight in Bratislava.
5. St. Martin’s Cathedral
700 years old Cathedral is one of the loveliest sights of Bratislava. St. Martin’s Cathedral is filled with an amazing historical story. The importance of St. Martin’s Cathedral can be seen from the fact that for nearly 270 years, this place was appointed as the coronation church for Hungarian kings.
6. Michael’s Gate
Out of several gates of Bratislava’s old town, Michael’s Gate is the most important one. It is still in a mint condition. Visitors are allowed to climb the top & see the outstanding panoramic view of the old town. You’ll have to climb 7 floor for that. 😛
7. Bridge SNP & UFO Restaurant
One of the striking structures of Bratislava is the Bridge SNP. At one end of Bridge SNP (Slovak National Uprising), there is a spaceship-like tower. This is the watch tower & a lavish restaurant
Bratislava is known for its easy-going lifestyle. It is also known for the world cuisine.If you’re looking for some quick bites, head to Street 54 for some of the best burgers & traditional Slovak fast food items. They also have some veg. options (Good news for vegetarians like me). 😛
The best restaurant with the best view in the entire city is Sky Bar. Sky Bar is located near the old town itself. It offers a panoramic view of the old town. Fantastic food, courteous staff, crazy cocktails & soothing view, Sky Bar scores perfect in all sections. Do not miss it!
Visiting Bratislava & not getting drunk? Ehh! That’s not fair. Bratislava is known for its alcohol consumption. There are many bars, clubs, lounges & niche alcohol places around the city. Nothing beats Martin’s Grand Cru Wine Gallery.
You MUST visit this place & meet Martin. He’s the best person when it comes to talking, cracking joking, drinking wine & having fun.