The capital of Slovakia attracts visitors because of its cultural, educative and artistic offer. It is also a cheap destination if you travel from England which makes it the perfect place for a weekend away. Bratislava is well connected by budget airlines like Ryanair. If you decide to travel off season, expect to find return flights for about 50 euros.
The city itself is small and easy to see in a couple of days or even less! If you visit though, remember Vienna is only 60 km away so if you travel there you could also consider a side trip to Bratislava, especially in the summer, when both cities are connected by a boat that navigates the Danube.
From a monumental point of view, the old town is the most beautiful part of the city. It invites you to get lost in it. It is a very small place which made me think that Bratislava could also be the perfect destination for a solo trip!
Some of the highlights of the city are the following:
The Old Town Hall
Situated in the city’s main square and composed of three buildings, it is now the museum of the city of Bratislava.
Saint Michael’s tower
It is the only remain of Bratislava’s wall. You can go up and get a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Inside the building you will also find a museum with different weapons.
The Blue Church or the Church of St. Elisabeth
This church is an example of Hungarian Art Nouveau located in the Eastern part of the old town. I am still trying to decide if I like it or hate it but I’m sure it will impress anyone who visits.
This restaurant is located on the Most SNP bridge. We didn’t eat there but we visited its rooftop to get a beautiful view of the Danube river.
Strategically located in the centre of Europe, this castle started as an important fortified settlement at the end of the 9th century. This castle also contains several exhibitions of the Slovak National Museum.
Some of the biggest attractions in the city.
I would also like to recommend a little cafe called “La cocina”. The name might sound very Spanish but there you can try some of the traditional cakes and savoury snacks. It was perfect for us as breakfast was not included in our hotel.
We stayed in Ibis Bratislava City Centre. The location was perfect and it was very reasonably priced as well!
Finally, don’t forget to try the local garlic soup which is served inside a bread bowl! It is huge but one of the best things I’ve ever tried!