Bratislava is the charming and interesting capital city of Slovakia. It is also the country’s largest city. It’s a fairly easy place to walk around and you’ll find a good array of accommodation options to suit almost every budget. There are numerous places to eat and drink and the night life is pretty happening!
A gorgeous old medieval city, there are heaps of things to see and do in Bratislava. If you want to retreat to the countryside for a day or two you’ll be pleased to hear that you can be in lush green farmland and vineyards with just a short drive. There are also numerous small and quaint villages within easy reach, offering a completely different view of the country as a whole.
Some top things to do in Bratislava include:
The Old Town
This is usually one of the main things that visitors to the city really want to see. The narrow pretty streets are ideal for just wandering around and soaking up the sights and the atmosphere. There are two main squares and an abundance of interesting historic buildings, including some nice churches. Located near to the edges of the River Danube, it certainly is the prettiest part of town! It is a pedestrianised part of the city and you’ll find lots of cute cafes and restaurants if want to take a break.
Another top Bratislave sight is the reconstructed and impressive castle. Sitting on a hill, visitors can wander around and get a feeling for the past. There are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore as well as several exhibitions. Wander around the ramparts and enjoy the stunning views of the city and the river. On a clear day you can also see across to Hungary and Austria. It is a great place for history lovers. At the bottom of the hill you’ll find the attractive and old St Martin’s Cathedral. One of the oldest religious buildings in the city it is also the biggest church. Built in the Gothic style, it is beautiful inside and out. Look out for the Hungarian royal crown on a pyramid by the soaring tower.
Bratislava is fortunate enough to boast two fine old castles. Devin Castle is situated close to the point where the River Danube and the River Morava meet. Now in ruins, the area has been controlled by various different civilizations throughout the ages.
A boat trip along the famous River Danube is a great way to relax as you drift past a multitude of lovely sights and it also allows you to get a different perspective of the city.
This beautiful church certainly lives up to its name – it really is blue! If the blue exterior isn’t enough pop inside – it even has blue interiors! An art nouveau building, it is like something out of a fairytale. Built in the early 1900s it is still an active place of worship today. It’s just a short walk away from the old part of the city.
There are several interesting museums and art galleries around the city, including some that are a little bit unusual. The Observation Deck at the New Bridge is a brilliant place to enjoy panoramic city views. Nice parks are particularly lovely in the warmer months and there are several monuments and statues scattered around the city. Bratislava certainly offers plentiful things to do!