We spent two days hitting all the best spots in the capital of Slovakia. So here’s a list of our top 9 things to do in Bratislava over a weekend.
The 10 Top Things To Do In Bratislava
The Old Town
Man At Work
Retro Bratislava – Classic Car Tour
Most SNP – UFO Bridge
Where To Stay In Bratislava
The number one spot on everyone’s ‘things to do in Bratislava’ list is without doubt the Old Town.
The town centre is a maze of historic buildings and quirky lanes. From museums to fountains, and plenty of pubs in between, you could spend hours walking around the small centre of the city.
The most noticeable building of them all though is the Old Town Hall. A complex of buildings, and not only the oldest city hall in the country but of one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava!
Michael’s Gate is the only city gate that has been preserved of the four previous entrances to the city, and ranks among the oldest buildings in town.
In the medieval times the town was surrounded by fortified walls, and entry and exit was only possible through one of the four heavily fortified gates.
Now, easily recognisable thanks to the statue of St. Michael and the Dragon sitting on top. The tower houses the Exhibition of Weapons of Bratislava City Museum and stands tall and proud in its white and green colours.
We’ve seen many places of worship and religious shrines on our travels but we both agreed this was possibly our favourite to date.
You definitely don’t have to be religious to appreciate the work of art that is The Church of St. Elizabeth, aka the Blue Church.
Built in 1909, the pastel blue and white colours are just as beautiful on the inside as they are from the outside and attract many visitors of all nationalities daily.
This small bronze statue of a sewer worker, also known as Cumil, has become somewhat the celebrity of Bratislava town.
Cumil translates to ‘peeper’ or ‘watcher’ in English and that’s exactly what you’ll see this guy doing if you spot him by your ankles.
There are rumours and tales as to what he’s actually doing down there, although locals believe that if you touch the mans head and make a wish it may well come true.
The man at work statue can be found at the corner of Laurinska and Panska streets.
Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava and can be seen from pretty much all over town.
It stands directly above the Danube river and gives great views over the capital, especially of the famous UFO Bridge.
The castle itself dates back to the 13th century and housed the crown jewels of Hungary, as well as many kings and queens throughout the ages.
Bratislava Castle is open Tue-Sun 10am-6pm and basic entrance is €10 per adult.
One of our highlights on our tour of Bratislava was cruising around the city in retro Skoda’s.
The guys at Authentic Slovakia took us on a Post-Communist Bratislava Tour – showing us the off-the-beaten-track places of the communist past, as well as recent transformations in Bratislava.
The 2 hour tour was an interesting trip into the locals lives or past and present and don’t forget to try the potato salad from Trznica market.
Slavin is the burial ground of thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II while taking over the city in 1945 from the occupying German units.
With a huge central monument, topped by a soldier stamping on the Swastika symbol, it’s certainly a talking point within Bratislava but a highly respected one non the less.
We visited on a sunny day and although, like any memorial, it can be a dark place the views overlooking the city are one of the best you can find!
Most SNP, more commonly referred to as the UFO Bridge, is a road bridge connecting the capital of Slovakia over the Danube river.
It is also the world’s longest bridge to have just one pylon and one cable-stayed plane.
The most impressive part though is the huge UFO style observation deck that stands in the middle of it. With a restaurant also available to the public at the top of the 278ft pylon, it has become quite the hit with tourists since opening in 1972.
As with most of our Europe blogs, we have to add eating local to things to do in Bratislava.
We had lunch at Zylinder one afternoon which we can highly recommend for its “Bryndza” Dumplings!
A traditional Slovak potato dumplings with “Bryndza” sheep cheese and sour cream at only €7.90! That or the vegetarian Mushroom Ragu are amazing.
The old Czech Slovakian rival to Coca Cola and Pepsi.
We’d heard rumours about Kofola not tasting so good so of course we had to give it a go…and honestly, it wasn’t so bad!
You can pick up a bottle at any newsagents and we guess it’s just one of things to do in Bratislava that you have to check off.
Luxury – Marrol’s Boutique Hotel – Without doubt the most highly regarded accommodation in the city. This old 5-star hotel is like an old European palace, fully equipped for maximum comfort it the most luxurious place you’ll find in the capital.
Mid-Budget – Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava – We spent two nights at Austria Trend Hotel and the location and service was perfect. Centrally located, just a few minutes from the Old Town, with great facilities and pleasant staff.
Budget – Hostel Bratislava by Freddie – The cheapest you’ll find if you want to be central. Located close to the main train station and just a 15 minute walk to the Old Town. Free WIFI, laundry and a 24 hour reception are a bonus.
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