UFO Bratislava is the number one spot to get that prime view of the beautiful city. Here’s all you need to know about this magnificent, modern piece of art.
UFO Bratislava – The City’s Most Iconic Monument
The UFO Bratislava is located just a little bit outside of the main part of the city on the ‘Most SNP’
If you’re up for walking, it will take around 20 minutes. However if you’re not feeling the exercise, you can ride the local transport such as trams or buses.
We didn’t use the local transport because everything was within walking distance.
The other option in Bratislava is to download the Taxify app. If you’re in a rush or need an airport transfer, then Taxify is a saviour!
Observation Deck: 7.40 Euros Per Person
To access the UFO observation deck you must pay €7.40 per person. If you choose to eat at the restaurant the €7.40 is deducted from your food or drink bill.
The UFO is open daily for visitors.
Observation Deck: 10:00-23:00
Most SNP is the bridge which leads up the iconic monument, UFO Bratislava. The bridge was built between 1967 and 1972 and is 431 metres long. It officially opened on 26th August 1972, as the second bridge over the Danube River in Bratislava.
Since it’s construction in 1972 the bridge was named Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising), although it was locally called New Bridge. Because of this, in 1993 the name was changed by the Bratislava City Council to Novy Most (New Bridge). This was to give it a name that was predominantly chosen by the people.
However, on 29th March 2012, the members of the Bratislava City Council voted in favour of an initiative by the Mayor of Old Town Táňa Rosová to change the bridge’s name back to Most SNP. This became effective 29th August 2012.
With it being the highest point in the city, you can only imagine the insane views from the top.
The observation deck and restaurant offers insane panoramic views of Bratislava. To get to the top, you have to use the lift that goes up inside the eastern pillar. You can access the entrance to the lift via the walking and cycling paths on each side of the bridge.
Once the lift has taken you to the top (which takes around 30 seconds), you will come out onto the reception where someone will direct you through to either the observation deck or the restaurant.
There are binoculars that you can use for free at the tops with views reaching up to 100km away.
In the west pillar, there is access to an emergency staircase with a whopping 430 stairs.
Because of limited time and other special things planned for the city, we didn’t get chance to visit the restaurant. Although, we’ve heard all good things and it was awarded as best restaurant of the year in 2011.
The special attraction of the UFO Bratislava is the flying saucer shaped structure that sits on top of the bridge at 278 ft high. Within this peculiar shaped structure, there is an observation deck and a restaurant.
The restaurant serves both traditional Slovak and international cuisine. They combine the two and call it Mediterasian.
Access to the UFO Bratislava Restaurant normally costs 7.40 Euros, but the fee is deducted from the bill for restaurant guests.
The riverbank on the other side of the UFO Bratislava is very popular because it’s an open space and great for afternoon strolls. It attracts the romantic walkers, joggers, cyclers and even the fair few that prefer to sit and watch the world go by on a bench.
If you decide against taking a trip to the UFO Bratislava, then you’re pretty much guaranteed a glimpse at the futuristic-style architecture from any part of the city.
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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