Just a one-hour bus trip from Vienna, Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia and is located right on the Danube River. There are endless cafes, restaurants, bars, sights to see and many historical places to visit. We took a day trip here, but you could divide it in two days, if you’d like to have more of a relaxed trip.
Best Time to Visit Bratislava:
While peak season is spring and summer in Slovakia, we took advantage of the off season and went in November-we actually went on the American’s Thanksgiving Day- and it was lovely. It had far less crowd and it was more quiet and quaint. It was just perfect. Bratislava is a very affordable city in comparison to Vienna, so we were happy to enjoy food and drinks here that didn’t break the bank.
How to Get To Bratislava:
Flixbus: For 10€, you can ride roundtrip to/from Vienna in a comfortable, clean coach with Wifi. We were SUPER impressed with Flixbus and wish we could’ve taken it all over Europe, but, sadly, they do not allow dogs on board (we left our fluffy baby with a dog sitter for the day in Vienna). Buses depart almost every hours to/from Vienna and, if you want to change your ticket, you are permitted to do so up to 15-minutes prior to your scheduled departure, for only 1€. They’re app is super user friendly.
How To Get Around Bratislava:
Walking: Bratislava is a pedestrian-only small city, which means walking is a must here. Be sure to wear comfortable footwear, as there are cobblestone streets throughout.
Local Bus: To get to Devin Castle, you’ll need to take a Bus. Luckily, Bus #29 and #128 leave from Bratislava Most SNP regularly, making it easy to take the 15km journey.
Uber: Another great way to get to Devin Castle is via Uber, which will cost you about $15USD roundtrip.
Where To Stay In Bratislava:
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Where & What To Eat In Bratislava:
Slovak Pub on Obchodna Street
Slovak Pub was the highlight of our day trip to Bratislava. The pub is warm, inviting and full of history. The service is top notch and the food/beer is INSANELY good! DO NOT miss this place-take time to wander around and explore the inside, as it’s super historical (the menu gives a lot great info about the building)! You can make reservations online prior to going too, just in case. Be sure to order their house made beer, garlic soup and Bryndzove halusky (dumplings in cream). I’m still dreaming about the food here.
What To Do In Bratislava (in route order):
Start your day out by climbing up the hill to the incredible Bratislava Castle, built back in 3500BC. Don’t miss the Crown Tower for EPIC views of the city as well as the Danube River and the Museum of History. Entry to the castle is free, but costs 7€ to enter the museum.
St. Martins Cathedral
St. Martin’s Cathedral was built in the 12th century and is most famous for its spire, underground crypt with catacombs. Be sure to dress appropriately and don’t disturb those while praying. Cost per entry is €2.50.
Take a stroll down Kapitulska Street, the oldest street in Bratislava, which will lead you to Bastova Street and Michael’s Gate.
Bastova Street/Michael’s Gate
Follow Kapitulska Street around the corner to Bastova Street, the narrowest street in Bratislava, which leads to Michael’s Gate. Michael’s Gate is the last standing gate in the city.
Main Square (Hlavne Namestie) & Old Town Hall
The Main Street Square of Bratislava is a must see, especially during December, as there is a wonderful Christmas Market! Climb up to the top of Old Town Hall for views of the square and don’t miss the iconic street statues.
My favorite building in Bratislava (it’s pink!), The Primatial Palace was finished in 1781. The Hall of Mirrors historically was where the Peace Treaty of Pressburg between Austria and France was signed in 1805 and now holds City Council meetings. Cost of entry is 3€.
Presidental Palace (Grassalkovich Palace)
Located slightly outside the city in Hodzovo Namestie Square,Grassalkovich Palace is Slovakia’s White House, where the President sits, but does not reside. Admission to the gardens is free.
UFO Observation Deck
The UFO Observation Deck is an open air deck that is part of the 7th largest hanging bridge in the world where you can get panoramic views of the entire city. There’s even a fine dining restaurant at the top. Cost of entry is €7.40.
Situated 14km(8.8mi) away from the city center, Devin Castle is a must see during your visit. This castle was blown up by Napoleon’s army and is more or less ruins now. It offers up gorgeous panoramic views of Slovakia and Austria. You can take a 20-minute Uber from the city center for $15USD roundtrip or Bus number 29 or 128 from Bratislava SNP to get there. Josh took his drone up there and we took the most epic aerial videos/photos. Cost of entry is €4.
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