Bratislava

I arrived in Bratislava, Slovakia from Budapest, Hungary by train for 18 euros and it took 2 hours 45 minutes. Buying the train ticket in Budapest was very easy, I just arrived at the train station on the day of departure and bought my ticket.

Slovakia is a central European country known for its dramatic natural landscape and many castles. Near the Austrian border, capital city Bratislava features a pedestrian- only Old Town with a lively cafe scene. Perched on a hill above the Danube River overlooking the old town is the reconstructed Bratislava Castle which houses a branch of the Slovak National Museum, with displays of Roman artefacts to 20th- century arts and crafts. Bratislava Is surrounded by vineyards and the Little Carpathian mountains, with plenty of forest hikes and cycling trails.

Bratislava’s old town is a city full of pretty architectural buildings and many different types of spectacular iron statues,

Hotels are a very reasonable price in Bratislava as was everything else in Bratislava.

The old town of Bratislava is quite small compared to other city’s old town’s, however still has enough to keep you entertained for a few days, any longer than this and I feel you would have done all the best bits and will start to repeat yourself, but do not miss out on this beautiful old town.

 Bratislava does have a lot to offer still, ranging from exciting museums to great castle’s and streets packed full of coffee bars, to sit back, relax and enjoy.

The food is a very good price, you should expect to find a lot of pizza and pasta dishes.

Bratislava is a very nice city and it is the perfect quiet retreat to relax in a cafe or perfect for nearby hikes in the forests.

Getting from Bratislava airport to the city centre of Bratislava

Bratislava Airport

Bratislava Airport is approximately 17 km from the city centre.

The simplest way is to get Bus no. 61 from Bratislava airport to the main station of Bratislava costs 1 euro and takes 30 minutes.

Do NOT get a taxi or you will be ripped off with expensive costs of around 20 euros and it will take around the same time as mentioned above.

There is no public transport in the old town itself as it is all pedestrianised, but it can be walked across in 15 minutes.

Travelling Around Bratislava

For travel within the old city, there is only one option and that is to walk as there is no public transport within the old town.

 There is, however, bus lines, trolley bus lines and tram lines running around the edge of old town and to other parts of Bratislava.

15 minute one journey ticket costs 0.70 euro’s (no transfer possible)

60- minute transfer ticket costs 0.90 euros

1- day transfer ticket costs 4.50 euros

3- day transfer ticket costs 10 euros

Tickets can be bought from newspaper stands or the ticket machines.

Do not forget to activate your travel card on the first journey or face a big fine.

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Bratislava City Card

Offers 5 – 100 % discounts and various benefits for all visitors of our capital city.

However doesn’t include public transport

The card can be obtained at the Tourist Information Centre’s, at some hotel receptions or other tourist facilities.

1- day card: 8 euros

2- day card: 9 euros

3- day card: 11 euros

If you are in Bratislava for a few days I really would recommend getting the Bratislava city card as each attraction itself can cost around 4 euros (£3), around 4 attractions at a discounted price and you’ve saved.

My perfect hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Highly recommended, with just a few minutes walk to the centre.

Accommodation, Eating and Drinking in Bratislava, Slovakia

Hotels and hostels budget for every price range with:

Hostel’s in the centre of Bratislava can be found for around 12 euros (£9) per person.

3- star hotels with 2 sharing a double room with breakfast can be found from around 44 euros (£35).

4- star hotels with 2 sharing a double room with breakfast and spa facilities can be found for around 63 euros (£50).

Or

If you’d rather, you could find a 5- star hotel for 316 euros (£250).

Restaurants are all over the central area of the old town of Bratislava

If you’re looking for a 3- course meal in a mid- range restaurant you could expect to pay 14 euros (£11) and a beer for 2 euros (£1.50).

If you were to look for a single course meal in an inexpensive restaurant you could expect to pay 5 euros (£4).

For nightlife in Bratislava

For nightlife in Bratislava, there are plenty of good bars to choose from. I didn’t find any pub crawl’s to join so I just headed for the centre of the old town and found lively bars to enjoy a pint or 2.

Museums and galleries worth a visit in Bratislava, Slovakia

A lot of museums are free with the Bratislava card, so if you plan to see a lot of museums and sights it’s worth getting the Bratislava card.

Nedbalka art Gallery

Bibiana, International House of Art for Children whilst at the Bratislava castle

Bratislava City Museum (Mestske Museum)

Slovak National Museum (Slovenske narodne museum)

Natural History Museum, Bratislava

Slovak National Gallery (Slovenska narodna galeria)

Museum of Clocks is good for killing time

Things to do and must see in Bratislava, Slovakia

Devín Castle is a castle in Devín, which is a borough of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia

Bratislava Castle is the main castle of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathian’s directly above the Danube river.

In Bratislava, Michael’s Gate is the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest buildings.

Esterházy Palace is a Neo- Renaissance- style building in the Old Town, Bratislava, near the Danube riverfront, built in the 1870s.

The St. Martin’s Cathedral is a church in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Bratislava. It is situated at the western border of the historical city centre below Bratislava Castle.

The Roland Fountain is the most famous fountain in Bratislava and Slovakia, as well as one of the city’s important landmarks. It is located in the Old Town, in the Main Square of Bratislava.

The Primate’s Palace is a neoclassical palace in the Old Town of Bratislava. It was built from 1778 to 1781 for Archbishop József Batthyány, after the design of architect Melchior Hefele.

The Grassalkovich Palace is a palace in Bratislava and the residence of the president of Slovakia. It is situated on Hodžovo námestie, near the Summer Archbishop’s Palace.

Free things to do Whilst in Bratislava, Slovakia

A walk around the old town and you will come across lots of iron statues.

Walk the New and the Old Bridge (walk on the left side of the new bridge from the old town and then stay left and walk along the sidewalk until the old bridge.

Slavín is a memorial monument and military cemetery in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the burial ground of thousands of Soviet Army soldiers who fell during World War II.

Also plenty of churches and cathedrals to pop in, however, a few have an admission fee.



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