Bratislava is not the biggest of places and a lot of people will end up skipping Slovakia when they are traveling to Europe. While Slovakia itself does not have too many tourist attractions throughout the country, Bratislava, the capital, is definitely worth a visit.
Due to it being only an hour bus ride away from Vienna, you can also visit Bratislava as part of a day trip if you have limited time available. Here are 10 things to do in Bratislava, Slovakia.
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1. Visit Devin Castle
While not technically in Bratislava it is just a short bus ride away from the centre and worth a short visit. From Devin Castle you will have a stunning view of the Danube river.
How to get there? Take the bus number 29 from Most SNP station and get off at Devin Hrad.
2. Visit the Bratislava Castle
It’s hard to miss the Bratislava castle as it is towering over the city and can be spotted from quite a few different places. From the castle itself you can also see Austria.
3. Man at Work – Čumil
This sculpture, which translates to “the watcher” is located in the Old town of Bratislava and probably one of the most photographed places in the city, apart from maybe the castle itself. Other than the man at work, there are also a couple other sculptures situated throughout the city centre.
4. Go on the UFO Observation Desk
Located on top of the UFO bridge, you can find an observation desk and a restaurant. It costs around €7.40 to go on the observation desk. If you plan on visiting the restaurant you can get up for free but the restaurant itself is quite pricey.
5. Visit the Blue Church
The blue church is just a couple of minutes walk away from the old town and a must see attraction when you are in Bratislava. As you can see on the picture, it is just a church but completely coloured in blue.
6. Walk around the Old town
The old town is the heart of Bratislava and where you will find all the tourists, souvenir stores and restaurants. While not the biggest area, the old town is really lovely. Enjoy a good coffee in one of many cafés or try some traditional Slovak food while you’re here.
7. Presidential Palace
Or also called Grassalkovich Palace is the residence of the Slovak president and located at Hodzovo Námestie. There is a bus station located right next to it so it is really easy to reach. Or you can just walk a couple of minutes from the Old Town.
8. Slavín Monument
This is a huge memorial monument in memory of thousands of fallen Soviet soldiers that died during the second world war. It is located on top of the Slavín hill from where you can also get a stunning panoramic view of Bratislava.
9. Enjoy some Slovak Food
You can not be visiting Slovakia, without trying some traditional Slovak food. There are a couple of authentic restaurants in the city such as the Slovak Pub. If you wander a little bit outside of the Old Town you can find a couple of Slovak restaurants that are also not too expensive.
Food that you should definitely try is Halušhky which is Slovakia’s national dish. It is usually sheep cheese served with bacon sprinkles on top (food on the right on the picture below).
10. Go on a free walking tour
Last but not least, a good way to discover a new city when you have limited time or just want to get a good first impression is to go on a walking tour. Also, in Bratislava you can find daily free walking tours that will take you through the Old Town and give you some information about the city.
And here were 10 things to do in Bratislava! Have you been to Bratislava? Would you like to go?
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