Bratislava is often overlooked by travellers making their way through eastern – but it’s one of the hidden gems of this region! It has all the charm and historic architecture of it’s more famous neighbours (such as Vienna or Budapest), but it’s significantly cheaper and less crowded. The fact that Bratislava is only an hour away from Vienna makes it easy to get to as well. This quick guide to Bratislava includes everything you need to know to plan the perfect trip!
WHERE TO STAY
- Tulip House Boutique Hotel is a gorgeous hotel with spacious rooms. The building used to be apartments, which means the hotel rooms all have ample space for relaxing! The hotel is located within walking distance of all the popular sights, the main square and the best restaurants. Staying at Tulip House Boutique Hotel will ensure that you’ll have a comfortable and convenient stay. The hotel is also home to a wonderful cafe and a restaurant that serves a wide variety of breakfast options.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
- My favourite sight in Bratislava is The Blue Church. The bright blue colour makes this church a photographer’s dream! I also loved how quiet it was (just like the rest of Bratislava).
- The main square is one of the first places you’ll visit, as it’s where most of the bars and restaurants are. With beautiful gardens and plenty of outdoor cafes this is a good place to get familiar with your surroundings when you first arrive.
- Walking distance from the main square is Primate’s Palace. This beautiful building reminds me of Vienna – the architecture is stunning!
- Another popular spot in Bratislava is Michael’s Gate. The gate is really just an archway, but next to it is Central Europe’s narrowest house! This was a great spot for pictures.
- Bratislava Castle is the city’s most famous sight. You can take public transportation here if you like, but I really enjoyed the 25 minute walk from the main square! The view of Bratislava from the castle are beautiful – so don’t forget your camera.
- Another place for great photos of the city is on top of the New Bridge.
WHERE TO EAT
- Zylinder Cafe was so delicious I ate here twice! They made a traditional Slovakian dumpling called “Bryndza” that is one of my favourite dishes. It’s the food equivalent of a warm hug!
- For dessert, Zylinder Cafe also makes poppyseed pierogies filled with a homemade plum jam.
- One of the most popular restaurants in the city is Modra Hviezda. It certainly lives up to it’s reputation – and the dishes are authentic and high quality. I recommend both the fish and the pork tenderloin. Reservations are usually required – so make sure you book in advance! They have a beautiful outdoor terrace, or you can dine inside a cellar-style room.
WHERE TO DRINK
- For drinks with a stunning view of the city below, check out Sky Bar. It’s a rooftop bar conveniently located in the city’s main square that gets busy at night.
- The main square also has plenty of restaurants with outdoor patios surrounded by trees. This makes for the perfect setting for an afternoon glass of wine between sightseeing!