It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these ‘things to do in…’ blog posts, especially seeing as our last city break was Munich in December, where we spent most of our time at the Christmas Markets, and before that we were trekking around Western Canada’s National Parks in August. Bratislava isn’t what I’d consider a tourist attraction packed city, hence why I’ve only opted for 5 suggestions in this post, not my usual 10. It’s a pretty and peaceful city with good restaurants, kind locals and a welcoming atmosphere. It’s got an absolutely gorgeous Old Town, which is probably the busiest part of the city, but you don’t need to spend very long there to cover it all. If you’re travelling to Bratislava for the weekend, 2 nights is an ample amount of time to see everything the city has for offer. I’d recommend that you combine Bratislava with a day trip to Vienna, Austria though and stay in Bratislava for 3 nights.
1. Visit the Castle.
The Castle towers above the city and you can see it pretty much everywhere in the Old Town. On the first Sunday of every month, Castle entry is free, but the rest of the time adult tickets are €7. The grounds are free to walk around, so even if you don’t fancy paying to go inside the Castle, I highly recommend making the most of the grounds. You can get amazing views of the city from the Castle!
2. Take a trip up to the top of the UFO tower.
Standard adult tickets for the UFO Tower Observation Deck are €7. You get to see the Castle and the Old Town from the top of the tower, so I highly recommend paying to go up the lift at the UFO Tower. There is a restaurant at the top of the tower too, but it’s on the expensive side.
3. Visit the Old Town Hall.
The Old Town Hall (Museum of City History) is a hidden gem in the city. Not only do you get to see a wide variety of exhibitions in the Museum, you also get to walk to the top of the building’s tower and take in views of the Old Town.
4. Visit the Blue Church.
The Blue Church is absolutely beautiful and very unique. It’s located in a very pretty and colourfully-painted part of the city, which is very different to the Old Town. It’s about 10 minutes walk outside of the centre, so very easy to get to if you fancy seeing some different architecture to the Old Town.
5. Hunt down some of the city’s statues.
Bratislava has lots of comical statues dotted around the city. You often see tourists gathering around them, as you can get some fun photos with the statues.
If you’re heading to Bratislava soon, I hope you find this list of suggestions useful. It’s a lovely city, that doesn’t get the recognition on the world tourism stage that it deserves.