I visited Bratislava for the first time last week and I'm giving you a list of things to do. Mostly because when I decided that I would take a day trip to Bratislava, I had no idea what there was to do there. Other than knowing that Bratislava was the capitol of Slovakia, I didn't know much else about it. But, I did know that a day trip would be enough. I remember doing a mini report on Czechoslovakia when I was little, but as of 1993 Slovakia had gained it's independence again. There is a nice university in Slovakia and a huge castle. I normally don't do walking tours on my travels, but this time I did. There are free city walking tours every day in English right in front of the statue below (of a famous Slovak poet) in the main square @ 11am and 3pm. I suggest you catch one because although Bratislava is a rather small city, especially for the capitol, the stuff you want to see might not be so easy to find on your own. Also, it's all spread out. So what is there to do in Bratislava? Let's find out.
|Bratislava Opera House|
|Fujara. The national instrument of Slovakia.|
|Bratislava Castle way in the background|
|The Blue Church|
What to Do in Bratislava?
1) See an opera at the Bratislava Opera House.
2) Walk around and find all of the quirky statues all over Bratislava. The most famous one is Cumil, the man hanging out of the sewer.
3) Visit the Bratislava Castle.
4) See The Blue Church. It's a really pretty shade of light blue, even inside!
5) See the views from the UFO Tower.
6) Do some shopping in the Old Town.
7) Take a free guided tour where you will see everything above plus get to hear some fun commentary on Bratislava.
8) Go on a pub crawl.
9) Try Slovakia's national dish; Gnocchi with sheeps cheese and bacon. It's delicious but very filling! Or try their garlic soup in a bread bowl. I ate at Verne.
10) Take a 30 minute car ride to Vienna.
[Fun fact: The creepy movie Hostel was set in a fake town near Bratislava, but not actually filmed there]
Overall, I'm glad I went to see Bratislava. I was super excited to see the blue church and try their national dish. I only had a day in Bratislava, but that is really all you need. I can't say that it was my favorite place to visit, but it had it's moments. Below I rated Bratislava high for kid friendly, historical sights/museums, nightlife, and safe for solo travel (IMO). It seemed to me that because of the university, the nightlife would be pretty fun, but I didn't stay the night so I can't say for sure.
What would you want to do if you visited Bratislava?
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