The capital of Slovakia, Bratislava, serves as an incredible introduction to the country. It offers the perfect blend of historical charm and modern vibrancy. Its enchanting old town, adorned with cobblestone streets and colorful buildings, seamlessly mix with a lively atmosphere fueled by eclectic bars, cozy cafes, and a remarkable castle overlooking the cityscape. You can easily visit Bratislava with 2-3 days. Explore must-see spots like Bratislava Castle, St. Michael’s Gate, and Primate’s Palace. Wander the Danube, enjoy the Main Square, and savor local treats at the Old Market Hall in this Woman’s Travel Handbook To Bratislava guide.
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Woman’s Travel Handbook To Bratislava Table Of Contents
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Exploring Bratislava: Travel Tips
|Money Accepted:||It’s best to carry cash with you as some places still to not accept credit cards including busses in the city.|
|Safety In Bratislava:||As a Latina female traveler from a big city, most places in the city where very safe to visit even at night.|
|Friendly To Tourists/Latinas:||Despite the language barrier people seemed very willing to try to help you. They may not seem friendly and approachable but they really are.|
|Length Of Stay:||From my Latina travels to Slovakia, I would recommend 3 full days in Bratislava to see the city.|
|Language:||Slovak is the language spoken in Slovakia and only younger people can really speak English even in tourist cities like Bratislava. |
TIP: Download the Google Translate App and be sure to take it even a step further and download the offline Slovak translation to ensure you can translate without using your data.
Ways To Get Around Bratislava
|Walk||Given the size of the city, its really easy to walk around to catch the main sights.|
|Bus||Bratislava’s bus fares are time-based, with most destinations reachable within a 15-minute ride. Opt for a 24-hour ticket if using the bus frequently. |
Tickets may be purchased at most stops from small boxes (image above) but they are cash only and tickets can’t be purchased from drivers.
Warning: Not all stops have these boxes, and some drivers might refuse entry without a ticket, even if you try to pay – a lesson I learned firsthand.
(See additional bus tips below.)
|Car Share||Uber does operate in Bratislava but it may be hard to catch a ride if requesting outside of Bratislava. Consider yourself warned.|
Bratislava Travel Handbook
Bratislava Sights & Activities Not To Miss
|1. Bratislava Old Town – Be sure to catch one of the free tours which meet in front of the statue of Pavol Orszagh Hviezdoslav at either 11am and 3pm to get better understanding of the history and must see sites within the old town.|
2. Devin Castel – You can visit this by catching the #29 bus but remember to purchase two tickets at .90 as you won’t find a bus ticket box in Devin.
3. Kayak the Dunube River with this Kayak tour.
4. Modry Kostol – Better known as the Blue Church
5. UFO Observation Deck – Take in the best sights in this out of this world building.
6. Bratislava Castle
7. Slavin Memorial – Largest war memorial in central Europe and an great place to get a view of the city and castle if you don’t want to shell out the money to get on top of the UFO observation deck and considered by locals the better place for an overview of the city.
8. Bratislava Statues – including Schone Naci, Christian Andersen and the Man on work statue all in the old town.
9. Grassalkovich Palace + its gardens – You are able to roam for free in the gardens but will have to book a ticket to enter the palace.
10. Slovak Radio – also known as “The Ugly Building” by many locals.
11. Trinitarian Church
12. Old Town Hall – It’s worth checking out while to explore the old town. Take a break from the sightseeing and grab a cake with this tour.
13. St. Michael’s Gate – The only preserved gate of the city fortification system.
Bratislava Eats & Drinks
|Steinplatz Kaviaren A Bar – Formerly a public toilet this little underground bar serves up a wide range of local beers at very reasonable prices.|
Slovak Pub – Traditional pub with rural/folk decorations and local traditional Slovak cuisine.
Bratislava Flagship Restaurant – Sister restaurant to Slovak pub also serving traditional food but is also one of the largest restaurants in Europe.
Pollito Cheesecake – Great café located in the old town if you are have a taste for delicious cheese cake. (I became a regular while I was in Bratislava since I was on “holiday eating” mode.)
Mondieu – Another great eatery if you are looking for non traditional Slovak cuisine. Their French onion soup with a chocolate pot was a favorite of mine for a semi-light lunch.
Where To Stay In Bratislava
|Wild Elephants Hostel – Great hostel if you are looking to make friends as they offer daily activities, nightly pub crawls and hostel family dinners.|
Additional Slovakia City Suggestions
Banska Stiavnica– (2 hour drive from Bratislava), the completely preserved medieval town in the Stiavnica mountains.
Trnava– (36 min drive from Bratislava), famously known as little Rome due to the many churches that exist within the city walls.
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