Bratislava is a 30 minute drive from Vienna, but it feels like worlds apart. While Vienna has an intensely modern feel, Bratislava reminds you of Central Europe from 20 years ago. The streets are generally free of tourists, but history seeps from every corner as you walk along the cobble-stone streets. The city is draped in pastel colors, which leave you wanting more than you ever knew you came for. We enjoyed wandering Bratislava without a plan and this city can accommodate the spontaneity
Things to do:
You can’t miss the Bratislava Castle from any point in the city. While there isn’t much at the Castle ground but museums, the views over the Bratislava are worth the trek up. However, if you are pressed for time save the trip up to the castle and instead my favorite view in Bratislava is from the UFO Tower (see below) of the Bratislava Castle at sunset.
Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall sits on the main square (Hlavné námestie). There is an observation deck in the Old Town Hall tower which provides a view of the city in all directions. Unfortunately, we made our trip on Boxing Day (December 26th) and the tower was closed, but we explored the old town square on foot instead.
Places to Eat:
Slovenská Piváreň, Sedlárska 368/5, Bratislava – Traditional Slovakian
We stopped in searching for some Eastern European food and luckily found some pierogis and cheap beers on the menu. The atmosphere was very laid back and the waiters were extremely friendly. We really enjoyed a slow and relaxing lunch here while also warming up from the Bratislava winter.
View not to miss
The UFO tower was a pleasant surprise for us. While the tickets are expensive, the views are better than expected. The UFO Tower is listed in the World Federation of Great Towers, which also includes the Eiffel Tower and the Empire State Building. The UFO Tower is located at one end of Most SNP, which is one of the main bridges and crosses the River Danube. The Tower provides some of the best views of the city and especially a great spot for catching the sunset and Bratislava at night. At the tower is an open air observation deck which provides the highest views, as well as an interior bar and restaurant which is just below.