Day Trip to Slovakia
Bratislava is just down and across the river from Vienna. During my stay in Vienna, my cousin Anna and I decided to do a quick day trip from here to check out the little Slovak town of Bratislava. Bratislava is a simple one hour train ride from Vienna or a 90 minute ferry ride down the river. We only spent about 4 hours here, and I think that was just enough! Here are some things to do and see during your visit.
Things to Do in Bratislava
1. Try Slovak Food
For the BEST PART! Try Slovak food. To my surprise old town restaurants were all very trendy... and American, but we found a good traditional place (see my vlog). Dumplings and sheep cheese are a huge part of Slovak food and here is what you need to try:
2. Wander Old Town
Old Town is the area you will want to wander around and eat for most of your day! The streets are filled with little shops, pubs, restaurants, music, and gelato! The buildings are colorful and charming and you can enjoy the culture of Bratislava. Everything to see is mainly in this area, besides the Blue Church is a little bit of a walk.
3. Visit the Blue Church
The Blue Church, or the Church of St. Elizabeth, is a little out of the way from old town. It is about a 20 minute walk from Old Town, and it is worth it for the cute pictures. Other than that there is really nothing much to see here!
4. Michael's Gate
Michael's Gate, a landmark of Bratislava, is the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications and ranks among the oldest town buildings. It is currently under renovation (see the Instagram vs Reality below) but when open there is also a museum inside.
Thanks DigitEli for the edit!!
5. Bratislava Castle
If you have a little extra time, Bratislava Castle is a place that you can tour. The castle is on the hill looking over old town and is also a great view of the city.
6. Old Town Hall
You will come across the old town hall when walking around Old Town. It is located in the main square alongside cute shops, gelato, and street music. It is one of the oldest buildings in Bratislava, dating back to 1370, and you can actually climb inside the tower!
7. Primital Palace
The Primatial Palace is just around the corner from the main square, with a beautiful rose gold color. The palace is the office of the mayor of Bratislava, but you can still tour the palace and see the popular "Hall of Mirrors."
The Bratislava Card
Something that I didn't know when I visited is that you can actually buy the "Bratislava Card," which gives you FREE admission into 14 museums, a one-hour walking tour of the city, and unlimited use of public transportation. If you spend a Full day here or more I would highly recommend doing this! It is only 20 Euros per person. You can buy one online here.
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