People don’t often think of Bratislava when planning their exotic European vacation, which is very unfair because not this city is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe it is also filled with rich history and architecture that is centuries old. From blue churches to ancient castles there’s everything for everyone’s taste here. So if you’re planning your next Eastern European vacation
follow our guide to top 12 things to do in the city of Bratislava
1. Visit The Ultra-photogenic Bratislava Old Town
Old European towns and mysticism go hand in hand. The Old Town of Bratislava is no exception to that. As soon as you step foot in the town you are taken away in a 19th century classic literature book. The old buildings and narrow streets just add some extra edge to your experience. But being old and beautiful isn’t the only thing the Old Town excels at, with many markets and stalls you will have lot of option to shop from. There are also numerous uo;Speakeasies” or hidden bars across the city. Wouldn’t you want to have a drink or two in a mystery bar which is in an ancient city? If that is not on your bucket list, it should be now!
2. Check Out St. Elizabeth’s/Blue Church
When you’re taking a stroll in Old Town, you’ll come across a blue establishment. Technically a church, it is blue not only from the inside but also from outside, and no it’s not Tardis! The church itself is worth checking out because of its amazing interiors and the beautiful architecture of the buildings. It is said that Europe has some of the most beautiful churches in the world, and this one ranks pretty high up on that list!
3. The Slovakian War Memorial
This next entry on our list makes us remind of the scars that were left behind by Second World War. The nation of Slovenia was too affected by Hitler’s tyranny. The great nation lost 6000 of its soldiers while pushing the Nazis from West Slovenia. To honor their memory the Slovenian government built a war memorial in the city of Bucharest in 1960. Many people visit the memorial to pay tribute to those forgotten 6000 souls.
4. Zlate Piesky
Zlate Piesky basically serves the purpose of being a summer getaway when things start to heat up in the city (not in a good way). The resort is located at the lake and attracts many tourists during its peak season. They offer diving lessons, rentals and everything you will need for a perfect vacation in the comfort of the city.
5. Devin Castle
The Devin Castle
is one of the few remaining monument that was built in the 1st century. Over the course of many decades it accumulated lot of history and urban legends. Some of which the locals will be very happy to tell you about. It was built on the frontier between Slovakia and Austria due to the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. Its unique position makes it an amazing spot for sightseeing. There are many guided tours provided, but it is recommended that you explore the castle on your own. Just make sure you don’t walk into a wrong room and get lost!
6. Mytny Domcek
For some authentic Slovakian food visit this place. With the interiors filled with pictures of old Bratislava and the friendly atmosphere makes it a favorite hot-spot for the locals to visit. It will also not burn a hole into your pocket, unlike many other European restaurants!
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7. UFO (New Bridge) Observation Deck
The construction of the UFO Observation Deck serves an important part for Slovakia’s rising growth amongst other European countries. But this isn’t a monument which is built to impress few officials on top. It actually serves the purpose of a suspension bridge. You can also get a 360 degree view of the city from the alien-ship shaped observation deck. If you feel hungry there are many restaurants on top of the bridge to choose from.
8. Slovak National Gallery
The Slovak National Gallery is one of the most culturally important monuments in Slovakia. It is big network of art galleries spread across the country with its headquarters being based in Bratislava. The art gallery features thousands of art pieces made by local and international artists. It is also the biggest gallery and museum collection in the whole country.
9. Bratislava Castle (Hrad)
In the old ages the Bratislava Castle or locally known as uo;Hrad Castle” played important part in wars due to its convenient location in the center of Europe and between the Alps and the Carpathians. Many historic battles were fought in this castle, remnants of which can still be seen today. The castle consists of 4 towers and exterior walls. Inside the castle you can see the influence of the Renaissance time with gothic interiors. It will almost remind you of Dracula’s castle. The castle still continues to serve the nation by hosting the Slovak National Museum on the second floor and the Slovak Parliament on the first floor itself.
10. Czechoslovak Fortification Museum
If you like visiting ancient museums and studying about the history of the places, this is the perfect place for you. It was built right before the Second World War in the year of 1938 to protect the Slovenian borders from invading armies. Around 9 artillery forts and over 256 infantry buildings were built along the borders with Austria, Hungary and Poland.
11. Michael’s Gate
Again a great place to learn about the Slovakian history this place was built in the 12th century and has till stood the test of time. Although some reconstructions did take place to add the statue of St. Michael and of course a Dragon, because every great medieval story needs some dragons in it.
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12. Bratislava Opera House
If you want to watch an Opera performance when you are in the city, you have plenty of options to choose from! The most popular one being the Old Opera building located in Old Town of Bratislava. It has a very neo-renaissance construction which makes it recognizable from a distance.
We hope this eastern European marvel has made to your top vacation list.