Bratislava Tourism

Bratislava spins its magic like no other city in Slovakia (known locally as Slovensko) - embraced by Danube and Morava, iconic Bratislava Castle, exclusive nature trails which meander through its brilliant mountains and an urban ambience which lights up after dark! The city’s medieval influences still stand true to its time and a Castle around the Danube is simply the tip of the iceberg!

The rivers which flow through the city, the untouched mountains, the skiing resorts - all make for a great way to experience Slovakia outside its stereotypical definition and really highlight the city on the world map.

However, Bratislava is best loved for its contrast- the medieval time influences seen in its fortifications, old-houses and cobbled streets and the juxtaposed 21st century architecture, lively night scene and a modern art explosion witnessed in its many art galleries.

Bratislava was the capital of Hungary from the 16th to 18th century and since then remained to be one of the backbones of the Kingdom of Hungary till the mid-19th century. After being the capital city of the federal state of Slovakia in Czechoslovakia, today the city is the capital city of independent Slovakia too.

Playing an important role in shaping the country to its present day, the city still carries its influences in its arts, architecture, culture and even administrations across ages, periods and eras and even today its historic charm is inseparable from its vivid personality.

Bratislava roots its tourism in this very charm and if you are looking for a place with a rich history, raging art pulse, blooming natural trails and magical skiing resorts, a visit to the city will make sure you leave wanting for more. To make the most out of your stay in the city, read on to know what not to miss when in Bratislava. 

Essential travel information and Bratislava tips for your visit

General Info

  • Time Zone: UTC+ 1 hour
  • Currency: Euro
  • Electricity and Internet: 220-240 Volts output of electricity. Internet cafes are available throughout the city and the city offers Free Wi-Fi at its popular squares like Primatial Square, Main Square and Frantiskanske Square.
  • Languages: English, German and Polish.
  • Security: Ambulance: 155, Fire service: 150, Police: 158 & Emergency calls: 112.
  • Tipping: A general rule of tipping 10 percent at restaurants and hotels is a good rule to follow when in Bratislava.
  • Customs: The general customs and ethics are like any other place. Giving way or offering your seat to senior citizens while using Public transport is common. If you are joining a group of locals, do not be in a rush to gulp your drink down and wait for everyone to receive their drinks. Do know that eye contact while toasting is considered the right thing to do.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Bratislava

  • Know the pollution level of Bratislava before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 41.49 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 35.37 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 47.62 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 51.79 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 17.26 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.22 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 47.02 (Moderate)
  • How safe is Bratislava for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Bratislava.

    • Burglary and Theft 18.3 (Very Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 21.43 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 18.08 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 72.97 (High)
    • Car Stealing 29.55 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 42.2 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 25.89 (Low)
    • Drug offense 31.7 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 89.51 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 66.29 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 24.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 27.95 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 41.97 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Bratislava is 151.89 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 69.53 (High)
    • Climate Index 80.72 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 44.1 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 29.92 (Low)
    • Cost of Living Index 48.71 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 60.55 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.47 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 69.25 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Bratislava

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 7.97 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 34.78 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.43 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 73.09 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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