Since I’ve been here all I’ve heard is how amazing Vienna is. “Oh it’s so beautiful!” and “Oh, the architecture and the music halls! You must see the concert halls!” blah blah blah. Yes it was cool, and yes they were beautiful, but I’m going to be frank, Bratislava was superior. Plain and simple.
In Bratislava, everything, EVERYTHING is spectacular. Their old town was a walk through time (that’s a cliché if I’ve ever heard one). With the cobble stone roads, narrow passageways, and clock towers, I felt like I was back in the Middle Ages.
The town is small, that cannot be denied. 36-48 hours may be the perfect amount of time to experience the city, but you must plan accordingly! Let me tell you what’s a must see.
Old Town Bratislava
I’m quite sure this attraction doesn’t show up on too many “must see” lists. Lord knows why because this Old Town is the best I’ve seen yet. Although it has its fair share of tourist shops, it hasn’t been completely consumed like Prague’s has. Similarly, the architecture matches all the way around. Many Old Town’s now-a-days have a mixture of old and modern, but not Bratislava! Whether you’re looking for a cheap pub or expensive fine dining, you can find it all in this off the beaten path stop!
At first glance, this next attraction may not seem as extravagant as others in this region. However, don’t be fooled, Bratislava Castle is absolute stunning, especially the inside.
Oh, and don’t forget the vistas…
It cost us students 4Euro for unlimited access to the castle and all the museums inside. Yes, museumS. Plural, there are a lot. Give yourself plenty of time because this beast will take hours to conquer.
UFO Observation Deck
Most SNP (Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising), pictured above, is a perfect place to grab a drink post-wandering of Old Town. The flying saucer is more modern than one would expect, and it offers spectacular views over the town and castle. The socialist wonder is the world’s largest cable bridge with only one post, so there’s a fun fact to throw out at cocktail parties.
Bratislava Forest Park
If you have time, the Bratislava Forest Park is a wonderful nature getaway only an hour, leisurely walk from downtown Bratislava. The park is full of trails, ponds, lakes, flora, and fauna. It’s amazing how quickly you can get away from the bustling city into the surreal and relaxing outdoors.
This military burial site may be a bit somber, however the beautiful monument and the breathtaking view over the city makes up for it. The monument was erected for the thousands of soviet troops who had lost their lives during WWII. The Stalinist architectural style takes you back in time to the communist era.
Thoughts? Have you been to Bratislava and think I’ve missed something? Comment below!