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36 Hours In Bratislava? Hit These Up!
Europe, Places, Semester Abroad, Slovakia, Uncategorized March 1, 2016

36 Hours In Bratislava? Hit These Up!

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

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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!

Bratislava Castle

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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.
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Oh, and don’t forget the vistas…

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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

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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

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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.

Slavín

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Image received from thebesttravelled.com

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!

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Mani @ A New Life Wandering
    March 1, 2016 at 4:58 pm Reply

    I had no idea 🙂 I did love Vienna though. I hope you visited the Hundertwasserhaus. By the way, I love the new look of your blog.

    • trvl101
      March 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm

      I did not get the the opportunity! But thank you 🙂 I love it as well.

  2. Trevor Thorpe
    March 1, 2016 at 7:04 pm Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Going to be in Bratislava this summer for just this amount of time after 3 nights in Vienna, so this comes in handy for my planning!

    • trvl101
      March 3, 2016 at 9:15 pm

      I’m glad! You’re exactly the party I was trying to reach with this piece. 🙂

  3. Johnson Digangi
    March 14, 2016 at 6:32 am Reply

    The bridge, a futuristic suspension bridge built in 1972 with a single pylon, is a city symbol. I rode the elevator to the top of the bridge tower where there is a viewing platform and the panorama UFO restaurant, so named because of its flying-saucer shape.

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