5 Things To Do In Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is often overlooked as a European destination. But, this little city has a lot to offer! Most of the sights are easily done in a day, so it makes for the perfect day trip destination from neighboring cities, like Vienna. If you ever find yourself in this historical center here's 5 things you can do in one day there. 


1. See the City Walls 

The Bratislava City Walls date all the way back to the 13th century, when its construction first started. The Medieval structure is hard to miss if you're making your way towards Old Town from the Bratislava Hlavná Stanica train station. They're an easy first sight to see and a perfect signifier that you've reached the start of Old Town. Once you're in Old town you have to also see Michael's Gate . It's the only one of the four original city gates remains standing today. You can also head to the top of Michael's Gate through the Museum of Arms for a great view of Old Town!

Michael's Gate

Michael's Gate


2. Discover Old Town

Naturally your next step is to discover the rest of Old Town Bratislava. There's so much to do and see here in the historical center of the city. You can marvel at beautiful old buildings like the Old Town Hall, which is home to the Bratislava City Museum, and the Primatial Palace, one of the most gorgeous buildings in all of Slovakia. You can stroll through the lively streets like the one that starts at the Historical building of the Slovak National Theatre

Old Town Hall in the Main Square 

Old Town Hall in the Main Square 

Hviezdoslavovo Námestie Promenade

Hviezdoslavovo Námestie Promenade


3. Grab a Charcoal Gelato

If you're there in the summer, boy it get hot. So give yourself a little break and grab some ice cream! Now if you want a completely Insta-worthy and delicious cone, Arthur Ice Cream is the stop to make. They serve delectable gelato creations with a favorite being their Charcoal Gelato in a black cone. #ICECREAMGOALS

Charcoal Gelato

Charcoal Gelato


4. Visit the Man at Work - Čumil

There are a ton of bronze statues all around Bratislava. But see if you can spot Cumil, the man at work. You can find him taking a peek at passer-byers from an unsuspecting manhole near the center of Old Town. Don't blink because you might just miss him! 

Tourist taking photos of Cumil

Tourist taking photos of Cumil


5. Hike up to the Bratislava Castle

Last but certainly not least on this list is the Bratislava or Hrad Castle. Once you're done exploring Old Town head on over to the other side of the road to get an awesome aerial view of it. The way up is clearly marked, so all you have to do is follow the street signs that say "Hrad Castle". The hike up to the castle is not so much an actual hike but more of a slightly steep incline. In the summer you'll definitely break a sweat. In the winter it might keep you a little warmer. The castle features a variety of cool features like the gleaming white castle itself, its perfectly maintained gardens, the Slovak National History Museum, and a breathtaking views of Old Town, the Danube, and the Most SNP or UFO Bridge.

PS. There's an observation deck and a restaurant you can eat at that sits on top of the UFO Bridge if you craving more aerial views of the city.  

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

View of Old Town

View of Old Town

View of UFO Bridge

View of UFO Bridge


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