WHAT TO DO
Take a Tour
The best way to get to know any city is by foot, and this is exceedingly easy in Bratislava. However, if you are going to hop on wheels, make sure they’re the Old Timer variety. A cherry red bus waits outside the Main Square, and for only €10 you can get an hour long tour that takes in the castle districts and many of the monuments and neighbourhoods. See Old Town, the Presidential Palace and the impressive Inverted Pyramid, as well as some of the lovely fountains that are peppered though out the city. Great to do on the first day to get your bearings, then walk around at a later date where you fancy.
Bratislava may be small, but it has everything necessary to indulge your cultural cravings. There are several museums, the most notable being the Slovak National Museum, that of City History, and one attached to Bratislava Castle. More niche subjects include the Museum of Clocks or the Pharmaceutical Museum. There are also a host of super art galleries to peruse, including the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum – one of the youngest museums of modern art in history, where leading international artists display their works.
One reason Bratislava is such a joy to wander around is the architecture. There’s the stunningly gilded St Martin’s Cathedral, which stretches its turquoise dome above the ochre roofs of Old Town, while the impressive Grassalkovich Palace has an austere beauty about it. Wander along the cobbled streets and you might just happen upon Michael’s Gate which, once you climb to 51 meters to the terrace, offers amazing views.
Take a look at the Visit Bratislava site here
Getting To Bratislava:
It’s now easier than ever to get here, and for those looking for a no-frills flight then Ryanair is a great option. We flew in February for £53, while a weekend in March is about £65 from Stanstead, and takes only 2 hours.