Europe has some of the most charming capitals in the world. They are often centuries old cities with artistic architecture and authentic expressions of unique cultures. Bratislava is no exception but we would argue its even better than most. It is an adorable little city that has everything enjoyable about Slovakian culture concentrated in a walkable and beautiful space.
Arriving to Bratislava is a very easy thing because it sits just 40 minutes East of Vienna in Austria. From here trains, planes and boats come from all over Europe. Bratislava has its own airport which offers low cost flights and the train and bus terminal have connections which come in from cities like Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Germany.
The city is very walkable from the moment you get inside the old town you can probably circumvent the main streets in just around half an hour. Should you wish to explore down all the side streets maybe an hour will be sufficient. A small map or joining one of the many walking tours can complete the trip.
What many people choose to see are the main streets that show the Opera house, the Parliament, the Cathedral, The Castle just above the town and the various squares which can be found by church and municipal buildings.
This is a beautiful way to enjoy the city because it is full of souvenir shops, little wine boutiques, authentic restaurants of various types of European cuisine and stores for clothing and crafts that only exist in Slovakia.
We found that restaurants on little side streets and further away from main squares are best. We hit up Primo Amore, a local spot for pizza that was just buzzing at noontime for lunch. Prices are much more affordable than what you’s expect in most other European capitals.
Getting in and around the city from the old town to its newer districts is easy on foot but there are plentiful buses, bike paths and trams which connect everything. We stayed at the newer Sheraton hotel by the mall in the modern district of town just a ten minute walk from the old city.
The Danube river is a beautiful natural site on which the area is built and the city castle overlooking can be worth a hike up the hill or if not it makes a scenic backdrop to many picturesque photos.