My quest to find some of Europe’s most affordable but beautiful towns led me to Bratislava, Slovakia. Vienna and Bratislava are 2 cities which are so easy to travel from so it was a no brainer for me to go to one while visiting the other. There’s several travel options but I chose the train and with travel time of about an hr and a return ticket of about Eur 17, I was on my way to discovering this charming European town.
1. Enjoy the local cuisine.
It’s no surprise that I have food on the top of my list, what better way to enjoy a new place than find the best places to eat! Or is it just me who thinks that way? haha. This charming little town is packed with so many amazing places to eat, I was actually spoilt for choice. All the meals I had were under Eur 10 as well, which is a bonus!
2. Take a walk through the old town.
This is the main part of the city center, it has so much charm with its cobbled streets and colourful buildings. This part of the city is a good place to meander and discover all sorts of shops, cute cafes and restaurants.
3. Visit Bratislava Castle
The walk up to the catsle will give you amazing views of the city, not to mention how beautiful the catsle itself is. On a nice sunny day, you have the chance to sit in the catsle gardens and just admire the view, or go right to the 47 m high tower to get good eyes bird views of the city and sorrounding counties.
4. Relax for afternoon coffee at one of the cute coffee shops
I highly recommend Enjoy Coffee Bratislava. You must must must check this place out. Their menu is off the charts! Organic teas, smoothies, Coffee and pastry, they have got it all. I had a coffee, an acai smoothie and a chocolate cake! The inside of the coffee shop is such a relaxed environment and the staff are friendly.
5. Visit the blue church
St Elizabeth’s church is famous for it’s unique architectures and blue colour. Apparently, it’s a popular place for weddings and baptisms as well.
6. St Martin’s cathedral
This gothic church used to be the coronation church. The coronation replica is fixed on top of its tower.
7. Primates Palace
This gorgeous palace is right in the middle of the old town . It now serves as the seat of the mayor of Bratislava.
8. Michael’s gate
Michael’s Gate is the last standing gate in Bratislava. It is one of the main entrances and also the symbol to the city’s Old Town. The museum at the top offers good views of the city, though when I went the weather was very grey so I didn’t make it up there.
9. Take a quiet evening walk along the Danube river
After a busy day of exploring, I decided to take a quiet evening stroll to relax and work off all those calories 🙂 The route along the river is serene and it gave me the chance to see some of the bridges in the city. The Stary Most bridge is well lit at night and is has a nice walking and cycling route. You can see the Apollo bridge from here.
10. Man at work (Cumil)
Bratislava is full of unique statues; one of the most famous perhaps being the Man at work statue (Cumil). This is one of the most photographed statues and it can even be considered as one of the symbols of the Old Town Bratislava.