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Bratislava Guide

Sitting pretty in the centre of Europe, Bratislava is the beautiful capital city of Bratislava and it’s totally full of character! We’re more than a little bit in love and so here’s our guide to getting the very best out of any weekend visit.

Getting In


Flying in to Slovakia is by far the simplest, cheapest and fastest way to travel. Plenty of well known budget airlines fly to Bratislava all the time and fares are really, really reasonable. It’ll take you and the girls around 1 hour and 5 minutes from the UK, before you touch down in this beautiful city. Handily, the airport is only a 15 minute journey away from the centre. When you get there, it’s best to take a tram marked ‘centrum’ – taxis are available too but are usually very expensive.


This one will take you a while, but it’s possible to take a cut price coach across Europe to destinations like Bratislava. If you’re on a budget and can spare the time, it’s a good one to go for! Pitch up with the students and backpackers and take along a pillow.

What to See

There’s so much to see and do in Bratislava that you really will be spoilt for choice and it’s unlikely you’ll experience a dull moment! Here are some of the biggest, best and most exciting experiences to try whilst you’re away.

Bratislava Castle

This structure is absolutely rich with history and only recently has it begun restoration. Now, it’s open to the public to see and whether you decide to go in or simply appreciate the stunning outside, it's well worth a look. The walls are lined with Slovakian art and the shelves are stacked with ancient treasures.

UFO Observation Deck

No, this tall structure on stilts isn’t for seeking out extraterrestrial life, it’s simply shaped like a UFO and is well placed for 360 degree views of the city and the surrounding countryside. The trip up the steps is quite a hike but there’s a restaurant up top to refresh you!   

Blue Church

Whether you choose to go inside and experience the traditional religious scenes within or simple observe from the outside, this pretty blue church is well worth a look. In the image of a crisply iced pastel cake, the Church of St Elizabeth was built in 1911 and still looks absolutely beautiful.

Traditional Eats

One of the best parts about visiting a new city is the opportunity to try out a wide variety of new and delicious foods. Slovakian food is hearty, warming and bolstering to keep residents toasty through long and cold winters. There’s loads of fun dishes to try, so make sure you give them all a go!


This dish is perfect for those with a sweet tooth and is a real treat. Sweet yeasted dough is wrapped around a rich, dense filling of poppy seeds and then wrapped up like a Swiss roll. Sounds kind of strange but trust us, it’s seriously delicious!

Bryndzove halusky

This is the most iconic of Slovakian dishes and is well worth a try – but only if you’re not on a pre-wedding diet! Bryndzove halusky is made up of small potato dough dumplings and topped with sheep’s cheese and bacon. Not very glamorous but actually pretty tasty.


Smoked Cheese. For fromage fans, this Slovakian delicacy is a must try.


This is a traditional childhood treat for those all over Slovakia but it’s enjoyed by everybody. Picked up easily from supermarkets and corner shops everywhere, these wafers filled with peanut and chocolate are seriously addictive – don’t say we didn’t warn you.


This drink tastes almost exactly like Coke and is far cheaper too. Really popular with the locals and ideal for cooling off on a hot day.

Because the best things in life are free…

Here are some great things to do in Bratislava absolutely free of charge!


This little guy is a brass sculpture which depicts a man poking his head out from a manhole in the pavement. He’s the most photographed man in the city, so make sure to get your snap in too!


This one’s not for everyone but Bratislava is actually home to the biggest concrete apartment block from the communist era. Go and take a look around and soak up a real piece of history that’s still used today. Ugly but interesting.

Old Town

This is a real tourist hotspot but for good reason. It’s pretty and filled with coffee shops, places to eat and gorgeous old buildings. Perfect for a late afternoon potter.

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