Let’s be honest, most people have no idea where Bratislava is. If they do have somewhat of an idea they can narrow it down to the two “Slov” countries: Slovenia and Slovakia. But don’t be fooled this young city is filled with fascinating history (and fairly current) and deserves your attention and exploration.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia which was formerly part of Czechoslovakia until 1993 when both nations became independent. Ignore everything that ‘Eurotrip’ portrayed Bratislava to be, despite the fact that the country has a deep history of corruption and troubles, it is a hidden gem of Eastern Europe.
To be honest Bratislava was never a city high on my radar, but it is a fairly cheap connection to the surrounding Eastern European cities (Vienna, Prague, Budapest and such) which makes it a perfect layover for a few days.
Free Walking Tour
the first thing that you need to do upon arriving in Bratislava is find the free walking tour, given by a local Slovakian who takes you to all the must sees and give you history lessons and stories of the country. They offer the tour in English twice a day (11AM and 3PM) in front of the Statue of Hviezdoslav, which is located in the heart of Bratislava.
St. Martin’s Cathedral
At the top of this gorgeous Gothic-inspired church sits a gold plated replica of St. Stephen’s crown
St. Michael’s Gate
It is the only gate that has been said to be preserved from medieval times and is one of the oldest buildings in the city, dating all the way back to the 1300’s.
Wander the Streets of Old Town Bratislava
Try the Food: let your taste buds dance on the wild side and order literally anything off the menu at an authentic Bratislava restaurant. Your taste buds won’t be disappointed.
Bratislava, you were so very cold. If you are looking for a place to learn more about Eastern European history while being marveled by an old yet new medieval city, put Bratislava on your next vacation list.
Until next time Bratislava.