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Reviews of Bratislava

6

Review score

9 January 2017

The Old Town is nice but there isn't a lot to see outside the central historic area. Best things are the castle, St Michaels gate and the cathedral. I enjoyed the local food.
Fraser
New Zealand
16 reviews
8

Very good

10 January 2017

Cool atmosphere in the town, loved the traditional food, loved the beer especially the Czech beer, loved the Devin castle. The Blue Church is a must see, absolutely incredible.
Family of 3
United Kingdom
3 reviews
8

Very good

9 January 2017

Old town of Bratislava is always attractive. The best place to visit is Hrad (castle) of Bratislava. Wonderfull view on city and Danube river.
DjuPar
Croatia
21 reviews
10

Exceptional

10 January 2017

Beautiful not overcrowded. Close to Budapest, Vienna and Brno. Very nice center and good restaurants. Also nice shopping centers.
Jan
Slovakia
17 reviews
8

Very good

11 January 2017

Bratislava was quite nice place for the holiday. A lot of cafes and cheap restaraunts. Now the city looks a little bit dirty. Anyway, it's a nice place for the holiday.
Blake20061992
Russia
5 reviews
10

Exceptional

11 January 2017

Bratislava is a great small city. Ideal for walking. The castle is picturesque and overlooks the Danube. Slovakian food is robust
Julie
Australia
23 reviews
6

Review score

10 January 2017

You probably only need two nights maximum to look at the main sights. Musesm is closed on Monday.
Dimitra
Australia
9 reviews
10

Exceptional

12 January 2017

It is a prefect place with greate possibility to having fun! A Living City!
Maria
Slovakia
7 reviews

Accommodation and hotels in Bratislava

Penzion Berg

6.3 Review score

Score from 572 reviews

£44

Average price per night
LOFT Hotel Bratislava

9.1 Superb

Score from 4698 reviews

£59

Average price per night
  • “excellent quality of food”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Marrol's Boutique Hotel

9.3 Superb

Score from 1799 reviews

£81

Average price per night
  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “beautiful building”
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  • “location was great”
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Hotel Tatra

7.9 Good

Score from 3536 reviews

£43

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Hotel Devín

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 1526 reviews

£52

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “amazing views”
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Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 1239 reviews

£63

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Skaritz Hotel & Residence

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 1357 reviews

£55

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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  • “wonderful staff”
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Sheraton Bratislava Hotel

8.9 Fabulous

Score from 466 reviews

£113

Average price per night
Hotel Avance

9.1 Superb

Score from 1309 reviews

£63

Average price per night
  • “location was great”
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  • “very clean and tidy”
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Discover Bratislava

Popular neighbourhoods in Bratislava

Stare Mesto

156 properties

Quaint and quiet. Bratislava’s Old Town is a cutesy blend of mediaeval churches, traditional shops and façades of yesteryear. Have an age-old stroll along the banks of the Danube, then peruse Obchodna Street for typical amber jewellery. Work up an appetite with a climb up to Bratislava Castle, and cap off the day with a slap-up dinner in Albrecht.

Ruzinov

34 properties

Ruzinov’s all about fun and games. On sunny days, Zlaté Piesky Park throngs with wake-boarders, bathers and sun-seekers. Excitable nippers have a field day in Štrkovec Park, where trampolines, ball pools and boats combine for a wee one’s dream ticket. After a day of games, munch on game at traditional St Hubert’s Restaurant.

Nove Mesto

22 properties

With a mix of town and country, Nove Mesto has the best of both worlds. On the street, urbanites whizz between shiny office blocks. In the hills, nature lovers ramble through the woodland under Kamzík TV Tower. Wander along Eurovea Promenade and mingle with students at Bastion Pub. Or if you’re in the woods, make a beeline for Stroodel Restaurant.

Petrzalka

15 properties

“Petržka” is something of a concrete jungle. Yet, among the high-rise blocks, you’ll find oases of outdoor fun. Turn that frown upside down in Sad Janka Kráľa, a patch of leafy lawns that’s a hit with locals. Catch some rays at Magio Beach or join an aerobics class on the sand. Then grab a feast from the East at Fou Zoo Pan restaurant.

Raca

5 properties

Welcome to wine country. Raca’s a hilly haven of voluptuous vineyards and walkable woodland that are known for producing Slovakia’s best tipple. Hop on your bike and wind up towards Villa Vino Raca. Take a tour of its facilities and sample the best of Bratislava. Lovebirds take note, too – Raca is prime for romantic rambles through the vines.

Local tips for Bratislava

Cross-country cycle routes
Anna by Anna

Born and raised in Bratislava, Anna loves seeing curious tourists discovering her beloved city.

The countryside around Bratislava is amazing for cycling. My favourite route is to the north of the city. Follow the Danube until it meets the Morava (next to the Devin Castle ruins), and from there you can cycle all the way to the Czech Republic (80 km) past some cute little villages.

Adrenaline at Divoká Voda Areal
Žany by Žany

With a passion for fashion, photography and South American culture, Žany lives life to the fullest.

If you like water sports, this is the place for you. This complex is one of the best artificial whitewater channels in the world and is also suitable for beginners. It's a real rush to go rafting or getting on a single Hydrospeed - a kind of float that you steer using fins. So much fun!

  • Vodné dielo – Čunovo, 850 09 Bratislava 59
  • www.divokavoda.sk
  • Check website for details.
Shopping at EUROVEA
Petra by Petra

Petra is an adventure seeker and will never say no to a good cup of coffee.

EUROVEA is a brand new area of the city. It's a multi-functional shopping area by the river, with a park and a square. I love going down there for shopping trips at the weekend. You can find all kinds of shops there, and they also have some great cafés.

  • Pribinova 8, 811 09 Bratislava
  • www.eurovea.sk
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-21:00
Trafo
Ľubomír by Ľubomír

Ľubomír spent quite some time studying abroad and knows exactly what a great party looks like.

Trafo is a trendy underground club underneath an 18th-century palace. If you're looking for a party at the weekend, it's the place to go bar none. You might walk past it at first - it's pretty hidden - but you know once you're inside that you've come to the right place.

  • Ventúrska 1, 85101 Bratislava
  • medusagroup.sk
  • Open Thursday-Saturday 21:00-05:00
Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum
Robert by Robert

Robert often travels to Bratislava. He loves art and nature, and enjoys Bratislava's cultural scene.

This is one of my favourite museums. Its location is amazing - on a peninsula jutting out into the Danube River, about 15 km south of the city centre. The building looks like a Roman galley, and it's a fantastic space to see an exhibition. The roof terrace is stunning too.

  • Bratislava-Čunovo, Vodné dielo, P.O. Box 9, Bratislava
  • www.danubiana.sk
  • Open Tuesday-Sunday 11:00-18:00
Visit the Bratislava Zoo & Dinopark
Zuzana by Zuzana

Zuzana moved to Bratislava 8 years ago and still loves to explore its lesser-known areas.

One for kids of all ages. This zoo has approximately 700 mammals, 200 birds and 40 reptiles, set in beautiful nature with a vast forest and beautiful meadows. The Dinopark also has models of dinosaurs, and there's a 3D cinema that kids go wild for!

  • Mlynská dolina, 842 27 Bratislava
  • www.zoobratislava.sk
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-15:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Microbreweries
Jiří by Jiří

Jiří is a self-confessed beer-lover who moved to Bratislava after a time in Ireland.

If you like your beer, then you've come to the right city. Bratislava may not be as well-known for its beer as Prague, but it’s a hop-lover's haven, where a new generation of beer makers is making its presence felt. Check out Starosloviensky Pivovar, Zámocký Pivovar and Patronsky Pivovar.

  • Zámocká 794/13, 811 01 Bratislava
  • www.zamockypivovar.sk
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-23:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-01:00
Magio Beach
Tina by Tina

Outgoing Tina has lived in Bratislava for 6 years. She loves sport and cracking a cheeky joke.

This artificial beach is one of the best summer chill-out spots in Bratislava. I love going down on a hot day and relaxing on the sunbeds. There's a really lively atmosphere there, with live music, dance classes and beach volleyball. Highly recommended!

  • Tyršovo nábrežie, between Aréna Theatre and Au Café Restaurant
  • magioplaz.zoznam.sk
  • Open Monday-Sunday 10:00-00:00. Changes seasonally. Check website for details.
Experience the ice hockey match in Bratislava
Brani by Brani

Brani likes watching a good ice hockey game, then having a round of beers and a burger with friends.

Ice hockey is massive in Slovakia - it's the country's number one sport. Bratislava has one of the most modern ice hockey stadia in Central Europe, the Slovnaft Arena. The local team is HC Slovan Bratislava. Going to a game is a great evening of excitement, beer and cheerleaders.

  • Odbojárov 9, 831 04 Bratislava
  • www.hcslovan.sk
  • Check website for details.
Boat trip from Bratislava to Vienna
Kristina by Kristina

Kristina is an avid traveller who lives over the border in Vienna, but comes back home every week.

Taking a boat trip with Twin City Liner is an excellent way to see two beautiful European capitals in one day. You can enjoy the breeze on the sun deck while travelling during a hot summer day. The boat drops you off right in the heart of the city and the journey takes around an hour.

See what past visitors said

Recommendations for Bratislava

Old town good for a ramble around, UFO structure on main bridge crossing Danube, worth a visit, great view from top, plus restaurant and bar. 6 euro to go up to top in lift, well worth it.

the Old Town has a relaxed feel about it. Avoid visiting in summer when the streets are crowded and noisy due to the outdoor cafes.

Booking.com asked travellers...

Why would you recommend Bratislava for food?

Traditional goulash was excellent in Galileo restaurant and the food was fantastic in Pivnice U Kozla. Would recommend!

Avoid paying for the entrance, bars practically turn into clubs aswell. Also, stay in the center where the party is at!

The Bratislava castle is very well restored and holds exhibitions.

You can find beer in any pub, and there are a lot of them.

a lot of shopping malls, variety of shops

By foot / tram

Transport

Bratislava transport

Air - Bratislava Airport

The quickest way to get to the city centre from the airport is by taxi. There's a taxi rank outside the main terminal. Agree the fare in advance - it should cost around EUR 10. The journey takes around 20 minutes. You can also get bus number 61, which takes around 40 minutes (including one change at the train station). You need to buy a ticket beforehand from the ticket machine. Daytime tickets cost EUR 0.90, and night tickets for the N61 cost EUR 1.60.

Train

Bratislava doesn't have an inner-city train network. However, trains do run to other towns in the country, as well as close-by international destinations such as Vienna. This last train runs every hour from both the main railway station (Hlavná stanica) and Bratislava-Petržalka Station (ŽST Petržalka). You can buy tickets from the ticket desk at the station.

Bus

Bratislava's bus system is somewhat haphazard, but it's used by many locals to get around. Tickets are time-based - there are 15-minute tickets, 60-minute ones and 70-minute ones (only available if you text 1100). They all cost EUR 1 or less. You can buy tickets from the ticket machines at the stop or at newspaper stands.

Tram

The tram network operates in much the same way as the buses, just more reliably. Tickets are time-based, valid for 15 minutes, 90 minutes, a day, 3 days and a week. You can buy tickets from the ticket machines at the stop or at newspaper stands.

Bicycle

Bratislava is gradually becoming more and more bike-friendly. There are areas which are perfect for cycling, although there are other stretches which are not. To get around this, the Cyklobus service offers a bus service for bikes, taking you through safely the more traffic-heavy areas until you reach a cycle path. You put your bike onto the trailer and get onto the bus, as you would for any normal bus. The line runs from Sad Janka Krala to Devinska Nova Ves.

Car

Driving in Bratislava is not for the faint-hearted. Road quality is dubious, with plenty of potholes around, and drivers can be somewhat reckless. During rush hour it's best avoided. City-centre parking is paid. During the week, free and convenient parking is available next to Sad Janka Krala. Otherwise, there are plenty of public car parks around the city centre, which are well signposted.

Food in Bratislava

Top restaurants in Bratislava

High-end dining
Argentinian
D.STEAKHOUSE
Good value
International
REFRESH
Good value
Italian
Gatto Matto
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Greentree Caffé
High-end dining
Italian
Alfaro Ristorante
High-end dining
European
Rio Grande Restaurant
  • Hviezdoslavovo námestie 15, 811 01 Bratislava
  • Open Monday-Tuesday 11:00-01:00, Wednesday-Friday 11:00-05:00, Saturday 10:00-05:00, Sunday 10:00-01:00
  • medusagroup.sk
  • 00421 91 12 53 625
Good value
European
Sky Bar
  • Hviezdoslavovo námestie 7, 811 02 Bratislava
  • Open Monday-Thursday 11:00-01:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-02:00, Sunday 12:00-00:00
  • www.skybar.sk
  • 00421 94 81 09 400
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
Mondieu
Cheap 'n' tasty
European
Orbis Street Food
  • Uršulínska 6, 811 01 Bratislava
  • Open Monday-Tuesday 11:00-22:00, Wednesday-Thursday 11:00-00:00, Friday-Saturday 11:00-01:00, Sunday 13:00-22:00
  • www.orbisfood.sk
  • 00421 90 52 24 637
High-end dining
Gourmet
Kogo
High-end dining
Local
L'Olive
Good value
Cafe
Dobre&Dobré
Good value
Cafe
Urban House
Good value
International
San Marteen
High-end dining
Gourmet
Savoy Restaurant
High-end dining
French
Avance Restaurant
Good value
American
Regal Burger
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
Canteen - Central Passage
Cheap 'n' tasty
Cafe
La Cocina
Cheap 'n' tasty
Local
U mami Cafe Bistro
High-end dining
French
Rhapsody Restaurant
Good value
Local
U Zlatého Bažanta
Good value
Local
Pastva
  • Štúrova 12, 811 02 Bratislava
  • Open Monday-Friday 09:00-22:00, Saturday 11:00-22:00, Sunday 11:00-20:00
  • 00421 91 11 77 793
Good value
Cafe
Foxford
Good value
Italian
Kafe Nervosa
  • Zámocká 30, 811 01 Bratislava
  • Open Monday-Tuesday 10:00-01:00, Wednesday-Thursday 10:00-02:00, Friday-Saturday 10:00-03:00, Sunday 10:00-23:00
  • www.nervosa.sk
  • 00421 90 36 52 696
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