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Bratislava has it all. Mediaeval castles, a quaint Old Town, traditional pubs, great local wine and an abundance of art and music – all these are strings to Bratislava’s bow. With stunning mountains and rolling vineyards just round the corner, what’s not to like?
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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.Accommodation in Stare Mesto
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.Accommodation in Ruzinov
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.Accommodation in Nove Mesto
“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.Accommodation in Petrzalka
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.Accommodation in Raca
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.Accommodation nearby
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!Accommodation nearby
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.Accommodation nearby
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.Accommodation nearby
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.Accommodation nearby
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!Accommodation nearby
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.Accommodation nearby
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!Accommodation nearby
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.Accommodation nearby
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.Accommodation nearby
Booking.com asked travellers...Where were the best places to wander in the old town of 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.See all 20 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...Why is the atmosphere in Bratislava something people rave about?
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.See all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...What should you avoid to make the most of the nightlife in Bratislava?
Avoid paying for the entrance, bars practically turn into clubs aswell. Also, stay in the center where the party is at!See all 4 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...How do you find the best possible beer in Bratislava?
You can find beer in any pub, and there are a lot of them.See all 7 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...Describe what other people like you would like about shopping in Bratislava.
a lot of shopping malls, variety of shopsSee all 2 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...What's the best way to make the most of Bratislava on foot?
By foot / tramSee all 3 answers
Booking.com asked travellers...Which fine art museums should a first time visitor to Bratislava start with?
CastleSee all 2 answers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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