What to see in Bratislava and its surroundings in 7 days

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Low cost destination easily reachable from Italy, Bratislava is one of the capitals of Europe ideal for a weekend or a longer holiday.
An interesting Central European city, it has a particular charm thanks to its palaces, gardens, museums, monuments and trendy clubs.
Not only is it also the ideal starting point to discover the corners of Slovakia very impressive.
Here is a 7 days itinerary to discover Bratislava and its wonderful surroundings!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week cost in Bratislava
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day

Start with San Michele Gate, the only one of the four medieval portals remained intact. From here take Michalska Ulica, a street with many interesting buildings and head towards the beautiful one Primacialne Namestie square where you will see the Primacalny Palace, with its colorful facade. Nearby is the municipality (Tue-Fri 10: 00-17: 00, Sat-Sun 11: 00-18: 00, € 1,00), where there is the Hall of Mirrors.
Return to the main road, go through the fountain Maximilian's Fountain and admire the particular bronze statues that decorate the street: don't miss Cumil the peeping tom, the most popular one.
For lunch, stop at Five Points Bratislava which offers excellent solutions for quick lunches (average cost per person € 15,00).

In the afternoon, first take a look at the Palffyho Palace, near the restaurant and then in 10 minutes on foot you can reach and visit in about 2 hours the Castle of Bratislava which dominates the city and is now the seat of the Parliament (9: 00-17: 00, € 2,00).
Finally enter the Slovak National Archaeological Museum, which houses an interesting collection about Slovak civilization (09: 00-17: 00, € 2,00).

Sunset walks along the Novy Most, or new bridge, considered by some horrible and by others a true masterpiece.
Climb to the top of the Ufo tower 85 meters high, in the shape of a spaceship, from which you can admire a splendid panorama. Dine at the UFO restaurant, a bit expensive (average cost per person € 35,00-40,00), but in addition to guaranteeing a beautiful view, it offers exquisite dishes. Finally, if you are not tired, you can have a drink in one of the many bars along the river.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,5 km / 1 h 10 min
  • Places visited: St. Michael's Gate (free), Michalska Ulica (free), Primacialny Palace (€ 3,00), Cumil (free), St. Martin's Cathedral (€ 2,00), castle (€ 2,00), Slovak National Museum (€ 2,00), new bridge (free), Ufo Tower (€ 7,40)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • 2-hour city walking tour with castle ticket Panoramic bus tour and castle entrance
  • Lunch at Five Points BRatislava Get Directions, Dinner at Ufo Restaurant Get Directions

2 day

Start the day by admiring the Teatro Nazionale and from there continue to the church of Santa Elisabetta, called "Blue Church" for its facade painted in blue and decorated according to the canons of Art Nouveau.
Walking north, stop at the synagogue on Heydukova street, small and not very busy but if you are lucky enough to happen on a Friday or Saturday, don't miss the interesting Jewish museum upstairs.
In less than 10 minutes you arrive at the most sumptuous palace in Bratislava in Baroque and Rococo style with a large French garden: Grassalkovich Palace. The gardens are open at 10 am-00pm.

Stop for lunch at Koutska Pivaren, a typical trattoria (average cost per person € 18,00).
Visit in the afternoon Slavin, the largest European monument dedicated to the Second World War which is also the tomb where there are 6.000 soldiers of the Red Army who died to free the city from the Nazis.
Then on foot in 20 minutes or by bus 147 to the Kozia stop, you reach the Cathedral of San Martino, the most important church in the city (Mon-Sat 09: 00-11: 30/13: 00-16: 00; Sun 13: 30-16: 00, € 2,00).
From here in a few minutes go to the nearby Hviexdoslav Square which in the summer turns into an immense chessboard and in the winter into an ice rink.
End the afternoon in the large square Hlavné Namestie where once the market was held and where it is possible to admire the numerous picturesque decorated buildings.

For dinner, stay in the Old area and go to the Urban Bistro (average cost per person € 22,00).
Finally, after taking a stroll through the illuminated center, have a last beer in one of the many bars in the area; we suggest The Dubliner Irish Pub, in Irish style.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6,6 km / 1 h 24 min
  • Places visited: New Theater (free), Blue church (free), synagogue (€ 6,00), Grassalkovich palace (free), Slavin (free), Old Town (free), cathedral (€ 2,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 48,00
  • Private walking tour
  • Lunch at Koutska Pivaren Get Directions, Dinner Urban Bistro Get Directions

3 day

For this morning treat yourself to a nice one cruise on the Danube to discover Devin Castle, outside Bratislava.
Depart from boarding Fajnorovo nabrezie which is located along the river between Medna road and the Ponte Nuovo and enjoy the navigation which lasts about 1 hour and 30 and also allows you to reach "by water" the Devin Castle. Cruises depart every day at 10:00 and cost € 13,00 return.
Once you arrive at your destination, dedicate yourself to visiting the ruins of what was once an important medieval structure perched on the river. From here you can also enjoy a splendid view. The castle is open at 10: 00-17: 00 and on weekends at 10: 00-19: 00, € 3,00.

Stop near the fortress for lunch at NajVac Palac, an ideal restaurant for refreshment before returning to the city (average cost per person € 15,00).
Once in Bratislava take bus 70 from the Most SNP stop very close to the dock, get off at Panorama City and take bus 90 to Danubiana (about 1 hour).
Here is the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum (10:00 to 19:00, € 10,00) a museum built in the middle of the Danube, which houses a collection of modern art.
Dedicate the rest of the day to visit the works and in the late afternoon, always by bus or taxi, return to the center.

For dinner, stay between the riverside and the Old Town, taking a table at Prazdroj, the classic Slovak brewery with excellent typical cuisine at modest prices (average cost per person € 20,00). End the evening in one of the various clubs in the area such as Antinori Cocktail bar.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 67,5 km / 1 h 21 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Danube cruise (€ 13,00 return), Devin Castle (€ 3,00), Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Devin Castle: 3-hour private tour from Bratislava
  • Lunch at NajVac Palac Get directions; Dinner at Prazdroj Get directions

4 day

For this day we suggest an out-of-town excursion to Vienna, the Austrian capital which is only 63 km from Bratislava.
In the morning take a bus (Flixbus € 18,00 return), a train (from € 10,00) or the boat (€ 20,00 / 25,00) and in about 1 hour you will arrive in the beautiful Hapsburg city.
Immediately visit the Hofburg Palace, the former imperial residence featuring 2.600 royal rooms and apartments where and where you can admire the rich collection of the Austrian treasure inside the Silverware museum.
The residence and the museum are open every day from 9:00 to 17.30:18 in winter and until 00:15,00 in summer, € .

For lunch, stop at the Osteria, sip a beer and eat something quick before resuming your tour (average cost per person € 25,00).
In the afternoon you can walk to la Albertina Gallery (10: 00-18: 00, € 16,00) which houses works by great European artists such as Raphael, Klimt, Monet, Picasso and Leonardo.
Go through theHotel Sacher where a stop for a tea accompanied by a slice of the famous cake is a must.
Continue to Stephansplatz, where the St. Stephen's Cathedral (6: 00-22: 00), one of the most famous churches in the world; pass under the Portal of the Giants to admire the stone pulpit and go and look for the heavy bell housed inside the church.
In the late afternoon, take your vehicle back to Bratislava.

In the evening, stroll along the Danube and stop for dinner at Umelka, a place that serves typical dishes (average cost per person € 22,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 164 km / 2 h 14 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Hofburg (€ 15,00), Albertina (€ 13,00 approximately), Hotel Sacher, St. Stephen's Cathedral (€ 5 guided tour)
  • Daily shopping: € 100,00
  • Vienna: 2-Hour Historical Highlights Tour Vienna: 1-Day Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour and Free Wi-Fi
  • Lunch at Osteria Wien (Get directions) Dinner at Umelka (Get directions)

5 day

Today we recommend that you go around the castles of Slovakia which you can visit independently by renting a car (cost about € 20,00) or taking part in private tours (from € 200,00).
Leave rather early to reach Trencin, 185 km from the capital, where the beautiful is located Bojnice castle (Tue-Sun 9: 00-17: 00 in summer; 9: 00-15: 00 in winter, € 10,00). Take a couple of hours to also visit its interior with frescoed and gilded halls and a beautiful chapel with Gothic windows.

For lunch, stop along the way at Restauracia Majer a typical place with typical dishes and affordable prices (average cost per person € 15,00).
In the afternoon you can reach the. In about 1 hour by car (along the road back to Bratislava) Cerveny Kamen Castle (Tue-Sun 9: 30-15: 30 in winter, 9: 00-17: 00 in spring and summer; € 7,00).
Visit the fortress and especially the immense cellars where the metals were stored; inside the manor there is also a small museum which preserves Hungarian and Italian works, furniture, porcelain and fabrics.
Finally get back on the road and in about 40 minutes you will be back in Bratislava.

In the evening reach the Old Town, dine at Goblins Pub, a brewery that offers grilled meat dishes and other local specialties (average price per person € 25,00). To end the day, listen to some live music at Hlava 22 where national and international artists play jazz, blues and rock.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 395 km / 4 h 56 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Bojnice Castle (€ 10,00), Cerveny Kamen Castle (€ 7,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • Castles of Slovakia: private tour from Bratislava
  • Lunch at Restauracia Majer (Get directions), Dinner at Goblins Pub Restauracia Majer (Get directions)

6 day

Also dedicate this sixth day to aexcursion out of town to discover Slovakia.
We recommend renting a car (daily cost of € 20,00) to reduce travel times.
In 1 hour from the capital you reach Nitra, the oldest city in Slovakia; visit the remains of the city walls, what is left of castle (6: 00-19: 00, € 0,50) and the wonderful Cathedral of Sant'Ermanno (7: 00-19: 00) with Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque imprint.
Then go in Svatoplunkovo ​​square, characterized by a steep floor because it should have been a launching pad for a rocket which was never built.
Finally, not far from here is the synagogue built in 1911 according to the canons of art nouveau and then renovated in Byzantine style.

For lunch, stop near the square at the Keltsky Grill which offers both meat and vegetarian dishes (average price € 14,00)
In the afternoon returning to Bratislava, in 30 minutes you will arrive at Trnava. This town, also nicknamed the Slovak Rome, is also the seat of the archbishop due to the presence of many churches and hosts two famous universities.
Stroll through the center and visit the church of San Nicola, the oldest and the Cathedral of San Giovanni Battista in neo-baroque style (both 7: 00-20: 30).
Then visit the ancient walls that surround the Gothic-style city and the synagogue where there is a monument in honor of the victims of the holocaust.
Finally, return to Bratislava to spend the evening.

We recommend that you dine at the Lemontree & Sky Bar Restaurant (average cost per person € 25,00), which offers Thai cuisine with a panoramic view of the city, where you can also enjoy an after-dinner cocktail.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 206 km / 2 h 35 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Nitra: castle (€ 2,00), Sant'Ermanno cathedral (free); Trnava (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 60,00
  • Place to eat: Lunch at Keltsky Grill (Get directions), Dinner at Lemontree & Sky Bar Restaurant (Get directions)

7 day

End your vacation by visiting the Little Carpathian region where, in addition to wine cellars and cultivated hills, there are castles and beautiful towns.
We recommend taking part in an organized tour (from € 134,00) or hiring a car (€ 20,00).

You leave in the morning, and after traveling 38 km you reach the Red Stone Castle (9: 00-17: 00, € 7,00). Visit this fortress, considered one of the most romantic in the country, with large cellars once used to store copper.
Then continue in the direction Modra, 10 minutes by car, the medieval town known because Ludovit Stur, the hero who fought for the autonomy of Slovakia, was born here.
Conclude the morning by reaching Pezinok, the wine capital of Slovakia.

Stop for lunch at Matysak Vinum Galeria Bozen, a nice place where you can sip different local labels while eating good food (€ 20,00 average price per person).
In the afternoon take a tour of the historic center, visit the majolica pottery factory, the castle and the museum of the Little Carpathians.
Finally you reach Saint Jura, a small town with charming streets and numerous wineries.
Visit one, we recommend the "Vinne pivnice Svaty Jur" and after the tour to understand the winemaking processes also do some tasting; then return to Bratislava in less than 30 minutes.

For the last dinner, we recommend going to the Modrà Hviezda restaurant located near the castle which offers excellent quality food and impeccable service (average price per person € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 77,9 km / 1 h 46 min (by car)
  • Places visited: Red Stone Castle (€ 7,00), Modra (free), Pezinok (free), Svaty Jur (free), cellar visit (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 150,00 (with organized tour)
  • 6-hour Carpathian wine tour and tasting
  • Lunch at Matysak Vinum Galeria Bozen (Get directions), Dinner at Modrà Hviezda (Get directions)

How much does a week cost in Bratislava

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Bratislava is one rather low cost destination because the hotels, even the most beautiful in the center, are cheap, eating at the restaurant is quite affordable (between € 10,00 and € 15,00) and the various attractions are also very affordable.
Even with a low budget you will be able to visit a city rich in history and beauty without having to give up comfort.
Those who do not want to spare no expense, instead of taking the tours independently, can turn to organized excursions.

  • starting from € 45,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 35,00 per room -
  • Small Group Guided Beer Grand City Tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 460,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bratislava: from April to September when the climate is mild, with sunny days and hot but not excessively hot summers - find out more
  • from Italy there are low cost flights to the "Štefánik" airport about 9 km from the city center (flights from € 46,00). From here bus 61 goes to the central station Hlavnà Stanica in 30 min. Alternatively, the taxi (approximately € 6,00) takes just over 20 minutes
  • the Old Town area is equipped with numerous accommodations
  • Getting around: on foot to visit the historic center; however, there are also several public transport. To visit the surroundings we recommend renting a car (from € 18,00 per day) - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: 72-hour ticket for public transport at a cost of € 10,00 and / or a 72-hour Bratislava card at a cost of € 25,00 which includes free or discounted transport and admissions to various attractions and tours

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