What to see in Bratislava in 3 days

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Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, attracts more and more tourists every year. It was once considered a transit city between Budapest and Vienna, sharing the magic with them Danube, today it is a fundamental stop on a tour of the cities of Central Europe together with Prague, places that still retain much of the charm of the ancient Austro-Hungarian Empire. IS' a clean, quiet, tidy city, with a thousand things to do and see and a rich nightlife; a weekend is ideal to visit it. Here, then: what to see in Bratislava in 3 days.



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. How much does a weekend in Bratislava cost
  5. User questions and comments

1 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Old Town, Church of San Martino

Let's start from the surroundings of the Old Town square, Hlavné namestie, we have breakfast at the Pasteleria pastry shop, where we find a large selection of cakes (Slovak sweets are very greedy!) and coffee at a cost of about € 4,00.

Our tour proceeds to the beautiful Old Town (Staré Mesto), whose center is, in fact, the large square, in which the market was once held, the hub of the city's social life, which attracted traders from all over and was very colorful. The buildings overlooking the square are very beautiful, decorated and in the pastel colors typical of these central European cities. We can then move towards the square Hviezdoslav square, about 5 minutes walk, where we will admire the facades of the National Theater and the Philharmonic. If it's summer, the square will have turned into a giant chessboard.

A short distance away, about 450 meters, we can visit the St. Martin's Church, the most important in Bratislava, where all the Hungarian kings were crowned. The entrance costs € 2,00, you can access it in the morning before 11:30 or after 13:00. When walking around Bratislava, pay attention to the curious ones bronze sculptures that appear suddenly, like that of the soldier who comes out of the manhole.



2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Bratislava Castle, Archaeological Museum

We have lunch at the Modrà Hviezda restaurant, whose interiors are in medieval style, carved into the rock. The restaurant offers typical Slovak dishes, especially meat, for around € 20,00- € 30,00 per person. Then we can climb, through a path of about 650 meters, to Bratislava Castle that we have surely already noticed: dominates the city from all sides. This is but the latest of numerous versions, the Castle, in fact, has been destroyed and rebuilt many times throughout its history, and in many different styles. Today it is the seat of the Parliament. It can of course be visited from Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00 from April to November, in winter both opening and closing are anticipated by one hour, the ticket costs € 2,00. To visit it takes about 2 hours.

Once we leave, we can visit the Slovak Archaeological Museum, under the Castle. It is a very interesting collection that collects the history of the area and how the Slovak civilization was created. Entry costs € 3,00 and is open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Danube riverside, SNP bridge

Let's take a nice walk along the Danube riverside, enchanting in the evening. The small places scattered along the shore begin to light up with a thousand lights, we stop for dinner at the Umelka restaurant, where we can eat typical dishes but also fries and hamburgers and drink beer, for about € 20,00 per person. After dinner we can take a walk on the imposing and futuristic SNP bridge (of the Slovak Uprising, or New Bridge) which crosses the Danube with a modern look at the ancient city.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 6 km / 1 h 17 min
  • Places visited: Old Town, Old Town Square, Hviezdoslav Square, St. Martin's Church (€ 2,00), Castle (€ 2,00), Archaeological Museum (€ 3,00), riverside, SNP bridge.
  • 3-hour Grand City Tour in Bratislava
  • Breakfast at Pasteleria (Get directions), Lunch Modra Hviezda (Get directions), Dinner at Umelka (Get directions)

2 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Mini Cruise on the Danube to Devin Castle

This morning we allow ourselves a beautiful boat trip on the Danube to discover the Devin Castle, out of town. First, however, we have breakfast not far from boarding, at the Stur Cafè, where sweets and omelettes are offered for breakfast, from € 6,00 to € 12,00. Then we head towards the embarkation, 500 meters towards the river, walking towards Medenà. Ferries to Devin depart daily at 10:00, the ticket costs € 13,00 and also includes the return. The crossing takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes, and allows you to see this stretch of the Danube, in the direction of Vienna, truly extraordinary.

Devin Castle is perched right on the river, at the fork with the Morawa, you will see it appear from afar. It is a construction of medieval origin, unfortunately destroyed in the Napoleonic era, but the ruins that have remained are beautiful and the site, even from a geographical point of view, really deserves, especially for the glance on the meeting with the two rivers.


2 - Afternoon: Lunch, return to Bratislava, St. Michael's Gate, Michalska Ulica, Primaciàlny palace

We stop for two hours in Devin, during which we will have time to eat something at the Najvacpalac restaurant, under the castle, where you can order grilled sausages and beer, inevitable, for around € 10,00- € 15,00. At 14:00 we return to Bratislava, and continue our tour around the Porta di San Michele, the only one of the four medieval gates currently left in the city. It is about 1 kilometer from the landing place, we can walk or take tram 8 towards Astronomickà, there are 3 stops, then get off at Postovà. From the door he leaves Michalska Ulica, a really interesting street for the number of historic buildings it houses.

Also worth visiting Primacialne Namestie, another beautiful square, where the Primaciàlny palace is located, in classic style, with a very elegant pink facade and decorated with various statues. Today it is the seat of the Town Hall and can be visited, it is open every day until 17:00 and the ticket costs € 3,00, especially for the Hall of Mirrors.


3 - Evening: Dinner, SNP Bridge Tower

Let's go and enjoy the sunset on the SNP bridge tower: 85 meters high, called UFO not surprisingly due to the shape of the spacecraft placed on top, at this time it will give you an incredible view of the entire city and the river. To go up to the tower costs € 7,40. Then, while we're at it, we can have dinner in the restaurant which offers a terrace inside the tower with a view that is priceless. Or rather, yes, maybe it costs a little more than the restaurants in the city, but it's worth it. The UFO restaurant, in fact, offers typical dishes or international cuisine for around € 30,00- € 40,00 per person. After dinner, once we get off the tower, we can have a drink in one of the many outdoor places on the river or in the Old Town square.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 28,2 km / 5 h 49 min
  • Places visited: Devin Castle, Danube Cruise (€ 13,00), St. Michael's Gate, Michalska Ulica, Palazzo Primaciàlny (€ 3,00), Ufo Tower (€ 7,40)
  • Devin Castle: 3-hour guided tour from Bratislava
  • Breakfast at Stur Cafè (Get directions), Lunch at Najvacpalac (Get directions), Dinner at UFO (Get directions)

3 day

1 - Morning: Breakfast, Slavin Monument, Blue Church

This morning we have breakfast at the historic pastry shop Konditorei Kormuth, it is an attraction to visit in all respects. The furniture is antique, finely worked and inlaid and on the walls there are frescoes, it seems to be in another era. We can order cake and coffee for € 10,00.

Then we take bus 147 from the Hodzovo Namestie stop, about 850 meters from the pastry shop, direction Budkovà, and get off at the stop Slavin after about 10 minutes: this is the name of the largest European monument dedicated to the Second World War. It is also the grave of over 6.000 Red Army soldiers who died in liberating Bratislava from Nazism, it really is a great monument, worth a visit.

Then we return to the city center, we can take tram 1 from Franza Liszta square, direction Jungmannova, and get off there to reach the Blue Church, at the Safarikovo namesti stop, are about 350 meters. In fact, you cannot miss the Church of Sant'Elisabetta, from characteristic blue facade decorated according to the canons of Art Nouveau, the interior is also predominantly blue. It is open, with free access, from 09:00 to 18:00 every day.

2 - Afternoon: Lunch, Grassalkovich Palace, Archbishop's Palace, Synagogue and Jewish Museum

Let's go back to the Old Town and have lunch in a typical Pivaren (brewery): Koutska Pivaren, with typical interiors, where you can order meat, for example pork knuckle and beer, for € 10,00-15,00.

Cross the street and, if you are on time, at 13:00 o'clock you can attend at the changing of the guard at the Grassalkovich palace, the presidential palace with a truly striking facade. Unfortunately the interiors are not open to visitors, but you can take a nice walk inside the large gardens which are open to the public until 20:00 every day. Inside the same park you can visit, always only outside, the palace that was once the Archbishop, also very elegant, and which today is the seat of the government.

Then we can continue the tour at the Synagogue on Heydukova street, about 900 meters from the park. The synagogue is small and not very crowded, but if we have organized well, it is open on Fridays and Sundaysthe Jewish museum on the upper floor, really interesting especially for the presence of a memorial wall dedicated to the Holocaust and to the Jewish population who lived in the city, admission to the museum costs € 6,00.

3 - Evening: Dinner, Old Town

For our last evening, we stay downtown and enjoy the typical atmosphere of Old Town packed with young people and outdoor venues. We have dinner at the Bratislava Flagship Restaurant, an informal place where you can taste typical dishes (try the gnocchi with goat cheese and crispy bacon!) And drink excellent draft beer at reasonable prices, € 10,00- € 15,00.

Then we continue our night tour, we take some pictures in the Old Town square with the evening lights, and a last walk along the riverside: here we have a last beer at the Riva Bar & Bistro, which is a boat on the river transformed into a local. Beer is really cheap in Slovakia, a pint won't cost us more than € 2,00.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 7,6 km / 1 h 39 min
  • Places visited: Slavin, Blue Church (free), Grassalkovich Palace, gardens, Archbishop's Palace, Synagogue, Jewish Museum (€ 6,00).
  • Bratislava on foot by Night 2 hours Tour
  • Breakfast at Konditorei Kormuth (Get directions), Lunch at Koutska Pivaren (Get directions), Dinner at Bratislava Flagship Restaurant (Get directions)

How much does a weekend in Bratislava cost

Bratislava is truly incredible and you will also have realized it from the prices. Museums have affordable tickets and i restaurants offer hearty meat dishes at low prices, not to mention the beer, excellent and very cheap. Also public transport is quite cheap, however, the city is small and you can even do without it. In short, a weekend in Bratislava is an experience that will remain in the heart especially for the castles, palaces, the Danube and the history of the city, certainly not for the salty bills.

  • Costs to eat: about € 50,00 per day per person (including breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • Costs for museums and attractions: about € 24,00 per person following the itinerary we suggest
  • Transportation: about € 23,00 per person (indicates costs for public transport, any taxis and transfers to and from the airport)
  • Hotels, accommodation and b & b: starting from € 60,00 per room -
  • Fun: from € 30,00 per person (including snacks, coffee, aperitifs, drinks, ...)
  • Total cost of a weekend in Bratislava: from € 410,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Bratislava: From April to September, summer is pleasant and not excessively hot - find out more
  • Štefánik Airport is approximately 9 km from the city center. Every 20 minutes a bus, line 61, connects to the central station Hlavnà Stanica, takes about half an hour, from there you can then reach your hotel by tram or bus. You can also take a taxi, the cost is low, € 6,00, it takes just over 20 minutes. Flights starting from € 30,00 -
  • inside the Old Town. Hotel and b & b starting from € 37,00 per room -
  • Getting around: it is very easy to get around on foot, especially if you are staying inside the Old Town. Otherwise you can buy a ticket for public transport valid for 72 hours at a cost of € 10,00 - find out more
  • Other: the Bratislava Card is available for 72 hours at a cost of € 25,00 which, in addition to offering unlimited use of transport (but not at night), allows entry to 14 museums and further discounts for other attractions

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