Bratislava is welcoming little capital, and the only capital city in the world that bordering with two states - Austria and Hungary. Today it is a relatively inexpensive and unpretentious city,but in the past, it was a magnificent coronation, about which tourists can find out now only on excursions.
There is mass of palaces, churches, museums and memorial places in Bratislava. A very pleasurable old town with two main squares and winding streets. Its centre, is one of the smallest in European capitals, you will go from end to end in a few minutes, and it's all closed for road traffic. And, as it been mentioned before, the city centre can be walked around on foot for 5 minutes, but to visit all the museums, castles and cathedrals will take at least two days.
Capture the view at Bratislava Castle: The tower offers a magnificent view of the historic city centre and beyond.
St. Martin’s Cathedral: The Catherdral is located at Rudnay Square. We recommen to take the narrowest street of Bratislava – Baštová Street – which is next to Michael’s Tower, and go through the Kapitulská Street. Then you will have a wonderful walk among the colourful old buildings.
Explore the pretty, Old Town: A small historical area in which can be found the town hall, squares and cathedrals. Like most similar areas in European capitals, it consists of narrow winding streets leading to the main places of the city.
Primatial Palace: Considered as one the most beautiful buildings in Bratislava for its pale pink and white exterior.
The Sculpture park behind Grassalkovich Palace: This is Slovakian’s White House. In front of the building there is a fountain in a shape of the Earth as a symbol of freedom. Behind the palace opens a huge garden built in a French style.
Day trip to Devin Castle: The fortress of Devin is one of the symbols of Slovakia. It is built on a rocky hill in the southern tip of the Lesser Carpathians.
Plan a day trip to Vienna: The journey will take only an hour by train or slightly longer by boat from Bratislava. The first thing you must see there is St. Stephen's Cathedral. The Gothic temple is advised to pay detail attention – it’s possible to see it from the inside as well. If you are lucky, you will hear an organ inside. It is also recommended to climb one of the two observation platforms working in the cathedral. Hofburg and Maria Theresien-Platz are worth seeing aswell. Now in the palace there are several museums operating, you can visit it by purchasing a ticket on the Internet in advance. The tram tour is also available for tourists. It takes you to the famous Hundertwasser House, and on the way, without getting off the tram, you will be able to see other equally famous buildings of Vienna - the Parliament, the Burgtheater, the Town Hall and the University. If there is time, you can get off at each stop for more detailed acquaintance with the sights of Vienna.
Sightseeing tours in Bratislava: Ride the sightseeing bus along the Danube River while listening to audio commentary about the passing monuments, then explore Bratislava's historic Old Town.
Best Luxury: Marrol's Boutique Hotel is a five-star luxury hotel. It can be found in the city centre of Bratislava just a short walk from the historic Old Town. Grand Hotel River Park, A Luxury Collection Hotel is a five-star hotel in the city centre. The spacious rooms of the hotel offer panoramic views of the Danube River or the castle on the hill. The five-star Hotel Albrecht has a free spa to residents and is located in a quiet residential area, a 10-minute walk from the Bratislava Castle.
Best Mid Range: Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel is a four-star hotel. It occupies a historical building of the 13th century, right in the centre of Bratislava. Art Hotel William is a four-star hotel. It is located in the historical centre of Bratislava, in the shopping gallery Central Passage with luxury fashion boutiques. Various historical and cultural monuments are located nearby. Walking to restaurants, bars and cafes takes just a few minutes. Apollo Hotel Bratislava is a four-star hotel, Hotel Apollo is located between the Old Town and the business district of Bratislava, 1.5 km from the new building of the Slovak National Theatre.
Best Budget: Garni Hotel Virgo is a three-star hotel and is located in the centre of Bratislava near Bratislava Castle, just 200 meters from the Presidential Palace and the Old Town. Hotel Viktor is a three-star hotel and is 1 km away from Petrzalka Train Station and 3 km from the centre of Bratislava. Pension Petit is a two-star hotel and is located in the centre of Bratislava, next to the presidential palace and 300 meters from the St. Michael's Gate in the Old Town.