Sunday, 23 July 2017

The ultimate Bratislava travel guide - what to see, eat and do in Bratislava

Bratislava is often offered as a day trip from Vienna but it has so much more to offer. Being considerably cheaper than its neighbour and a much more manageable size you should be visiting here and day tripping to Vienna if you find the time.

Beer = £1.50 for 50cl 
Meal for 2 with drinks = £40
Bus tickets = £0.70
Train to Vienna = £11 (on the day)

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How to get there

You can fly direct from Leeds, London, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. Prices can start from as low as £40 return.

Head over to or download the app to find some cheap flights.

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Where to stay

If you like beer and super modern decor then stay at the Loft Hotel, located next to the presidential palace with the old town being just a 10 minute walk in one direction and the main train station 10 minutes in the other it's a perfect base to explore the city. The rooms are clean, modern and best of all the hotel has its own microbrewery and burger joint! need I say anymore!

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Where to eat

This city has some incredible places to eat and serves up everything from the classic burgers to fine dining.
  • Frabrika - Awesome burger and microbrewery located in the Loft Hotel
  • Urban Bistro - Very modern bistro for breakfast and coffee
  • Urban House - Very modern pizzeria and coffee shop
  • Fach - 7 course fine dining, coffee shop, juice shop and cocktail bar all under one roof
  • The street market (during summer)
  • Five Points - Coffee and lunch 

Street market selling pulled pork and delicious food in Bratislava from or
Street Market
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Urban Bistro
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5 Points
Fabrika micro brewery and burger bar in Bratislava from or
Fabrika Microbrewery

Where to drink

  • Fabrika beer garden
  • Fach cocktail bar
  • Le Senk craft beer cafe
  • Kontakt - Hipster bar

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Urban Bistro 
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Fach Bar

What to do

  • Walk the old town
  • Climb the steps to Bratislava Castle and explore the narrow streets
  • Get the bus out to the ruins of Devin Castle (bus 28 or 29 from under SNP)
  • Walk around the presidential gardens
  • Day trip to Vienna via boat or train for the day (1.5 hours on boat, 1 hour on train)
  • Hike the TV tower and ride the old soviet era chair-lift
  • Get very drunk with all the local beer!

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Bratislava castle entrance, steep hill but incredible views in Bratislava from or
at the top of the castle in Bratislava where the view of the city is incredible, in Bratislava from or
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The UFO bridge looking awesome on a stunning day in Bratislava from or
Devin Castle in Bratislava from or
Views from the top of Devin castle in Bratislava from or
Cal mc checking out the local views and river from the top of Devin Castle, in Bratislava from or


Bratislava is full of cool coffee shops and some very hipster ones at that, so if you'r in need of a caffeine fix check out some of these awesome places.

  • Fach
  • Five Points
  • Urban Bistro
  • Urban House
  • La Donutareia

Bratislavas coffee shops, in Bratislava from or
Urban Bistro

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