Bratislava, Slovakia Travel Guide
We visited Bratislava, Slovakia in during the wintertime, which turned out to be a lot of fun!
It was a bit too early for the Christmas markets (more on that down below), but it was still festive and really quite quiet. We took the train into Bratislava early in the morning on Monday, November 19th, and headed out after dinner time and it was just enough time to see all that we wanted. On this same trip we also visit Salzburg & Vienna, Austria and Budapest, Hungary. I’ve written travel guides for all three of those cities, which are all wonderful to visit during the month of November, especially if you love Christmas!
Since we only had a day, we were pretty picky about where we spent our time. It is a small city, so it can definitely be done. By the end of the day we were ready to move on and felt good about all that we were able to see and do. Let’s dive in to our favorites!
WHERE TO STAY:
We didn’t end up staying in Bratislava over night. We took the train in from Vienna in the morning, and headed out to Budapest at the end of the day.
Bryndzové halušky – You NEED to try this! If you love creamy/cheesy richness, this is for you. It’s a traditional Slovak dish that is made up of boiled lumps of dough and a soft sheeps cheese, sometimes with pork or bacon. The portions are pretty large, so we shared this for an early dinner at Slovak Pub, a really chill restaurant with a unique, pub atmosphere.
Kofola – A local Slovakian “pop” or soda, which we had with our bryndzove halusky. It isn’t like your traditional Coca Cola; it has a bit of a licorice undertone. Give it a try!
Cukraren Na Korze – The cutest little sweet shop right on Michalaska Street. You must try the hot chocolate! It is rich, and creamy and perfect on a cold day. They offer many other warm drinks and treats too.
Luculus Ice Cream - It was a bit too cold out at the time, but man I really wish it wasn’t. I believe the owner of this place holds a world record for the number of ice cream scoops balanced on one ice cream cone!
Sky Bar – Another place recommended to us, but we ran out of time.
Cheese vending machines - We didn’t end up purchasing anything from these vending machines placed all over town (the bryndzove halusky did us in on our cheese limit for the day!), but it was a pretty cool thing to see.
FAVORITE SITES IN BRATISLAVA:
Michalaska Street – The cutest little main street you ever will see. Small, quaint and bursting with charm. I didn’t want to leave! Take your time and explore the many secret tunnels off the street.
Michael’s Gate - You’ll spot this tower from anywhere on Michalaska Street. It’s the tower with the tunnel running through it, it’s one of the oldest town buildings!
Main Square – After walking down Michalaska Street we ended up here. A charming little square full of statues and restaurants. They were setting up for a Christmas market while we were there, so I wasn’t able to get good photos.
St. Martins Cathedral – Such a beautiful Gothic style church, highly recommend stopping by.
Bratislava Castle – Closed on Mondays (the day we were there, boo!), but we were able to walk around the property. This was an extremely minimal castle, so incredibly beautiful. In my experience, it’s rare to see such minimal and clean design in castles, so this was a refreshing site to visit. Great views of the city too.
UFO – You see the thing that looks like UFO in my photos? Yep, that’s it. Bratislava is a unique little town full of the unexpected. We didn’t get a chance to visit it up close and personal, but it was funny to see from a distance.
Primates Palace – The lovely pink building! We didn’t actually go inside, but the building stopped us in our tracks.
I don’t have much to say here, it was a little disappointing on the shopping front. Although, we didn’t really research any markets or shops before arrive due to how little time we were going to be there.
As for the Christmas Markets, we did stumble upon one, mid morning, just outside the Slovak National Theatre (the historical one, not the new one). I believe the market stretched all along the Hviezdoslavovo námestie. I mentioned above that we saw them setting up several other Christmas markets in various spots around Bratislava, I have a feeling we were just a day or two early for those.
Thanks for reading and for following along! I hope this was helpful for you. Happy travels!