Slovakia: Half Day Tour In Bratislava

Slovakia’s capital – Bratislava was one of our comfort stop during our Taste of Eastern Europe trip. On our way to Prague, we were given a couple of hours to explore Bratislava.  The city is relatively small and a half day tour is very doable especially if you are coming from Vienna or Budapest.

The 18th century  historic city is known for its quaint and winding cobblestone pedestrian streets. It has a vibrant atmosphere that invites everyone to enjoy the fascinating sites of the Old Town.  The main square boast traditional restaurants, cafe’s and shops.

Here are 5 things we did during our half day tour in Bratislava

1. Explore the city with the Presporacik – Oldtimer

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Upon our arrival in the city, our Oldtimer vehicle was already waiting for us. The vintage looking car train is equipped with an audio-guide where you can listen in several languages as you tour around the city.

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The ride was about half an hour tour and it will take you to a number of fascinating sites like the Old Town Hall and Main Square where the oldest fountain in the city can be found. Among the other interesting sites are the St. Martin’s Cathedral – the coronation Cathedral of Hungarian Kings, ancient St. Clare’s Church, St. Michael’s Gate, the executioner’s house, palaces from the time of Empress Maria Theresa, and the Plague Pillar, City Statues.

2. Visit the Bratislava Castle

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Bratislava Castle sits on a hilltop overlooking the Danube river. This iconic castle dominates the city and offer spectacular views of Bratislava.

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Castle entrance

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The Most SNP or commonly known as UFO Bridge is one of the exciting views from the castle. Actually the flying-saucer shaped structure is a restaurant and is a special attraction in the city since 2005.

3. Enjoy A Stroll In The Historic Old Town

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Bratislava’s Old Town is known for its many churches, the Bratislava Riverfront and cultural institutions. It is also the location of most of the foreign states embassies and important Slovak institutions including the National Council of the Slovak Republic; the Summer Archbishop’s Palace, seat of the Government of Slovakia; and Grassalkovich Palace, seat of the President of Slovakia. – Wikipedia

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The Old Town Square and the oldest fountain in Bratislava

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One of the Old Town’s busy street lined with pastel colored buildings and restaurants and the St. Michael Tower at the backdrop.

4. Look For Statues Around The Old Town

There are many statues scattered around the old town and if you’re lucky you can spot them all. Actually, we saw some of them unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to capture a snap of the other statues due to many tourists who wanted to take photos with them.

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You can’t say you’ve been to Bratislava if you didn’t find this guy. The Cumil or otherwise know as the ‘Watcher’ is the most photographed statue in the old town. You can find him at the junction of Laurinská and Panská Streets.

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Schone Naci is a silver statue of a real person named Ignac Lamar.

5. Sample Traditional Slovakian Food

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There’s no way you’ll get starve while exploring the Old Town. The abundance of restaurants, cafe’s and bars will surely entice you to try some of the traditional Slovakian food.

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Traditional Slovakian food to try:

  • Bryndzove halushky – potato dumplings with sheep cheese (bryndza) and roasted bacon.
  • Zemiakové placky – potato pancakes fried in oil with garlic and flour.
  • Granadír – pasta with potato.
  • Fried cheese – cheese fried in bread crumbs.
  • Lokse – potato pancake.

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That’s how our quick stop in Bratislava unfolded. It was short but Derick and I were glad to have the opportunity to see the well-preserved Medieval city center of Bratislava.

53 thoughts on “Slovakia: Half Day Tour In Bratislava

  1. My wife and I are planning a trip to Austria and were hoping to get in a side trip to Bratislava. The funky little but looks like a wonderful way to see the town. We might have to search out some of those statues in Old Town while we are there too.

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  2. I love how almost all European cities have an Old Town, yet all so unique. Slovakia is a country I didn’t know much about but love all the vibrant colors and charm.

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  3. I have been to Slovakia only once and for the evening and morning only so couldnt enjoy the city to the fullest. I just went to the castle, old town and some local cafes. Seems like the tour you have done is intense and lots of things to see!

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    1. Actually Bratislava is a small city so if you like historical, quaint and just to relax then this city is a place to go. I haven’t been to the US so i’ll definitely take note of St. Augustine if in case we can visit US. 🙂

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  4. It’s amazing how many interesting cities there are in Eastern Europe. Bratislava looks beautiful! I love castles so I’d definitely like to visit the castle. And of course, I’d want to get a snap with The Watcher statue.

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  5. The oldtimer vehicle is just so cute! I’d defintely stroll around the Old Town. That’s always my kinda thing to do.
    The traditional Slovakian food you’ve listed is all veggie and that makes me so happy!

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  6. The castle kind of looks like a mini Versaille or is that just me haha? Looks like you packed a lot into a small amount of time which is what I love to do!! I have been hearing a lot of wonderful things about Slovakia lately!

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    1. Versailles is too grand and over the top haha. Thanks to our tour leader who arranged everything so we can get the most of the city in a short period of time. You should include Slovakia in your next travel to Europe. 🙂

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  7. The Oldtimer vehicle looks impressive it must be a fun experience exploring the city riding it. Bratislava has been on the list for a while and we would definitely look out for those statues and not miss tasting the local cuisine too. Thanks for these tips.

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  8. This wasn’t on my bucket list before, but it definitely is now! These pictures are stunning. I love that you mentioned to eat the food, I think that is so important when visiting a new country in order to really get to know the culture! Love it

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  9. Such a cute and clean city. That old-fashioned train with audio guide looks amazing and so is the castle. The views from the saucer-shaped restaurant will be too good. And the watcher sculpture is a worth click for sure. I Loved all your pictures.

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    1. Hello Mav, talagang nakakatuwa ang mga statues doon. I really love the old town very quaint and relaxing. I hope meron pa kayong time to squeeze Bratislava in your itinerary. 🙂

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  10. I literally googled where Slovakia is on the map. Hehe! I thought it was somewhere far east katabi ng Ukraine, malapit lang pala sa Austria and Hungary! The city looks quiet and relaxing unlike the other busy cities like Prague. Ang ganda rin ng weather! Did you guys do this as a day trip?

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    1. Hi Melai, na miss kita! Haha, sorry I was too lazy to explain more about the city in this blog. Busy lang planning for our summer trips. Yes, one hour lang sya from Vienna, kaya doable talaga ang day trips. However in our case kasama na sya sa aming tour. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Nina! I doubt kung after 3 years pa kayo babalik ng Europe. Ganyan din kami dati, pero after a year bumalik din kami hahaha. And hoping to go back soon. I can’t wait to read all your travel stories. 🙂

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