Now it’s time to walk through the small town of Bratislava and discover the things to do there. We have visited Bratislava during a train ride in Europe, and the old town is extremely charming and colorful.
There are many interesting sights, activities, and things to do here, so we have gathered together our best tips. Read on, and see the things to do in Bratislava!
- 1. Visit the Castle in Bratislava
- 2. Miletičova Market
- 3. Old Town of Bratislava
- 4. Go to the Outdoor Cinema in Bratislava
- 5. The TV Tower in Kamzik
- 6. Visit the Blue Church
- 7. Danube River
- 8. UFO Bridge
- 9. Experience Bratislava by Bike
- 10. Have a Beer at an Outdoor Cafe
- 11. Visit a Wine Bar
- How to Get to Bratislava?
- Frequently Asked Questions About Bratislava
1. Visit the Castle in Bratislava
The castle of Bratislava is a landmark of Slovakia and a major tourist attraction. The castle is within walking distance of the main square in the center. Around the castle area, there are also many other interesting buildings to look at.
If you are interested in the castle’s history, it may be worth paying for a tourist guide. Otherwise, it is excellent to walk up to the castle area and check out the beautiful views—if the weather is clear, you can see all the way to Austria and Hungary.
The castle is open from 10 am to 6 pm during the summer season (April-October) and from 9 am to 5 pm during the winter season (November-March).
Prices to enter the castle
- Admission for one person is around 10 euros
- A guided tour of the castle in English costs around 15 euros per person in a group
2. Miletičova Market
Like most capitals, Bratislava also has a popular and traditional market. Visit the central and oldest market Miletičova in Bratislava.
Here you will find locally produced goods from farms around Slovakia such as fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, dairy products, meat and flowers, along with clothes, accessories and souvenirs.
If you get hungry during your tour of the market, there are various street foods and bakeries. A hot tip is to visit early as most of the goods are sold out before closing.
Miletičova is only a couple of kilometers from the old town, so you can easily walk here or take the bus here. The market is open every day except Sunday from 6.00 am- 4.30 pm but, if you can, Saturday is the best day to visit.
3. Old Town of Bratislava
If you are in Bratislava, you have to visit the old town, hard to avoid, we would say. The old town is not that big, but it has everything: restaurants, cafes, bars, wine bars and shops.
The town is a typical “old town” with cobbled streets with lovely old pastel-colored buildings and cozy little alleys to stroll around. In the old town, we ate the tastiest goulash soup we have ever eaten.
4. Go to the Outdoor Cinema in Bratislava
There is not much that beats a movie under the stars. Around Bratislava, they show films outdoors during the summer season at various outdoor cinemas.
Bring a blanket and some picnic snacks and enjoy a movie in the open air with a friend or sweetheart in one of Bratislava’s parks. If you do not have a blanket or anything else to sit on, there are chairs set up in front of the cinema, but be out in time as it can quickly get full.
Before the cinema starts, it is possible to buy popcorn, drinks and sweets for those who want a full cinema experience. The films shown are in the original language and are subtitled in Slovak. Entry is free.
Here are some places in Bratislava where they have outdoor cinema:
- Magio Beach, Saturday-Wednesday from 21.00
- Kuchajda Lake, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 21:30 (July) and 21:00 (August)
- Ruzinov, every Tuesday from 21:00 (July-Aug)
5. The TV Tower in Kamzik
No matter where you are in Bratislava, you can see the spectacular TV Tower in Kamzik. The tower is 636.5 feet high and is the tallest structure in Bratislava.
Up in the tower, there is a restaurant and bar with a panoramic view of Bratislava. You will also find art exhibitions in the gallery.
Prices in the TV tower in Bratislava:
- A main course is 10-28 euros
- A small beer costs 3.70 euros
How to Get There?
You can get there by wire bus 203 which goes to Koliba, the closest you get by public transport. You can also take a taxi.
The TV tower is open every day from 11:00 am to 10:00 pm.
6. Visit the Blue Church
The Blue Church, or as it is really called “The Church of St. Elizabeth,” is completely painted in blue—walls and ceilings, even the interior inside the church is blue. It looks like a building taken from a fairy tale. You can find the church on Bezručova Street in the old town of Bratislava.
7. Danube River
Stroll along the famous Danube River, where you can find both restaurants and cafes. Or bring your own food and sit and enjoy the nice weather.
When you are in Bratislava, you can also take the opportunity to visit the Austrian capital Vienna as the two cities are close to each other.
A fun and quick way to get there can be via a catamaran on the Danube river—you also get to experience some beautiful nature along the way. The trip on the catamaran from Bratislava to Vienna takes 75 minutes and costs about 42 euros one way.
8. UFO Bridge
Visit the new bridge, or “UFO” bridge, as it is also called. It’s no wonder, as the tower in the middle of the bridge looks exactly like a UFO straight from a fifties sci-fi B-movie. The bridge is, of course, there to cross the Danube river but the view from the tower is fantastic on a cloudless day.
Up in the tower, you will also find a restaurant and bar. Enjoy lunch, dinner, or just a good drink and enjoy the view during the day or evening. If you want to eat here, the prices are 13-70 euros, and the bridge is a few minutes walking distance from the old town.
Opening hours :
- Open from 10 am to 11 pm (every day)
- The restaurant is open from 12 pm to 11 pm
If you want to go up to the UFO tower, a ticket costs 8 euros, but you do not have to pay that fee if you eat in the restaurant.
Note: You have to pre-book a table in the restaurant, so you can not just turn up there to eat.
9. Experience Bratislava by Bike
Getting around by bike is a great way to see as much of Bratislava as possible, especially if you are there for a short stay.
Bratislava has equipped the city with the yellow bicycles that you can find in the old town, “new town,” and in Petržalka. You can usually find them at cycle paths or public transport stops.
Note: It is crucial to keep in mind when cycling that it is forbidden to cycle on the pavement. If you are unlucky, you can be fined 60 euros if you disregard that rule.
10. Have a Beer at an Outdoor Cafe
Bratislava was named one of the world’s cheapest beer countries a few years ago. So take the opportunity to sample a beer at some cozy outdoor cafe during your visit.
In Bratislava, you should drink their favorite beer (or “pivo” as it is called in Slovakia) Zlatý Bažant.
11. Visit a Wine Bar
Maybe you think of beer when you hear Slovakia, but the Slovaks produce a lot of wine too. So take the opportunity to visit some wine bars when you are there. In the old town, there are many cozy wine bars and at reasonable prices. Do not get stuck in one place but make a small wine tour of different bars.
If you want, you can also book a wine tasting with a guide. It costs from about 30 to 80 euros. The price depends on how long the wine tasting is, and some wine tastings include snacks.
How to Get to Bratislava?
Fly to Bratislava
If you take the flight here, you will come to Bratislava-Milan Rastislav Štefánik, as their airport is called. From here you can take a bus or taxi to Bratislava.
If you choose to take a bus from the airport, you can take bus no: 61, which goes to Bratislava train station, or you can take bus no: 96, which goes to the district Petržalka.
Ticket machines are available in the Arrivals Hall and at the bus stop. The bus journey from the airport into town takes about one hour. A single ticket with bus 61 costs 0.70 euros.
Take a Train to Bratislava
If you are traveling through Europe and come here by train, you will come to Bratislava train station called Hlavná Stanica, which is their central station. We went here ourselves during a train tour in Europe.
You enter directly into Bratislava. From here you can walk into the old town in about: 15-20 minutes. There are also taxis outside the station.
Frequently Asked Questions About Bratislava
What Currency Do You Have in Bratislava?
Bratislava is located in Slovakia, and the euro is used here.
How Much Does it Cost To Travel By Public Transport in Bratislava?
Single ticket for two zones / 30 minutes costs 0.90 euros.
Three-day pass costs 8 euros.
Seven-day pass costs 12 euros.
Of course, there are more types of tickets you can buy to suit your stay.
Is It Easy To Get Around The City?
Yes, it is easy to get around Bratislava. If you just want to move around the central parts, it is easy to get around on foot as it is not that big. Otherwise, public transport is a good alternative as there are buses, trolley-buses and trams to get around.
Is It Expensive In Bratislava?
No, it is not expensive in Bratislava. Like other countries in Eastern Europe, prices are lower or comparable to prices in the US.
A beer costs around 1.60 euros for 0.5l.
A glass of Aperol Spritz costs 3.90 euros.
A main course in Bratislava costs around 5-10 euros.
Is There Good Shopping In Bratislava?
Shopping is good in Bratislava, and there are some shopping malls. The two most popular shopping centers are the Aupark shopping center and Eurovea.
Aupark shopping center has the most common European stores such as H&M, Zara, Mango, C&A, etc., in addition to stores, there are cinemas, grocery stores and restaurants.
Aupark shopping center has the most common European stores such as H&M, Zara, Mango, C&A, etc. In addition to stores, there are cinemas, grocery stores and restaurants.
Eurovea is located right on the Danube river on the same side as the old town. Eurovea is not as good for shopping, but there are also hotels, offices, spas and restaurants.
Eurovea is like a social hub in Bratislava and is open every day from 10 am to 9 pm. From the center, you can walk here in about 10-15 minutes.
When is The Best Time Of Year To Visit Bratislava?
Spring or summer is the best time of year to visit Bratislava, but of course, you can go in all seasons.