BratislavaSlovakia

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Trip time! Discover the history, cafés, and monuments in Bratislava.

As a capital city on a national border, Bratislava is influenced by its neighboring country of Austria. Many ethnic communities have made their mark on the history and culture of the city. With the famous Danube River flowing through its center, Bratislava serves as Slovakia’s hub of culture, politics and economics. You’ll find numerous museums, theaters and intriguing landmarks scattered along its winding, cobblestone streets. Note the skyline consisting of charming 20th-century structures and medieval towers.

Visit Bratislava Castle, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Danube River. This landmark dominating the Bratislava skyline is the most recognizable building in the city, with red spirals in the corners of the large white structure. Arrive at night to see the structure bathed in gold light. Stroll around the hill and capture photos of the elegant castle. Step inside to browse collections from the Slovak National Museum.

Behind the castle is the Slavin Monument, which pays tribute to the nation’s soldiers who died in World War II. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city from the monument, one of the highest points in the city.

Enjoy a relaxing walk through the quaint historical center. Look around the City Museum in the Old Town Hall and climb the steep staircase of the clock tower. Visit the historical neo-renaissance building of the Slovak National Theatre, the oldest of its kind in the country.

Spend the afternoon at Bratislava Zoo or the city’s Botanical Gardens. Enjoy green parks and hints of a rural landscape in the middle of the city.

Travel between attractions for free on public transport with a Bratislava City Card. Also use the card to get a free walking tour of the city and discounts on entry to museums, galleries and restaurants, plus many more benefits. Go to the Visit Bratislava website for full details.

Bratislava is one of the warmest parts of the country; the climate is generally mild with warm summers. Temperatures do, however, hover around freezing with occasional snow flurries during winter.

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Cafes, Historical Buildings and Museums

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Where to stay in Bratislava

Old Town
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Old Town

While visiting Old Town, you might make a stop by sights like Slavin Monument and Bratislava Castle.

Devín
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Devín

While visiting Devín, you might make a stop by sights like Devin Castle and Danube-Auen National Park.

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Top Hotels in Bratislava

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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LOFT Hotel Bratislava
4 out of 5
Štefánikova 4, Bratislava
$71/night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,614 reviews)

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Presidential Palace, Slavin Monument, and Primate's Palace. St. Martin's Cathedral and Natural ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (1,614 reviews)

"Modern but some rustic decoration. We liked it from check in to check out"…"

Reviewed on Sep 12, 2019

LOFT Hotel Bratislava
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Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
4 out of 5
Hviezdoslavovo Nam 3, Bratislava
$78/night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.6/5Wonderful! (820 reviews)

Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Old Slovak National Theater, Primate's Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Bratislava Castle and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (820 reviews)

"Location, and ""best" hotel qualities. Staff diligence and competence"…"

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel, Bratislava
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Marrol's Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
Tobrucka 4, Bratislava
$99/night
Sep 22 - Sep 23
4.8/5Exceptional! (1,522 reviews)

Located in Old Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Natural History Museum and Primate's Palace. St. Martin's Cathedral and Bratislava Castle ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (1,522 reviews)

"This is s a beautifully appointed hotel, that feels personal, human-size, not behemoth/anonymous. It's on a quiet block, which is only a 5 to 10 minute walk from the pedestrian-only streets of the old historic center Front desk staff are helpful and friendly; breakfast is generous and classy."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Marrol's Boutique Hotel

Popular things to do in Bratislava

Bratislava Castle
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Bratislava Castle

Explore an iconic symbol of the city, an imposing fortress that is known for its stunning architecture, gorgeous vistas and fascinating exhibitions.

St. Martin's Cathedral
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St. Martin's Cathedral

Both the curious and the pious are drawn to Bratislava’s awe-inspiring basilica, an instantly recognizable feature of the city’s skyline.

Devin Castle
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Devin Castle

Enjoy beautiful scenery and absorbing history at one of Slovakia’s most dramatic national monuments, a cliff-top castle perched above two converging rivers.

Primate's Palace
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Primate's Palace

Tour this magnificent salmon-pink building, which houses the offices of Bratislava’s mayor and witnessed important events in Slovakia’s history.

New Bridge
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New Bridge

The futuristic-looking observation deck and sky-high restaurant make this landmark bridge more than just a way to cross the Danube.

Slavin Monument
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Slavin Monument

Spend some quiet moments of reflection at this somber and thoughtful memorial to the Soviet soldiers who died liberating the city during World War II.

Top activities in Bratislava

Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat
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Bratislava: Day Trip from Vienna by Bus and Boat

$79

Enjoy a full-day exploration of Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. In this beautiful city, head on a walking tour of the picturesque old town and take in a delicious, traditional lunch. Top off your day with a speedy catamaran boat ride back to Vienna along the charming Danube River.

Private Bratislava Grand City Tour
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Private Bratislava Grand City Tour

$46

Pick up at your hotel. Panoramic city tour of Bratislava, pass along Presidential Palace- Bratislava Castle- Slovak Government and finish panoramic city tour by visit of Slavin Monument. Continue the Private Grand City Tour by walking tour in historical city center of Bratislava.

Bratislava Grand City Tour
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Bratislava Grand City Tour

$73

Meeting is at front of hotel Radisson Blu Carlton hotel, short basic introduction about Bratislava. Walk to the city center of Bratislava. Walk to Michalska Gate-Main Square-Old Town Hall and Primatial Palace with possibility of entrance, after continue to Reduta and Cathedral of St.

Full Day Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna with Hotel Pick up
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Full Day Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna with Hotel Pick up

$55

Following pick-up from your hotel in Vienna, sit back in a luxury vehicle and enjoy your ride through the Austrian countryside. Admire beautiful landscapes as you cross the border into Slovakia. After arrival in Slovakia, meet your experienced local guide for a walking tour.

Local Secrets of Bratislava Small-Group Tour
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Local Secrets of Bratislava Small-Group Tour

$70

Embark on a tour of Bratislava that covers both the Old Town as well as off-the-beaten-track places that few tourists venture into. Iconic local pubs, street art, and crowd-free viewpoints, as well as a delicious picnic and a beer in a beloved brewery, are all on the immersive itinerary.

Bratislava by speedboat
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Bratislava by speedboat

$39

Enjoy the new and remarkable view of Bratislava from the deck of our motorized speedboard at night - on request - or during the day.