5 things I love
Here are 5 things I love about Bratislava:
1. Affordable Night Life
I can say that some of the best parties that I have been to were in Bratislava, people here really love to party! I have a lot of good memories of dinners at Rio Grande, Café Verne, and Malecon. After dinner, the possibilities around the town are endless. Casa Del Havana is a great spot for Latin dancing with the boys, while Channels at Župné square is another three-floor dance club.
The great thing about the night life is that all the bars and clubs in Old Town are all walking distance with affordable prices on drinks; they don’t call it Partyslava for nothing.
2. Lovely Historical Centre
Maybe I have a bias opinion, but I love the Old Town because the town itself has a lovely charm that makes it such a unique European city to live in. Bratislava’s city centre is compact and can be seen within a day or two. But if you spend more time in Bratislava, it is a very romantic city that is filled with cultural events and people from all over the world.
3. Great Location in Europe
They say Slovakia is located right in the heart of Central Europe and it is indeed very true. Many travelers enjoy the trip to Bratislava from Vienna – only a 45 minute drive away. I love it because of its location and convenient accessibility to other European countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Croatia. You can go anywhere in Europe from Bratislava on a budget.
If you are the adventurous-type, the Twin City Liner offers a unique experience for travelers who would like to ride a ship to Vienna. The ship leaves daily from the Danube River and takes you directly to the Austrian capitol.
For information on the Twin City Liner: http://www.twincityliner.com/web/
Only one train ride away, Prague awaits you at the Charles Bridge. Or you can head south and be in Budapest in less than three hours. I have been to both cities by train and I simply love the efficient travel time.
There are also direct flights via Ryan Air to London, Paris, and Milan departing from Bratislava.
For information about train schedules from Bratislava go to:
A tip: If you take a day trip to Bratislava, you can head to Austria and catch Blaguss Vienna airport shuttle from the New Bridge for only €6.00. Blaguss offers affordable bus rates for adults and students, ideal for the budget traveler. Buses leave regularly from the Erdbergstraße bus station to cities Berlin for €33.00 Zagreb for €33.00 and Budapest for €23.50.
For Blaguss schedules departing from Vienna:
4. Friendly People
Getting on well with the locals seems to be a pleasure of mine as some of my best friendships are with Slovaks. I also can’t lie and say that the city is filled with handsome guys and sexy girls – I call it ‘eye-candy land.’ The tourists seem to believe so, as I just met a few ladies from the United Kingdom who seem to be smitten by all the hot guys walking around. I just tell them, “Smile and say dobry!”
5. The Arts and Culture
Bratislava is a popular city for concerts showcasing big-named artists Rihanna, 50 Cent, and Depeche Mode. So if you love concerts, be sure that your favorite artist will perform in Bratislava.
During the summer, Bratislava is a hub for music festivals presented by Musiq 1 TV and the Bazant Pohoda festival where international singers, DJs, and bands like The Sister Scissors and The Ting Tings have performed at this three-day outdoor musical event.
Love the theatre? The Slovak National Theatre on Hviedoslav square has many theatre plays and fine art performances for the artsy type. The new Slovak National Theatre by Eurovea Galleria is a wonderful building which houses exquisite performances in ballet and opera.
If you like exhibitions, go to the Slovak National Museum and Art Gallery just steps away at Nám. Ľ. Štúra. There are also several monuments of Art Nouveau around the town. The Roland Café was originally an Art Nouveau bank, as well as the lovely Blue Church of St. Elizabeth on Bezručova Street. A city like Bratislava is filled with historical architectural buildings that any traveler will enjoy.
Slovak National Museum: Adults €3.50, students €2.00
Slovak National Gallery: Adults €3.50, students €1.30