In the past, the capital city of Slovakia was the coronation city where ten kings, one queen and seven royal wives were crowned. Bratislava connects history with its modern present. The most famous landmarks comprise a triangle – the Bratislava Caste, St. Martin´s Cathedral (the coronation church), and the UFO Tower.
Bratislava is known for being a unique city break destination, offering plenty of attractions for a weekend getaway. Even though there’s no underground, which makes it a rarity among European capital cities, the most important and the most beautiful places and sights in the city are never more than a short walk away. Historic buildings and Old-Town streets and lanes, full of cosy cafés, are always within easy reach. You can enjoy Bratislava without having to cope with endless lines of tourists and overcrowded squares.
Try the tasty local five-o´clock-tea dessert – the famous Bratislava rolls, made according to a traditional recipe dating back to the 16th century. In the past, they were so popular that they were even exported to Paris and Vienna. Bratislava is also proud of its excellent beers, which can be found at bars and restaurants throughout the city. In the evening, join the locals and for a drink in one of the city’s stylish bars and alternative clubs.
Prices for eating out are reasonable and cards are accepted almost everywhere. Service standards are excellent and locals are friendly and proficient in most languages, so you will have no problem communicating.
For high-octane thrills, try bungee jumping off the Lafranconi Bridge, where you’ll experience a 19-metre free fall and a rebound just four metres above the Danube surface. Alternatively, get closer to the clouds by taking a Skywalk – a walk around the Bratislava landmark, the UFO observation deck. In summer, try surfing in the Divoká Voda Wild Water Park. If you feel like doing some water sports to the soundtrack of popular DJs, then the Zlaté Piesky Wakelake is the place to be.
For festival fun, check out the Uprising Reggae Festival held annually in Zlaté Piesky. It’s an event eagerly anticipated by all the lovers of music and cool atmosphere. Experience top Slovak as well as international artists from up-close.
Bratislava has a long tradition of cultivating arts and culture and for this reason, it is often compared to its older siblings, Vienna and Prague. The most precious pieces are displayed in almost 50 museums and 20 galleries. The best place to explore the history of Bratislava is the Bratislava City Museum, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Around 30 theatres showcase plays and shows throughout the year. Shakespeare is celebrated each summer in Bratislava during The Summer Shakespeare Festival, an outdoor theatrical event held in the centre of the city annually.
Meanwhile, the Slovak National Theatre plays host to the best of the best ballet, opera and acting productions. In the concert hall of the Slovak Philharmonic, you can immerse yourself in the music at the concerts of top artists and musical ensembles from all over the world. The Danubiana Gallery, located on a Danube peninsula, is truly unique. The Nedbalka Gallery, known for its spiral-shaped interior, will take you on a tour of the Slovak fine arts.
Maximise your cultural experiences by picking up a Bratislava CARD City & Region. Each card comes with free entrance to museums and galleries, more than 120 discounts up to 50%, free guided walking tour and free transportation.
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