Located on the banks of the Danube River, Bratislava is a wonderful city, full of charm and surprises, offering a unique combination of history, culture and natural beauty. With a rich history dating back to Roman times, Bratislava is a place where diverse architectural and cultural influences intertwine.
The town is dotted with impressive medieval and baroque buildings that blend perfectly with modern architecture and green spaces. Bratislava's historic centre is a maze of narrow pedestrian streets, picturesque squares and well-preserved historic buildings, a true architectural and cultural gem, illustrating the city's rich history and heritage.
Another wonderful aspect of Bratislava is the natural beauty that surrounds it. The Danube River and nearby hills offer excellent opportunities for scenic walks and outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking.
Bratislava is also known for its delicious gastronomy. The city's restaurants and cafés offer a wide range of traditional and international dishes that will delight your taste buds.
Bratislava sights worth visiting!
And to make sure you get to discover the best the city has to offer, below we've prepared a list of the main sights you shouldn't miss once you get here.
Town Hall Square
This central square is the heart of Bratislava's Old Town. Here you will find the beautiful Old Town Hall, a 14th-century Gothic building that now houses the Town Hall Museum. Town Hall Square is also the venue for many events and festivals throughout the year. With its impressive architecture, cultural events and pleasant atmosphere, it has become one of the most visited sights in the city.
Around the square, you'll find a variety of cafes, restaurants and shops, offering a wide range of options to relax and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere of the area.
Bratislava Castle is an architectural gem and an iconic symbol of the city. Situated on a hill above the city, it offers an impressive view of Bratislava and the Danube River. It offers an exciting and educational experience, allowing tourists to discover the history and culture of Slovakia.
One of the most famous features of the castle is the Sigismund Tower, which offers a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings. Climb the 150 steps and you'll be rewarded with an impressive view stretching from the Danube to the Slovak Carpathians.
- 1 November - 31 March: 09:00-17:00
- 1 April - 31 October: 10:00-18:00
The price of a ticket to the Castle is 3 euros for adults and 2 euros for students, pupils and pensioners. The castle courtyard can be visited free of charge.
Saint Martin's Cathedral
Located in the historic city centre, Saint Martin's Cathedral is one of the largest Gothic cathedrals in Central Europe, a historical and architectural monument that wins the hearts of tourists with its mastery. Built in the 13th century, this impressive religious building houses numerous works of art and tombs of important personalities from Slovak history. St Martin's Cathedral is the city's oldest cathedral and a symbol for the city.
The cathedral can be visited daily.
UFO Bridge in Bratislava is an iconic attraction and a modern symbol of the city. This futuristic pedestrian bridge crosses the Danube River and offers a spectacular view of the city and its surroundings. The UFO Bridge is an impressive architectural creationwith a distinctive disc shape reminiscent of a spaceship. At a height of 85 metres, it offers a panoramic view of Bratislava, overlooking Bratislava Castle, the historic centre and the Danube River. There is also a restaurant at the top of the tower where you can enjoy traditional and international cuisine.
Restaurant opening hours: daily from 12:00 to 23:00
Michalska Street in Bratislava is a picturesque street full of history. Located in the old city centre, it is one of the oldest and most important streets in Bratislava.
Michalska Street is lined with historic and colourful buildings, reflecting the different architectural periods the city has gone through. Here you'll find well-preserved medieval houses, elegant Baroque buildings and impressive Renaissance architecture. Besides its architectural beauty, Michalska Street is also a lively place, full of shops, restaurants, cafés and art galleries. It's a perfect place to stroll around and admire the city's vibrant atmosphere, as well as explore local shops and sample traditional dishes.
Slovak National Museum
This is the most important museum in the country and is dedicated to Slovak history and culture. Its exhibitions include historical artefacts, works of art, folk art and many other interesting exhibits. Slovak National Museum is an ideal place to better understand Slovakia's heritage and traditions, making it one of Bratislava's most important sights.
- Tuesday - Sunday from 09:00-17:00
The price of a ticket for adults is €6, for pensioners, pupils and students the price of a ticket is €3. Tickets can also be purchased as group packages to benefit from a discount.
Botanical Garden in Bratislava was the first of its kind to open in Slovakia and is a natural paradise located in the heart of the city. This green oasis offers visitors a wonderful experience where they can explore an impressive variety of exotic plants and flowers.
The Botanical Garden is divided into several themed areas, each with its own unique characteristics. Each area is carefully and thoughtfully designed to recreate the plants' natural habitat and provide visitors with an authentic experience. It is also a peaceful retreat for those who wish to relax and connect with nature. The shady pathways, picturesque lakes and comfortable benches are perfect for relaxing walks or reading a book in a natural and tranquil setting.
- 1 April - 31 October: daily from 09:00-18:00. Last entry is at 17:30
The price of a ticket for adults is 4.5 euros and for pupils, students and pensioners 1.5 euros. Children up to 6 years of age receive free admission.
These are just some of the main sights in Bratislava. The city also offers other attractions such as the Zoo, Sad Janka Kráľa Park and numerous historic churches and monasteries. Whatever your interests, Bratislava awaits you to explore its beauties and enjoy its unique charm.
And if you want to discover the best the city has to offer, Get Your Guide organizes full private tours where you will get advanced knowledge about this wonderful city. The price of a full city tour starts from 180 RON and can fluctuate depending on the facilities chosen. Book here.
Accommodation in Bratislava. Where we stay
And to make sure you have the best experience here, below are our accommodation recommendations.
- Marrol's Boutique Hotel, a 5-star hotel located in the centre of Bratislava, a few steps from the historic Old Town. All rooms and suites in Marrol's Boutique Hotel have been designed and equipped to provide maximum comfort and create a perfect experience for every guest. Here you can also relax in the hotel's spa or enjoy delicious dishes in the hotel's restaurant.
- Grand Hotel River Park - The hotel is located in the centre of Bratislava, right on the Danube river and offers spacious and stylishly decorated rooms with panoramic views of the Danube or the castle hill. The hotel also boasts the prestigious Zion Luxury Spa offering views of the river and the surrounding countryside. The property has an indoor pool, hot tubs, saunas and a free fitness area. The accommodation is one of the most popular with tourists.
- Jarila Boutique Apartment - Situated near the city's main tourist attractions, it is a 5-star accommodation facility that offers all the necessary facilities to ensure that everyone who crosses its threshold has a fairytale stay here. Guests can also relax in the garden and the apartment offers a bike rental service.
3-day itinerary in Bratislava
We have prepared a travel guide to Bratislava for 3 days and we are convinced that you will fall in love with the fairytale castles and tasty food of the the capital of Slovakia! See here the full 3-day itinerary in Bratislava!