Hello, it’s me Marimonda!
Today, I’d like to share my day trip to Bratislava. It’s the capital city of Slovakia. Five countries are bordering with Slovakia(Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, and Ukraine) and thanks to this geographical characteristic, the country has influenced a lot from neighboring countries and Bratislava as a capital of Slovakia become a culturally rich city.
It’s located in the middle of Vienna and Budapest, thus many tourists put this city on their route including me. It takes about three hours by bus from Budapest to Bratislava and it costs about €10 ~ € 30 depending the time you purchase the ticket. I searched before and it seemed to me a bit small city, thus I thought I would have enough time if I arrive there in the morning. Unfortunately, there was a car accident on the way. As a result, the bus took almost 6 hours. OMG… But what could I do? It’s just part of the travelling. Anything can happen. 🙁 Sadly, I couldn’t visit the Bratislava castle. I just saw it from far distance. Someday, I’d like to come back to visit he castle and do a Danube river cruise.
We stayed at Hotel Tatra next to the Presidential Palace. It was a bit far away from the flixbus station (about 20 mins by foot). After being stuck for long time in the bus, another walking made me exhausted. On the other hand, it was just right next to the old town and it was easy to go to the touristic spots. The room wasn’t fancy, but it was clean and well-organized. I got a free drink coupon that I can use it at the hotel bar. The receptionists were relatively young compared to other hotels I’ve ever been to, and friendly. The price was less than €100 even though it was a high season including breakfast.
Things to do in Bratislava
The old town
Bratislava is a traveler friendly city. Most of the touristic places are in walking distance, thus you don’t need to pay for the transportation. The old town begins from Michael’s Gate. Michael’s Gate was built in medieval time and has been preserved well. After passing the gate, you would see the busiest area full of restaurants and stores in Bratislava. The old town is small enough to wonder around freely without worrying of being lost. You could see many people having a meal or a coffee break all day long. Also you could bump into many group of tourists.
Statues are also must see things in Bratislava. There are iconic statues such as Man at Work, Napoleon’s Army Soldier, or Paparazzi. Most of them are in the old town area and it’s pleasure to meet these statues unexpectedly.
Bratislava Castle is one of the most important architectures in Bratislava. The castle is on the hill, thus you can see the city view with the Danube river over there. The entrance fee is free, but you may pay some to enter exhibitions.
Roxor burger in Bratislava
If you’re a burger lover, Roxor won’t let you down. With its signature sauce and fries, roxor is one of the most loved burger place in Bratislava. I didn’t plan to have burger, thus I went there without reservation. All the seats were reserved already from 7 p.m. and luckily I arrived there around 6 p.m. The server asked me if I was okay to finish the meal within 30 mins. I was in rush, but I have to admit that it was one of the best burgers I’ve ever tried in Europe.
On the following day, I had to leave for Vienna. I took flixbus again. Instead of walking, this time I took a cab and it was a very good choice. The bus stop is in the middle of nowhere (in front of a stadium I think), and it was different from the stop I arrived. Make sure to have enough time to arrive! I arrived about 5 mins ago but the bus arrived about 10 mins later than it scheduled. I thought I missed the bus.
Enjoy your trip with Marimonda! See you soon. 🙂
Address : Hrad, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia
Hours : 1st Apr. – 31st Oct. 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Last entry 5 p.m.)
1st Nov.-31st Mar. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Last entry 4 p.m.)
Closed on Monday.
website no English website.
Address : Šancová 19, 811 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
Hours : 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Tue.-Fri.) 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (Sat.) 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. (Sun.)
Closed on Monday.