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ONE DAY TRIP TO BRATISLAVA?

You only have one day to spend in Bratislava and don’t know what are the most important things to do, see, eat and buy? What shall you definitely not miss? Here is a quick guide to spend a classic day in Bratislava and leave with the most experiences possible. Enjoy!

07:00 wake up

08:00 have breakfast at Moods Bakery & Coffee

American pancakes with marmalade and maple syrup   These omelets are to die for!

09:00 walk to the St. Martin’s Cathedral, take some nice pictures in its beautiful exterior, go in and definitely check the catacombs which are in the underground – they are breathtaking!

09:45 take the oldest street of Bratislava, Kapitulská str., leading to our narrowest street, Baštova str., to get to the Michael’s gate. Walk up to the Michael’s tower for a fascinating view:

10:15 walk to the Biela street and visit the oldest shop of Bratislava which is also a small museum of trade with free entrance. Buy a “bratislavsky rozok” for your snack – it is a traditional Bratislava sweet roll filled either with poppy seed or crashed nuts. You can buy great souvenirs here, too.

The oldest shop of Bratislava    Buy a “bratislavsky rozok” for your snack

10:45 walk to the Main square (Hlavné námestie), check the outdoor markets and take photos with our symbolic statues

Čumil - the most photographed man in Bratislava :)   The statue of Schone Naci

11:30 walk up to the Old Town Hall for an amazing view on the Main square, Castle and the St. Martin’s Cathedral

The Old Town Hall   View from the Old Town Hall

12:00 visit our Primate’s Palace which is one the most beautiful buildings in Bratislava

Primate's Palace   The Hall of Mirrors

12:45 walk to the Hodžovo námestie (square) to see the Presidential Palace (Grassalkovich Palace)

The Presidential Palace also called the Grassalkovich Palace

13:15 walk to Obchodná street, find the Slovak Pub and order Kofola (Slovak version of Coca Cola) or Zlatý bažant (Slovak beer) to drink, have the garlic soup and bryndzové halušky for lunch (our traditional meal) and then digest it with a shot of slivovica (our special liquer with the taste of plum).

14:30 walk back to the Hodžovo námestie to get on the tram 203 or 207 towards the Castle (you need to buy a single journey ticket for 0,70 €). Get off at the “Zámocká” stop. We recommend to enter the castle museum – specifically the part with the Crown’s Tower – for this view:

The Bratislava Castle   View from the Castle's Crown Tower

17:00 walk back to the city center from the other side – taking the path towards the „Beblavého str.“ to the „Most SNP“ (UFO bridge). From there, walk to the Hviezdoslav’s square.

17:30 spend some time here, enjoy the view at our Slovak National Theater and soak in the atmosphere of the square’s lively promenade. Have an ice cream at one of these places.

The Slovak National Theater   The lively promenade of the Hviezdoslav's square

19:00 walk to the Danube bank and crossing the new bridge, take the elevator to the UFO Tower. Take some great photos of the sun set!

The UFO bridge and tower   Sun set over the Danube - view from the UFO tower

20:30 walk to the Gorkého street and have dinner at the Beer Palace

Beer Palace is a few meters away from our national theater   A selection of meats, spreads and pates from the Slovak cuisine :)

22:00 walk back to the Hviezdoslav’s square and enjoy a drink (and the view) in our Sky bar :)

View from our Sky bar :)   Sky bar, also called a vodka bar, has amazing cocktails on the menu

And finally, have a great sleep, you will surely need it after such a busy day! :)

PS: are you sure about planning only a one day trip to Bratislava? Maybe after reading these you will dedicate a few more days to spend in this beautiful city ;)

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  • Evgenia Prokhorova

    Thank you so much for this article! It is extremely helpful! I’ve been to Bratislava twice but you have shown this city to me from some new angles.I need to visit it again, and take exactly this route!