What’s better than seeing the beautiful sights of Bratislava? Probably seeing these sights by night :) Do you wonder how to manage such a night tour without missing out on something, free of charge? Read on the following instructions:
Basically it does not really matter where in the Old Town you want to start your tour as Bratislava’s downtown is pretty small – so whether you head out from the Danube embankment or from the Michael’s gate, you will need more or less the same amount of time :) We will start this tour at the Michael’s gate. Once you walk through it, turn right to the narrow street called Baštova ulica. It is our thinnest street, and with all the street lights its colorful buildings get even more beautiful than during the day light. Worth of seeing.
Before you get back to the main Michalska street, pass through the Klariska street where in one point you will get to see the lit Castle – so beautiful!
Once back on the Michalska street, continue to the Sedlarska street towards Hlavne namestie (The Main Square). Illuminated sights of the Old Town Hall and the Roland’s fountain will take your breath away. Currently this square is hosting the Christmas markets and thus is packed with stands and people :)
The museum is open only until 6pm and the last entrance is at 5.30 pm so you will see the city by night from here only in winter, as in summer at that time it is still day light. However it is a nice sight at any time.
Once done at the Main Square, head towards the Hviezdoslav’s square, our biggest square and promenade where the Slovak National Theater has its home. Even though this stylish square is popular all year long and is full of people during the day, gleaming under the street lights is when it truly comes to life – as people fill its bars, restaurants and discos and many stay until early hours.
Walk from the theater to the opposite end of the square. From there you will be able to see the castle again… and when turning right, there will be the St. Martin’s Cathedral.
Now turn left – towards the UFO bridge. We like to come here at sunset – you can see the colourful sky and after a while, you get to admire the night sight as well.
When you are on the other side of the Danube, don’t go up to the tower yet. First walk along the river at the Tyršovo nábrežie – that’s the embankment where the entrance to the UFO tower is, and where you can find the Magio beach (during the summer only).
After this walk, take the lift to the tower and get prepared to be astonished! :)
(if you want to go up to the tower, it will cost you 7,40 € per person)
Once you take all the pictures you need, walk through the UFO bridge back to the Old Town. At the end of the bridge take the right turn towards Eurovea. Then walk along this other side of the Danube embankment, all beautifully lit by the neon lights, for another 10-15 minutes.
You will get to Eurovea which is one of the most visited shopping centers in Bratislava. It is full of lounge bars with river views outside. The complex includes two main buildings which are divided by a small public square. Various events and concerts are held through the year here. A very popular spot for locals as well as tourists.
If you want to walk back to the Old Town, go through the Bezrucova street to pass our Blue church. It is Bratislava’s most appealing art nouveau building.
Once in the downtown, stop by for a dinner or have a drink in one of the bars. Our advice is to try the Sky bar. Besides its delicious meals and drinks, it is a place offering one of the best views on the center, castle and our cathedral :)
This night tour is a perfect way to end a marvelous night, or even a perfect way to start it. If you are not a fan of walking, spend the evening on one of our popular squares. Or just take a walk through city’s characteristic narrow streets to experience a splendid Bratislava by night. Either way, you will enjoy yourself!
PS: the whole tour takes around 3 hours. It varies as it depends on how fast you walk as well as how much time you spend taking pictures of everything :)
Author: Maria Kecsoova