Bratislava is the capital of the country Slovakia, which is located between Austria and Hungary. Slovakia in medieval times was a country along with Czech Republic known as Czechoslovakia, until it gained its independence in 1993 from Austro-Hungarian Empire. It is a small country but they have high income, and their economy is well-developed.
Since Bratislava, is very near to Vienna, I decided to visit the capital for a day. I took the OBB train from Wien Hauptbahnhof station to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica station. The train takes 1hr. and 30minutes that cost 15euros/one way .
I left my back pack in the automatic lockers, that cost 2euros for 24hours. The train station is very simple and small. To go to the main centre or the old town, you can take a bus that cost 1.70euros/ one way.The buses are all in front of the train station. If I am not mistaken I took the X13 bus with Namestie SNP name on it. It will take you to the Bratislava centre- Hlavne namestie.
The bus will drop you on the opposite of the building Stara Trznica, and from the right side you can go all the way the cobbled stones to the the main square. There are street signs to follow. You will not get lost.
There are many things to see in Bratislava, aside from castles, churches, buildings and old restaurants, there are many statutes in Bratislava that becomes the center or main attractions. The famous is Cumil- Man At work.
Cumil is the most photographed statue in town. Thanks to artist Viktor Hulik. Once you get to the main centre, find the Tourist Info centre and you can ask the for a map. Other statues are: Napoleon’s Soldier in the square fountain, author Hans Christian Andersen, Hviezdoslav, the Photogapher which I was not able to find, sometimes they put it inside the restaurants and Schone Naci in front of the restaurants. Finding the statues is like a maze, you don’t know which street you get into.
Things to do in Bratislava, visit the Bratislava Museum for the history of the town.
Check the Michael’s Gate. This is the only gate in town during the medieval times to protect the town from invaders and the newly crowned King will pass on this gate after his coronation from ST. Martin’s Cathedral. the gate stood since 13th century and nowadays, there are a lot of souvenirs shops, cafe and restaurants around.
Light a candle in Trinity Church, or known as the Old Cathedral of Saint John of Matha and Saint Felix of Valois. The church was built in 17th century replacing the old St. Michael’s Church.
Grab a meal in one of the restaurants in the main square, looking on the Roland Fountain.
Take a tour riding the the old town with Bratislava Oldtimer for 10€, duration 35minutes.
Dine or have some beer in one of Bratislava’s oldest cafe the 17’s Bar.
Visit the Primate’s Palace, and see the famous chamber, the Hall of Mirrors. Built on 17th century and serve as a house for Bratislava Mayor.
Check the Catacombs, Crypts and Sepulchres in St. Martin’s Cathedral. The cathedral was built on 12th century and contains the remains of St. John The Merciful. One of the oldest and largest churches in Bratislava.
And last of the things you can do is to visit the Hrad Castle by walk or using the Oldtimer car. The castle has a great history from iron age to medieval age. You can check more information here.
You can see and do many things in one day. Bratislava is a little bit laid back country to visit but in terms of charm, they have a lot to offer.