Every year, since 1993, between the end of November and December 23rd, Bratislava is hosting big Christmas markets in the city centre. Enjoy the advent atmosphere on the squares and streets of the Old town. Taste the traditional Slovak delicacies and warm up your body with Christmas punch, honey schnapps or hot wine made of red or black currant. This market is truly popular among locals and tourists, probably the city never gets so constantly packed as it is during the Christmas period.
This modern art gallery is located on the edge of a peninsula where the mighty Danube flows. One of the youngest museums of modern art in Europe. The River Danube has lent the museum its name and the rest is the result of the enthusiasm and initiative of the Slovak gallery owner Dr. Vincent Polakovič and the financial resources of the Dutch collector and art patron Gerard H. Meulensteen. It is also reachable by scenic bicycle via cyclo-path from Bratislava city centre.
The Bratislava Goes Classical project is a new art and marketing project of the destination management organization of Bratislava – the capital city of the Slovak Republic / The Bratislava Tourist Board. Its task is to present unique classical music productions such as Opera, Ballet, Philharmonic and chamber concerts in one spot. This way both visitors and fans of classical music gain easy access to all events related to this music genre without having to search on different pages and bulletins. The project seeks to enlarge the possibilities for tourists to spend their free time in Bratislava enjoying classical music productions.
Only 27km from Bratislava you can enjoy traditional Slovak food and gastronomic specialties like homemade bread and products from sheep cheese surrounded by pure nature on this Biofarm, which also hosts several domesticated animals. It is a great place for families with kids.
Just a few steps from the Main Square, you will find this wine cellars with a collection of 100 best Slovak wines. There is wine tasting for individuals and groups including wine workshop. Beside wine tasting and learning more about the Slovaikan wine from the sommeliers, you can also buy wine, wine literature, cups, carafe, jugs or other wine related items.
The much beloved Nedbalka Gallery showcases works from major artists hailing from or having been formed in Slovakia from the 19th century to the present day. Over 1,000 works of fine Slovak fine art is displayed here, mostly paintings but there are sculptures and prints too.
A new and active way to go sightseeing. Go! Running Tours Bratislava was founded to show this beautiful city from a different point of view – your running shoes. It is a tour concept for people who have a passion for running and who enjoy exploring new places and cultures. The goal is to offer tourist experiences where you do not have to be in traffic jams, where you can enjoy beautiful views of this royal city and get a good exercise all at the same time. So if you are here on holiday or on a business trip, don’t forget to bring your running shoes.
This national historical monument has a strategic location which was settled in the Celtic and Great Moravian periods. The architecture of the castle was mostly influenced by reconstruction works during the Gothic and Renaissance periods and during the reign of Maria Theresa. In 1811 it burned down and was then reconstructed in the 1960s.
St. Martin's Cathedral is a national historic monument; a Gothic church with several chapels, consecrated in 1452. Between 1563 and 1830, 11 Hungarian kings and 8 queens were crowned here. The cathedral tower rises to a height of 85 metres and is topped off by a gold-plated replica of the royal Hungarian crown.
The Old Town Hall is a complex of various buildings originating from different architectural periods. It housed the city's government headed by the mayor. The Town Hall's core was established in the first half of the 15th century from the house of Mayor Jacob. Since 1868 it has been the seat of the City Museum, housing an exhibition of town history and feudal justice.
Primate's Palace is a gem of Neo-Classical architecture. The original residence of Esztergom Archbishop. It includes a Mirror Hall and a famous collection of 17th century English tapestries depicting the tragic love of Hero and Leander. The palace made history during an important event in 1805; after the battle of Austerlitz, France and Austria signed the "Peace of Pressburg" treaty in the palace.
The museum shop is a little store with general goods, authentically furnished like stores from the 19th and 20th century. It offers foods produced according to traditional methods in Slovakia and beautiful things produced by skillful people throughout the country. The Museum also shows unique exhibits of old Bratislava shops and factories. Get to know the original packaging, advertisements, cash registers and other magical objects.
Slovak Pub has, in its short history, become one of the favourite spots for college students. The first and probably the only pub in the world where you can get a free soup for an A on an exam. From the menu you can pick traditional Slovak dishes at reasonable prices. Its individual rooms present eras ranging from the old pagan times up until the revival era of the 19th century.
Located on Golden Lane, which presents the facade of the original houses that stood here, stands Bratislava Flag Ship Restaurant, a city landmark full of history and character. The shop also features produce from the organic farm in this little house, in addition to 100% smoked sheep's cheese and fresh bread.
Located at the very top of the SNP bridge pylon, this observation tower with a bar and restaurant offers a view as far as 100 kilometres. The Taste restaurant is one of the most prestigious restaurants in Bratislava. The regularly modified seasonal menu is a fascinating combination of Mediterranean and Asian culinary techniques.
Enjoy the advent atmosphere on the squares and streets of the Old Town. Taste traditional Slovak delicacies and warm your body with Christmas punch, honey schnapps or hot wine made of red or black currant, while browsing the stands for knick-knacks and presents.
This restaurant in the Bratislava Castle's west courtyard serves European, Eastern European food. The elegance of the interior reflects the historical exterior of the Bratislava Castle. The unforgettable romantic atmosphere, candle light from the antique silver candelabra and walnut furniture create the warm and intimate ambience where you can fully relax and enjoy our chef’s works of art.
Located directly under the Bratislava Castle Wall, in an area rife with historical events, myths and legends. Come and experience piece of secrecy and magical atmosphere under the Castle rock. The head chef's philosophy: “I love a challenge. In my kitchen I always offer variety and innovation on traditional Slovak recipes. Seasonality and local fresh produce are my bible.”
A century ago, Bratislava, then known as Pressburg, was famous all over the Habsburg Empire for the aroma of great dishes drifting out of the city’s restaurants. Zylinder is situated directly in the heart of Bratislava on Hviezdoslavovo Square, offering a unique combination of selected special dishes from the cuisine of the Austro-Hungarian Empire brought up to the standards of the modern culinary arts. Just try the unique Tafelspitz, Szeged beef goulash, Pörkölt, oxtail, poppy pierogies or traditional Kaiserchmarrn.
Roland Café and Restaurant is a magnificent fin-de-siécle establishment and a Bratislava institution. Overlooking the Main Square, Roland Café is a bit expensive, but worth it - the espresso is divine. There is a staggering range of cakes on offer if you fancy indulging on a grand scale. During the summer the café spills outdoors and the atmosphere is positively buzzing.
Bratislava Café carries in its name the name of the famous baroque sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. Bratislava Café Franz Xaver Messerschmidt not only attracts guests with good coffee and special coffee formulas or delicious Belgian chocolate, but also with the history and examples of the work of F.X. Messerschmidt. What is more, part of the café is also a Museum of 17th of November, dedicated to an important point in Slovak history - the so called "Velvet revolution".
This café in the Old Town offers a wide range of homemade cakes, pies and the traditional pastry "Bratislava rolls", with the atmosphere of "Old Pressburg". Not only you can get hold of lovely cakes and hot drinks such as homemade tea with fruits but also buy gifts and souvenirs.
The Urban Space became impossibly popular right after its opening, thanks to its contemporary décor, magnificent cakes, delicious avocado toasts, and of course the yummy chai latté. The tall window seating made it into a spot flocked by loners with laptops, making use of the free wifi, while hoards of guests of all age groups and nationalities often choose Gorila as their meeting point after a long day of shopping or sightseeing. The large adjacent book shop offers a welcome distraction while you wait for your friends, and the small but well curated selection of designer gifts makes for a saving grace if you need to buy a last-minute present. All in all, Gorila is a neat spot for a comfy afternoon hang.
The larger (and noisier) sister of the original Gorila, Urban House presents customers with more food options, a lot more comfortable chairs, plus a DJ stand, which makes it a definite addition to a must visit list. The only thing better than the cool interior are the heavenly desserts. The coffee comes not only in many interesting varieties, but also prepared in one of the odd machines straight from a science lab. They also serve coffee in a unique way: as a hot pot for two. Urban House‘s dog- and kid-friendliness attracts cute pups and parents with toddlers around the clock.
This is a very popular Irish pub that draws in the expats as well as locals. Typical of an Irish pub overseas, there is memorabilia galore, which includes a cobbled street. The Guinness naturally flows from The Dubliner’s enormous bar. Bands play most nights and the atmosphere is fittingly friendly and loud.
Cocoloco Cocktail bar is located in the historical centre of the city. They offer more than 120 cocktails, mixed drinks and good music every night. This cocktail bar is one of the city's finest bars where the customers sip colourful cocktails or dance to the loud music.
This is Bratislava’s Prime Spot for Soulful Music. If you like to chill out with friends to jazz, funk, soul or electronic music, the Nu Spirit Bar is the right place for you, with a colourful program of various types of music. Located just a short walk from the historical centre and the Opera, the Nu Spirit is an oasis of good music in the increasingly commercial Bratislava nightlife.
This bar with interior made of crystal clear ice can be found in the heart of the Old Town of Bratislava (underground of the Tesla Coffee & Bar Café). Open all year round at -5°C / 23°F this is the first and only ice bar in Slovakia. The drinks are cool (obviously), and they can be enjoyed while admiring the numerous ice sculptures that decorate the bar.
A great mix of fun, here you can experience the world of virtual reality; jump from skyscraper, walk on Everest, visit the universe or do some teambuilding in different forms of games and while waiting for your turn there is a bar where you can get a drink including craft beer, lemonade or why not try their speciality Gin & Tonic?
Relax in one of the comfortable leather chairs at this chilled-out bar with an impressive bar menu. From the bar, pick a classy cocktail but they also have a great variety of rum including cigars from many labels. A cool spot with knowledgeable staff and kind of a local secret since there is no flash on the outside and not that many tourists.
This popular shopping centre in Bratislava is situated on the right bank of Danube River - in Petržalka. It's modern facilities include a cinema, restaurants, and of course, plenty of shops that offers everything from clothes to shoes, accessories, toys and electronics. Stores such as Zarah, Tommy Hilfiger, C&A, Bershka, Lindex, Odd Molly, Pull and Bear, Also, Crocs and much more are all located here.
Avion Shopping Park, the biggest and perhaps best-known shopping place in Bratislava, draws huge crowds with its great selection of stores selling clothes, shoes, accessories, electronics, food and much more, including Swedish furniture giant IKEA. You will also find shops like adidas, Calvin Klein, Deichmann, Gant, Mango, Next, Pandora and much more.
Sitting right on the picturesque bank of the Danube, Eurovea includes both the shopping centre itself and the surrounding area, most prominently the riverside promenade, making it the perfect destination for an afternoon of shopping and people-watching in Bratislava. Here you will find stores selling everything from women, men and children wears to toys, accessories, shoes, health and beauty products as well as home decor.
This modern shopping centre situated in Bratislava's New Town is an impressive mall with a great selection of shops for clothes, cosmetics, sports gear, electronics, and everything else today's shopper may in the market for. Polus City Center houses stores such as Levi´s, Swarovski, Yves Rocher, H&M, Bepon, Hilfiger Denim and more.
This shopping centre near the recreational area Zlate Piesky stands out not only for its great selection of stores and facilities, but also because it offers the only drive-in cinema in Bratislava. It is a unique experience in the city that draws many people to visit. The stores offer everything from fashion, accessorises, toys, shoes, sport wears, beauty products to electronics.
Airport Bratislava is located approximately 9 km from the city center and about a 50 minutes drive from the International Vienna Airport Schwechat. There is a regular bus service from both airports to Bratislava city centre: From Bratislava Airport: outside the arrivals/departure terminal operated by the Municipal public transport - bus Nr. 61, transfer at Hlavna stanica (Main railway station), change to Bus Nr. X13 - get off at Nam. SNP - to get to the city centre. The journey would take approximately 30 minutes. By taxi it will take around 15 minutes, you will find the taxi stand in front of the Arrival terminal. Airport Bratislava offers also several car rental services, which you can find in the public area of the Arrivals terminal: Avis, Sixt, Eurocar, Alamo, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget and Europcar. From Vienna International Airport Schwechat: daily shuttle bus Blaguss or Slovak Lines, leaving every 30 minutes from 6:20am until 12:45am. www.blaguss.sk Tel.: +421 2 43 63 72 57 www.slovaklines.sk Tel.: +421 2 55 42 27 34
Most sights and places of interest to tourists can be found in the city centre, or within walking distance of the pedestrianised old town. If you need to travel further afield within the city, the best way to do so is by public transport. Bratislava has a comprehensive network of public transport lines running at regular intervals according to defined timetables. Departure times and a list of destinations, with the journey time to each, are posted for each service at every stop it serves. Daily operation: buses, trams and trolleybuses run from 5am until 11.30pm. Tickets: -one-way ticket valid for 15 min -multiple-ride ticket valid for 60 min -weekend multiple-ride ticket valid for 90min -touristic ticket valid for 24, 48, 72 and 168 hours - unlimited travel -children under 6 years of age travel for free Night operation: on selected bus routes from 11:30pm until 3:30am. Tickets: -night ticket valid for 90 min, multiple ride -prepaid tickets (PCL) 30-, 90- and 365-day ticket (personal chip card is needed) -touristic ticket valid for 24, 48, 72 and 168 hours – unlimited travel Passengers are required to buy a ticket in a yellow ticket machine at a bus stop, at a newspaper kiosk or at a DPB shop before getting on board. Right after boarding the vehicle, passengers must stamp their ticket in the nearest stamping machine. A ticket that has not been stamped is not valid. Ticket inspection A passenger who cannot provide a valid ticket to the inspector will have to pay a fine in accordance with the currently valid public transport code. Lost and found In case of loss of personal belongings, the passenger must contact Dopravný podnik Bratislava, at: +421 2 5950 5950. www.dpb.sk or www.imhd.sk
Unlike cities in other countries, in Slovakia, it is cheaper to order a taxi by phone than to hail one on the street. The price per kilometre varies from 0,50 Euro-cents and up. When getting one on the street, the price might be double or more. We highly recommend to agree on the price before getting in the car. Short distance trips are charged at minimum 4 EUR.