Having told people that that I will be visiting this city, I have been asked why, it’s not a typical destination and that was the very reason we are going!
Arriving after a quick two-hour train ride, we set off to immediately see the surroundings, right way you are brought back in what seems to be dark and eerie times, although the country has been independent since 1993, all around you can see the past and how the present is still catching up.
“Once you have traveled, the voyage never ends… The mind can never break off from the journey” – unknown
At the very entrance of the old town, this building has been there since the end of the 13th century and is a definite landmark of the city.
Much like Prague, the center of action is in the old town or Centrum Bratistlava. Cafes, Restaurants and souvenir shops are set-up next to each other vying for their share of tourist money.
St. Michael’s Gate is the only gate that has been preserved from the medieval fortifications. It also has the Museum of Weapons and City Fortification in it!
Fun fact: Under the gate is a “zero kilometre” metal map that shows distances to other cities of the world
Free night tours
Having seen too many castles and churches by now, we wanted to switch things up.. and instead joined a free night walking tour- spooky legend tour!
Definitely a must try, if you like gore and witchcraft! We learned that the city’s roads are laden with the dead during a plague; a famous lady who bathed in young ladies’ blood and witches who were burned to death!
It was surely a very different tour and I didn’t add to the already dark atmosphere around the city! But if any of you fancy that, check them out through this link! https://www.freetour.com/bratislava/spooky-legends-of-bratislava-free-tour
All around the historic Main Square, one can find different statues that add a whimsical touch to the city center. this one is said to grant wishes when you touch his head. Be sure to look for him when you visit.
Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising
Further down the main street, one can see a view of a rather peculiar bridge, aptly nick named UFO bridge, is also the 7th largest hanging bridge in the world.
While we didn’t get a chance to go, this bridge houses a fancy restaurant and unobstructed views of the city’s main spots such as St Martin’s Cathderal and the Bratislava Castle!
Overall, while there might be limited spots to see within the Main street of Bratislava, it is in this city where I felt most relaxed.
Spending a couple of hours in a quaint coffee shop and people watching was a how we spent our last few hours before heading to our next destination.
Bratislava is definitely worth a stop if you are doing an Eastern European trip. This city adds character and history to your adventure!
P.S. Don’t forget to try the Pierogis stuffed with bryndza (Bryndzové pirohy)