Posted on 04/03/2021

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Here are six reasons you should add Bratislava to your bucket list

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and is often overlooked by tourists, who have a tendency to visit Prague or Budapest instead. Despite being overlooked, Bratislava has the same perks as both of its rivals Prague and Budapest. Here are six reasons why Bratislava should be on your bucket list.

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and is often overlooked by tourists, who have a tendency to visit Prague or Budapest instead. Despite being overlooked, Bratislava has the same perks as both of its rivals Prague and Budapest. Here are six reasons why Bratislava should be on your bucket list.

The beer

The beer © tomas1111/123RF

Just like in its rival capital and Prague, Bratislava is just as cheap when it comes to alcohol. The capital has many breweries that create their own beers, which you can buy yourself in the brewery. The many bars and restaurants you can find in Bratislava offer local and traditional food and drink, but you can also find more common foods. Just like Budapest and Prague, you can take guided tours through the city, along with beer tours and beer bike tours.

Bratislava Castle

At the top of the city, you will find Bratislava Castle. Situated in Old Town, you can admire the superb view of the Danube river and Bratislava itself. If the weather allows it, you can sometimes see Austria and Hungary from here. For a nice spot to stop and savour the view, or to just sit and relax with a book or some music, head down a small alley that goes around the castle, here there are plenty of benches to sit in and enjoy the view.

The UFO Bridge

The UFO Bridge © Olena Buyskykh / 123RF

The UFO Bridge is one of the most iconic monuments in Bratislava. The view from the bar and restaurant at the top of the bridge is amazing, the best time to go is at dusk, when you can watch the sunset over the river and the city. You can also enjoy food and drink in the restaurant. For those dare-devils and thrill seekers, you can walk outside the restaurant on a sky walk. This walk is a complete 360ş tour of the restaurant on a see-through path, bear in mind you are attached to the railings in case you slip or there is an accident. At some points, you can completely lean over the railings and look all the way down.

The Blue Church

The Church of St Elizabeth of Hungary, is more commonly known as the Blue Church because of its complete sky-blue exterior. This church is an art-nouveau style, it was built in the beginning of the 20th century. Every part of the church is blue, from its roof to its walls, from its tiles to its mosaics. The church is surrounded by luscious green trees, making the scenery look like it came straight out of a fairytale.

Old Town

Old Town © Uhland38 / 123RF

Old Town in Bratislava is a pedestrian only area full of charming buildings and peaceful narrow streets. Many of the buildings in Old Town are now concert halls or museums that are definitely worth a visit. You should also be sure to visit Old Town Hall, which is a building that dates back to medieval times. Michael's Gate is also worth a visit. This gothic inspired tower welcomes visitors, offering them a wonderful view of Old Town. The streets of Bratislava are filled with statues, some can be amusing to look at, some people may find weird. These statues are popular photo opportunities for tourists. Some of the most popular statues are the Napoleonic soldier in the Main Square (Hlavne namestie), Cumil is a strange character, peering up out of a manhole and the creepy troll Posmievacik (the ?Mocker') squats in an alcove and flashes his winky at the tourists on Panska street.

The Coronation Route

Bratislava used to be the city where Hungarian Kings had their coronation ceremonies. If you look carefully, on the pathways, you will notice gilded little crowns . you should follow these little crowns that start from St Michael's Gate, which is also the entrance to Old Town, to St. Martin's Cathedral, where the Kings coronations took place. Once you have followed the route, why not stop off at Hlavné námestie, which is the main square of Old Town. There, you can enjoy tea or coffee in the many coffee shops around and admire the trademark statues.

The Blue Church

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