As one of Europe’s smallest capital’s Bratislava is a relaxed city with a delightful mix of beautiful old town, stylish restaurants and a wide range of music. Standing on the banks of the mighty River Danube it is easy to see why it is an increasingly popular choice. The once former royal capital of The Kingdom of Hungary, teamed up with the wrong side during the war and then, largely at the hands of the communist regime, lost a lot of its old beautiful buildings and charm to ugly buildings and major industrialisation.
A symbol of the city, Bratislava Castle commands a panoramic view of the city and the Danube from its hilltop position. Now mostly restored and open to the public it houses items from the Slovak National Museum and is also used by the Slovak parliament. Outside are beautiful ornamental gardens to relax and take in the views. If you’re feeling energetic, continue past the attractive hillside villas to the Soviet War Memorial at Slavin. Otherwise follow the quaint cobbled streets down to the traffic-free old town. Visit the historical main square Hlavne Namestie, where there is a modern statue of Napoleon’s Army soldier leaning over a bench. The Town Hall is home to the City Museum and the Primatial Palace, where Napoleon signed the peace treaty are one of the main attractions.
Best Time to visit
You should visit Bratislava any time of the year. Prime months are May, June and September, as April and October are fairly cold and rainy. Local holidays last throughout July and August, so the city is packed with tourists and prices are high. Slovak winter may be cold and chilly, yet you can find amazing hotel deals. Hotel prices are at lowest, with a wide selection of lodgings. The city is also famous for bachelor party activities, therefore you can plan ahead a crazy trip with friends.
Budget Hotels Areas
If you are travelling on a budget, then this city is an ideal destination for you. Bratislava hotels represent excellent value for money and quality hotels at reasonable prices are in plentiful supply. You can choose from hotels to hostels for reasonable budget prices, within the whole vicinity of the city centre.
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