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The 7 must-see sights in Bratislava

There is plenty happening in Bratislava. The Viva Music Festival, Jazz Days, and International Film Festival bring tourism to this pretty Slovakian city throughout the year, but visiting any other time leaves you free to enjoy our seven favorite things to do.

Devín Castle

Devín Castle

Ten kilometers from the Old Town, this ruin offers breathtaking views across the Slovakian countryside. Make a day of it with a ride on the local bike trails or a hike nearby.

Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle

On a clear day, see as far as Austria with a visit to Bratislava Castle. This is the place to take photographs that will wow your friends, so don't forget your camera.

Church of St. Elisabeth of Hungary

Church of St. Elisabeth of Hungary

This impressive sight - also known as the Blue Church, is like something from a cartoon fairytale. You can't tour inside, but catch a peek at the blue pews from the entrance.

Slavín

Slavín

This memorial to fallen Soviet WWII soldiers is located at the highest point of the city. While contemplating, enjoy brilliant views from the eastern terrace. Take Bus 147.

Primate's Palace

Primate's Palace

A pretty, pink, neoclassical palace, where you can usually find quiet in the city. Admission is only 3€ so this is a thrifty stop for anyone with a keen interest in architecture.

Grassalkovich Palace

Grassalkovich Palace

One of the grandest attractions in Bratislava, this is the residence of the President of Slovakia, known as the country's White House. Well worth the short walk from the Old Town.

Slovak National Theatre

Slovak National Theatre

With ensembles for ballet, opera and drama this is the cultural epicentre of Bratislava. For a European city, tickets are very reasonable, and can be booked online in advance.

Planning Your Bratislava Visit

What's the nightlife like?

The city might not be huge but it has plenty to offer those looking to drink, dance and enjoy themselves. Much of the entertainment takes place on the streets, such as the corner of Židovská and Beblavého under the Bratislava Castle, where small bars serve local beers and Slovakians enjoy good conversation. Entry to most nightclubs is free, or a couple of euros, and our tip for finding the best ones? Ask a local!

A great place for stag parties?

Cheap drinks, flights, and accommodation have made Bratislava increasingly popular with British bachelor parties. Youth hostels are a very popular option for large groups on a budget, while most local businesses are very accommodating to well-behaved, respectful groups, who can get great value from a trip here. Enjoy this beautiful city responsibly!

When should I visit?

Bratislava enjoys long, warm and dry summers (May to September) with high temperatures of around 27 degrees in June - perfect weather for sightseeing!

How long do I need?

Two to three days is enough to see the main sights of Bratislava - add a couple of days if you plan to enjoy bike tours or hiking nearby.

Good to know

  • Language
    Slovak
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +421
  • Best time to visit
    The Slovak holiday season is in July and August, so accommodations will be packed and more expensive. Fortunately, the city is great for a visit year-round, so there are plenty of other options!

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What people are saying about Bratislava

The castles were breathtakingly beautiful!

Tomas was fantastic! He was extremely knowledgeable, fun, professional and considerate. I would highly recommend this tour!

Slovakia's Most Beautiful Castles: Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Martha, 04/22/2019

Well organised, very capable guide Jan, completely satisfied

Great to get round town in the 1970’s Skoda from the Russian era. Our guide gave us a great running history into Bratslavia and Slovakia. Fully recommend this tour.

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour Reviewed by kevin, 06/18/2018

A tour beyond expectation and imagination!

Driving around a Skoda from 1971 with a very experienced and knowledgable tour guide, made it difficult to remember one was still in 2018. It was a one of kind experience, one to remember for a life time.

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 04/13/2018

Eautifil bus but too short tour and onsfficuant commentaroes no hop

The bus doesn't pass through the old town and doesn't show us all the history monuments and doesn't today any commentary on a very known history place s

Bratislava by Sightseeing Bus Reviewed by ALAIN, 08/22/2017

Amazing....Mr. Fedor is one of a kind :)

Hello, I recommend a visit to the Village of Modra, meet Fedor Malik and his sons for an amazing wine tasting experience...Set in a tranquil garden set up, a table, tasty nibbles and excellent wine to drink. Of course with explanation from the Master himself! Tip for travellers; Head to the Village of Pezinok, get out of the station and wait for bus...more than one every 15 mins. Consult the map info at the bus stage. Very cheap transport. Must do when in Slovakia...Enjoy!

Wine Tasting in Modra, Slovakia Reviewed by Kevin, 08/03/2017