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With only 24 hours in Vienna before my flight what could I do?
I had been to Vienna weeks earlier, so I already saw everything I wanted to see.

Slovakia was really close so I figured a quick Bratislava day trip would be a perfect.
I’d visit a new country, see new sites, and get rid of my smaller currencies before entering the U.K.

Bratislava day trip


A train ride east to the capital of Slovakia is only an hour from Vienna.
So it’s a perfect distance for a quick excursion.
I was only visiting Old Town Bratislava
just see the main sites.
Luckily for me everything was close and easy to find so I had plenty of time to explore.

Entering the Old Town is best by going through Michael’s Gate.
Heading south down Štefánikova ulica for 20 minutes will take you towards Hodžovo Square (Hodžovo námestie).
The large white building there is The Grassalkovich Palace(Grasalkovičov palác).
The residence of the Slovak president.


Cross the major intersection and go down Suché mýto for another 8 minutes.
You should be able to see the 167 ft(51 m) green domed white tower known as Michael’s Gate.

Old Town Bratislava is not very large at all.
At only 3.7 sq mi(9.5 sq km) it might not have much to see but it’s still a fun, charming little place to visit.


Scattered throughout Old Town are random statues of real life people and some made up people.
Roaming the streets to find them all is a good way to discover Old Town and explore outside the busier areas.
Bratislava day trip


Everyone eventually makes their way to Hlavné námestie(Main Square).
Here you’ll find shops, restaurants, the Roland Fountain(AKA: Maximilian Fountain), and the Old Town Hall.
If you look at the 2nd window from the bottom of the yellow tower you can still see a cannonball stuck in the building.

Bratislava day trip


If you’re exiting Old Town to go towards the castle you will come upon St. Martin’s Cathedral.
This is the largest, and one of the oldest cathedrals, in Bratislava.

Unfortunately a highway was built so close to the cathedral that the vibrations have caused deterioration.
It’s not the most picturesque cathedral you’ll see.
But the stained glass windows and museum inside might be worth a visit.
The church was also built over a cemetery.
Inside a staircase goes 20 ft down into catacombs that you can check out.
Only 2 of the crypts are open to tourists, but it’s worth a look.

Opening hours for tourists:
Monday – Saturday
9:00 am – 11:30 am & 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
COST: €2.
Bratislava day trip


The main attraction of Bratislava is the Bratislava Castle.
But this is in no way the original.
After many years of use it became a military barracks in the early 1800’s.
In 1809 Napolean pretty much destroyed the whole thing with cannons.
Then in 1811 careless soldiers accidentally started a huge fire that spread to part of the town.

Over the years; parts of the castle were sold.
Two World Wars happened and an amphitheater was built on the grounds.

In 1957 restoration work began and the castle was resurrected.
When I saw the castle in 2008 it was brown and new restoration was beginning again.
The restoration work took a few years and now if you visit the castle it is completely white.

Open to the public.
€6 to the museum.
Bratislava day trip


From the grounds of the Bratislava Castle you have a great panoramic view of the city.
One thing that might stand out BIG TIME is the weird Starship Enterprise looking structure built over the bridge.
In contrast to everything else around that flying saucer does seem a bit out of the ordinary.

The SNP Bridge(previously called Nový most – “The New Bridge”) has a restaurant called “UFO” built at the top.
There’s an observation deck on its roof.
Offering great views of the old town, as well as the apartment blocks in Petržalka.

Prices: adult/child €6.50/3.50

The observation deck is free of charge if you eat in the restaurant.
Then again you can expect some pricey meals if you do decide to eat there.
With appetizers ranging from €15-18 you can only imagine what a main course will cost you.

Opening hours: 10 am-11 pm
Bratislava day trip


Bratislava lives up to its nickname, the Little Big City.
All in all it might not blow you away.
But it’s a fun place to visit and worth a quick little look-see.
Bratislava day trip
Have you ever gone on a Bratislava day trip, or stayed there for even longer?
Let me hear about it in the comments.

Jeremiah Cooper

By Jeremiah Cooper

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