I spent four days exploring the old town and surrounds of Bratislava and it was such a welcome shift of pace from nearby Vienna and Budapest. It’s quite a compact city so getting around by walking is perfect.
Here are five things I loved exploring on foot in Slovakia’s capital.
1. Climb up to the castle and have a drink overlooking the old town
After exploring the castle and gardens, head to the castle wall for unparalleled views, then grab a drink at the restaurant Reštaurácia Hrad where you can have a cocktail overlooking the old town. Drinks are similarly priced to elsewhere in the city but the food is relatively expensive.
2. Watch the sunset over the Danube and old town from above
For around 7€ you can go up the UFO Observation Deck where the views at sunset are worth every cent. There’s also a restaurant and bar at the top- you’ll need to book for the restaurant and prices are more than in the old town- but the view compensates!
3. Walk to the colorful Hotel Galeria Spirit and Blue Church
If you like unique tourist attractions then head to these colorful sites. The Hotel Galeria is a quirky colorful hotel of many angles and levels located 30 minutes walk from the castle. The Blue Church of St. Elizabeth is located on the far eastern side of the old town, around 25 minutes from the castle.
4. See the Slavin Monument
On the way back from the Hotel Galeria and up quite a hill, you’ll find this Slavic monument overlooking the city and river. It’s a memorial and burial ground for Soviet soldiers who died in WWII.
5. Wander the old town and try traditional Slovakian food
As is often the case when exploring, one of the best thing to do in an old town is to wander the maze like streets with no set plans and see what you find. There are plenty of restaurants to try traditional Slovakian food- my favorite was Segnerova Kúria.