All the Pretty Buildings: A Day in Bratislava, Slovakia

One day in Bratislava was amazing, and of course, not nearly enough time! I wish I could spend a month in every country, or even a week. But I can’t. Spending a month in a place like Cyprus or Bulgaria means spending less time somewhere else. And as much as I would love to go back to Slovakia and spend more time there, I was really lucky to get to go for even a day.

But that day went by in a blur of fluffy pink buildings and bacon gnocchi. So much so that a detailed post about what to do, etc. seems like a complete lie. Instead, here are some of my favorite photos, some quick details on how to get in and out from Vienna, and my Snapchat story from my day. Plus gratuitous selfies, obviously.

All the Pretty Buildings: A Day in Bratislava, Slovakia
All the Pretty Buildings: A Day in Bratislava, Slovakia

My Day in Bratislava in Pictures

A (teeny-tiny) bit of context: Bratislava and Vienna are only about 80 km (50 mi) apart. They have a shared history as part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and thus they have very similar architecture. After World War II, Slovakia ended up behind the Iron Curtain, while Austria narrowly escaped.

Taking the train from Vienna to Bratislava
Taking the train from Vienna to Bratislava

 

You may want to keep children's eyes covered when leaving Vienna by train
You may want to keep children’s eyes covered when leaving Vienna by train

 

Arriving in Bratislava
Arriving in Bratislava

 

One of my favorite buildings and it isn't even on the tour
One of my favorite buildings and it isn’t even on the tour
The church with the Bratislava Castle in the Distance
The church with the Bratislava Castle in the Distance

 

A peak of modern times in the middle of Old Town
A peak of modern times in the middle of Old Town
The bridge over the Danube River-A Pinacle of Soviet Design
The bridge over the Danube River-A Pinacle of Soviet Design

 

The detail on a Hungarian pharmacy in Old Town
The detail on a Hungarian pharmacy in Old Town
I really am a Selfie Addict. But this one is in Slovakia, so that's cool, right?
I really am a Selfie Addict. But this one is in Slovakia, so that’s cool, right?

Windburned in Slovakia...Unrelated
Eating Dinner & Windburned from a Great Day
Stretching out on the Train back to Vienna
Stretching out on the Train back to Vienna

Tips & Transportation

  • I took the train from the Central Station in Vienna to Bratislava. It took about an hour, cost about 16 euros round trip ($17.28), and was crazy easy.
  • When I got to the train in Bratislava, I took the tram for .9 euros (about $1), to Old Town.
  • While there, I walked around on foot. I had been warned not to take a taxi, but I don’t know if they’re as bad as people said.
  • I joined a free walking tour in the afternoon. I happened to be in the square at the right time.
  • Neither the online train times nor the online tour times matched the reality during my actual visit. Don’t know if I was reading things wrong or if the websites were inaccurate. Both ended up being wrong in my favor though, so maybe it was magic?
  • I went to two restaurants. The one right outside the Old Town was about half the cost of the one on the main square. Natch.

Further Reading

My Snapchat Story from My Visit

One Day in Bratislava from Stephanie Craig on Vimeo.

If we’re not connected on Snapchat, hit me up. I’m @gothreetwenty4.

Final Thoughts

Whirlwind travel, while not ideal, can still be inspiring and rewarding. I’m so glad I got to see Slovakia, even if I didn’t get to see everything I’d like. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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All the Pretty Buildings: A Day in Bratislava, Slovakia
All the Pretty Buildings: A Day in Bratislava, Slovakia

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  4. Actually, Bratislava reminds me of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, in many ways! The old buildings resemble each other a lot. The top picture could very well be from the Old Town in Stockholm!

    So, mayne you have to visit the cold north as well 🙂

    • I’ll have to go to Stockholm sometime soon! I’ve only been to Malmo/Lund, and that was for work. I know what you mean though, especially the green rooves on some of the buildings. Budapest looks very similar.

  5. How beautiful! I didn’t realize it was so easy to get to Bratislava from Vienna. I have wanted to go to Slovakia and Slovenia as a separate trip but I could get a small introduction methinks 🙂 Great post

  6. What a cool place! Also bacon gnocci?! I need to hear more about that!
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