Many of us usually have big ambitious dreams of visiting or spending time in some of the fanciest places whereas it is often the tiny neglected places which offer so much value for money. Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia, a small land-locked country in Europe. The important thing which many people don’t know about Slovakia is the beautiful landscapes and the magnificent castles it offers to the unsuspecting visitors.
Slovakia may be a small country which has recently separated from the Czech Republic just over two decades ago but the history of the area goes much back. The city of Bratislava has not only a rich history but the sights and sounds are something to cherish which make it an amazing place to visit on a weekend.
Though the country of Slovakia is comparatively small and landlocked but these reasons also make it occupy a central position in Eastern Europe. It is very easy to access other historical European cities like Budapest, Vienna, Prague and others from Bratislava which makes it an ideal place to have a multi-city European getaway. The trips are also inexpensive whether you choose to commute through the rail network or take a flight.
The Coronation Route
Bratislava has a rich history, in fact, the city was once famous for being the coronation site for Hungarian kings. The coronation route goes through the old city where small crowns adorn the streets and alleys of the old city. The entrance to the old city used to begin from St. Michaels Gate and it was also this point which marked the beginning of these crowns which ultimately ended at St. Martin’s Cathedral which was the site of the coronation of the Hungarian kings. This route allows one to imagine how things must’ve been like when the heir to the throne would be coming with his entourage and go back as a ruler of a large kingdom.
Bratislava hasn’t become the hotbed of tourism so far which the neighboring capitals like Prague and Budapest have become so traveling here would be far more convenient for your pocket than going to the more popular destinations. A decent inexpensive meal can be easily had in less than €5 and a quality bear in just €1.5. This is compounded by the fact that there are no entrance fees for all public galleries and museums on the first Sunday of the month. If you’re interested in learning about the history of the city then this is the best time to visit Bratislava. Even though the historical sites are free on the first Sunday of the month, you can avail more discounts using Groupon.
The local cuisine of Bratislava has many fans all over the world and a weekend is perhaps the best time to find out what the fuss is all about. One of the most famous food items, also the national dish of Slovakia, is Bryndzove Halusky (Sheep Cheese Dumplings in English) which is served with bacon. The local wine and beer are also very tasteful especially the CORGON draught beer.
The Danube is the second longest European river (after the Volga) which flows from southwestern Germany to the Black Sea but it appears especially majestic in the city of Bratislava. A leisurely stroll during the evening at the Navy Most Bridge will make you fall in love with the Danube regardless of your previous cynicism.
Museums and Galleries
Bratislava is an old European city and like most historical cities in Europe, it is also brimming with art galleries and museums which showcase the history of the city in the most elegant manner. Any lover of history should visit the Bratislava City Museum along with the museum of Arts which adorns the tower at St. Michaels. Other important places include the museum of Clocks and the Palffy Palace which is a home to various permanent exhibitions in the city.
Breakfast at Enjoy Café
There are a great number of excellent choices to have one’s appetite satisfied in Bratislava which is a city filled with an endless number of cafes which cater to the large young demographic of the city. In the part of the part where cafes are a common sight, very few manage to stand out from the crowd and one of these exceptions is Enjoy Café. It is located in the St. Michael’s gate street in the old town and serves one of the best breakfasts anyone can hope to get.
Bon Bon Chocolaterie
Main Square is one of the most popular places for tourists and the old shops located there are quite famous among visitors but that defeats the purpose when quality Hot Chocolate can be obtained in a far cheaper way and can actually beat the standard of the older chocolatiers. Chocolaterie Bon Bon is the place to go to satisfy your hunger pangs for hot chocolate.
Schnitzel and Goulash
Some of the local dishes of Bratislava alone are enough reason for someone to come to the city. Schnitzels are deep-fried breaded veal cutlets which are made very exquisitely in Bratislava and Goulash, which is a rich meat stew highly seasoned with paprika, is also a specialty of the city. These are traditional dishes so you can’t go wrong if you order these from any small traditional restaurant.
Devin Castle, which was once known as Dowina, is located at a highly picturesque location right next to the Danube River. The place is ideal for a leisurely stroll at the night time and while it is located on the outskirts of the city of Bratislava, it gives a breathtaking view of the city and Austria, which is located on the opposite side of the river Danube.