A summer break in Bratislava

Surrounded by lush hills and bisected by the Danube, the Slovak capital is an ideal location for a summer getaway.

The unmissables: the best of what to see and do in Bratislava

Discover what not to miss on a trip to the Slovakian capital.

Bratislava Castle

The ‘upside-down bedstead’ is the iconic image of the city and the grounds are a great place for a picnic with a view. In A Time of Gifts, Patrick Leigh Fermor wrote that ‘the symmetry of the huge gaunt castle and the height of its corner towers gave it the look of an upside-down table’ (although he…

Blue Church

This little church is quite unique – an Art Nouveau gem covered in light blue icing sugar. The full title is the Church of St Elizabeth (Kostol sv Alžbety). According to legend, Elizabeth, the daughter of Endre II of Hungary, was born in Bratislava in 1207 and was the city’s only well-known saint. It was decided that…

Food and drink in Bratislava

Food Slovak cuisine is a mélange of central European influences, taking a bit of everything from its neighbours: goulash from the Magyars, strudels from the Austrians, and home-kneaded dumplings from the Germans – not to mention beer from the Czechs. Slovak chefs grew up in the meat, potato and cabbage school of cooking; however, it’s…

St Martin’s Cathedral

The spectacular St Martin’s Cathedral has seen many coronations throughout its busy history and retains a quiet dignity. Construction of this triple-naved church lasted from 1311 to 1452. Between 1563 and 1830 it was the coronation church for the kings of Hungary and witnessed the crowning of 11 Hungarian kings and eight royal spouses. The tower is…

UFO Tower

Enjoy a coffee or cocktail and check out the spectacular view from the platform above. The UFO hovers 80m above the Most SNP (Slovenské národné povstanie or Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising) and offers an unparalleled view of the city. The bridge and UFO were built in 1967–72 and declared ‘Building of the Century’ in Slovakia…

A walking tour of Bratislava’s Old Town

Discover the Slovakian capital on foot with our handy walking tour

The amusing, creepy or just plain weird: a tour of Bratislava’s statues

Bratislava is a city filled with fountains and statues – some poetic, some quirky, some reverential

Bratislava’s Socialist relics

Although Bratislava has changed dramatically in recent years, you can still spy remnants of the socialist regime