For some reason, when people think of Bratislava, most of the time, there’s not much associated with the name. We know that before we visited, we really had no idea what this city even looks like. Well, you should know that it is truly a beautiful and picturesque city that is absolutely worth a visit. You can even see most of what the city has to offer in a day, so if you’ll be in a nearby city like Vienna, you can certainly have a wonderful day trip in this quaint fairytale city.
Modry Kostol (Blue Church)
The Blue Church is actually called the Church of St. Elisabeth, but everyone refers to it as the Blue Church. The cotton candy blue structure is beautiful, and even has blue pews inside. It’s just outside of the Old Town, so you can head here first before exploring the rest of the historic city center. You’ll truly feel like you’ve stepped into a fairytale here.
Old Town Hall
The Old Town Hall was the house of the mayor back in the medieval 13th century. As time went on, newer portions were added and created a diverse collection of architectural styles, including the neo-Gothic chapel of St. Ladislav from the 15th century as well as the 16th century Renaissance arcade. The City Museum is located inside, and has been there since 1868!
Bratislava Castle towers above the historic city center. You can hike up the knoll it’s perched atop, which itself dates back to the Stone Age, and take in the stunning view of the entire city from above. If you work up an appetite, you can visit the Hradná Hviezda restaurant, whose name means The Castle Star, and enjoy traditional and modern cuisine with an incredible interior.
While in the historic city center, you absolutely have to have a meal at Bratislava Flagship Restaurant. First of all, you’ll be greeted with an incredible interior that will transport you to another time. Once you’ve taken in the brewery slash church, you can enjoy an incredibly delicious meal comprised of traditional foods like Bryndzové halušky, a delicious gnocchi-like dish with local sharp sheep’s cheese. You can also try Bryndzové pirohy, which are delicious potato dumplings, as well as succulent ribs with an incredible tangy barbecue sauce. Best of all, you get huge portions for a very reasonable price.
Konditorei Kormuth is a bakery and museum all in one that has a stunning interior you can’t miss. It features painted walls and ceilings and adorned with antiques from the 16th through 19th centuries that will make you feel like Renaissance royalty. Choose a delicious cake from the display cases and enjoy a cup of coffee with the elegant china it’s served in.