Exploring Old Town Bratislava Slovakia (2020)
Today I am taking you for a short walking tour in the Old Town of Bratislava Slovakia.
For 3 months now, Bratislava has been my home and I could not be more excited to tell you how much I love this place.
Bratislava is just a small city, well actually, Slovakia is a small country in the heart of Europe but it is often overlooked by tourists because of the neighboring countries or cities like Prague, Budapest or Vienna.
But I am here to tell you that Slovakia has much more to offer so it is worthwhile to come by and visit it for maybe a day or two and bewildered with the beauty of this small country.
I will try to write as much as possible about the different places in Slovakia and what you can do and see here in the future but for now, let us talk about the Old Town of Bratislava Slovakia.
Old Town is like the center of Bratislava and I live very near so I will show you places that I see whenever I go for a walk.
Also, I made a video about this walking tour of Old Town Bratislava so make sure to watch it too.
What to see around the Old Town Bratislava?
Ondrejský Cintorín or the Saint Andrew’s Cemetery
It may seem a bit odd why I am taking you to this place right?
But I found this cemetery no ordinary one.
It looks more like a park to me than a cemetery because of the trees and the peacefulness that I always feel whenever I pass by this area.
Is it scary to walk there? Probably at night and if your imagination is wild but during the day, it offers a nice atmosphere especially during the summer days in Bratislava when the sun is high and you are looking for shade.
I seldom see tourists here though, well because it is not a quite popular destination so I guess if you are like me who often looks for something unusual spot in a place I am traveling it may be a good shot to give this a visit if you are coming to Bratislava.
If you have been to Paris and see the famous Cimetière du Père-Lachaise you will find a little bit resemblances but of course, Saint Andrew’s Cemetery is small compared to Père-Lachaise but you will also see some monuments and nice headstones.
Eurovea and the Danube River
About 15 minutes walk from the cemetery, we are in the Danube River.
Danube River is one of the world’s greatest rivers. It crosses a lot of countries in Central Europe.
It originates from Germany and passes through the countries of Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Ukraine then back to the black sea.
It is indeed a long journey but this river is not too wide and you can easily walk to the other side on foot in just 10 minutes.
Most people cross the Danube River in Bratislava by the Novy Most Bridge or the New Bridge near the Cathedral of Saint Martin.
What can you do here? I like to stroll along the Danube River, especially on a sunny day.
But now is winter so not many people stay by the river, unlike summer that you can enjoy a beautiful flower garden and watch people running and sunbathing along the river.
However, you can still visit the place, chill out a bit for some fresh air, and then go to the Eurovea and find someplace to eat.
There are a lot of restaurants that offer a nice overlooking view of the river.
Eurovea is one of the most visited shopping centers in Bratislava.
Here you will not see only locals strolling the mall but a lot of tourists too.
It has two main buildings which are divided into a square and in the middle is a fountain overlooking the Danube river and a statue of Milan Rastislav Stefanik, one of the key historical figures in Slovakia.
The Blue Church
The official name of this church is Church of St. Elisabeth but it is known as the Blue Church, well because it is really blue.
It is the bluest building in Bratislava with its wall painted like a cotton-candy, and even the inside is dominated with blue color too.
Even their pews are blue which I thought are the cutest pews I ever have seen.
Blue Church is tucked in the quiet streets of Old Town and nearby is a park where you can relax and have some snacks.
The St. Elisabeth Church is relatively young.
It was built at the beginning of the 20th century by a Hungarian Architect and it was initially a school chapel as it was built as part of the neighboring high school which was designed by the same Hungarian Architect.
Old Town Hall and the Main Square or Hlavne Namestie
From the Blue Church, I will take you to the famous Old Town Hall of Bratislava located in the main square or as locals call it Hlavne Namestie where most of the concentration of tourists can be found.
In the 13th century, it was the house of the mayor of the town but since 1868, the building has housed what is now City Museum which is the oldest museum in Bratislava.
The entrance to the Museum is 5€, which I think is affordable.
Once you are inside, do not miss climbing the tower where you can have a nice view of the Old Town Bratislava.
Monuments in and around Old Town Bratislava
Now that we are in the center, walking around the streets you will discover interesting monuments scattered around like Čumil.
Čumil means “the watcher” that represents the typical worker from the communist era.
There are a lot of stories about this statue but in reality, it was just part of the plan to give the city a bit of humor so when they started renovating the Bratislava Old Town they put the sculpture along with others like Schöne Ignac and Napoleon’s soldier.
St. Martin’s Cathedral
St. Martin’s Cathedral is the Royal Cathedral of Slovakia.
It is very important in Slovakia’s History because this is where Queen Maria Theresa was crowned.
I think it is also one of the largest, if not the largest cathedral in Bratislava.
You can easily see this Cathedral because it’s spine is 85 meters high that dominates the skyline of the old town Bratislava.
Especially when you climb the Bratislava Castle, you will see this beautiful cathedral among the orange roofs of the Old Town.
The Slovak National Theatre
This is another historical building in the Old Town Bratislava Slovakia with a neo-renaissance design.
The theater holds a lot of performances every day and some of them are quite cheap.
So if you are into some in-depth Slovaks cultural experience head over to the National Theatre website and check out the shows.
In front of the National Theatre is Hviezdoslav’s Square named after one of the most important Slovak poets Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav.
Hviezdoslav’s Square is great for walking as there are a lot of trees lining the square and a lot of cafes on the side too.
There are many benches if you prefer to rest and just watch people pass by.
Michael’s gate is the only medieval gate left and that has been preserved in Bratislava.
When you are entering or exiting the Old Town of Bratislava, it is very difficult to miss it as it is one of the most popular tourist spots in the Old Town.
The tower has a gothic design which I really like. Tourists can go up to the tower for some nice views of the Old Town.
On top of the tower is the Archangel Michael slaying a dragon, pretty cool right?
After strolling the streets of Old Town, I will take you to the Bratislava Castle.
Bratislava Castle is the most iconic and well-visited tourist destination in Bratislava.
If I am being honest, it is not the most grandiose castle I have visited but it has its charm.
It has its share of history from the Roman Empire to the growth of Hungarian State, so if you want to know more about the history of Bratislava Palace read the websites of www.visitbratislava.com or www.slovakia.com where you can find a lot of information about this place.
Now, Bratislava Castle holds the National Museum of Slovakia.
Inside you can find the remains of Great-Moravian Basilica and other buildings from the 11-century era.
The castle is located on a hill so it could be a demanding walk so you can take public transportation to get there.
Bus number 203 and 207 go to the castle and the fare is just.90 cents.
But I always prefer to walk and discover different narrow streets hidden in the old town like this.
Now if you want to photograph the castle, head over to the Slovak Parliament Building.
On the left side, you will find a spot to photograph the whole castle plus a site overlooking the Danube River and the greener part of Slovakia.
Bratislavský meštiansky pivovar
Now to finish off the day, I will take you to one of the oldest Slovak restaurants in Bratislava, Bratislavský meštiansky pivovar.
Meštiansky pivovar is not just a restaurant but a Brewery too and is located in Dunajska Street.
The Brewery used a steam engine that had been in operation since 1868 to draw water from the Danube. At later stages, the brewery used city water.
The beer here is cheap and good quality. They have two kinds of beers which I like to call the Yellow and The Black Beer and both of them are good.
Going here you should try the most famous Slovak dish called Bryndzové Halušky.
I can recommend other places outside Bratislava where you can get a better Bryndzové Halušky.
But if you are in Bratislava Town for a short time and interested in trying some local food, I recommend Bratislavský meštiansky pivovar.
Bryndzové Halušky is a traditional Slovak dish which is made of Potato Dumplings covered in cheese made of sheep milk and then topped with small pieces of crispy meat.
I’ve heard that some of the tourists did not like the strong taste of the cheese but for me, I like it and eat it many times ever since I came to Slovakia.
That is it. I hope that you enjoyed this walking tour in Old town Bratislava Slovakia.
This place is really beautiful and deserves more attention than what it gets now.
Hopefully, the city can preserve the beauty of the place as tourists start to flock in this town.
Because it is not just beautiful, it is a cheap destination in Europe so I feel like more and more people are going to want to visit this place in the future.
I hope that I inspired you to see this place too someday.
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