Who loves solo travel? We do! One of my most favorite trips ever–and favorite solo trips–was my visit to Bratislava in 2012. I still recommend this beautiful town to everyone who’ll listen–and today, that’s you! So here are some things you might be curious about if Bratislava is on your “to go” list!
Why not? It’s beautiful, historic, and it boasts more than one castle! The people were very friendly, so any time I needed directions, all I had to do was ask! There was so much to keep me busy, including museums, historical sites, tours, and my favorite detail: a cannon ball that Napoleon’s army lodged into the side of a building over 200 years ago! They even paint it black against the rest of the building’s yellow paint so everyone knows it’s there!
Is it Safe?
Yes! I felt 100% safe walking around there by myself. Slovakia is one of the safest countries in Europe! Be smart, don’t flash your money around, keep your eye on your phone–just do the normal stuff you do for safety purposes at home or anywhere else. Don’t go out drinking late at night. But really, people were so kind, and I never felt threatened.
How Can I Get There?
You can fly there, take a bus, or do what I did and take a train! There was a night train I took from Krakow, Poland, but you can basically take a train from anywhere in Europe! Nearby cities include Vienna, Prague, and Budapest!
Where to Stay?
I always recommend staying as close to the city center or old town district as possible, and I recommend the same for Bratislava! The public transportation is good, but I personally always have a better experience wherever I go if I can walk everywhere I want to go instead of taking a bus or train in each day, so that’s what I recommend!
How to Stay Occupied?
I was there for two days and wish I had planned to be there a full week! There was so much to see and do. Take a walking tour, count how many statues you find and choose a favorite, tour Bratislava Castle, visit the many museums in and around town, and take the bus over to Devin Castle! Make sure to gawk a while at the Blue Church (affectionately nicknamed by the locals as the “Smurf Church”), and dine on halusky in an historic restaurant! For more, check out 10 Reasons to Visit Bratislava and What I Ate in Bratislava!
How to Save Money?
Take the FREE walking tours with Be Free Tours! They have several to choose from, and I thought it was a fantastic way to get to know the city. The Slovak National Gallery has free admission, and don’t forget to admire the statues Bratislava is so famous for around town! Bratislava was not an expensive destination, especially compared to many other countries on the Euro in Europe.
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