Bratislava Slovakia

Bratislava must sees

Last New Year we were in Bratislava, which is an ideal place to visit for a short break in Europe. The city has lots of history and is very compact and walkable. Here are ten things in Bratislava we loved whilst there.  We have also included a map at the bottom of the page with more tips for sightseeing.

Bratislava Castle

Walk up the hill to get one of the best views of Bratislava, and beyond. Visit the Museum of History or take time out at the on-site cafe.

What to see in Bratislava


Zámocká 2 81101  Bratislava


UFO Tower

Listed as SNP Most but known as the UFO tower. Splash out on a meal with stunning views and the best toilet seat view ever! Or just get the lift to the roof and admire the view towards the old town.


New Year Bratislava
The best toilet cubicle view ever?



Blue Church

The Blue Church, officially known as Church of St. Elizabeth is a stunning Art Nouveau Catholic church.  If the church is open, be sure to have a look inside. On the day we visited the main door was open which allowed us to enter slightly and view the church through another locked door/window.

New Year Bratislava Blue ChurchWebsite

Bezručova 2, 811 09 Bratislava, Slovakia

Kazmik Tower

Standing 439 meters above sea level, Kazmik Tower is a TV tower with a revolving restaurant!  So of course worthy of a stop for food geeks like us!  On a clear day you can see the Alps (it was wet and overcast when we visited early).  We booked a taxi up to the tower as it‘s a bit of a hike from the nearest bus stop.

Bratislava Kamzik tv TowerAltitude Restaurant Website

Cesta na Kamzík 2796/14, 831 01 Nové Mesto, Slovakia

Slavin Memorial

High above Bratislava is Slavín, a memorial monument and military cemetery.  It is the burial ground for the fallen Soviet Army of World War II.  Slavin is a popular meeting point and worth a visit for the history and the view over Bratislava towards the east of Slovakia.

What to do in BratislavaPažického, 811 04 Bratislava


Old Town Hall

The Gothic old town hall in the centre of the city is one of the oldest buildings still standing.  The tower has been standing since around 1370!  You can visit the tower for a view across the city followed by the Bratislava City Museum next door.

What to see in BratislavaHlavné námestie 501/1, 811 01 Staré Mesto

Take a tour of Communist-era Bratislava

Bratislava Slovakia new Year Escape

Take a tour in a classic Skoda seeing the sites from before the iron curtain fell, also visiting Central Europe’s largest housing estate and then enjoy a beer in a pub which probably hasn’t changed since it opened in the Sixties! Find out more here.

St Michael’s Gate

Once part of the medieval fortifications, St Michael’s Gate is the only city gate that still exists.  Originally built around 1300, the baroque style gate was reconstructed in 1758.

What to see in BratislavaMichalská ulica 22 806/24, 811 03 Bratislava

Statues of Bratislava

Seek out the unusual and sometimes a tad creepy statues.  Keep looking about, as there are lots of them! Find out more here.

cumil man at work statue bratislava

Beer brewed on a boat at Dunajsky Pivovar

A brewery, restaurant and hotel situated on the River Danube.  Relax with a beer and some tasty food in an unusual location for a brewery!

Bratislava Slovakia new Year EscapeWebsite

Tyršovo nábrežie, 851 01 Bratislava-Petržalka,


What to do in Bratislava




I am Emma and with my husband Mark write Foodie Explorers, which is a food and travel website.

I am a member of the Guild of Food Writers and British Guild of Travel Writers.

We have a wide range of judging experience covering products, hotels and have judged, for example, for Great Taste Awards and Scottish Baker of the Year.

Along the way Mark gained WSET Level 2 in Wine and I have WSET Level 2 in Spirits as well as picking up an award with The Scotsman Food and Drink Awards.    

Usually I can be found sleeping beside a cat.

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