Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Old Town
4.5
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Historic neighborhood filled with charming narrow lanes, burgher's houses and nobles' palaces in addition to many of the city's important buildings such as the former Palace of the Hungarian Estates, the late-Gothic building of the Academia Istropolitana and the Leopold de Pauli Palace where Franz Liszt performed as a child.
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  • Nada
    Barcelona, Spain6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit of bratislava
    Visited Bratislava as a part of private day trip from Vienna. The old town is very cool. Loved to walk in narrow streets, friendly for family. Appreciate the clearness. Worth to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • ldgp14
    Walsall, United Kingdom3,248 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic old town
    We decided to visit Bratislava on a weekend trip to Vienna, we went direct from Vienna Airport which took around 40 minutes. It is well worth a visit as the old town is excellent, it is small compared to most european capitals and is really quaint. We thoroughly enjoyed our few hours in the old town of Bratislava.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Adeof Notts
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Try to see this area at least once.
    Beautiful pedestrianised area of Bratislava. I visited here in 2021. I was staying at the Ibis Hotel near the castle on the tram route ,( forgotten the tram lines numbers) I was exploring and decided to visit the old town and Bratislava in my opinion is a business city and so the old town is a place to visit for authentic architecture, and outside eateries and hub of activity especially in the summer months ! I had a meal at an outside restaurant but was kind of disappointed in it so went to look at the town. Lots and lots of people at nightime and many head to a beautiful park near the centre, (sorry forgotten the name of the park but you cannot miss it) I go to the town by walking down the steps from near to the hotel I was staying in. I think walk down the steps and come back on the tram is the best option if a little more convoluted.... I would recommend anyone to go here and it seems a safe area to walk around with many places to eat and shops to visit, but in some ways it is similar to Old Town in Prague, if you are not careful you can be ripped off, choose where to eat carefully unless you are a millionaire! Lol
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 July 2023
  • Stephen S
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A thoroughly enjoyable tour and guide
    This 2 1/2 hr tour was excellent. Our guide Roman was proud of his culture and eager to share it in the most respectful of ways. He was very knowledgeable, tastefully humorous, and clearly spoken. He frequently asked for questions and answered them all in expert fashion. We really enjoyed his education in local cuisine (pictures and pronunciations included). We then ate these recommendations at the local restaurants. Yum! Highly recommend this company and our guide Roman.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Edwelsh
    North Canton, Ohio6,803 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable
    Bratislava has a walkable Old Town with cobble streets lined with nice shops, cafes, various bars and of course souvenir shops. The funny statues on the street corners are unique. St Martin’s Cathedral is beautiful. We had a nice visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 July 2023
  • bear076
    129 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Exceeded expectations
    Loved it. None of the individual spots seemed particularly iconic when planning a trip here, but they are so close together it creates a really tight little environment with a very historic feel - much less full on than Vienna say. Lots of decent tat shops, and decent deals on food and drink too. A pleasant surprise.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Anne-Marie H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free walking tour Bratislava
    Would highly recommend freetourbratislava.com City & Castle Tour. Our guide Roman made the experience really enjoyable with interesting facts but with humour too. He was very approachable and informative and also recommended some of his favourite restaurants and cafes. He also explained the traditional Slovakian cuisine and where to get the best and avoid the tourist traps. Would highly recommend
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Jodi G
    Asbury Park, New Jersey32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We loved it!
    What a beautiful old town! The cobblestone streets and all the restaurants, shopping and history were amazing. We had just come from Prague and were exhausted but we enjoyed this area so much. We had espresso in the square and took loads of photos! I am so impressed with this area!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • Josie Iino
    Cambridge, United Kingdom605 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    5 stars
    I was expecting to be entirely underwhelmed from my experience in Bratislava, but parts of the Old Town are simply really gorgeous and absolutely worth visiting (day trip from Vienna). I love the colour scheme of the city. The architecture is stunning. In particular, the areas near the castle walls are just absolutely gorgeous.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Kathryn M
    Berlin, Germany494 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Bratislava Old Town is truly beautiful. It’s quite petite and easy to walk between all the main sites. Plenty of great restaurants and bars for food and drinks. Also very near the airport. An UBER was only 9-10 EUR and took no time at all. Highly recommend a visit to this lovely place.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 August 2023
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sleepingbeautyUSA
USA93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The architecture is amazing and there are so many lovely shops and fabulous restaurants to explore. Give yourself 3-4 hours to completely explore the town before hiking all the way up to the massive castle and gardens. Not to be missed.
Written 15 June 2024
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AK8397
Ontario, Canada947 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Bratislava is a very walk-able city. The old town is full of cobblestone streets, shops, cafes, interesting architecture and statues. We joined a walking tour that helped us to orient ourselves and learn about the history and development of the city. The statues themselves are worth the visit as there are many of them ranging from historical, grand, quirky and funny (like Cumil). This town has character! Finish off your stroll with a drink and dessert at one of the outdoor cafes or do as we did and enjoy and ice cream in the park.
Written 9 June 2024
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Gergely B
70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Amazing medivival gem with full of history from all around the region. Well kept buildings in general, great clean conditions
Written 31 May 2024
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mzzyap
Philippines3,374 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I bought same day train tickets to Bratislava at the OBB ticket office at Wien HBF (Central Station) for 36 Euros same day return for the both of us. The Regio Jet bus alternative cost 37.80 Euros same day return, but they are timed tickets (which means you can't come back earlier, or if you miss your bus time, you'll have to buy another ticket; see attached photo). The OBB train is flexible, you may catch any train returning to Vienna on the same day; plus, the Bratislava public transportation was free with our train ticket. I attached pictures of the train, Bratislava train station and some of the Old Town. Bratislava Old Town is small, easily walkable and could be done in a couple of hours, unless you spend time at a local restaurant. About the train station, (don't go towards the front doors) you have to walk down to the long wide tunnel (underneath the train tracks), go up and cross the street to the bus stop to catch the bus for the Old Town. You return to the train station doing the same in reverse. We were always quick to ask for directions and people were helpful.
Written 11 May 2024
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Christian R
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
In two words the city is overrated and overpriced.
Went there for a 1 day trip from Budapest and its very disappointing.
Not much to see/do and everything is expensive as compared to other big/major cities.
Written 8 May 2024
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Docky B
Raleigh, NC261 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
I liked the country. They work for a living, and that is refreshing to see. Bratislava, Old Town that is, is worth a day trip. I really liked the people.
Written 6 May 2024
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Diane S
Fairfax Station, VA183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
It is very easy to walk around this small, pedestrian-friendly old town. Many sites such as the theatre, Michael's Gate, the sewer worker statue, and the Primate's Palace are all close by, as are many shops and restaurants. When we went, there were lovely Christmas decorations and some nice Christmas markets with great food and beverages. This can easily be explored as a day trip from Vienna though we stayed overnight.
Written 2 May 2024
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Steve D
Divonne-les-Bains, France817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is really a lovely part of the city and deserves a lot of praise. I have seen many old towns and this one is one of the best. It’s full of character, and interesting sights and buildings.

I have to say after walking just 20 minutes I counted 14 gelatos. All busy!

Just a lovely place to explore and enjoy.
Written 29 April 2024
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beth ann k
Halstead, KS1,801 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Just a nice area to walk around with lovely buildings and lots of shops. We were on a Viking cruise and it was a short walk away.
Written 22 April 2024
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2001NH
743 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Got absolutely taken to the cleaners by a cab charging us 30 euros to go from the train station for the Old Town. Ironically, was 6 euros half way back to the train station - just shows how much we were hosed. Karma . . . In any case, the old buildings are so pretty. Restaurants and cafes cater more to tourists but still fairly tasty. Tourist information there.
Written 18 April 2024
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