And so, after less than an hour train ride, we arrived in Bratislava, Slovakia, where we would spend one day, exploring its two sides and major sites.
Last updated: September 2, 2023
One Winter Day in Bratislava, Slovakia
I know there are people who disagree with me. But with all due respect, I believe one day is more than enough time to explore Bratislava. Two, three, or more days will work as well, especially if you plan to enlarge your circle of interest and venture to suburban areas of the city.
In either case and thanks to the fact that the majority of attractions are located in the Old Town, the capital of Slovakia will not disappoint. With ample cultural sites from different eras, Bratislava promised one of the most history-infused day trips from Vienna, Austria, or other big cities nearby.
ONE DAY IN BRATISLAVA ITINERARY: THE BEST THINGS TO DO AND SEE
1.Enjoy City Views from Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle is one of the main attractions of Bratislava. The mighty, rectangular building with impressive corner towers perches on a rocky hill above the Danube River. A national museum now, this Baroque castle has a lot to say about the long history of Bratislava. But if the past of Slovakia is not the first things that makes your jump with excitements, the views from the Bratislava Castle will definitely do the trick.
You can stop at a lower level, before reaching the castle, and glance over orange roofs of apartment houses. The best views, however, open up at the upper level, right in front of the Bratislava’s main attraction. Not only the orange tiles of the roofs, but the whole city, including the Danube River, gracefully present themselves from here.
Grab your camera and start pressing the shutter button, as you will not want to miss any of these gorgeous scenes. Be warn though, you might want to spend the entire day just looking at Bratislava from above.
2. Enter the Old Town through Michael’s Gate
It might seem like a little bit silly advice, but the Michael’s Gate is one of those few must-do things in one day in Bratislava. The last standing gate of the original city connects New Bratislava with the Old Town.
Medieval walls instantly surround you as you walk through the gate, making you feel like you just went back in time. At the top of the gate, from the Michael’s Tower, stunning views of the city open up. On the lower level, you can explore the Museum of Arms or dive straight away into the bustling life of the Old Town.
3. Explore Main Square of Bratislava
Exploring Main Square (Hlavné námestie) is one of the most popular things to do in Bratislava. Located in the center of the city, the Main Square is home to such attractions as the Old Town Hall with its famous clock tower and the Roland Fountain, best known for its 34-foot-tall statue in the middle of the tank.
From the end of November until the end of December, the Main Square gets especially busy. This is the time when Christmas market accompanied by the festiveness and pre-holiday hustle and bustle arrives at the heart of Bratislava.
4. Spy on Man at Work
It’s always a good idea to schedule some time for fun activities even is the middle of your busy one day-trip to Bratislava. If you agree, let us venture to the corner of Fishermen’s gate and Panska and Laurinska streets. Here, at the top of a manhole, cheerful bronze sewer worker tirelessly watches as people go by.
Let’s change the rules, though, and instead spy on the Man at Work and possibly take a picture or two with him before resuming our day exploration in the Old Town and New Town of Bratislava.
5. Enjoy the Blues at the Blue Church of St. Elizabeth
The Blue Church of St. Elizabeth is one of the relatively new attractions to add to your one-day Bratislava itinerary. The 19th-century building is located in the eastern part of the Old Town and is consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary.
The church is set a bit father away from other historic attractions in Bratislava. A walk of approximately 10 minutes is needed to reach it from the heart of the Old Town. But the sight is worth the effort.
The structure is called the Blue Church for a good reason. Everything from the roof to the gate is blue. Even interior of the church is predominantly blue.
6. Visit St. Martin Cathedral
The St. Martin Cathedral is the largest and one of the oldest churches in Bratislava. It impresses with its stunning look and majestic 279-foot spire towing over the Old Town. As any local would say, you can miss other famous sites in the city, but do not skip the St. Martin Cathedral. And once in the cathedral, make sure to explore its underground crypt with catacombs.
7. Take Pictures with Most SNP in the Background
Most SNP or Most Slovenského národného povstania is a modern attraction in Bratislava. Furthermore, it’s the longest bridge in the world to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane. Most likely, though, one day would not be enough to see this landmark of Bratislava up close or walk across it. But you can alway take some pictures with the bridge and the New Town in the background.
TIP: For the best views of the bridge, go to the front yard of the Bratislava Castle.
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