One Day in Bratislava: Things to Do in Bratislava in less than 24 Hours

I know there will be people who disagree with me. However, with all due respect, I believe that you do not need more than one day in Bratislava. Ok, two days will work, too, 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 majority of attractions are located in the Old Town of the city, the Slovakian capital will not disappoint. With ample historical sights, things to do in Bratislava in less than 24 hours are equally enchanting and fascinating. With that being said, let us take a closer look at the city and all it has to offer.


1.Enjoy City Views from Bratislava Castle

Bratislava Castle is one of the main things to do in Bratislava on any visit. The mighty rectangular building with impressive corner towers perches on a rocky hill above the Danube River. Needless to say, as the national museum, this Baroque castle has a lot to say about the history of Bratislava and impress its numerous visitors. But if history and art are not what make your jump with excitements, the views from the Bratislava Castle will definitely do the trick.

You can stop at a lower lever, 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 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 that shutter button, as you will not want to miss any of these gorgeous scenes. Be warn though, you might want to spend one day in Bratislava just looking at the city from above.

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The best view of the city from Bratislava Castle

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 Bratislava in less than 24 hours. The last standing gate of the city enhances your experience as you cross across a small bridge from “new Bratislava” to the Old Town. Medieval walls instantly surround you making you feel like you just went back in time. And it actually possible, at least for a while, just enough to explore the Museum of Arms and admire the city from the Michael’s Tower atop the gate.

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Michael’s Gate is the last standing gate of Bratislava.

3. Explore Main Square of Bratislava

Exploring Main Square (Hlavné námestie) is one of the most popular things to do in Bratislava. Moreover, it is one of the best destinations to visit be it your short adventure of one day in Bratislava or an extended one-week trip. 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 Roland Fountain best known for a 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 festiveness and preholiday hustle and bustle arrives at the heart of Bratislava.

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Old Town Hall at the Main Square of Bratislava

4. Spy on Man at Work

It is 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 us change the rules though and instead spy on him. At the end, do not forget to take a picture with the Man, which is, certainty, one of the easiest things to do in Bratislava in less than 24 hours.

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Man at Work

5. Get Blue Vibes at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth

By now you probably got an idea that Bratislava focuses mostly on medieval architectural and historical jewels. But that is far from the truth. One of the relatively new things to do in Bratislava in less than 24 hours is to enjoy blue colors at Blue Church of St. Elizabeth. The 19th-centuary building is located in the eastern part of the Old Town and is consecrated to Elisabeth of Hungary. The church is settled a bit father from other attractions in Bratislava and asks for a 10-minutes walk. However, the sight is worth all your effort. The structure is called Blue Church for a good reason. Everything from the roof to the gate is blue. Even interior of the church is predominantly blue. If you ask me, Blue Church of St. Elizabeth should definitely be on your itinerary when spending one day in Bratislava.

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Blue Church of St. Elizabeth

6. Visit St. Martin Cathedral

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 sights in Bratislava, but do not avoid St. Martin Cathedral. And while visiting the cathedral, make sure to explore its underground crypt with catacombs.

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Towering Spire of St. Martin Cathedral

7. Take Pictures with Most SNP in the Background

Most SNP or Most Slovenského národného povstania is a modern attraction in Bratislava. Furthermore, it is the longest bridge in the world to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane. Most likely though, you will not have enough time during your one day in Bratislava to walk across Most SNP. But taking pictures with the bridge in the background is one of the things you can definitely do without spending extra time. As we discussed earlier, for the best view of the bridge all you need is to venture to the front yard of the Bratislava Castle.

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Most SNP in the background

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