A Glimpse of Bratislava, Slovakia: Top 5 Photo Ops

Bratislava Slovakia photo ops and what to do in Bratislava

One day in Bratislava, Slovakia. Discover what to do, top attractions, and best photo ops!One day in Bratislava, Slovakia. Discover what to do, top attractions, and best photo ops!bratislava-slovakia-top-5-photo-ops

Have you ever found yourself on a train to Slovakia with little to no idea of what to expect? **crickets** Hmmm, maybe that was just me? Going in, I had fuzzy ideas of mountains and communism, but was unsure of how to fill an entire day in Bratislava. If you find yourself in a similar situation or if you’re actually planning ahead (major props to you!), then read along for tips about what you can do in Bratislava and my top five fun photos ops for the city.

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Historic Old Town Bratislava

My favorite part of Old Town Bratislava is that it was car-free. That’s right—pedestrians rule the road. After a couple hectic days dodging hurtling taxis and crazy Vespa drivers in Vienna, this was right up my alley. Take some time to stroll around, pop your head into a couple shops, nibble on some authentic Slovak cuisine, and of course, snap some pics for your Insta!

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Bratislava Castle (Hrad)

Within walking distance of Old Town is the Bratislava Castle. Seated on a hill with views of the Danube River, the castle in a main tourist attraction in Bratislava. The castle is supremely old (built in the 9th century), and to my eyes looked surprisingly good for hitting its 1,200th birthday. I later learned that there were a series of restorations, and not gonna lie, I felt kind of cheated/ less impressed.

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Skyline view of Bratislava

After viewing the castle, reward yourself with some beautiful views of the Bratislava skyline. Trust me on this—one walk up the hill is enough, so you’ll want to take advantage while you’re already up there instead of realizing that later.

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Busses are available to take you up the hill, but I’m moderately (read: majorly, but trying not to sound crazy) addicted to my Fitbit, so I obviously walked. Gotta get those 10,000 steps every day!

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Bratislava Architecture

Sooo…I got a wee bit lost climbing back down and ended up strolling through some gorgeous neighborhoods around Old Town. The buildings are all so colorful. In case this happens to you, take some time and smell the roses (or whatever flowers you happen to stumble upon.)

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If you’re feeling crazy or just want to follow in my footsteps, take some time to wander through the cobblestone streets. Along the way, enjoy an iced coffee. (I believe that is what I ordered, but we had no common languages, so who knows?) It’s exciting to put your maps away and just immerse yourself in the city.

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Church of St. Elisabeth

This was possibly my favorite part of Bratislava. I’m a die-hard UNC Tar Heel, so I am obsessed with any and all things Carolina blue. Imagine my excitement when I found an entire church that was painted in that wonderful shade. You’re probably not going to imagine how excited I was, so let me tell you—like a kid on Christmas that gets to meet the real Santa Claus. I’m aware this may seem over the top for some random blue church on in Bratislava, but whatever. I like what I like.

It’s definitely eye-catching, so if you’re in the mood to take a stroll outside Bratislava’s city center, this little church is an excellent candidate for some colorful Snaps or exclusive Insta pics!

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If you’re considering hitting up Bratislava for a day, do it! Please share in the comments below any other awesome photo ops or must-see attractions the city has to offer.

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11 thoughts on “A Glimpse of Bratislava, Slovakia: Top 5 Photo Ops

  1. We lived in Bratislava for a year and a half and really like the city. There are still so much to discover when we go there for a visit. Did you get the possibility to see the Slavin War Memorial or the Devin Castle? There are also a few really interesting WWII bunkers along the Austrian border. 🙂

  2. I missed both of those, I was sadly only able to take a day trip there. I’ll have to bookmark the memorial and castle for next time I’m there though! Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

  3. Oooh…LOVE that blue church! (And we’re not even Tarheels! 😉 It’s just so picture perfect adorable. Although, from the looks of things, the whole town is pretty picture perfect. Thanks for sharing – and bumping Slovakia up a bit on our Travel To Do list!

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