For anyone either staying in Vienna or having a -many hours- stopover there, to visit Bratislava is a must. It is just a 1 hour trip from Vienna (airport or city) and the cost of the bus is merely 5 euro one way.
Don’t miss that chance.
We were flying to Greece from Belarus (stand by for even more articles for that country). There was a stopover at Vienna, so we planned ahead to take the late flight back. That meant having around 9 hours before going back to Vienna to catch our flight.
Nine hours does not provide the complete picture but it really gives you a good range of things to do and see in Bratislava. For example, some of the castles are a bit far from the city so you need extra time for these.
Here is what we explored.
Visit Bratislava: Points of interest
The bus will usually leave you at the Public Bus Central Station. From there it is a 15 minutes walking time to the historical center of Bratislava.
This sign (a coat of arms maybe?) is located in one of the main entrances to the old city.
It was rather early at that time of the day so we just went for breakfast.
We chose “Enjoy Cafe” at St. Michael’s Gate str. It has lots of organic things for breakfast and a pretty nice range of delicacies.
Some rain kept us inside for an hour but soon sun came out (so did the visitors of the city).
Visit the Bratislava Castle
The Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad) was build in its primary form in the end of the 8th century.
The castle is in a 10 minutes walking distance from the historical center, going uphill. The view is great, though the castle itself doesn’t have many items to exhibit. It is completely renovated and logically someone would be able to even stay there in our times.
However by going through it history, the curious traveler will see how different nations occupied this area (like Celts, Romans, etc).
The sky was clear eventually and we could marvel the flashing white and gold colors of the castle.
Below is the front of the castle.
Having the building at your back you can see a pretty wide view of Bratislava.
This is another gate entrance to the castle (it has four). It is named: The Sigismund Gate.
These renovated sculptures beam genuine glory.
When you enter the castle to visit the ground and upper levels you will see these white and gold stairs of glory.
In some of the rooms there are paintings that relate to the history and inhabitants of the castle.
Around 450 BC – 1 BC, the castle hill became a very important center of the Celts. At the underground levels there are exhibits related to the Celts and Romans.
At the rear area are the gardens.
From the towers and top yards more of Bratislava is displayed.
You can find schedules and info regarding the castle from here.
Visit the Museum of Arms at St. Michael’s Gate
At first you see the tower of St. Michael’s Gate.
Below the St. Michael’s Gate you will discover the famous Zero Point (Kilometre Zero). Locate your city.
Marks of this style are all over Bratislava. For example, there are paths with little crowns that indicate the coronation path. Try to locate these little crowns.
Next to the St. Michael’s gate (at the right) there is a small door with a small sign that informs you for a museum. The museum is hosted inside the tower. It ends up to the top with a very good view of the historical center.
Go inside the museum. Walk the old wooden stairs. Explore each and every floor that hosts a limited number of items.
Eventually you will reach the top. Aren’t these roof patterns interesting?
Those two important museums were the ones we really wanted to see.
Yet, that is not all. Our trip to Bratislava doesn’t stop here.
For more tips on what to do when you visit Bratislava, click right here.