10 Things to do in Bratislava, Slovakia Travel Guide

10 Things to do in Bratislava, Slovakia Travel Guide

Well hello hello guys. New city, new destination. Where are we? Bratislava, Slovakia (Slovensko). We sure are. Most people only come here on a day trip because
this city is one hour away from Vienna. Yeah. However, we have booked ourselves in Bratislava
for a full week. So we’ve been enjoying this beautiful city
and in this video we’re going to show you guys 10 things to do in Bratislava. So let’s get started. Let’s go. Our first stop was Devin Castle (hrad Devín
– Devínsky), which is located in Devin, a borough of Bratislava. This is the one attraction we visited that
was a little further from the Old Town – a 30-minute bus ride to be precise – but it
was worth it. So guys we have arrived. There we have Devin Castle up on a hill. What do you think Sam? It looks impressive we just have to climb
up it now. Oh yeah. So we now have our tickets in hand. It was 4 Euros per person. Cash only. Um, and yeah now we’re walking up a hill towards
the castle and they have lots of animals. Look. A Donkey friend. Hey donkey. Hello donkey. Donkey says hi. Who else? There is lots of sheep up ahead. And yeah, let’s see who else we can meet. Devin Castle is a ruined castle that sits
on Slovak territory at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers. You can see Austria just across the river,
and on a clear day, as far as Hungary. And at the top of the castle it would appear
there is a small exhibition. Well hello hello there. We are in between castle visits. We just finished visiting Devin Castle. Yeah. Next up is Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský
hrad) but first we need lunch. What is the plan? Well, we’ve worked up a ridiculous appetite
doing all of that walking so we are just going to try to find somewhere to eat nearby this
new castle so we’re just wandering around and we’re going to hopefully find a place
really soon. More Slovak Food. Yes. Let’s go. We ate at a restaurant called “Modra Hviezda”
which is located at the base of Bratislava Castle. The back of the restaurant feels a bit like
a cave, so it was super cozy, but most importantly, the food was wonderful! Oh my goodness a behemoth of a portion showed
up at the table. I was expecting you know like little pork
medallions. Something small. And instead I have this giant pork chop covered
in like crushed walnuts and it comes with a honey mustard sauce (bravčová kotleta)
and I also have roasted potatoes. Oh, this is huge. My goodness. So good. Let’s try to dig in. I think I’m going to like cut off a smaller
piece so it is more manageable. Oh my gosh I can’t believe how thick that
is. And that is not even a small piece there. You probably have to cut that again. Yes. Little bit of that. Get it in the sauce. Some walnuts. Take it for a swim. Mmmm. Wow. Pork and honey mustard. Haha. That is amazing. Is it good? This was listed under the traditional dishes
section. Yep. So really happy to be trying this. and this is your main. Yeah, tell us a little bit about it. So my traditional like Slovak main over here
is basically it is rabbit leg (Králik na Šampiňónoch). Yep. And then on this part this side I don’t know
if you can see we’ve got wild mushrooms. Yeah. In a wine sauce. And then we have dumplings. Mmmhmm. Some potato dumplings. Potato dumplings and these are thick and heavy. They look like little pancakes. Yeah, they do. I’m going to grab a bit of that. And Sam chose this just because he read red
wine sauce and was like yeah. Yeah. Give me the wine sauce. So I’m getting a little bit of that and a
little bit of the dumpling so I’ve got a little bit of everything going on. Oh man. I love that. Alright, so dessert has arrived and once again
it looks completely different from what I was expecting. We ordered poppy seed dumplings so I thought
maybe with pierogi filled with poppy seed but the dumplings it is like this wormy shape. I would say. And then you have poppy seed powder on top. Yeah, you’ve got to really coat them. Look at that. I know. They’re like little worms. That look so cool. So let’s try one. Mmmm. Is it good? It kind of reminds me of gnocchi. A little bit. Yeah. Is the poppy seed sweet? Yeah. That is like mixed in with sugar. That is good. And look it is starting to melt. Oh. Haha. Get in there. That is pretty nice. Is it a hot dessert? Yeah. It is served warm. What is this here? It is just more noodles in there. I’ve never had anything like this. I know. Me neither. This is like the base for it like the dumpling
you could use it for something savory or something sweet. It just depends on what you add on top really. I have a feeling I’m going to have like black
stuff all over my face afterwards. You’re doing alright. I’m going to be speaking like this. So time to wrap that up. That was not a cheap meal. It was 42 Euros but oh it was good. It was just like gourmet food. With bellies full, we began the slow climb
towards Bratislava Castle. Built in the 9th century and modified over
the centuries many times over, this 4-towered castle sits perched on a hill overlooking
the Danube River. It’s a beautiful walk to reach the castle,
and while we personally preferred the ruins of Devin Castle a bit more, Bratislava Castle
is still a cool spot to visit; you get nice views over the Old Town (Staré Mesto), plus
you have the Slovak National Museum and the Baroque Gardens on the north side of the palace. The following day, we set out to explore the
Old Town (Staré Mesto), but first, we stopped at a cafe for a decadent breakfast. We’re at Mondieu. Yeah, apparently this is one of the best places
to have breakfast here in Bratislava. And cakes. And cakes as well. Yeah, they have a great looking cake display. Um, yeah they basically have a very I would
say very diverse menu. Pancakes, French Toast, Omelets. Alright, so the drinks are here and we both
got the cafe latte macchiato with chocolate. Look at this thing of beauty. Look at those layers in there. Oh my goodness. I know it is so big. And they’ve got these cute little sugar packs. It is so big. Look at this. Urgh. Actually I don’t even know if we need sugar
so I’m going to try it first. I have a feeling we won’t. Especially me. You may still want some of it. Oh! Oh my gosh that is so thick. It almost looks like a milkshake. Wow. It kind of is. Is it? It is like a warm latte milkshake. Like it is so frothy and rich. Like the glass is coated in melted milk chocolate
basically. Oh man. It is amazing. Wow. breakfast is here and it looks amazing. I ordered the scrambled eggs with parmesan
and baby spinach. And it is one of those meals that I’m just
going to have to eat super quickly before it gets cold because it is actually quite
quite chilly outside. Mmmm. Oh. Parmesan mixed in with scrambled eggs. Good idea? That was a very good idea indeed. When I saw this on the menu it just looked
so colorful and good. My napkin is blowing off. So I am getting. I’m basically getting two pieces of toast. Yep. One of them has like I guess it would be an
original hummus. Yeah. And this over here is uh beetroot hummus with
pomegranate sprinkled on top. So this is definitely not your average Slovak
breakfast at all. Yeah but I’m going to try some and I want
to make sure I get some of the pomegranate seeds. Alright. Oh my gosh that is good. Yeah? Woah. And since this place specializes in chocolates,
cakes and baked goods Sam could not resist getting a slice of cheesecake. The fruit cheesecake just looked too good
and it is like time for a bit of confession time. It is actually 12:05 right now. This is about as late of a breakfast as you
can possibly have. Because at what time did little prince wake
up? I stayed up until 3:30 in the morning last
night. So anyways, he woke-up at like 9:30. Eating chocolate and wine so never a good
idea. Not a great idea. I had trouble going to sleep. Anyways let’s try this. Cheesecake. Mmmm. Wow. He’s rolling it around in his tongue. Yeah. That was a good decision to get this. So it came to 18 Euros total. And I thought that was a really good deal
because we ended up basically getting three food items, two breakfast mains plus cheesecake
and we got like the two most premium types of coffees on the menu. Really fancy. Oh yeah. They were the most expensive on the menu and
it was well worth it. So yeah, this was just a wonderful place to
go. I’d highly recommend coming here. You could come for breakfast, you could also
come in the middle of the afternoon for a really nice snack as well. Bratislava’s Old Town (Staré Mesto) is
very compact, so it’s easy to explore on foot and cover most of the sights in one day. We went on our own do-it-yourself tour finding
all sorts of interesting statues and hitting up a few major landmarks along the way. So next up we’re going to visit Saint Martin’s
Cathedral (Katedrála svätého Martina) and we’ve been seeing it from the exterior. Like every single day. Yeah, every single day and last night I saw
it from the UFO. Like way up there. Right the bridge. So I had a really good perspective of it. And finally we’re actually going to go in. Go in. No success. Oh ho ho. It is our last day in the city, we left this
to the very last moment and now we can’t go in because there is a wedding going on. Oh my gosh. Well, so I guess we’ll never know what the
interior of the church looks like. Well I think congratulations to the bride
and groom. Congratulations I suppose. Whoever they are. And we are now going to visit the Blue Church
(Modrý kostolík). I don’t know if it looks more like a wedding
cake or a gingerbread house but it is all painted blue and it looks like it covered
in frosting so let’s go in. The Blue Church (Modrý kostolík) is located
on Bezručova Street, which is about a 10-15 minute walk from the Old Town. It’s designed in the art nouveau style,
and though the church closed when we visited, we were still able to peek through the gates. And much like the Eiffel Tower when it was
first built, locals in Bratislava like to say that the best view of their city is from
the UFO Bridge because you can’t see the UFO bridge. But whether it’s architecturally compatible
or not, we can’t deny that you get some amazing views of Bratislava, especially if
you visit as the sun goes down. You can either pay 7 Euros and 40 cents to
visit the observation deck, or go to the UFO Bar for sunset drinks. And while you’re down by the Danube, you
can either enjoy a stroll along the river, or go on a sightseeing cruise. Now for one more restaurant meal that we really
enjoyed in the city, allow us to introduce you to Prašná bašta. This is another cozy restaurant located at
basement level and we had another wonderful meal to share with you guys. So here we go. My main is here and I went for a traditional
Slovak dish. I can’t pronounce the name (Bryndzové Halušky)
it is a little too complicated for me but basically it is a potato gnocchi made with
Slovak sheep’s cheese and it also has some bacon on top. This looks really nice. Big chunks of bacon on top. Oh yeah. Look at that. They are not skimping out. Uh uh. Not at all. At all. Mmmm. That is really good. Is it? It is a bit of a salty cheese. So it gives it a bit of seasoning and the
bacon is nice and crispy. So yeah if you like strong flavored cheese
this is quite good. Sam ordered himself some kind of stuffed potato
zucchini pancake. It looks so good. I’ve just got to show you guys how big this
is. My hand for comparison. Like this is big. It is massive. It is massive. It is massive. So do you want to tell us what is in there. So inside we have pork and beef tenderloin
in a paprika sauce. Oh la lah. And you were going to tell us about outer
layer. Yes, so the pancake I already mentioned is
made with potato and zucchini. Yeah. Oh. It has a bit of a darker color. Oh, this looks good. Kind of already it reminds me of the consistency
of like a porkolt style goulash. Oh my gosh this is going to be good I bet. Oooh. Wow. What do you think? It is just the dish I was looking for. Oh my gosh that is good. That meat is so tender and like rich like
the paprika sauce is really flavorful and it sort of like a rich gravy sauce. But what I really like about this too is the
pancake compliments it perfectly because there is obviously a lot of zucchini put in there. It gives it a little bit of extra juiciness. Okay which is so cool. So that was 35 Euros. That included two glasses of wine. One appetizer. Two mains and a dessert to share. So yeah, it wasn’t a cheap meal but we knew
that going in. We wanted something that was really good quality
and we sure got that here. Portions were generous too and just everything
was delicious. There wasn’t anything that we ordered that
we didn’t love. It is hockey night in Slovakia (Slovensko)
so we’re going to catch a tram and we’re going to go to a professional KHL game (HC Slovan
Bratislava – Hokejový klub Slovan Bratislava). That is the Kontinental Hockey League. What is KHL? It is basically like a Russian and European
league. Alright. And it is probably the second best league
in the whole world behind the NHL so it is going to be really good hockey and I’m pumped
to go watch a game. It is time for Sam’s special speech about
hockey. Yes. I want to give a shout out to one of my favorite
Slovak players of all time. Uh huh. In fact, he may be one of the greatest ever. Marian Hossa. He’s just retiring this year and he played
for the Chicago Blackhawks my favorite team. Your favorite team. My favorite team. Oh my gosh. And had he not joined the team I don’t think
they would have won those 3 Stanley Cups that have recently. He was that good of a player. And he’s one of only 2 players from Slovakia
(Slovensko) that have broken a 1000 points in the NHL and in my opinion he’s the best
player ever from this country. So a big shoutout to him. Hope he has a good retirement. Lastly, transportation in Bratislava is super
cheap and affordable. They sell timed tickets, so you pay based
on how long you’re travelling for. The cheapest tickets were for a 15-minute
ride at 70 cents and went up from there. And that’s a wrap for our trip to Bratislava. While we can see the appeal of doing this
as a day trip from Vienna, we loved having the extra time to really enjoy the city, try
out some great restaurants, and make it to some of the further attractions like Devin
Castle. If you have a few days to spare, this is a
great little capital to visit. Now you guys know the drill; if there are
any other things to do in Bratislava that we may have missed, feel free to share your
suggestions with fellow travellers in the comments below. Wishing you happy travels and until next time!

100 thoughts on “10 Things to do in Bratislava, Slovakia Travel Guide

  1. Long time subscriber here. Thanks for continuing with the videos. Love the camera work. Which cameras do you guys use? Where are you off to next?

  2. Just for when you guys get around to doing your Q&A, here's another question 😉
    How do you decide which city/country to travel to? How do you decide how long you're going to stay?

  3. Really nice video,it's great to travel with you two ,your camera work and details are excellent.Thanks so much, My favorite travellers.???????

  4. I lived there for a year, and I would like to add the walk to the liberation monument as a suggestion, and of course do a little bit of hiking in the hills. For the rest not too much to do for tourists 🙂

  5. Haha, so much fun watching you guys explore the places we know so well 🙂 I am originally from Bratislava and my wife is from Trnava (city nearby). Too bad we no longer live there, we would have given you a locals tour. I guess you got bored pretty quickly as Bratislava isn't filled with things to do but you for sure missed a few. Kamzik tower has a great (and affordable) restaurant. Also zelezna studienka is pretty cool for hiking. But there's one secret spot that you would for sure have loved. It's an old military station from a soviet era that is open (slightly questionably) for urban exploration. It's an amazing place. Google "raketova zakladna bratislava" if you want to check it out.

  6. Glad to see you went to see KHL match even though it didn't look very packed…when it's full the atmosphere is amazing! Marián Hossa happens to be my distant family btw. His grandpa is my neighbour too:') Anyway, I always appreciate when people spend more than few hours in Bratislava. And even better if they go visit the rest of the country;) (hope you can do that one day) As for other tips…Slavín, Železná Studnička that can be combined with taking the lift to Kamzík, Rača (esp.) during the wine festival, Žitný ostrov, Danubiana, Slovak National Gallery is always doing great exhibitions and it is free, ZOO and Botanical garden are also options…and I personally like to visit cemeteries when I travel (yes) so I would recommend Ondrejský cintorín and Cintorín Kozia brána too (especially around All Saints Day).

  7. Thank you for this video. I went to Bratislava during my Interrail tour through Central Europe. If you're interested, I offer you my point of view:


  8. This is a spoof? Its a completion who can be the most annoying phony pretentious drone? Its a split decision when you factor in the 20 somethin with the nose ring and the 20 somethin with the stupid baseball cap. Slovak kat charged him 42 for 12 euro lunch and he is bummed. I would try another video but their voices are like listening to metal grinders.

  9. nice videos, glad that you experienced Bratislava in more depth and had such a great time 🙂 maybe if you ever do a more nature-leaned rural exploration i suggest you visit more castles in central Slovakia (we have most castles per capita in world after all) … most of them are along Vah river but i would personally pick for you Bojnice castle, Orava castle (with booked river ride under it) and Spiš (Spish) castle (the most widest in Central Europe), coupled with visit to the most densely wonder-packed and the smallest mountain range in Europe called High Tatras. Or Low Tatras just south of them. May or may not end it in the thermal Aquapark Tatralandia. And i didnt even mention caves (Especially world curiosity Ochtinska aragonit cave)
    P.S. : Cheese dumplings are bryndzove (bryndza= special sheep cheese) halušky (small dumpling), and are offered everywhere across country

  10. Thank you for a fun and interesting video! Well done. The old castle looks like a place I would like to visit. 
    My grandfather, who I was very close to, was born and raised in Bratislava.I would love to visit this city and see the area he grew up in. I would also like to try the local cuisine, so I liked that you showed us some of the local dishes. Hmmm! 
    Happy travels!

  11. What's good about those large portions is that if you all can't finish them, doggy-bag for next meal on the run or at your lodging place.

  12. I would recommend trying some restaurants a bit further out from the old town. They have a tendency in the old town to make very touristy food. A bit sad food, happy to microwave everything. Not all but a great deal of them.
    And this museum is worth a visit.
    Not a big one but good for perhaps two hours or so.

  13. This was a beautiful review guys! Thanks to you being so generous :* Next time you need to visit the national parks..

  14. I'm from Barcelona, but I've been living in Bratislava for 2 years and I LOVE IT! Thanks for the vid! Maybe one of the spots that I missed in it was Slavín Monument – the place is pretty cool, and the views from there are awesome too, especially at night 🙂

  15. Thx for great vid, nice attention to details makes me feel like I'm there! U do have some weird commenters/trolls though hahaha it must hurt some deeply to c a lovely young couple travel the world together n b happy 😉

  16. Hello…I'm from Japan.
    I'll post it to your movie for the first time.Nice to see you…
    I'll travel to Vienna and Bratislava in summer.
    I'd like to travel with reference to the fun information of the city you introduced.

  17. One of the most beautiful city in Európe Ánd such a Lot to do there .u should also go to theater which is huge quality and lot of musicals playing there

  18. the best view is from the Kamzík transmitter tower (the one you could see on the peaks of the mountains when you were on the UFO observation deck )… on top there's a pretty expensive, but good restaurant which rotates as you eat so you'll see 360° view of Bratislava and you can even clearly see Austrian part, it's the highest point in Bratislava with the point of the tower at 635 meters above the sea level (the base sits in 433 meters a.t.s.l). And yes the view (and food) is worth the money. And btw the UFO bridge or the most SNP is the world's longest bridge to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane.

  19. Dear audrey and samuel, i ran across your channel randomly through my friend who’s a big traveller. What a positive energy you guys emit. Makes me feel smile. Keep up your great work and keep travelling together Greetings from Bratislava 🙂 jan

  20. Good stuff guys! I am happy you enjoyed my home town. I live in the suburbs and work in automotive just outside the city as well, so I rarely visit the centre anymore and youve just inspired me to do so more 🙂 Have fun whereever youre now

  21. Thanks for nice presentation of my home city. I really liked it and i got hungry after watching your vid. Now i have to go to town for some tasty food ?

  22. Nice video as usual 🙂 we are going to Rovinj, then Bratislava and eventually Prague, since my gf is from there. Looking forward 🙂

  23. Loving your videos Audrey and Samuel.. 🙂 very informative.. plus I love that you're so 'in love' with food xD
    Hey tell me, was it in October that you were in Bratislava? Was it very cold?

  24. I lived in Bratislava for several months and here are my impressions about Slovakia and Slovak people in general. I’ll be frank and honest, so no offence. If you disagree – you are welcome to debate! So here we go: most Slovak people I’ve met made an impression of primitive peasants. They were very slow (in thinking and understanding) and of below average intelligence. People there have trouble with logic and very little common sense. I think, an average IQ among Slovak adults is 90. Could be lower. Also, most Slovaks are very loud: they cannot speak quietly – they always have to shout. They like to gather in groups and drink beer together and at times their roar becomes unbearable (the sound of Slovak language is not very musical). Most Slovaks have no idea about style and fashion and they dress like they’ve arrived on a time machine from early 90s. Girls look like cheap village whores with their hair dyed to light blonde, huge fake eyelashes, vulgar make-up and shorts that are shorter than underwear. These are typical Slovak girls. In summer they mostly wear swimming pool slides or shitty fur flip flops. People in general smell bad. Especially in summer, and especially in public transport. Slovaks and shower rarely come in the sentence (let alone Slovaks and deodorant). I am surprised that Austria is only an hour of drive away from the capital of Slovakia, but yet there’s such a huge cultural and economic gap between these two countries.

  25. Did you think about the thieves? Be careful there and the Police does then: Nothing. Me they stole r.a. 25.000 €


  26. Going to Vienna in a month, and I REALLY want to get out to Bratislava. Would Devin Castle and Bratislava Castle be doable in one day, with a timeline of having to return to Vienna by 5 p.m. realistic??

  27. Great video. Usually, restaurants near tourist sites are a complete rip-off, but the restaurant you visit in this vid really showcases Slovak cuisine.

  28. I share your love of great food and love seeing it and hearing the descriptions. Sam's enthusiasm at describing the food is nice; I'm the same way with food.

  29. That’s look nice
    I have been there in bratislava almost 2 months and that’s very nice and beautiful city 🙂
    And I recommend you guys to visit High Tatras it’s like the paradise of slovakia 🙂 nice place :):) to visit
    Thank you and by the way I really miss bratislava:( thanks for make this Vlog:) Remind me of bratislava:):)

  30. Fantastic video! Never been in exploring Slovakia just passing it when I had been going to other country. After this Travel Guide next country I certainly choose Slovakia and it's capital Bratislava. Greetings from Lithuania! Also watch Vilnius Drive – Downtown https://youtu.be/Z8OOMmTpQz0

  31. Hello there! 🙂 Do You plan to come again? I would love to be Your guide next time! 🙂 We have guestroom at ours 😉 Let me know if You would be in! 😉

  32. Great video, helpful insight into decent cafes, would be useful if you could break down the price for each menu item, e.g. the 18 Euro breakfast, but not biggie. Great long video for a long stay ther.e

  33. Just don't try putting Devin Castle into your sat nav. You might end up in the English west country 😉

  34. Btw: the food you got shudn't cost more then 25€ and the restaurant is turist trap locals can't afort buying the food there

  35. Thanks for the video. I'm from Bratislava and I enjoyed watching it. You chose nice places to eat. I share the same passion for travelling and trying the local food wherever I go. You look like a nice couple. Well done.

  36. This vlog is amazing you actually covered some pretty good spots! – I´m saying it as a local : if you want more traditional breakfast then head out to Zufana bistro or Cafe Stur 🙂

  37. We'll be on a river cruise next June which will be stopping in Bratislava. Loved your combination of attractions and food. I didn't catch the name of the last restaurant you were at or the cheese dish you had — would like to give it a visit?

  38. Saw a re-enactment of the battle of Bratislava in the park under the UFO bridge, in my video. Looks like you guys found plenty to do staying longer and all that great food….

  39. Heading to Bratislava June 2020 for two days, having watched your video I think I should have planned for longer. You guys do a great job!

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