The Old Town part of Bratislava

Charming Bratislava: A 3-Day Itinerary

Welcome to Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia, where history, culture, and stunning architecture merge seamlessly to create an unforgettable experience. Nestled along the banks of the Danube River, this vibrant city offers a perfect blend of old-world charm and modern allure. In this blog, we’ll take you on a journey through the must-see places during a 3-day stay in Bratislava.

Day 1: Discovering the Old Town

Old Town (Staré Mesto)

Begin your 3-day expedition in the historical heart of Bratislava – the Old Town. This picturesque area is a delightful mix of cobblestone streets, mediaeval buildings, and charming squares. Stroll through the narrow alleys of the Old Town, making your way to Michael’s Gate, the only preserved city gate in Bratislava. Don’t forget to stop by the St. Martin’s Cathedral, a Gothic structure that has witnessed numerous coronations and royal weddings.

Hviezdoslavovo Square (Hviezdoslavovo Námestie)

Next, walk down the Hviezdoslavovo Square. Characterised by numerous sculptures and fountains, here you can take a seat on a bench and enjoy an ice cream while looking at the fountains and children playing with the water. Best to visit in the evening when there are more people around, creating a lively atmosphere.

Slovak National Theatre (Slovenské národné divadlo)

At the end of the square you will find the Slovak National Theatre. If you have a thing for arts and culture, attending a performance at the theatre is a must. With its impressive neoclassical architecture, the theatre is home to opera, ballet, and drama productions that showcase Slovakia’s rich cultural heritage.

Old Town of Bratislava
Old Town
Slovak National Theatre
Slovak National Theatre

Day 2: Immerse yourself in Nature

Eurovea Embankment (Nábrežie Eurovea)

Start of your morning with a stroll along the Danube River and grab a drink at the Eurovea Embankment. Popular place for local residents to hangout and enjoy a picnic. Have a look at the boats that are docked by the river. An interesting fact: as there were no docks for the boats in the past, smaller boats were used to berth larger boats.

Old Bridge (Starý most)

Connecting the older part of the city with the newer part, the bridge is used only by pedestrians, cyclists and trams. It also offers one of the best views of the Danube and gives a possibility to see the Bratislava Castle – the most famous sight in the city. Definitely a place for taking some good photos.

Janko Kráľ Park (Sad Janka Kráľa)

For a peaceful escape from the bustling city, visit the oldest public park in Central Europe, Sad Janka Kráľa. Enjoy a leisurely walk under the shade of ancient trees, have a picnic by the river, or simply take in the beauty of this green oasis. Staying there will make you forget that you staying in a capital city.

Eurovea Embankment
Eurovea Embankment
The Old Bridge
The Old Bridge

Day 3: Beautiful Views of the City

Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad)

Dominating the city’s skyline from its prominent hilltop position, Bratislava Castle is a symbol of the nation’s history and resilience. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding landscapes from its terraces. The castle also houses the Slovak National Museum, which exhibits various artefacts and historical treasures.

Baroque garden (Baroková záhrada)

Behind the Bratislava castle, you will find a small but beautiful and well maintained Baroque Garden. Free of charge and most beautiful in the spring and summer time, when the flowers bloom – worth taking some good instagram pics.

Blue Church (Modrý kostolik)

Don’t forget to make your way to the Blue Church, officially known as the Church of St. Elizabeth. This unique structure stands out with its sky-blue façade and exquisite Art Nouveau design. Its pastel colours and delicate features make it one of Bratislava’s most photogenic spots. Step inside to marvel at the beautiful blue and gold interior.

Bratislava Castle + Garden
Bratislava Castle & Garden
The Blue Church
The Blue Church

Conclusion: enough time to see everything

A 3-day stay in the charming Bratislava will offer you a perfect mix of history, art and nature. From the enchanting Old Town to the magnificent Bratislava Castle and the cultural gems scattered throughout the city.

For our students who are doing an Erasmus internship in Slovenia, we recommend them visiting this city if they have time to travel as it has good Flixbus connections. Bratislava promises them an unforgettable experience, giving enough time to visit all the major sights with only a walking distance.