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As a capital city on a national border, Bratislava is influenced by its neighboring country of Austria. Many ethnic communities have made their mark on the history and culture of the city. With the famous Danube River flowing through its center, Bratislava serves as Slovakia’s hub of culture, politics and economics. You’ll find numerous museums, theaters and intriguing landmarks scattered along its winding, cobblestone streets. Note the skyline consisting of charming 20th-century structures and medieval towers.
Visit Bratislava Castle, which sits atop a hill overlooking the Danube River. This landmark dominating the Bratislava skyline is the most recognizable building in the city, with red spirals in the corners of the large white structure. Arrive at night to see the structure bathed in gold light. Stroll around the hill and capture photos of the elegant castle. Step inside to browse collections from the Slovak National Museum.
Behind the castle is the Slavin Monument, which pays tribute to the nation’s soldiers who died in World War II. Marvel at the panoramic views of the city from the monument, one of the highest points in the city.
Enjoy a relaxing walk through the quaint historical center. Look around the City Museum in the Old Town Hall and climb the steep staircase of the clock tower. Visit the historical neo-renaissance building of the Slovak National Theatre, the oldest of its kind in the country.
Spend the afternoon at Bratislava Zoo or the city’s Botanical Gardens. Enjoy green parks and hints of a rural landscape in the middle of the city.
Travel between attractions for free on public transport with a Bratislava City Card. Also use the card to get a free walking tour of the city and discounts on entry to museums, galleries and restaurants, plus many more benefits. Go to the Visit Bratislava website for full details.
Bratislava is one of the warmest parts of the country; the climate is generally mild with warm summers. Temperatures do, however, hover around freezing with occasional snow flurries during winter.
Accommodation in Bratislava
Before you make the trip to Bratislava, make sure you go to Expedia's Bratislava hotels page to compare the prices of the capital’s numerous convenient short and long stay accommodation options.
Why not begin your quest for your ultimate Bratislava room by browsing the services and amenities at the high-ranking Tulip House Boutique Hotel Bratislava, located at Sturova 10, and the Grand Hotel River Park, a Luxury Collection Hotel, at Dvorakovo nabrezie, 6. If those options don't exactly meet your needs, the ARCADIA Hotel, Frantiskanska 3, and the Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava, Vysoka 2A could be more to your taste.
Marrol's Boutique Hotel sits on the edge of Bratislava Old Town, by the north bank of the Danube. Guests can catch a tram from nearby Ľudovíta Štúra Station, or explore on foot, strolling down the river to Hviezdoslavovo Square and stopping at an authentic Slovak bar to try a local wine or beer.
Located in the center of Bratislava, this family-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Old Slovak National Theater and St. Martin's Cathedral. Primate's Palace and Bratislava Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Bratislava Castle - Hrad, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Compatriot's Museum, Primate's Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Slavin Monument and New Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Stare Mesto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Namestie Slobody, Primate's Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. New Bridge and Bratislava Castle are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Nivy, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ondrej Nepela Arena, Primate's Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. New Bridge and Bratislava Castle are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Stare Mesto, this hotel is steps from Johann Nepomuk Hummel Museum and Primate's Palace. St. Martin's Cathedral and New Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Located in Nivy, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Ondrej Nepela Arena, Primate's Palace, and St. Martin's Cathedral. Slavin Monument and New Bridge are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Stare Mesto, this houseboat is within a 10-minute walk of Slovak National Gallery, St. Martin's Cathedral, and Primate's Palace. Bratislava Castle and New Bridge are also within 1 mi (2 km).