Even as I compose this post my feet are screaming at me for putting them through so much. How does one go to a foreign country with no plan and no map (hard copy) and decide to walk everywhere without checking if the destination in question is up or down a hill? Well let this be a lesson to all to always check things before hand, I walked everywhere in Bratislava and though doable I would advice against walking it all. Going up take a tram or bus and coming down walk as that is definitively doable.
Top Five (5) must visit in Bratislava
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia located in the south-western part of the country and the largest city in the country. It is the only capital that has borders with two independent countries Austria and Hungary.
Below I am sharing top 5 places that I have personally visited.
Bratislava Castle – I walked from Bratislava main train station to the castle and it took me just under half an hour. If you’re going to walk wear sensible shoes as it is up a hill and was painful to climb it. For the most sensible you can take buses 203 or 207 and get dropped off right across from the Castle. There you will find museums, court-yard, restaurants and toilets. I did not enter any of the museums as I went more for the view of the castle than anything.
Old town hall – After I left Bratislava Castle, I then walked to Old town hall which was a 10-15 minute walk and whilst there I was able to see Michael’s Castle. It was beautiful walking around the main square, along some hide alleyways where you will find plenty of pubs, restaurants and more.
St Martin’s Cathedral – It is at the edge of the town hall and next to the Danube river, I must say it did not look like the usual English Cathedrals but it is certainly pretty. Since I visited on Sunday there was church going so didn’t want to seem rude snapping away.
Primatial Palace – Again a short walk from the main square and standing there is a really beautiful Palace with some amazing architect it was mind-blowing. Definitely worth a visit.
Slavin War Memorial – From the old town hall it took me over half an hour to walk mostly because of the killer hill, I totally underestimated how high it was, I wondered why everyone was in the car and no one was walking up the rood, I definitely understood mid way. I couldn’t turn back so I walked up until I reached and the view was totally worth the pain my feet are still feeling.
Though I walked around Bratislava without a map, I did have google maps which gave me walking directions but it was crap at telling me if I am going up a hill or not. I only had less than 5 hours to explore Bratislava and I think I did wonderfully.
Advice – take bus or tram to every tourist destination and walk down here to the next unless the next destination is even further up.
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