Sat in my hotel in Brno contemplating what to do with myself on Sunday and saw a native Slovakian sharing a post about Bratislava, a quick Google search and I knew I was not too far so made the decision to add Bratislava to my itinerary.
Original plan for Brno, Czech Republic was to visit Brno and if possible grab a bus to Praha (Prague) but before I even embarked on my trip I booked a return ticket to Vienna for the day after I arrive(d) in Brno and upon return from Vienna booked a return train ticket to Bratislava. I am a spontaneous person and I usually go with the wind especially where travelling is concerned. I can change my mind fast than anything and can decide on something even faster.
Getaway to Bratislava
The train from Brno to Bratislava took less about 1.45hrs, I arrived to be greeted with the above sign “welcome to Slovakia” a quick Google search about how to get to the places I wanted to visit and I couldn’t find proper instructions so I decided to walk (big mistake! Huge, advice to the Slovakia novice never walk to get to Bratislava castle instead take bus 203/207 and then you can walk down after touring).
I had made a decision to walk everywhere instead of actually taking bus or tram. It was a decision I would later regret and a week on still paying for. I shared “Top five (5) must see places in Bratislava“ last week on the blog. I mentioned that I walked everywhere. Using google maps (which I think should start adding in hints of whether your walk is up hill or down so we can make informed decisions) I plugged in Bratislava castle and it showed me the route stating it only takes 25 minutes to walk. It was a beautiful sunny but bit cold day so I decided to walk. When you start off it is simple enough until google neglects to tell you that you have to take 150+ steps before you make a turn to the left then walk 5 minutes before having to climb up again to reach the castle which nests beautifully on the hill giving you speculate views of the Danube river which Bratislava shares with Vienna (Austria) also gives you an awesome view of the city.
After checking out the castle I then plugged in my next destination the old town hall lucky it was a 10-15 minute walk down hill. I managed to see a lot of places whilst there, the old town hall, the Palace, st martins ‘s cathedral and the blue church (only a glimpse). There are so many beautiful alley ways to walk in around the old town and you could never tire I know I didn’t.
An hour later I left the old town for Slavin, again I had chosen to walk what a mistake on my part on a shame Google neglected to share that this was up hill and probably much worse than going up to Bratislava castle. I wondered why the entire time I was walking up only taxis and cars were going up and no one walking up except me. It was a hike I didn’t plan for and had to have several stops before I finally made it to the top and collapsed to the ground for 15 minutes before I continued to explore and appreciate the Slavin war memorial. The view from the Slavin is breathtaking and absolutely magnificent. The Slavin war memorial itself humbles you with its dedications and architecture.
Overall, I had an amazing time getaway to Bratislava and just for 6 hours I saw so much and did so much.
If you ever get a chance, check out my must see places post and have yourself an awesome time.