Two days in Bratislava
Two days in Bratislava
Two photos by my friend, you can find her Flickr albums here.
Bratislava was quick train ride from Budapest, about 2 hours if I remember correctly. Bratislava was not on our radar orginally, but we had multiple people tell us that it was a must-see so we added it to our itinerary but planned to spend less time there than the other cities. I am glad we did not skip it, but I did think the two days we spent there were perfect!
This was the one city where we opted to stay in an Airbnb and we selected one very close to Old Town but just outside of it. I am glad that we did, it was pretty quiet, since it was October, but there was a large number of tourists from Scotland who were there for the Scotland vs. Slovakia World Cup qualifying match. Slovakia won, 3-0, but there were tons of Scottish men and some women in kilts and their football jerseys. I always like interacting with other tourists, but the Scots kept pretty much to themselves in a few bars where they all congregated.
We started our Slovakian adventure at Le Senk Craft Beer Cafe, a recommendation from a friend who went to Bratislava after running the 30k in the Budapest marathon in 2015. Le Senk had some very tasty local beers and regular bar fare and a small menu. We were very hungry though after getting up early and tried two beers each and tucked into some hearty food so we could keep exploring the slightly hilly town afterwards.
Bratislava is small, it is the capital of Slovakia, but remember that Slovakia used to be part of Czechoslovakia (when that country existed) and so Bratislava is small for a European capital city. My friend and I did get a sarcastic snicker from the Budapest taxi driver who drove us to the train station when we told him we were going to Bratislava though. Go to Slovakia! It is a nice little stop on the way to Vienna or Prague - which is huge, by the way - and Bratislava is affordable and has it’s own charms.
After Le Senk, we wandered the Old Town for awhile with plans to eat a 7/8 pm dinner at Prasna Basta and then head back to sleep well for our one and only full day in Bratislava. We took a lot of photos, we found charming sculptures, we stopped for a warm-up and tea (me) and wine (Lindsey) at Enjoy Coffee Cafe and sat for an hour or so. We thorougly enjoyed a leisurely afternoon and the atmosphere and we left with plans to have breakfast there the next morning.
After taking all the photos we could and getting the lay of the land in the city, we headed to dinner at Prasna Basta, where we had delicious Slovakian wines and I ate my second schnitzel type meal of the trip. It was a pork, veal makes me uneasy, but it was breaded with a potato breading and not exactly a schnitzel in the traditional sense. It was delicious.
Our first and second days in Bratislava kind of blur together but I know that we started ouro second day with breakfast at Enjoy Coffee Cafe. And both of those days included exploring Bratislava Castle grounds, finding the Blue Church, the old city walls, St. Michael’s Gate, views at the top of Lemontree bar, (a place with delicious, inventive cocktails.) At Lemontree, I had a local mule topped with bee pollen and sweetened with local honey and Lindsey had a drink called Bubble Me that was topped with cotton candy! We also made a midday stop one of those days at The White Mouse whisky shop to taste and warm up a bit. And at some point, we visited Vinimka wine bar and Grand Cru Wine Gallery. I recommend Grand Cru over Vinimka simply because the owner had great recommendations, was super-friendly, and the place was buzzing wiht locals and tourists.
After two full days of dining, drinking, and walking, we were ready for the big city of Vienna and actually took an Uber door to door from our Airbnb to the Intercontinental Vienna.