Best Things To Do In Bratislava — The Capital Of Slovakia

Going to Bratislava? Here are all the most beautiful things you should see and do in the capital of Slovakia. Use this guide to make sure you don’t miss any of the best things to do in Bratislava! We visited this charming city (among many others!) on a Gate 1 Travel cruise.

Fairytale castle with an orange roof high on a hill

Bratislava Castle

We started our cruise in Budapest, and the next morning we woke up in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. This was our view of the castle high on a hill as we disembarked the ship. We couldn’t wait to start exploring this beautiful city!

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Blue Church

The Blue Church in Bratislava (Church of St. Elisabeth)

Oh my gosh you guys. How GORGEOUS is this stunning blue church??! Just wait until you see the inside…

Inside of the Blue Church

This is the Church of St. Elisabeth, more commonly known as the Blue Church. It’s the perfect shade of blue inside and out!

Inside of the Blue Church with a red carpet down the center aisle

I want to get married here!!

Historic cobblestone street

Bratislava Old Town

You’ll definitely want to spend some time wandering through the historic center of Bratislava.

Majestic pink building with gold trim

Primatial Palace

Keep an eye out for the pink and gold Primatial Palace in Old Town!

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In the square in front of the Primatial Palace is a fountain with the emblem of Bratislava.

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The emblem is even on the manhole covers in Bratislava Old Town!! So charming!

Historic fountain with colorful houses

Roland Fountain

The Roland Fountain is in the heart of Old Town.

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St. Michael’s Gate

At the end of a narrow pedestrian street in Old Town you’ll find St. Michael’s Gate.

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Look to the left to find this quiet, cobblestone alley near St. Michael’s Gate.

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Bratislava Presidential Palace (Grassalkovich Palace)

Grassalkovich Palace the President’s House. It looks like a mix between the White House and Buckingham Palace.

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There were even two guards out front who never moved!

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Pink Wedding Cake House in Bratislava

About a 5 minute walk from the Presidential Palace is this fun pink house that looks like a wedding cake!

Here is the address of the pink house:  Štefánikova 867/10, 811 05 Bratislava, Slovakia

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21 Responses
  1. Paul

    Have river cruised with Scenic Cruises. They were amazing. Great food, drinks and tours. Does the MS Sound of Music have a “free bar” other than meal times?

  2. Harvey clark

    Could you please let me know if the sound of music ship had a elevator as I have arthritic knees. Thank you so much

  3. Nancy

    Hi, loving all the info about your Gate 1 Danube cruise. Thinking of doing the same one next year. Could you post pictures of the daily information sheets that passengers are provided? Saw some old ones would love to see newer ones to get an idea of how the days’ activities are planned.

  4. Katie

    I’ve always been pretty skeptical of cruises, but seeing this makes me realize it’s a pretty effective way of covering a lot of sights, and looks way more comfortable than an overnight train or bus. The food alone makes it look worth a try!

  5. leslie

    For such a small ship it sure is amazing! And the food…..oh my heavens. I would be more than happy to take several plates of the lamb chops!

  6. Andi

    The smallest cruise I have been on was 700 people in Tahiti and I thought that was a wonderful size, but 120 sounds magical. Just enough people and not too may all at once. I love cruising and haven’t done a river cruise but it is something I have been thinking of as I think it is a great way to get a sense of the places you want to return to more extensively – it is like a sampler platter. The colors of that church are like a fairy tale!

  7. Deborah

    Color me green with envy right now!! I’ve always wanted to cruise internationally. I think I’ll need to check out Gate 1 travel next year when my husband and I celebrate 10 years!!

  8. Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

    This sounds like the cruise of a lifetime! Absolutely amazing. Thanks for the info on Gate 1 Travel, will be looking into it!

  9. Christina

    WOW! I am sending this to my parents! My mother has been dying to go on a river cruise, but my father is being a stick in the mud…if this doesn’t convince him, nothing will. Now I want to go, too! Great photos!

  10. Heather // girlichef

    I’m almost embarrassed to say that I have never been on a cruise. I know!! Each of these photos was more gorgeous than the one before it, and believe, it’s made me want to book the exact same cruise as my very first one. Great tip about the power strip, too – thanks!

  11. Stephanie @ Plain Chicken

    Beautiful pictures! Makes me wish we were back on the ship cruising down the Danube. Can’t wait to see the rest of your photos!

  12. Julie @ Table for Two

    Holy… jaw dropped when I saw that nighttime photo of the parliament – oh my gosh…Budapest needs to go on my travel list asap!! All your photos have been so incredibly stunning!!!! Take me with you on your travels? :)

  13. Amy

    Hi Amanda! I was just talking about this with my sister–she’s interested in taking a European river cruise with her husband, but she’s concerned the overall passenger age will be too old (i.e. they’ll be the youngest on board by about 30 years). What was your impression from the cruise you took? Were there other passengers around your age?

  14. tricia

    Do you ever feel nervous traveling outside of the US? I have been to a few places – Mexico, Jamaica – but it was years ago. I just wonder how it is traveling these days with such heightened terrorism risks.

    1. Amanda

      Not really :) I try to be aware of my surroundings and mindful of my belongings, but most places I’ve visited are very, very safe. In face some of the places I’ve visited are some of the safest cities in the world, like Copenhagen, Munich, Amsterdam, and Vienna. Happy travels! :)

  15. Mary Jane

    So glad to see you visited my FAVORITE European city, Bratislava! My brother-in-law is the U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia, and my sister is actively involved in their public health initiative. It’s a fascinating city, with a small town feel to it. Did you see the upside-down building that is their public radio station? Funny building! And now you’ve got me wanting a Gate 1 Travel cruise. One more item for my bucket list!

  16. Jennifer @ Show Me the Yummy

    Oh my gosh! What an amazing looking trip :) I went on a Western Caribbean cruise and the food was outstanding! I’ve been anxiously awaiting my next cruise, but haven’t decided where it should be, this definitely gave me some more inspiration!

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