Bratislava is a multicultural city strongly influenced by many walks of life including Austrians, Croats, Czechs, Germans and much more. Spread over both banks of the Danube River, Bratislava is characterised by medieval towers and grandiose 20th-century buildings and is ideal for travellers looking to explore the recent past.
Starý Mesto is the place to start exploring Bratislava. Stroll through the narrow streets and appreciate the pastel coloured 18th-century buildings and take your pick of cafes to blissfully people-watch the afternoon away.
If you're looking for tourist spots make sure you visit Bratislava’s Castle, a restored 1950s building of the former 1811 fortress, perched on a hill above the Danube River. Travellers interested in things a little unorthodox should pencil in a visit to the Blue Church. Once inside you'll find every interior covered in art nouveau with blue and gold throughout - a truly mesmerising sight to see.
Bratislava is a great place for hungry stomachs; with plenty of hearty meals to choose from with an emphasis on meat and potato dishes. Their national dish is bryndzové halušky, a delicious bowl of potato dumplings with sheep cheese and bacon! For a true dose of culture opt for Žinčica – a drink traditionally paired with the meal.