Bratislava is a cute little city located in Slovakia and you must visit it. The town is surrounded by forests, mountains and vineyards and is booming with cafés and bars throughout. It's the ideal spot to visit for a quick trip as you could see and do everything in 24 hours.
Flights to Bratislava are often very cheap so it can be a great stop off point before grabbing a bus to another city. I flew in to Bratislava because the flights there were so much cheaper than anywhere else, it was an added bonus that I got to explore a beautiful new city whilst I was there.
Where To Stay:
Hostel: Hostel Blues
As I was only staying for one night, I thought a hostel would be the ideal place to rest my head. It's cheap, cheerful and there was sure to be a bit of a buzz around the place.
This cozy hostel might not be as aesthetically gorgeous to look at but by god, does it have one of the best atmospheres I've ever experienced. It's located within walking distance of all the main attractions, which is key.
The lobby area has big comfy couches, a projector for films and books to get stuck into. There is also cookery courses every Wednesday and Thursday which is great craic, a deadly way to experience Slovakian food and to make some new friends.
The hostel also lives up to its name by hosting a blues concert every week. Perch yourself up at the bar, grab a drink and enjoy!
AirBnB: Luxury Apartment In Old Town
If you're looking for a little more privacy, this AirBnB could be the one for you. It's located in the city centre and is only a five minute walk to the train station.
The apartment is newly refurbished and consists of a living room, kitchen, bathroom and double bedroom. It's small but mighty and super tidy - just gorge tbh.
Hotel: Hotel Albrecht
Looking to spoil youself?
This spot is the height of luxury and the ideal location for a relaxing retreat. It has a stunning spa for you to kick back and forget about all your troubles and the comfiest beds for you to rest your head at night.
The hotel is located near Bratislava Castle and away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It's the epitome of serenity.
What To Do: Happy Dog Forest Hike
Okay, so if you've been following these travel guides you will know that I cannot write one without recommending a walking tour. They open your eyes to the hidden streets of the city and you get to learn a little bit more about what makes it unique. If you're not into them, this forest hike is absolute goals.
Are you a dog lover?
If so, you'll love this. The Happy Dog Forest Hike takes you on an alternative adventure outside of the city and through some of Slovakia's most beautiful recreational areas. Participants will visit the local dog shelter, pick up the dogs and bring them along on the hike with them - Such a lovely idea.
You'll also get to see where locals retreat to when they want a break from the city.
Time to make a dog happy.
Where To Eat: Divny Janko
One of the best things about Bratislava is that it is soo cheap.
Divny Janko serves up amazingly tasty, traditional Slovakian food. The locals eat here so you know it's good.
It's a stunning restaurant and it's one of my favourite eateries I've ever been to in Europe. Slovakian food is fricken' deadly.
To top it all off they serve glasses of wine for €1.... ONE EURO!
Could literally spend all night here.
Where To Go: Bratislava Castle
You have to make it up to the castle while you're there, it's worth the trek.
From the top you'll have some of the best views of the city and you'll be able to walk the gardens and take some stellar Instagrams, of course.
This is a must.
What To Drink: Lemon Tree Sky Bar
This venue caters to whatever mood you're in - There's a New York style cocktail bar on the ground floor, a Rum Club in the basement and a sky bar on the top floor that really is something else.
The sky bar has the most stunning view of Bratislava's famous landmarks and you could honestly spend your entire evening here taking it all in.
They also serve some of the coolest cocktails around.