Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, has recently blossomed from a bland cluster of post-war, Communist-era buildings to a pretty city with a beautifully renovated Old Town. The Danube River twists and turns through Bratislava, adding stunning river views to its resume. The tiny Old Town is the epitome of baroque charm, with narrow lanes and a mix of pale, pastel-coloured 18th century buildings with ornate stone facades.
Head to the modern side of Bratislava for a different kind of culture: visit one of Eastern Europe’s most prestigious Modern Art galleries, the Slovak National Theatre, or check out the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Tickets are available on the night for most performances of ballet, opera and drama. As for nightlife, the hotspots are concentrated in Old Town with cafés and restaurants open till late and bars and clubs open till 2am.
Bratislava is also famous for the scenic beauty that surrounds the city. The stunning and densely forested Carpathian Mountains are less than a 30-minute walk away, and the verdant flood plains offer a beautiful bike track.
The port in Bratislava is located on the Danube River at Fajnorovo Nabrezie (Embankment) 2, near the Slovak National Museum.
Facilities near the port in Bratislava include:
- Generous secure parking
- Public toilets
- Restaurants and cafés
- Bank and ATMs
How To Get Around
The Old Town is small enough to easily cover on foot. For exploring other parts of the city, Bratislava has an extensive bus, tram and trolleybus network. Tickets are purchased at newsstands and are validated on board the bus or tram.
Travel times from the port:
- It is a 10 minute journey to Hviezdoslavovo Square
- It is a 15 minute journey to the centre of the Old Town
- It is a 30 minute journey to the main train station (Hlavana Stanica).
- It is a 4 minute journey to Hviezdoslavovo Square
- It is a 9 minute journey to the main train station (Hlavana Stanica)
- It is a 10 minute journey to the Old Town.
- It is a 6 minute journey to Hviezdoslavovo Square
- It is a 12 minute journey to the Old Town
- It is a 15 minute journey to the main train station (Hlavana Stanica).
- Currency – The currency in Bratislava is the Euro (€). Notes come in €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500 denominations. Coins come in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and €1 and €2 denominations.
- Time Zone – Bratislava follows Central European Time (CET), which is 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). From March till October, Bratislava is under the effect of daylight savings, and therefore moves to 2 hours ahead of UTC.
- Weather – Bratislava enjoys a marine west-coast climate, with warm summers and mild winters. Bratislava does not have a dry season. July is the hottest month in Bratislava, with temperatures reaching an average high of 21 degrees Celsius. January is the coldest month, with an average high of only -1 degrees Celsius.
- Bratislava Castle – Dominating the southwest corner of Old Town, high on a Carpathian Hill, perches Bratislava Castle. While the majority of the structures were constructed in the 16th century, the castle’s Church of Saint Saviour dates back to the 11th century. The current buildings are the result of renovations largely completed in the 1950s; a fire gutted the castle in 1811. Amongst the lawns and fortifications, visitors will find a museum of Slovakia’s changing cultural history (including Stone Age, Celtic, Roman and Royal occupants of the site) and a restaurant and bar serving excellent food.
- Most SNP – Thanks to its modernist design and the retro-futuristic shape of its tower, this bridge, which spans the Danube River, has been dubbed ‘The UFO’ by locals. The bridge itself is a feat of engineering: it is the longest single-pylon suspension bridge in the world. ‘Most SNP’ stands for ‘Most Slovenského Národného Povstania’ meaning ‘The Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising’ to commemorate a 1944 move against Nazi forces. Built in the early 1970s, the quirky tower looks like it comes straight from the sci-fi programs of the era. The open circular viewing platform called the ‘observation deck’ sits 90 metres above the Danube, offering spectacular views.
- Saint Michael's Tower – Part of the medieval fortifications that once ringed Bratislava, Saint Michael’s Tower lies at the entry to the Old Town. The tower is easy to spot with its green copper roof and statue of Saint Michael perched on top. Climb the 50-metre tower for a great view of the Old Town and visit the museum within, which has an excellent display of weaponry.