If there could only be one hidden gem among the many destinations in Europe, then it has got to be Bratislava. After all, most people, even those who travel a lot, aren’t even aware it exists. Here are a few reasons why you need to visit this heavily underrated city. Bring your Bratislava Travel Guide & Offline City Map with you. It will help a lot in your exploration.
1. Cheap Accommodation
Accommodation in Bratislava is dirt cheap compared to the larger and more popular European cities. If your budget is really tight you can opt for a shared room in the downtown area and pay only as low as $10 per night. If you don’t want to worry about breakfast, there are numerous hostels that offer 2-person rooms at $30-50 per night with free breakfast for two.
2. Free Sunday
Your vacation in Bratislava can get even cheaper if you visit during the first Sunday of the month which is known in the city as Free Sunday. During Free Sunday, all museums and galleries in the city including the Bratislava Castle and Michael’s Gate in Old Town offer free admission. This gives you the opportunity to learn something about Bratislava and Slovakia without spending a single cent.
3. Small City
Yet another reason why a Bratislava vacation is cheap is the fact that the city is quite small. It’s a city of only half a million residents and you can just walk from one attraction to the next. The only real reason to use public transport is if it’s raining and you don’t have an umbrella. Moreover, most of the attractions can be found in Old Town so you can check them all out in one day as long as your legs don’t give out on you due to too much walking.
4. Local Food, Wine, and Beer
Bratislava is the place to go if you want to taste authentic Slovakian food, wine, and beer at the cheapest possible price. Try out Bryndzove Halusky (sheep cheese dumplings served with bacon), Slovakia’s national dish. Bratislava is always a top contender in the country’s ‘The Wine of the Year’ national competition and the city’s finest wine can be found in Old Town’s Rača district. Most wineries in Old Town also serve beer. Ask for the Corgoň draught beer, one of the most tasteful beers in the region.
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