Bratislava’s castle vista
To get the best views across Bratislava’s jumble of old and new architecture, head up to the city’s sturdy castle. From there you’ll catch site of the Petržalka’s ugly housing blocks dating back to the Communist era set against the charming buildings of the old town. The city is developing at a fast pace, thanks to Slovakia recently joining the EU, but you’re still guaranteed good value for money if comparing to Western Europe.
Bratislava’s castle is a 25-minute walk from the main train station.
Slovakia and its capital may be land-locked but that’s not to say there are no beaches from which to enjoy the summer weather. In July and August the south bank of the river Danube, Tyršovo Nábrežie, is turned into a riverside beach hangout with a decent layer of sand, where you'll have no problem laying back and relaxing. If having sand between your toes doesn’t take your fancy, Bratislava’s Medická Záhrada park is another popular place to wind down.
The south bank is a 30-minute walk from Bratislava’s Petržalka train station. Medická Záhrada park is a 20-minute walk from the old town.
Bratislava is not only about relaxing. For those with too much energy and a touch of bravery try the bridge-swing, which will have you free-falling towards the Danube followed by an adrenaline-fuelled swing from side to side. Afterwards, treat yourself to a fantastic meal in the UFO-shaped restaurant on the New Bridge (Nový Most).
The bridge swinging takes place just 10 minutes by foot from the center. The restaurant on the New Bridge (Nový Most) can be reached by tram, get out at the stop with the same name.