10 Things You Might Not Know About Bratislava

Bratislava, Slovakia isn’t an incredibly well-known travel destination, especially to people outside of Europe. In fact, I didn’t know much about it either when I decided to add it as a stop to our itinerary on last year’s Europe trip on our way from Budapest to Prague (it’s almost halfway and a good stopping point between the two). While our stop in the city was very quick (less than 24 hours), we were glad we made some time for a stop in this quirky city!

  1. The Irish Celts were the first (known) people to inhabit the city in the BC time.
  2. Slovakia is the only country with it’s capital city (Bratislava) bordered by two countries, and on a clear day, you can see both (Austria and Hungary) from the Bratislava Castle.
  3. Average rent here is approximately €700 per month for a 900 square ft. home and one-night stay in a 5-star hotel will cost about $130.
  4. The Bratislava Castle was built in the 9th century and has 3 entrance gates (to defend against intruders back in the day).
  5. 11 kings and queens of the Kingdom of Hungary were coronated in Bratislava’s St. Martin’s Church from 1563–1830, including the Habsburg’s Maria Theresa.
  6. During Maria Theresa’s coronation (and anniversary), Bratislava would have wine flowing freely from its fountains for its people. Today, a 3-day festival reenacting/commemorating the coronation days takes place at the end of June, and one fountain is filled with wine to keep tradition.
  7. The Art Nouveau style Blue Church, built in 1908, is one of the most popular sights in the city.
  8. Several quirky statues were built in Bratislava’s Old Town to liven up the city post-Communist era.
  9. The UFO Bridge, built in the 1970s, is a prominent landmark in the city and has a restaurant you can dine in, high above the city.
  10. You can easily take a day trip from Vienna — Bratislava is only an hour away!

Want to find out more about a visit to Bratislava? Read about my quick stop in the city and stay at the Tulip House Boutique Hotel!