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!
- The Irish Celts were the first (known) people to inhabit the city in the BC time.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Bratislava Castle was built in the 9th century and has 3 entrance gates (to defend against intruders back in the day).
- 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.
- 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.
- The Art Nouveau style Blue Church, built in 1908, is one of the most popular sights in the city.
- Several quirky statues were built in Bratislava’s Old Town to liven up the city post-Communist era.
- 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.
- You can easily take a day trip from Vienna — Bratislava is only an hour away!