It was raining in Prague, Czech Republic, so my best bet was to get out of Prague a little earlier than originally scheduled and take advantage of the good weather in Bratislava, Slovakia. Plenty of trains are available during the day from Praha Hlavni Nadrazi Station (Prague Main railway station) to Bratislava Hlavna Stanica (Bratislava Railway station).

I checked out from the Prague hotel and took a tram straight to Prague Railway station, and the next available train was at 09:39 AM to Bratislava and arriving at 1:47 pm (it’s about 4 hours of a relaxed journey). One way ticket cost me 731.00 Kc (Czech Crown) / 27.80 Euro whereas a return would have cost me only 1057 Kc. (a savings of 400 Kc). Oh well, not returning to Prague, but this information is good to know for a future trip.

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Shot taken from the train – On my way to Bratislava, Slovakia

4 hours train Journey from Prague to Bratislava

The time went by quickly while watching the magnificent view of the Czech and Slovakian countryside. That was the first time I visited a country in Eastern Europe that was behind the iron curtain for decades, so it was a whole new world for me. I was so excited and could not afford to miss a moment. So I walked from the front of the train to the back a few times and took some good photos.

Bratislava, Slovakia
Shot taken from the train on my way to Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava, Slovakia
Brno hlavní nádraží (Brno main railway station), in Czech Republic

Where is Bratislava

It’s also only 60 kilometers from Vienna, 60 kilometers from the border with the Czech Republic, and just a short 20-minute drive from Hungary. Not a bad location at all. Bratislava’s most popular attractions are the Old Town and the Bratislava Castle. Famous for its dirt-cheap and excellent beer, as well as plenty of parks, forests, and lakes nearby.

Bratislava, Slovakia
Bridge over Danube River, Bratislava

Arrival at Bratislava Railway Station

I arrived at Bratislava station at 2:00 pm. I did not find any money exchange place but luckily noticed one ATM, which was a lifesaver for me. You must have some Euro in your wallet to handle the initial impact at the station, as no other currency would work there. I bought a bus ticket valid for 15 mins for 0.70 Euro and took bus X13 to the hotel ( should have taken bus number 93 instead to avoid the extra 5 mins walk).

Bratislava train station
Just arrived in Bratislava train station, taking a bus to my hotel

Spending the rest of the Day Sightseeing in Old Town Squire

The hotel check-in process was quick. Then, I freshened up and got to the old town squire with my camera. Old Town Bratislava is almost entirely walkable, attractive, and has a fascinating history. I walked a lot and took pictures. Found historical buildings lined up between the narrow cobblestone street; most are walking streets and notice a few statues (which you have already seen online on many travel blogs).

Old Town Bratislava
Old Town Bratislava
Bratislava, Slovakia
Old Town Square, Bratislava

The stroll along the Danube River was one of the best parts of my Bratislava experience. To get there, head through Hviezdoslav Square and into the nicely renovated Old City – where you’ll find a collection of interesting baroque palaces, Gothic Cathedrals, medieval towers, and welcoming plazas – and walk up through the narrow medieval lanes that lead to the imposing Bratislava Castle, and you’ll enjoy yourself. It’s just all so very pleasant everywhere you go.

Bratislava, Slovakia
A walk over Danube River bridge

Where to stay in Bratislava, Slovakia

Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava

Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava offers a stylish atmosphere unparalleled in the Slovak capital. It enjoys a central location close to the castle and the old town with traditional bars and cafés. The bar invites hotel guests as well as locals for a casual get-together. The Rooftop Lounge is accessible exclusively for all guests staying in the executive rooms. It is on the top floor and has a terrace with superb views of the old town. The Presidential Palace, the Michaels Tower, St. Martins Cathedral, the Danube waterfront, the Historic Old Town, and the Bratislava Castle are reachable by a few minutes walk.

Hotel Avance, Bratislava

A noble modern interior welcomes you to the new Avance Hotel in the center of Bratislava. It is close to the National Theater and the Danube and offers free WiFi in the entire hotel. Spacious rooms, large suites with selected lumbers, and premium fabrics provide a luxurious ambiance. In the stylish restaurant, you can enjoy refined international cuisine.
Various air-conditioned congress halls with state-of-the-art technical equipment are also at your disposal.

My Opinion and Last Word

Have you been to Bratislava, Slovakia? Any cool tips to share?

loved being in Bratislava, Slovakia, and want to go back again. I hope my story has motivated you to visit Slovakia.

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