…because I have lots to show you!
The last stop on the international leg of our family trip was Bratislava, Slovakia. Which, by the way, my colleagues were clueless about because they know it by the Hungarian name (obviously) — Pozsony, Szlovákia.
The bottom line is that many people go here for parties. I guess alcohol is cheap and the club experience is great, because we stayed near the old town and there were a lot of people going to and from the bars and clubs in the evening and early morning. No clubs for me, but one of my most enjoyable experiences was eating at the brewery right next door to our hotel. For two consecutive nights, my family enjoyed an authentic dining experience with Slovakian/Central-European cuisine and wonderful beer! At “Bratislavský Meštiansky Pivovar,” It was about 1.90 euros for a half liter…which is 1/2 to 1/3 the price of Munich beer halls. I recommend that everyone visiting Bratislava go there at least once.
Some people say Bratislava is very overrated and travelers should skip it. I understand that argument but the truth is that travelers should visit…but just to explore the Old Town, not for any particular attractions. There isn’t really anything to do…anything touristic. But I had a truly wonderful time wandering around the Old Town and Bratislava Castle (at sunset) with my camera and tripod close at hand. And if we had a bit more time, I would have liked to visit Devin Castle, outside the city.
Bratislava seems like a prime spot for basing some day trips from. In fact, I might recommend staying in Bratislava and going to Vienna for the day, rather than the typical vice-versa. I really enjoyed this city.