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!

Considering a trip to Bratislava? Read these 10 things you might not know about the 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!

  • Michaela Sigourney Manning

    I loved Bratislava when I visited! I hope more people go to find out how lovely and charming that town is! :) I took a day trip to Vienna when I went.

    • So glad to hear it! It’s definitely a city off the beaten tourist path!

  • When I was over in Europe we did a quick trip through Bratislava but didn’t spend too much time there. I definitely need to go back sometime.

    • Our time was short there too. I’m glad we made a stop between the big cities though!

  • Diana Di Raimondo

    Awesome photos and article. Bratislava has now been added to my bucket list! Thank you!

    • Thanks, Diana! I hope you’re able to visit one day!

  • Mike C

    Lovely photographs and interesting read. Pinned to my travel inspirations board.

  • Ivanna

    You are right! Didn’t know these things. Thanks for sharing.

    • Glad you learned some new things! Thanks for reading, Ivanna!

  • Justine Y

    What fun little facts! It sounds like such an amazing place to visit. I don’t drink wine, but I don ‘t know if I’d want to drink anything that flowed through a fountain, doesn’t seem very sanitary, lol. Btu I would love to see it! I’d love to see the castle!

    • Thanks, Justine! I don’t think I’d be drinking it either, but still such a cool concept, haha. And castles are always a good idea!

  • Pack Your Baguios

    Thank you for the information. I didn’t know anything about Bratislava! Another additional to my bucket list!

    • Yay, glad to hear you learned some new things! Hope you can plan a trip one of these days to visit!

  • No way! This is so interesting.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

    • Happy you enjoyed reading about Bratislava, Alix!

  • Demelza Shaw

    Thanks for this, So many things that I didn’t know before. Wine flowing from fountains…wow!

    • Crazy, right?! I love that they still keep the tradition. So fun!

  • Bratislava is a great place for a quick day trip or weekend trip! I went when I was studying abroad in Salzburg, Austria and loved it! I definitely wish more people knew about it.


    • Agreed! What was your favorite part during your visit?

  • Michelle Lynn

    Wow, those are really interesting facts I never knew.

  • So many things I did not know about Bratislava – I have never visited but its high on my list!

    • Great to hear! I hope you’re able to plan a trip soon!

  • I had never heard of this city before but it sounds pretty awesome. Any city that has a celebration with wine coming out of a fountain is a place I want to see.

    • Right?! I can only imagine how wild it must’ve been during the actual coronations!

  • Candy Kage

    I learn so much since I didn’t even know about Bratislava. Traveling is such a learning experience

    • Happy to hear it, Candy! I love traveling so much, it really exposes you to so much!

  • I’ve heard of Bratislava, but like you say, it’s never piqued my interest. I have to add it to my bucket list; it sounds like it would be worth a stop, even for just a day or two!

    • It definitely is! I love to explore new places – especially lesser known ones!

  • Neely

    I knew none of this! How interesting!

  • I’ve been thinking about stopping in Bratislava between Budapest and Prague! We did Vienna earlier this year… so I was thinking it might be a good halfway point and somewhere new!

    • You definitely should! We were really happy to break up the travel time that way and it was a lot of fun to explore a new place, even though it was for a short time.

  • Very interesting post and I love your pictures, I didn’t know much about Slovakia ..so great to know more about it!

    • Thanks, Valerie! It’s not as well known as a lot of other places in Europe but still a wonderful place to visit!

  • Oh this is very cool. Thanks for sharing this great information, I feel like I know more about Bratislava.

    • Wonderful to hear, Jennifer! Thanks so much for reading!

  • Ruthie Ridley

    I had no idea about many of these facts. Great post.

  • Dana Brillante-Peller

    I’ve never heard of Bratislava but loved the facts about it!

    • Thanks, Dana! It’s not as well known as a lot of the other cities in Europe, but still worth a stop!

  • Lisa

    Sounds like a really interesting place!

    • It is! Travel really opens your eyes up to so many different cultures and places!