Where to stay: Bratislava is a pretty inexpensive city, so your accommodation options are plentiful and cheap! I stayed in an Airbnb that was absolutely lovely for location purposes, but there are some incredibly inexpensive hostel options that you might want to consider if budget is more of a concern. Bratislava is a fairly small city, so no matter where you stay you should be in a fairly good location. My Airbnb was right next to the old city center, which was really nice. There is also a street that’s full of hostels and bars that’s fairly close to the city, so it seems that many hostels are concentrated in one spot. Bratislava is also a great city to visit for a day or two from Vienna, as it’s super close and the trains are cheap and run frequently!
Where to eat: There are some great, inexpensive restaurants in Bratislava that are really nice. In the old town square there is an excellent bagel shop that’s a great place to grab breakfast in the mornings, or coffee in the afternoon! There are outdoor tables almost everywhere in the spring and summer, so take advantage of the outdoor seating options. There are some spots that are more touristy than others, so try to avoid the fixed price menus (that are much more expensive than regular menu items), as they’re a bit of a rip off, and really are just made to attract tourists.
What to do: This is the type of city where just wandering around the small side streets is the absolute best way to experience it. Be sure to take a walk up to the castle, as there are some really excellent views from the top of the hill, and the walk up is also a beautiful little hike, even if you don’t want to go inside of the castle. The one thing you definitely should do is climb up St. Michael’s Tower. Although it isn’t a very tall climb, it’s one of the tallest structures in the old town, and the view from the top is well worth the climb. In my experience, many tourists don’t realize that you can actually climb to the top, so you may have the look out point all to yourself!
Overall Opinion: I spent a couple of days in Bratislava, and they were incredibly relaxing and wonderful days. Wandering around this charming city was absolutely delightful, and I would certainly go back to visit. Bratislava isn’t the type of city you go to visit to see a ton of “sites”, because it simply doesn’t have that many well-known sites. It does, however, have super friendly people and beautiful architecture. If you’re in the area, it certainly isn’t to be missed!