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Bratislava EVS guide - Tourism

Free tour

Now that you have settled down, it's may be time to get to know the city and its history. Like any toursitic city, Bratislava has its own free guided tour. The tour take place twice every day at 11.00 and 16.00. The tour lasts 2.5 hours and you will learn loads of information on Bratislava and Slovak culture while sightseeing the highlights of the city. No reservation needed, just look for an orange “Free tour” sign on Hviezdoslavovo namestie by the Statue of Hviezdoslav outside the U.S. Embassy.

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What to see outside of Bratislava

You noticed the first time you saw on a map where Bratislava is : it's so convenient to travel ! Vienna is just an hour away and Hungary and Czech Republic are close too. So you got lucky to get to do your EVS here if you like to travel. To plan your journey, use cp.altas.sk it lists all train and buses schedule in Slovakia and in nearby countries. Listed here are some ideas of original day trips. But you can find more !

Devin castle

It's a beautiful castle at the border of Slovakia and Austria, both countries only separated by the Danube river. To get there, buses 28 and 29 depart every half an hour from Most SNP, it takes 20 minutes to get to Devin.

Entrance fee: 2€ with EYCA card

 

Hainburg

The closest Austrian town to Bratislava, very nice downtown and castle in the top of the hill. Reachable by city bus 901 from Most SNP, takes 15 minutes to get there and 0,75€ each way.

 

Danubiana Muelensteen Art Museum

Situated on a peninsula washed by waters of the Danube, it is a unique museum with modern art exhibitions. It is one of the youngest museums of European modern art as it openned in 2000. Unusual location close to the border of Hungary and Austria. A museum where not just the exhibitions that take place inside are unique, but also the architecture of the building itself is special. Beautiful scenery and surroundings, blue sky and endless river banks, peaceful and relaxing surface of the river.

How to get there ? Take bus 90 from Nové SND and get off at the terminus ! Or, you can enjoy a little cruise on the Danube ! The boat runs every Saturday and Sunday from 01.05 to 25.10 and the following public holidays: 1.5, 8.5, 1.9 and 15.9 Departure from the passenger port in Fajnorovo nabrezie 2  at 13:30, arrival to the Danubiana is about 14:30, then exiting the Danubiana at 16:30 and arrival in Bratislava at 18:00. Return ticket, which also includes admission to Danubiana costs 10 euro.

 

Modra

Nice village 30 km away from Bratislava. Modra is famous for its ceramic and you can visit a fabric. There is also a museum about Ludovít Štúr, important character of Slovak history. You can also come to Modra for wine testing. It is easily reachable by bus from Bratislava autobusova stanica (Bus main station).

Websites : Ceramic fabric

Museum of ceramic in a hotel 

Štúr's museum 

 

Pezinok

With Czech Republic, champion of beer drinking as a neighboor, you may not know that Slovakia is a wine destination. Wineyards are situated not far from Bratislava in the Small Carpathians region. Pezinok and Modra are the destination for wine tasting. Also, you will find a muzeum in Pezinok about wine-growing and wine-making in the region. Ticket includes a glass of wine =) Getting to Pezinok is really easy and by public transport it takes less than one hour.

Website : Wine museum

 

Červeny Kameň Castle

Situated on a rock in the Little Caprathians, the Red Stone Castle is one of the best preserved castle of Slovakia. Reachable by public transport via Častá village then walk up the hill along the road to reach the castle. Entrance is 7 € but you get a 50% discount if you show your European Youth Card.

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Cachtice Castle

It is a large and picturesque ruin set on a hilltop above the small village of Visnove. Take the train north from Bratislava to Nove Mesto nad Vahom (75 minutes), and then change to a small local train for the short journey west to Visnove (15 minutes). Entrance fee is 2.50€ The castle is open from March to December but guided tours are provided only from April till October.

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Schlosshof, Austria

A Baroque Austrian chateau with majestic Baroque garden build by the Prince Eugene of Savoy. Then it was used by Empress Maria Theresa of Austria. How to get there ? Take bus #28 from Most SNP to Novoveska. Walk a little back and you will find the road to the pedestrian/cycle bridge. The walk to Schlosshof takes approximately 20 minutes. Or, you can take a train from Bratislava Main Station to Marchegg and there, there is a free shuttle that will get you to Schlosshof. Day pass is 13€ but you can get discounts if you come in winter, for the Chrismas or Easter market.

 

Pottenburg Castle, Austria

On the hill between Wolfsthal and Berg there are the ruins of the former fortress Pottenburg (260 m). The large size of the castle will perhaps surprise you. It was built around the years 955-1025. Since 1519 the fort was not settled and later, after raids of Turks, was completely destroyed. After seeing the ruins, go back to the road, which ascends up the valley and in its upper part the road turns right. You will soon reach the asphalt road running on the forested mountain ridge. Turn right again and you will comfortably reach the top of the Koenigswarte Mt. (344 m). The watchtower on its top, (called Royal View), provides a wonderful view of Bratislava lying nearby. It is very easy to meet a big wild boar in the area of the Pottenburg castle. Go there on your own risk. How to get there ? Take Bratislava city bus #901 from under Nový Most (New Bridge) to the Austrian border village of Wolfsthal, then hike up the red-marked trail to reach the castle ruin.

 

Gyor, Hungary

Nice city centre, with several cozy streets and some nice Austro-Hungarian style houses, it's very clean and walking here is quite relaxing. It has a beautiful downtown and is famous for it's thermal baths. Take the bus with the company called Student Agency from Bratislava main bus station (daily at 11:15am). Getting to Gyor takes one hour.

 

Esztergom, Hungary

Esztergom possesses the biggest cathedral in Hungary. To go there, check for a very narrow street with stairs (really, is just 1 metre wide). Uphill there are three things to see, the monument in the eastern corner, the Esztergom castle and the Cathedral (it's free!). After you finish with the upper part, you can spend some time in the lower streets and have something to eat, keep paying attention to the time since it can take you 40 minutes to reach the train station. How to get there ? You need to get the train to Sturovo, the last stop of Slovak rails, from there take the public bus (0.20€) to Sturovo itself, since the train stop is located 3km from the town. Once in the town, just go to the only bridge that crosses the Danube and be ready for stunning views. By the way, pay attention because the border between Slovakia and Hungary is in the very middle of the bridge (Check for SK/M sign). It takes approximately 1h30 to go to Esztergom.

 

Brno, Czech Republic

The second biggest city in Czech Repupblic and reaching it is pretty easy as there are plenty of buses and trains to go there. It takes approximately 1h30 from Bratislava to Brno. This city has a special vibe, diferent than Prague, but let's start with the city centre: It's bigger than the Bratislava one and is easily walkable in 1 or 2 hours, don't forget to try to guess the time in the weird shaped clock  in the middle of the main square (actually, it' pretty hard even if there are instructions). There are other hidden secrets in this city like the two angels having sex statue in the window of the church after the main square or the Brno dragon (which is actually a crocodile). Once finished in the downpart, you should go to the cathedral hill and see the stunning views from there, but the city is not over... there is a fortress! You must go to the fortress hill and from there you can have the best pictures of the cathedral, also, the fortress is quite interesting to visit, specially the old prison part.

 

Photo credits : Nicholas Turland, Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Slovenská ľudová majolika  MODRA, Bernhard Scheid, Stephen Bugno, Agnes Komjathy and nomadwill.com

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