You’ll never forget the beauty on the Danube

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is a perfect stop on any trip to Central Europe, especially for female travelers. Once the coronation city of Hungarian kings, it is still one of the world’s greenest metropolises. Its compact Old Town lets you explore most of the main attractions on foot. Even if your accommodation isn’t in the center, your destination is never more than a 10–15-minute tram ride away.

The best way to experience Bratislava’s colorful history is on a walking tour. A knowledgeable guide will give you fascinating tidbits about the most famous sights and it’s a great opportunity to meet new people. Take in breathtaking views from Bratislava Castle and visit the monumental St Martin’s Cathedral, where 18 monarchs, including Maria Theresa, were crowned between 1563 and 1830. Wander through the architectural splendor around the Main Square. If you like quirky photography, visit the Nedbalka Gallery, which showcases Slovak modern fine art. Its circular, four-story open plan has earned it the nickname “Slovakia’s Little Guggenheim”. Another  gem is the Blue Church with a Gaudí look that may remind you of Barcelona. The stunning pastel azure of this Art Nouveau masterpiece almost blends with the sky on a sunny day.

You’ll be spoiled for choice with a huge range of al fresco dining options, stylish cafes, bistros and restaurants. At the award-winning Zylinder you can dine like a monarch. For traditional Slovak delicacies, try Bratislava Flagship Restaurant. The Konditorei Kormuth patisserie will satisfy any sweet tooth with irresistible desserts served on retro china. For quality street food, head to the square in front of the Old Market Hall, where the Street Food Park takes place every month. On Saturdays, the indoor Trh-Piac-Markt is where you can buy the freshest produce from local farmers. To get your creative juices flowing, visit nearby Modra, famous for its unique style of majolica decoration. Skilled craftsmen will teach you how to make a stylish jug or chic jewelry.

Picturesquely nestled among the green hills of the Little Carpathians, it’s only a stone’s throw from the city center to nature. Hire a bike and ride through the forests of the Železná studnička area. Take a quiet walk, go canoeing on the lake or take the cable car up to the Kamzík TV tower. Consider joining a yoga class in Sad Janka Kráľa, one of the oldest public parks in Europe. Then head to Eurovea, one of Bratislava’s many stylish shopping malls. Its leisure area on the riverbanks is ideal for a picnic or relaxing with a good book. The perfect way to end a perfect day is to pamper yourself at the spa overlooking Bratislava Castle, especially at sunset, when everything is bathed in an enchanting orange light.

Add Bratislava to your bucket list of ultimate city breaks and discover all its exciting possibilities!

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