Bratislava is one of the most picturesque cities in Slovakia. It has so many things to offer that tourists come to explore this city in large numbers. If you too are one of those who loves to go on travel expeditions, we have compiled one of the finest lists for you.
Here, we are going to talk about the best free things which you can do in Bratislava! Yes, you read it right. There really are a lot of promising things which won’t cost you a dime. When you are on a shoestring budget, it gets really important to know the attractions which do not come with a hefty price tag. So, are you all set to know the free attractions and activities which will help you explore this beautiful city?
1. The Bratislava Castle
A trip to the city is incomplete without a visit to this castle. The castle looks amazing and the grand structure is sure to make you feel like someone took your breath away. There are a lot of festivals and shows which are held here. The best part is that even these shows are free. This means that everyone who comes here and is looking for budget attractions, the castle is surely the place where you can spend a day.
It is also an ideal spot for a picnic. So, if you are traveling in groups or you have kids with you, be prepared to soak in the sun and have a splendid time. You can also take a walk up the hill and it will give you the finest view of the city which will surely captivate your heart.
Do not miss out on the Vydrica bar and sip their famous cold beer.
2. The Grassalkovich Palace
This is the white house of Slovakia and it is not open to the public, but guess what the garden which is inside the compound is accessible to the public and that too for free. The garden is beautiful and it is interspersed with too many sculptures that also make great photo points.
You should take a walk through the garden to get drenched in the beautiful feel. There are trees which have been planted by dignitaries from different countries. So, you can try and search if you have one from your nation. For those who would like to witness the change of guards as it definitely is an exhilarating experience, try and be there during the full hour.
3. The Curious Statues of Bratislava
There are four statues in Bratislava that are located in the old town and are definitely worth seeing. These statues are of Cumil peeking from a hole in the street, Schoner Naci who is known for walking the streets of Bratislava and greeting every fellow who passed by. He was known to bring sheer happiness to the city. The other statue is of paparazzi and even Napoleon’s soldier who is leaning over a bench.
Apart from seeing the statues, you can spend the day exploring the old town. The historical center of the city is quite small but walking in the old town is definitely a worthy experience. You will be able to see the historical buildings that have all been restored to their former glory.
4. The TV Tower
Some of you may be wondering why is this even an attraction and why do people head there. Well, the answer is the view. The TV tower is known to offer the best view of the city as you can see a bird’s eye view. The minuscule little buildings from the towering height will make you feel how tiny even the largest of things can be when you see from a different perspective.
There is an elevator which takes you to the top and this is free of cost but you will need to order something to get there. So, it isn’t completely free but given the views and the petty price you may have to pay, we count it as a free thing to do in Bratislava. There is also a coffee shop at the top along with the restaurant which you should avoid because of exorbitant pricing.
But, once you are at the top of the TV tower, allow yourself to immerse in the kind of view which you can steal.
5. The New and The Old Bridge
We definitely recommend taking a walk here. You should start from the old town of Bratislava. You need to hop to the left side of the new bridge and then you have to cross the river when you have managed to reach the other side. You should then walk along the sidewalk of the river and you will find the old bridge. Not all people have the nerves to cross the bridge. But it is worth it and it is definitely not risky. When you are in the old town, you can walk along the bank of the river and explore the promenade of the shopping center at the Eurovea Galleria.
Surely, it is one of those walks which you are never going to forget.
So, with free activities galore, Bratislava surely helps you cherish your vacation without burning too big a hole in your pocket.
Updated: February 21, 2018