Thanks to the tourist Bratislava CARD City & Region, visiting the capital of Slovakia is more hassle-free and memorable than ever. Not only do you travel throughout the city and the region for free, but you can visit up to 14 museums free of charge or enjoy discounts for other attractions. You pay less for visiting galleries and restaurants, but also for sightseeing flights by helicopters or trips into to the vicinity of Bratislava. By taking advantage of these services, you can save tens of euros.
“I generally don’t use this kind of card when I travel because I fear I won’t get my money’s worth. The Bratislava Card, however, is reasonably priced and gives tourists awesome discounts and free entry to some worthwhile places,” said American Anna Fay when sharing her experiences with the card.
Three days with the Bratislava CARD
A three-day card allows you to get the most out of the city and its surroundings. The price of the card is especially advantageous and if you follow the programme below, you will save more than 70 euros.
Start your stay in the city with a morning coffee and famous Bratislava roll in one of the many cafés. After a satisfying breakfast, venture over to the Old Town Hall. The local museum is a great surprise for many, introducing the city’s history in an eye-catching way. Moreover, the tower offers one of the best views of the historic centre.
After a small snack in the street food restaurant Orbis on Laurinská, join a free hourly tour through the city streets, starting at the information tourist centre in Primaciálne Square at 14:00. Use this opportunity to ask the guide how life in the city today differs from the past. The tour usually ends at the St. Martin’s Cathedral, once a vital landmark during lavish royal coronations. In fact, 11 rulers, including Maria Theresa, and seven royal wives were crowned here.
Afterwards, you’ll still have enough time to pop in the nearby Nedbalka gallery where you can get a nice discount with Bratislaca CARD as well. It will enchant you with modern Slovak art and unusual architecture. It is appropriately called the small New York’s Guggenheim.
For dinner go to the Bratislava Flagship Restaurant and taste local specialties. Finish the day in the Bratislava Castle’s serene gardens or admire the night time view of the city from the terrace on the SNP Bridge.
On the second day, take a cruise ship to the ruins of Devín Castle, looming along with its romantic Maiden’s Tower on the cliff above the confluence of Danube and Morava rivers.
“A trip to Devín is a good opportunity to get out of the city and delve into nature,” says Anna.
Return to the city via bus Nr 29, which will stop near the new building of the Slovak National Theatre. Transfer to bus Nr 90 here or take a ship from the nearby personal port and go to the Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum in Čunovo. This world-class gallery is located on a beautiful peninsula in the middle of the Danube. Top off your pleasantly-spent day in the Cabaret Red Cat or Nu Spirit Bar.
On your final day, thanks to Bratislava CARD you get the free entrance to the Červený Kameň Castle in the region. Its vast cellars enable you to cool off after a whirlwind of sightseeing. On your way back, stop at the Little Carpathian Museum in the picturesque vineyard town of Pezinok. Not only will you see the largest collection of wine presses in central Europe, but you can even try your hand at bottling wine or simply taste the delicious local brew.
“The best advantage is that the card writes your travel itinerary for you,” says Anna.
The easiest way to get the card is to buy it at the tourist information centres in Bratislava or online.