Only one weekend for the Bratis”lover”!

Everything that makes a short weekend trip relaxing, exciting and full of discoveries can be found just an hour away from Vienna: in Bratislava!

The Slovak capital, Bratislava, lies only a little more than an hour’s drive from Vienna. After my visit, I think it is a little underestimated as it has so much to offer: sightseeing, great food, shopping and also partying!

On arrival at the Falkensteiner Hotel Bratislava , we parked the car in the hotel’s underground car park and then went first to the room to leave the hustle and bustle of everyday life in Vienna behind and simply settle in. The short travel time is practical, but, initially, you don’t have the feeling of being in another country… Maybe next time I will take the train across the border because that way you get a holiday feeling during the trip.

In the room I was welcomed in the typical Falkensteiner #WelcomeHome way. Large rooms, a bottle of sparkling water as a gift for guests and a cosy atmosphere. The cuddly bathrobe in the box will also be used this weekend in Bratislava.

Hunger. This is my first thought when I leave the hotel and want to explore the surroundings. The great view of the Bratislava castle took my thoughts off food for a short time. Beautifully lit, towering above the city and almost next to the hotel!

A 10-minute walk brought me to the middle of the old town of Bratislava, where I found a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from. Since I had already done a little research in advance and was now also in the mood for typical local cuisine, I headed for the Bratislava Flagship Restaurant. In addition to an impressive interior of wood-panelled walls and stained-glass windows, there is also a large bar bustling with tourists with beer on tap. There’s always a table free here and, if not, you just sit down where you want to.

Of course, when you are here, you must try Cesnaková polievka v bochníku (garlic soup in a loaf of bread) and also homemade Piroggen, which rounded off my menu for the evening with a beer brewed in-house. And for dessert, nut noodles. I am not sure if I should really recommend this here… (But don’t miss out on the home-made schnapps either).

What do you do after such a substantial dinner? Correct! Rest or take a thousand steps. But since the hotel is less than 1,000 steps away, I decided to rest. The Day Spa, which had now become the Night Spa, offers the perfect atmosphere for the end of the day.

After a restful night, it was time for breakfast. What can I say? Just everything you need. Freshly prepared omelettes, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, sparkling wine, and so much more… Fortified, it’s time to go up to the castle. It takes only a few minutes to climb the small mountain at the foot of which the hotel is located, and from the top you have a wonderful view over Bratislava with the shining white castle in the background. In the distance you can see the Danube flowing, take a deep breath, this is the perfect place for it!

 

You can then go further into the old town, this time in daylight. The small alleys with the beautiful old houses give the place a village feel. Many embassies are located in the centre, which is therefore decorated with a wide variety of flags. Here you will find a large selection of cafes and cake shops. This time I’m taken to the “Schokokaffee Maximilian”, where they serve hot chocolate in all imaginable flavours. And of course cakes and tarts!

Just a stone’s throw away again, past the Bratislava Opera House, you find yourself standing on the banks of the Danube, where the Twin City Liner also moors. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and really imagine how 100 years ago horse-drawn carriages drove along here and the “High Society” of Bratislava met to gossip.

The first shopping centre is to be found at one of the numerous bridges over the Danube and I had already set my sights on it. The Eurovea is a typical, modern shopping temple, just like the ones we have in Austria. There are, however, still some special shops to discover. And if you want to watch a blockbuster in Slovak, you can do it here in the next door cinema centre.

And now hunger is back! This time we go to a new restaurant, also only 3 minutes away from the hotel. To be honest, I wouldn’t have expected something like this in Bratislava: Modern, chic and with a menu that can easily compete with the restaurants in Vienna. The “Great” lives up to its name and Bratislava didn’t disappoint me in terms of food (with international cuisine such as burgers, steaks and salads)! In the evening the restaurant turns into a bar with an impressive cocktail menu and the party starts in the cellar. By the way, the term “large beer” is also taken seriously here… Well at least then you have a good basis for a party night! 😉

A 10-minute walk brought me to the middle of the old town of Bratislava, where I found a wide variety of restaurants, pubs and bars to choose from. Since I had already done a little research in advance and was now also in the mood for typical local cuisine, I headed for the Bratislava Flagship Restaurant. In addition to an impressive interior of wood-panelled walls and stained-glass windows, there is also a large bar bustling with tourists with beer on tap. There’s always a table free here and, if not, you just sit down where you want to.

Of course, when you are here, you must try Cesnaková polievka v bochníku (garlic soup in a loaf of bread) and also homemade Piroggen, which rounded off my menu for the evening with a beer brewed in-house. And for dessert, nut noodles. I am not sure if I should really recommend this here… (But don’t miss out on the home-made schnapps either).

What do you do after such a substantial dinner? Correct! Rest or take a thousand steps. But since the hotel is less than 1,000 steps away, I decided to rest. The Day Spa, which had now become the Night Spa, offers the perfect atmosphere for the end of the day.

After a restful night, it was time for breakfast. What can I say? Just everything you need. Freshly prepared omelettes, fresh fruit, pastries, coffee, sparkling wine, and so much more… Fortified, it’s time to go up to the castle. It takes only a few minutes to climb the small mountain at the foot of which the hotel is located, and from the top you have a wonderful view over Bratislava with the shining white castle in the background. In the distance you can see the Danube flowing, take a deep breath, this is the perfect place for it!

You can then go further into the old town, this time in daylight. The small alleys with the beautiful old houses give the place a village feel. Many embassies are located in the centre, which is therefore decorated with a wide variety of flags. Here you will find a large selection of cafes and cake shops. This time I’m taken to the “Schokokaffee Maximilian”, where they serve hot chocolate in all imaginable flavours. And of course cakes and tarts!

Just a stone’s throw away again, past the Bratislava Opera House, you find yourself standing on the banks of the Danube, where the Twin City Liner also moors. Here you can take a leisurely stroll along the promenade and really imagine how 100 years ago horse-drawn carriages drove along here and the “High Society” of Bratislava met to gossip.

The first shopping centre is to be found at one of the numerous bridges over the Danube and I had already set my sights on it. The Eurovea is a typical, modern shopping temple, just like the ones we have in Austria. There are, however, still some special shops to discover. And if you want to watch a blockbuster in Slovak, you can do it here in the next door cinema centre.

And now hunger is back! This time we go to a new restaurant, also only 3 minutes away from the hotel. To be honest, I wouldn’t have expected something like this in Bratislava: Modern, chic and with a menu that can easily compete with the restaurants in Vienna. The “Great” lives up to its name and Bratislava didn’t disappoint me in terms of food (with international cuisine such as burgers, steaks and salads)! In the evening the restaurant turns into a bar with an impressive cocktail menu and the party starts in the cellar. By the way, the term “large beer” is also taken seriously here… Well at least then you have a good basis for a party night! 😉

After breakfast and checking out on the last day, we head to the second shopping centre, which is also known beyond the country’s borders. The Aupark is clearly laid out and offers many international shops and a food court as well as small, more specialist shops, which also make for an all-round shopping pleasure possible on a Sunday.

And once again only a little more than an hour in the car and we were already back in Vienna. It’s amazing what you can experience in a strange city in just three days. Moreover, it is certainly not a disadvantage to stay right in the middle of the city. Because then you quickly become a Bratis”lover”!

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