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A Weekend In Bratislava. What Can I Do?  
User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 9
Posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1788 times:

Next weekend two friends of mine (girls about 25 years old) and I are going to Bratislava. Landing at BTS airport is scheduled at 18,10 on friday, the 15th and we're going back at home at 18,35 of sunday the 17th. We will sleep at City Hostel, in Obchodná , so int he evening we'd like to go to some pub not too far from there (better if we can go on foot). How is Bratislava in this period of the year? What should we see?

Do you have some advice ? Thank you.

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User currently offlineFiatstilojtd From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1774 times:

The train/bus to Vienna is very cheap as well Big grin

User currently offlineAirCatalonia From Spain, joined Nov 2007, 560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1759 times:

I was there on sunday. It's a small city so you will probably have walked it all around in one day. Don't forget to visit the castle and the soviet monument at the top of the hill for great views of the city.

I don't know about nightlife as I was there on a daytrip from Vienna.

Enjoy your trip!
airC


User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3868 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1734 times:

Look for George and Yortuk Festrunk. They're two wild and crazy guys, and are always looking for foxes.




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User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1718 times:

Do pubs accept Euro? If no, is it possible change banknotes on saturdays?

User currently onlineWildcatYXU From Canada, joined May 2006, 2625 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

Obchodna is right downtown, there should be a score of pubs open in walking distance. Unfortunately, I can't give you any particular pub names, since I since it's long time since I visited BTS last time.

Quoting F.pier (Reply 4):
Do pubs accept Euro? If no, is it possible change banknotes on saturdays?

The euro is not a valid currency until Jan.1 2009. Most pubs would probably accept it, however they'll rip you off. As far as currency exchange is concerned, banks are closed on Saturdays, however there are several exchange boots on Kamenne Namestie, walking distance from Obchodna. Please note that most pubs and restaurants are accepting major credit cards without problems. If you have an access card bearing the Cirrus or Plus logo, you can simply use an ATM. I usually do that when I'm in Slovakia and need cash, since it gives me the best exchange rate.


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3007 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1665 times:

Try a "Slovakian hamburger" - a piece of bread with chopped bacon on it, and thick mustard. And "Slovakian dumplings", with goat's cheese. And plenty of local beer! For sights, yes it's small, the castle and Soviet memorial are two majors. Plenty of Soviet era architecture, from the castle look over the river to the "Novy Most" (New Bridge), with a revolving restaurant on it (the bridge), and further to the endless tower blocks. On the road to the airport, there's an inverted pyramid! (point to the ground).

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5741 posts, RR: 32
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1658 times:

Quoting F.pier (Reply 4):
Do pubs accept Euro? If no, is it possible change banknotes on saturdays?

No, while you'll see prices in euro on some menus, this is for guidance only in anticipation of joining the single currency on 1 January next. Banks aren't open on Saturdays, but the bank at BTS was open on Friday at 5pm three weeks ago, so you might have some luck there at 6. Visa cards are widely accepted, even for small purchases.

Bratislava is a very small city, and while the old centre is well-restored and has some good restaurants and bars, there isn't an awful lot to do there. It is very quiet at this time of year, so if you get bored you could do as Fiatstilojtd suggests and head to Vienna overnight, or even just a few hours. There are trains almost hourly, and the trip costs about 10 euro single (strangely, 13 back), and takes just under an hour.

I don't know how far Obchodna is from the city centre, but there is an excellent, if grimy, tram system which will no doubt get you there easily.

And, of course, there's an Irish pub smack in the centre of the old town which gets a good crowd and does good, cheap food.  

[Edited 2008-02-11 08:53:23]

User currently offlineAerobalance From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 4683 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1656 times:



Quoting F.pier (Thread starter):
Next weekend two friends of mine (girls about 25 years old) and I are going to Bratislava



Quoting F.pier (Thread starter):
We will sleep at City Hostel, in Obchodná

Why leave the room?  Wink



"Sing a song, play guitar, make it snappy..."
User currently offlineAirPortugal310 From Tokelau, joined Apr 2004, 3643 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1634 times:



Quoting Aerobalance (Reply 8):
Why leave the room?

Thats what i was thinking all along...



I sell airplanes and airplane accessories
User currently offlinePrebennorholm From Denmark, joined Mar 2000, 6461 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1605 times:

Bratislava is not a mini version of Prague or Vienna or such.

But if you are into castles, then they do have an example worth giving a look.

Try to google as much as you can about what are your special interests.

Maybe could be a starting point.

At least, since Bratislava is neither London, Paris New York or Rome, then there is plenty of space for all tourists. You will not be standing for hours in a queue line for the Eiffel Tower or a look from 50 years distance on Mona Lisa. At lot of people love the absence of such queues.

Enjoy your stay.



Always keep your number of landings equal to your number of take-offs, Preben Norholm
User currently offlineF.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1524 posts, RR: 9
Reply 11, posted (6 years 7 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1593 times:

I've already been there for 24 hours at the beginning of September, so I know how it is, but I didn't go to pubs last time.
i think this time it will be much more cold!!!!


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