A fabulous little bookshop, cafe, bar, sun-trap terrace and place to check your emails for free.
A 'living room' style ambience where you can feel at home.
Lots of fair trade coffees and great beers.
Situated in a historic house. a few minutes' walk from the Presidential Palace.
Really worth checking out, for a sit down and a hot (or cool) drink, and a great selection of new and used paperbacks.
Next Apache Panenská 28
811 03 BRATISLAVA,
Mobile/cellphone: + 421 903 818169
Monday - Friday: 9:00 - 24:00
Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 - 24:00
Pohoda is a weird festival made up up of a mix of pro-life groups, ravers and the Slovak army who seem to help organise it. It takes place on an airstrip, half of which is still used during the festival so you get to see planes and helicopters coming a bit too close to the crowds.
In the past it has been headlined by The Streets, Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy. This year is as diverse as past ones with Traivs, Basement Jaxx, Alabamba 3, Hot 8 Brass band and Pendulum to name a few of the artists.
It's a lot cheaper than English festivals and sunshine it pretty much guaranteed. Plus they have bungee jumps, climbing walls, lots and lots of inflatable games like lifesize table football and very nice hog roast!
Its location is very close to the old town with a couple of cafes locally. The rooms are functional, clean with good toilet and shower. Breakfast is included and the staff are very helpful. You could get cheaper accommodation but this was good for the price and location.
The hotel arranged an airport pickup for 20 Euros direct to the door. The only problem was the proximity to a tram line - bit noisy at night.
Zamocka 13, north of and just under the castle.
Fantastic hostel with great individual rooms and apartments. We stayed in the Budapest suite, four beds, separate kitchen and own facilities.
Five minute walk to old town square and ten from river. Also a nice little bar and left luggage facilities.
Nice way how to get more information about Bratislava is to use this MP3 audio tour. It lasts about 40 minutes but covers all important points of interest including the castle, main square, Primatial Palace, Michael's Gate and others.
Bratislava Castle is a must see. Great views over Bratislava, a cool museum to have a look about in (it costs though) and, if you walk back into the city, there's some cool little bars to keep you occupied on the way down.
Warning - if you get a tram, make sure to buy a ticket. They're very, very inexpensive and you don't want to be caught without one. Two of the lads I was travelling with got stopped by plain clothes inspectors who wanted £35 from them (known as a tourist fine).
My mates kicked up a fuss until a policewoman came on, told my mates to pay up or else they'd be taken to the police station, and then left. Not very pleasant.
Also, stay away from the train station area, a very dodgy area. I've never been propositioned as many times in my life!
I picked up a great map for free in one of the tourist offices but I think you can order it from the Czech cartographer company SHOCart.
It's called 'Slovensko Kemping, Termalne Kupaliska' which means 'Camping and Thermal Pools in Slovakia'. It details every pool and campsite in the country and is very useful and inspiring for planning a trip.
This website for the Czech company TopBicycle is useful for anyone who wants to go cycling in Slovakia. It has details of bike tours with details of sights to see en route.
Cycling is massively popular in Slovakia and the stunning countryside is criss-crossed with a 5,400km network of cycle routes, all well-marked with destinations and distances. One route follows the Danube river from Bratislava to Sturovo, from where you can peddle into Hungary, if you like. There's another great route that follows the Small Carpathian Wine Trail so you can try all the great Slovak wines and not worry who's the designated driver!
Slovak Cycle Club, Namestie Slobody 6, 921 01 Piestany
Tel/fax: 033 7740 548
I have just bought this guide because it's the first one I found that writes just about Slovakia, not in a few pages at the back of the Czech Republic guide book. It really goes into detail about the country with lots of little unknown villages, hidden treasures and things that only the locals know about. There is lots of information about accommodation, food and drink, sport (like skiing, hiking, rafting, football, tennis), caves, castles, mountains, nature, culture. It packs a lot in and it's fun to read with boxes about history, famous Slovak people and unusual items like the Warhol museum and the Dracula countess. Great photos too and useful maps. I recommend it to everyone who wants to discover this jewel of a country.
Slovakia: The Bradt Travel Guide
By Lucy Mallows
1st edition out April 15, 2007
ISBN: 978 1 84162 188 3
ISBN: 1 84162 188 9
Me and my girlfriend spent a wonderfull weekend in the Venturska Residence. It is a really nice apartment house located literally in the heart of the Old Town with major city attractions. The apartment was newly refurbished and clean and had everything from a dishwasher to free internet access. Also the hosts were nice and helpful. I definitely recommend this property to all kinds of travellers. And the price there was half the rate for the hotel room in downtown Bratislava.
It's a little known fact that Slavic countries do fabulous ice cream, especially eaten in sub zero winters!
Bratislava's friendly, pedestrianised Old Town is packed with places to find superb ice cream, made with real fruit and no artifical additives, from stalls on historic squares to little hole-in-the-wall spots. Try varieties like lemon,strawberry, apple, hazelnut, coffee, After Eight, Bounty, cappuccino, vanilla, nougat and one that looks like bright carrot gelato but is, apparently, vitaminova!
Two great ice cream bars are at:
Laurinska & Ursulinska corner
Open daily 10am-midnight
Ice Bar Luculus
Hviezdoslavovo namestie 19
Open Mon-Fri 9am-10pm
Bratislava's Old Town centre is completely pedestrianised and has wall-to-wall bars, restaurants, cafes and clubs.
It has a much more relaxed, easy-going and friendly ambience than many other European capitals and, because there are no cars, you can try all the superb Slovak beers, wines and fiery spirits, tottering from one bar to another without fear of being mown down by a Skoda in a hurry.
Highly recommended for gourmets and bon-viveurs everywhere.
Bratislava Old Town
Tram 13 from the main railway station
Bus 61 from Bratislava's M R Stefanik airport.
Only 64km from Vienna
A superb Cuban restaurant on the banks of the Danube, found in the pistacchio ice cream-coloured Esterhazy Palace.
The Slovaks have done a fantastic job of recreating a steamy Havana atmosphere and the elegant domed ceilings and walls are covered with black and white photos of Cuban nightlife.
Great mojitos (175Sk) with Angostura bitters. Pricey but superb food and live music every night from nine pm. There's a friendly Cuban guy who welcomes visitors at the door.
Typical of the relaxed, welcoming and laid-back atmosphere in Bratislava's pedestrianised Old Town.
Don't listen to comments from boorish, drunken stag partyers from the UK: Bratislava is one of the safest, friendliest and cheapest city break destinations in Europe.
Namestie L. Stura 4.
Tel: 02 5464 0167
Trams 11, 13 & 14 to Namestie L. Stura.
Just returned from a four-night boys’ adventure and found Bratislava a really miserable, rude and racist place. It is dirty, graffiti was visible everywhere once you step five minutes outside of the old town and, as I travelled with a number of black guys, found the general friendliness of people awkward.
Our hotel was run by shaven-headed thugs after dark who talked and looked at us in disgust, which was carried on in the bars and clubs in town. Every taxi driver offered us sex and they make up prices from one day to the next! Wouldn't recommend to anyone, go to Poland or the Czech Republic!
As an Aussie student, just want to say, make sure you know how much your drink costs before you order. Most places are good (Slovak pub, bar across from charlie's) but in other bars, the bar tenders will take what you give them and walk off, it may not be much but it adds up. In just over two drinks in BAROK CIRCUS i paid sk100 (euro3) too much. It's not much, but honesty goes a long way. I took another traveller's tip and asked for a bill, but got some random bill for sk 430. So, just pay with whatever it says on the menu in exact change if possible, it's a pain in the ass but will save you over the night.
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