FAMILY VACATION TIME: OUR RECOMMENDATIONS

Baslativa

We often prioritize  Prague, but that’s  a mistake. I’m not saying Prague isn’t worth a visit. Far from it! It’s a sublime city that deserves all the superlatives it’s given. I’m just saying that Bratislava is a little treasure waiting to be discovered.


What to do there:

Discover the incredible variety of architectural styles it offers. From the jewel-like Gothic architecture of the castle to Baroque monuments, a neoclassical primatial palace, and an Art Nouveau church adorned with mosaics and earthenware, Bratislava itself is like a museum  to behold. One can also admire impressive brutalist-style buildings, like the Slovenský Rozhlas, the national radio house — an architectural anomaly that defies the laws of gravity and aesthetics. It’s often found on the list of the world’s ugliest buildings! An oddity that is worth a visit!


Must-visit places:

Devín Castle:

Perched overlooking the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers, the location is promising in itself. This fortress is a significant site in Slovak memory. The first document mentioning Devín Castle dates back to 864, during the time of the Great Moravian Empire, of which it was a political center. In the 10th century, the castle became a border post for the Kingdom of Hungary. It was partially destroyed in 1809 by Napoleon’s troops. The remaining ruins now house a museum and gardens.

Address: 10, Muránská 1050, Bratislava-Devín.

UFO:

A flying saucer (a UFO, indeed) perched 85 meters high on the SNP Bridge (yes, that’s the real name of the bridge, also known as Nový Most) above the Danube. If you don’t encounter  any little green men, you can sip a cocktail while admiring the breathtaking view. The food isn’t outstanding, but that’s okay; you don’t stay for dinner.

Location: Most SNP, Bratislava.

Bratislava Castle:

This is one of the splendors of the Slovak capital. It now houses the National Museum, where you can discover the rich and often overlooked history of the country, from the Middle Ages to the present day.

Address: Hrad, 811 06 Bratislava, Slovakia

Phone: +421 2/204 831 10. Open Wednesday to Monday from 10 am to 6 pm (last entry at 5 pm)


Where to stay:

Marrol’s Boutique Hotel:

Surely this is the most luxurious establishment in the Slovak capital and isIdeally located a few steps from all the city’s points of interest. It offers a superb terrace for pre-dinner drinks in the summer, a lounge with a beautiful fireplace to warm up in winter, and a spa for year-round relaxation.

Address: Tobrucká 4, Bratislava
Phone: +421 2 577 84 600
Price: Starting from 740 DH per night

Beigli Hotel & Garden:

This is a  charming boutique hotel in the heart of the city center, in the pedestrian zone, in one of those pretty cobbled streets. It is also spacious and comfortable at reasonable prices. What more could you ask for?

Address: Baštová 4, Bratislava
Phone: +421 910 749 242
Price: Starting from 1,150 DH per night


Where to eat:

Slovak Pub:

This is an institution in Bratislava. It  is where you can feel the pulse of the city. With its large wooden tables, it’s definitely a pub, but a   true Slovak pub with the great classics of local cuisine, which are very tasty, but not exactly light (that’s an understatement). You must try the simple but famous  “Vyprážaný syr,” a breaded cheese steak served with “hranolky” (fries). Dip it all in the generous “tatárska omáčka” sauce. We told you it wasn’t exactly light fare, didn’t we? 

Address: 62 613, Obchodná, Bratislava
Phone: +421 252 926 367

Restaurant Parlament:

This is one of the city’s finest dining locations.  It’s large, bright, and has an amazing view of the river and forests. The menu is bold. How can we describe it?  Something between modernity and tradition.

Address: Namestie Alexandra Dubcheka 1, Bratislava
Phone: +421 2 5972 4253

Konditorei Kormuth:

This is an imperial pastry shop for an equally imperial breakfast or afternoon tea. With its refined decor, fine china, and delicate cakes that you’ll want  to savor  in small bites, it is a place of splendor from another time. And be sure to visit the toilets too! They’re also imperial!

Address: Sedlarska 8, Stare Mesto, Bratislava
Phone: +42125443253.

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