The final day of our city break in Bratislava, and one on which we planned to slow the pace somewhat. Allowing ourselves a much deserved lie in, we enjoyed a leisurely, late breakfast before checking out of our hotel at 11.00 a.m. This huge, out of town hotel catering mostly for business travellers and conference delegates had been quiet during our stay and with the standard facilities expected of a Holiday Inn, had met our needs perfectly. Do bear in mind though that if you choose to stay here whilst in Bratislava that it is a little way out of town necessitating the use of trams followed by a ten minute walk to reach the hotel.
After three days of non stop sightseeing it was time for a little retail therapy with a trip to the Central Mall located just out of town. Here we found a good range of stores in this large, modern, shopping centre and better still as it was a Monday morning, we had the place almost to ourselves improving the shopping experience.
Leaving the mall with several purchases, we headed back to the old town in time for a lunchtime pot of tea and slice of cheesecake overlooking the Slovak National Theatre. We then resumed our sightseeing in temperatures of 26 degrees Celsius – having experienced wall to wall sunshine since we arrived on Friday morning!
Not far from the National Theatre lies the Blue Church which is an absolute delight. Spoilt only by a fashion shoot taking place on its steps.
Moving on, we headed to the Presidential Palace where we were just in time to watch the Changing of the Guards ceremony at 3.00 p.m. Surprisingly there were only a handful of other people present but it was so nice to see.
Having looked around, we found a sunny terrace to enjoy glasses of local beer before taking a final walk through the streets of this quaint old town and enjoying a meal before returning to the airport for our late evening flight back to the UK.
I would highly recommend a weekend city break in Bratislava but as it’s such a small capital city (similar in size to Tallinn, Estonia) it would probably be difficult to find enough to fill four days. However, coupled with a full day in Vienna and a half day in Trnava we kept ourselves fully occupied and would have no hesitations about returning sometime in the future, as it’s a delightful little place where we felt safe and secure the entire time. Our Ryanair flights were cheap and coupled with hotel costs I doubt we spent more than an equivalent weekend to London travelling by train.
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