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Bratislava
Travel Planning
Bratislava

Bratislava at a Glance

Bratislava's charming old town and exciting riverfront development give tourists plenty of opportunities for sight-seeing and dining. The city is also fortunate to be close to nature and it is quite easy to slip out of the city limits for instant mountain biking, skiing, hiking and swimming in the Carpathians.

Enjoy the year round sights in Bratislava's old town. During the summer, people spill out onto sidewalk cafes to enjoy their lunches or a long, lingering evening meal. Voices rise and clatter off of the old, stone buildings and cobblestones click underfoot.

Bratislava also enjoys close proximity to the beautiful Danube. Watch shipping traffic head up-river as you sip morning coffee or run along the river front. Rent a bike to enjoy miles of trails in the Danube basin. Come in for an evening of fine dining and some of Slovakia's delicious fruit brandies. You've earned the rest. 

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High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport M. R. Štefánik Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Slovakia if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. American citizens can use the U.S State Department website to learn more about traveling in Slovakia.

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather: Bratislava has some of the warmest weather in Slovakia. Winters are milder, but still chilly so come prepared with warm, waterproof clothing. 

      Safety Concerns:  Don't leave valuables in your car and keep the passenger area free of bags to prevent break-ins. Pickpocketing does occur in Bratislava, so protect your valuables and consider using a safe.

      Health Concerns Drinking water is safe for travelers in Bratislava and the rate of infectious disease is low. Use good hygiene to prevent yourself from becoming ill.