The cultural, economic, and political center of Slovakia, Bratislava straddles the Danube River. A city of glorious architecture, historical center, quaint cafes and sleepy old-world charm, it is one of the hidden gems of Central Europe, waiting to be discovered.
Strategically situated, Bratislava is a melting pot for Czechs, Hungarians, Austrians, Germans, and Poles who have drifted in overtime to blend in with the Slovakians. While it has a rich history, Bratislava is one of Europe’s newest university capitals and has a young and dynamic local population that live a vibrant life. The Old Town area exudes old world romance with its cobbled streets, gorgeous architecture, historical buildings around every corner, and buzzes with activity around beer and wine taverns, coffeehouses and restaurants. Don’t miss visiting the picturesque and historical Bratislava Castle to learn more about this city’s ancient heritage. Discover the beauty of Bratislava with Exeter International.
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Bratislava has a cool summer with only one month, August, being warm. There is plenty to see in Bratislava all year-round with numerous cultural festival that take place their nearly every month and serves as a great hub to travel the rest of the Slovakian countryside.
April is a perfect month to visit with the start of spring with flower blossoms and most of the tourists that come to visit this historical & vibrant city will be missing.
May to September is the peak season for hotels and river cruise ship arrivals.
Throughout October, many musical festivals take place that ranges from classic concerts, jazz concerts, opera, and ballet. These festivals are known as the Bratislava Music Festival and Bratislava Jazz Days.
In December, Bratislava turns into a Christmas fairy wonderland with the start of the Christmas Fair. This is where you can walk the cobblestone streets, enjoy mulled wine, and see the Christmas lights that will be found throughout the city.
Our handpicked guides lead you on tours along the inside track of Bratislava. Our behind-the-scenes, closed-door Exeter International Extraordinary Experiences take you a step beyond the ordinary, creating the ultimate luxury Slovakian vacation. Enjoy a backstage tour of the National Theater, which has a long tradition of Opera. You can also enjoy an exclusive private tour of the Koliba Film Studio, where numerous international films were made such as Behind Enemy Lines.
Our team of travel experts can customize a unique program for you for travel in Bratislava, Slovakia based on your exact preferences and interests. Slovakia can be a country specific destination and it can be combined with other Central European nations.
If you are on a Danube River cruise, and in the port of the Bratislava, we can arrange a private shore excursion with your own Exeter hand-picked private guide. Our private shore excursion ensure that you will receive, not only the best experience possible, but a personalized excursion throughout your stay at port while in Bratislava.
In Bratislava, take a stop at St. Martin’s Cathedral, which was the coronation site of the Austrian emperors of the Astro-Hungarian Empire. You must also make a stop at the Bratislava Castle, a former home of the Hapsburgs Dynasty and a historical centerpiece of the Slovak people. You get a great view of the city from on top of the ridge and castle walls. Lastly, must walk through the old town of Bratislava with its fairytale streets, medieval architecture and the former palace of the Archbishop of Esztergom, world renowned for its