Vienna, capital of Austria and Bratislava, capital of Slovakia are rich in history and only 60 kilometers (37 miles) apart. While visiting one city, it´s a smart idea to travel to the other city as well.
Both countries belong to the European Union and have the same currency (€). That´s what I really like. Not thinking about changing a currency and having to calculate the whole day long and feeling like my head will explode any second.
The Twin-Cities Vienna and Bratislava got this name because no other capitals in Europe are closer together.
From Vienna to Bratislava on the water
To travel from Vienna to Bratislava and vice versa the Twin City Liner, a fast catamaran on the Danube, is to me a great way to get from A to B (in this case from V(ienna) to B(ratislava)).
In 75 minutes, for about 30 € enjoying the Danube, pittoresque fishing huts and comfy chairs in the cabin or feeling the breeze and a sense of freedom on the deck of the catamaran.
Memories of the past…
Culture shock !?!
Getting off the catamaran I was dealing with a first shock. Compared to Vienna the buildings I saw first were old, partly ugly and destroyed with graffiti. But before you close this post give Bratislava a second chance like I did…
A Slovakian woman said:
“You will get a Wow!-Effect as soon as you are in the Old Town of Bratislava.”
After checking in at the Lindner Hotel Gallery Central and overlooking Bratislava from my room at the 10th floor the tram brought me to the Old Town. And the young woman was right: Stepping into the historic part of Bratislava and you will get a WOW!-Effect. Buildings as beautiful as in Vienna.
The dominating church with a gilded crown reminds of the Austrian royals like Empress Maria Theresia. Kings were crowned here when Slovakia was part of the Austrian empire long time ago.
Best view in Bratislava
To get the best view of the whole town and its 500 000 inhabitants the Bratislava castle or the Outlook Bar & Lounge at the 13th floor in the Lindner Hotel Gallery Central were my favorite choice.
Shopping, for example at the Gallery Central, is not cheaper when it comes to clothes but there are some Slovakian labels with nice clothes, bags and shoes. The Gallery Central is open every day.
Vienna is more expensive and cleaner. Bratislava is cheaper when it comes to food and beverages (that´s why a lot of young people go there to drink). Some parts of Bratislava still remind me of an eastern country BUT:
Bratislava is definitely a city to visit. Especially the Old Town has its own flair and the view from the Bratislava Castle is awesome. If you are there you should try the local specialties like Slovakian schnapps, wine and food with goat cheese.
Thanks to Lindner Hotels & Resorts for the invitation. The opinions are ours.