We left the charming city of Vienna at 8:00am to make our way to Budapest, with a quick stop-over in Bratislava, Slovakia. I wasn’t too sure what to expect from Bratislava, but I can tell you now; if you are looking for amazing food and cute buildings you need to go there!
Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia and has a nice, old-fashioned feel to it. Everything feels quaint – it’s like stepping back in time.
We wandered through the narrow pedestrian streets of the old town, gazing up at the pastel coloured 18th-century buildings in awe. I love the funky colours they used for building in this city; bright yellows, pastel pinks and gentle greens. I felt like I was inside the pages of a brightly coloured kids book.
The tower of the Old Town Hall (which you can see in the photo above) was built in 1370 and is one of the oldest stone buildings in Bratislava. This gothic-style building is actually several buildings that have been joined together. It is one of Bratislava’s most noticeable landmarks and is very striking to look up at.
Our group stopped in at Hlavné námestie, which literally translates to ‘main square’. Shockingly, this is the main square and the centre of the city and is home to the Roland Fountain – one of the city’s most important landmarks.
The purpose of the fountain was to provide a public water supply. It was built in 1572 and has been rebuilt several times since then -so it probably looks quite different to the original.
But now, the good part – food! A group of us snuck off and headed over to a little cafe to get some lunch. Pretty much everyone in the group asked for a hot chocolate, and they were all quite impressed with what they got. In Slovakia, the hot chocolates are literally just melted chocolate.You can forget all about the cocoa powder you use at home because you are getting the real deal here. Katie couldn’t quite finish hers because it was sooooo rich.
I was still feeling pretty unwell at this point and was keen on getting a drink that would freshen me up a little. I scanned the menu and came across something I’d never heard of before; winter lemonade. The menu said that the drink consisted of hot water, honey, cinnamon, cloves, lemon, orange, badian, and apple juice. It was honestly one of the most amazing drinks I’ve ever had in my life, it was so delicious and refreshing. I felt ten times healthier after drinking it.
Breaking away slightly from my healthy drink, next up came my delicious cake. It was sort of like a crumble on the bottom with a moist cakey centre and an incredible fruity topping.
The cake was AMAZING. I wanted to order like ten more slices.
Here’s a pic of me enjoying my winter lemonade which honestly felt like a Godsend in the midst of my sickness. I probably had already scoffed my cake down by the time this was taken.
After we’d all fed our faces we met back up with the rest of the group and continued on our way to Budapest. Our stop-over at Slovakia’s capital city was super short, but there are lots of cool things to do in Bratislava if you are planning a visit. And you can check out the rest of our tour for more of our travel adventures.
Have you ever been to Bratislava or are planning to go? What would you like to see there?