Christmas time is a perfect time to visit Bratislava and to see their Christmas market. I spent there a day and I think its enough.

What I did there and what you should put on your bucket list for Bratislava, read below 😉

So….let’s start!

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ABOUT BRATISLAVA

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. With a population of about 450,000, it is one of the smaller capitals of Europe but still the country’s largest city. The greater metropolitan area is home to more than 650,000 people. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states.

The city’s history has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely (in alphabetical order) Austrians, Bulgarians, Croats, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Jews, Serbs and Slovaks. It was the coronation site and legislative center of the Kingdom of Hungary from 1536 to 1783 and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian and German historical figures.

Bratislava is the political, cultural and economic centre of Slovakia. It is the seat of the Slovak president, the parliament and the Slovak Executive. It has several universities, and many museums, theatres, galleries and other cultural and educational institutions. Many of Slovakia’s large businesses and financial institutions have headquarters there.

In 2017, Bratislava was ranked as the third richest region of the European Union by GDP (PPP) per capita (after Hamburg and Luxembourg City). GDP at purchasing power parity is about three times higher than in other Slovak regions.

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SHOPPING

Bratislava has many shopping areas, markets throughout the city and 7 major Shopping centres: Aupark, Avion Shopping Park, Bory Mall, Central, Eurovea, Polus City Center and Shopping Palace.

A month before Christmas the Main Square in Bratislava is illuminated by a Christmas tree and the Christmas market stalls are officially opened. The Bratislava Christmas Market produces a distinctive atmosphere and attracts thousands of people every day, who come to meet their friends and chat over some mulled wine and traditional specialties. Around 100 booths are opened every year. It is opened most of the day as well as in the evening hours.

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TOURISM

In 2006, Bratislava had 77 commercial accommodation facilities (of which 45 were hotels) with a total capacity of 9,940 beds. A total of 986,201 visitors, 754,870 of whom were foreigners, stayed overnight. Altogether, visitors made 1,338,497 overnight stays. However, a considerable share of visits is made by those who visit Bratislava for a single day, and their exact number is not known. The largest numbers of foreign visitors come from the Czech Republic, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Poland and Austria.

Among other factors, the growth of low-cost airline flights to Bratislava, led by Ryanair, has led to conspicuous stag parties, primarily from the UK. While these are a boom to the city’s tourism industry, cultural differences and vandalism have led to concern by local officials. Reflecting the popularity of rowdy parties in Bratislava in the early to mid-2000s, the city was a setting in the 2004 comedy film Eurotrip, which was actually filmed in the city and suburbs of Prague, the Czech Republic.

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Bratislava in one glance can look like Soviet Moscow at the height of the CCCP, massive obelisks pointing towards the air in celebration of the red army’s victory against the Nazi’s on the very soil we stand.

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Bratislava, a city of many sides:

It is both loud and under stated at the same time. People stepping off the bus in the centre for the first time could not fail to notice the gigantic UFO floating above the Danube in a typical soviet show of power. It’s in your face, it’s harsh, but turn around and perched on top of the hill is the white face of the ancient castle of Bratislava. Sitting by, witness to so much, waiting for your wandering eye to catch a glimpse of it’s majesty.

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MONEY AND LANGUAGE

The currency of Slovakia is the Euro, which I guess seemed a little strange give the fact it felt much more “Eastern European” than Czech Republic and they have their own currency. Personally I hate the Euro, it takes away part of the experience of using a new currency and it all becomes a bit homogenized. Not only that but countries in the Euro zone also tend to me more expensive than they would have been. Having said that Slovakia is still very cheap for Europe but no where near as cheap as many other Eastern European countries.
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Most people tend to speak quite good English, especially the younger people. The people are also very warm and welcoming which really helps when trying to find your way. Given it’s quietness we never felt pushed or pressured whilst wandering around the main squares as sometimes can be the case and always felt comfortable and at ease.

AROUND THE TOWN

It’s a simple enough concept but truly one of the most wonderful things to do in Bratislava is to just walk around the narrow streets of Old Town. In fact, before you do anything else just walk… you will soon find your bearings with the city being so compact and in doing so will come across some of that historic and rough charm the city is famed for.

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Bratislava is really nice and cute city, perfect for a short break from reality.

In that name, let’s walk around the city and see what it has to offer.

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I love the cities in the Christmas time, it just has something and its worth of it. To get lost in those streets and to feel the town.

 

What is your favorite Christmas town and market?

Share your story with me I want to heard it! 🙂

 

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