Bratislava exudes small-town charm despite its city rating. Fringed by idyllic vineyards and the peaks of the Little Carpathian Mountains, Bratislava is an unexpected collection of happy memories just waiting to happen. And it’s also really fun to say. Here’s more about the Slovakian capital.
Australian passport holders can enter and travel around Slovakia for up to 90 days without a visa, thanks to the Schengen Convention. This information is a general guideline only; contact the Embassy of Slovakia in Canberra for specific advice and updates.
Slovakia’s official currency is the Euro. Exchange rates between the Euro and the Australian Dollar vary from week to week. If you intend to use your credit card, let your provider know before you leave for security reasons and to check what international withdrawal fees may apply to your card.
Slovakia is a country of heavy dishes inspired by rural recipes and long-held traditions – think potatoes, dumplings and meat. Before you start counting carbs, don’t forget to factor in the thick layers of cheese and lavish servings of sauce and spices. Accept it. You will eat more than you should. Fill your belly with ostiepok (smoked sheep cheese), hus s loksami (goose meat with potato pancakes), makonik (a poppyseed nut roll) and kapustnica (sauerkraut soup with sausages, plums and mushrooms). Lunch is your main meal, portions are smaller at dinnertime. If you prefer a real-deal restaurant over a roadside eatery, check out Ludwig, a French nook serving up fusion cooking; Tempus Fugit, a must-visit dining staple staged in beautifully restored 15th-century vaults; or Modry Dom for wine tasting, Slovak food and ice-cream.
The Bratislava party scene blasts off daily. After sating your appetite, dive into the decadently decorated Presidential Club, a basement club with more presence than a flash mob. Local DJs turn it up for crowds with trance and pop mashes. Manana Cafe Club is a Cuban-flavoured experience, which features spicy sets and an infinite playlist from a range of genres, comfortable corners and mood lighting. For extraordinary, Subclub is your port of call. Built inside a former nuclear fallout shelter, Subclub regularly hosts a range of events, pumping out the very best techno, trance, rock, reggae, ska and bass. If you’ve come for a party, Bratislava can deliver.