With the current economic crisis, expensive cities in Europe like Paris, London, and Vienna are out of many people’s reach. While some avoid the continent all together, there are still many places that offer good value and similar charms – most of them involve traveling east.
The “Little Big City” known as Bratislava can leave your economic worries behind. Here are some things to do for cheap (and on foot) for a day in Bratislava.
1. Walk around the Old Town
With its beautiful Old Town lined with cafés and palaces of the past, one can’t help but fall in love with this city. Embassies and small shops find a home in the area. Why go to Paris for cafés when you can get more for your Euro in this less crowded and quaint city?
2. St. Martin’s Cathedral
On the edge of Old Town, visit St. Martin’s Cathedral (2 EUR). One of the oldest churches in Bratislava, it was home of the coronation for the Kingdom of Hungary. Some famous coronations include Ferdinand II and Maria Theresa. If you are in luck, there might be a classical music performance at the church as well.
3. Bratislava Castle
From the Old Town, walk up the windy hill to the Castle. Although the castle is currently under construction, it is the highest point in the area and displays the best views of the city and the Danube River.
4. Eat Slovak Food
After a day of walking around, experience the delectable national dish of Bryndzové Haluškyat (gnocchi with sheep cheese and bacon) at the traditional Slovak Pub (3.25 EUR). The wood furnishings create a rustic atmosphere, which creates the illusion of being in a village pub. The ingredients are from an organic farm within Slovakia.