Lexa and I were planning a trip to Budapest to end the semester, so when I got the chance to take a day trip to Bratislava, I decided to take it. After a long overnight bus and a plane later, I arrived in Budapest and hopped on a 2.5 hour train to Bratislava. This is a really great option if you're already planning a trip to Budapest because the two cities are totally different and a round trip train ticket costs less than $40.
Arriving in Bratislava, it didn't take long to catch a fairy tale feel, which made me excited to explore more the next day (another perk: it's so cheap!!). Here's a few things I recommend.
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The great thing about Bratislava is that it was so cheap, food literally cost nothing. I was there for dinner, breakfast and lunch and spent a total of $12 (that's including the roasted cinnamon peanuts I treated myself to as a reward for spending so little). I will admit that I did not eat fancy...at all. I arrived a bit late, and I can't really tell you when people eat dinner because by 8 p.m. most restaurants were empty.
I actually stayed at a hotel for once as a little splurge for being so good with my budget for the rest of the trip. I can't even explain to you how nice it felt to have a room to myself with a huge bed and a private bathroom. If you've traveled and done the hostel thing, you know what I'm talking about.
Bratislava was by no means my most glamorous trip...I kept it simple and authentic, but the city left me with a warm, happy feeling. It was really different from most of the other cities I'd visited and definitely left me with a fairy tale feel. If you have a few extra days, or you're looking for a cheap, cute place to spend a few days, take a chance on Bratislava - you won't regret it.