Bratislava probably isn’t the first European capital on most travelers’ bucket lists, but that’s only because most travelers probably don’t know how fun the Slovakian capital truly is. Like many of the most popular European cities, it has incredible architecture, thriving beer and cafe cultures, and a beautiful riverside location on the Danube — and Bratislava is an easy city to see on a budget to boot. If you’re sold on the idea of visiting Slovakia’s grandest city but don’t know where to start, here are 11 memorable things to do in Bratislava.
Bratislava’s presidential palace — officially Grassalkovich Palace and colloquially Slovakia’s White House — is an impressive baroque building dating to 1760. Once a concert venue and gathering place for aristocrats, Grassalkovich Palace is now the seat of the president of Slovakia, although its large French garden serves as a public park as well. The palace is located in Hodžovo Square on the edge of Bratislava’s Old Town.