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Is it really so much cheaper to go to Bratislava for shopping clothes in comparison to western Europe? I live in Vienna. So it only takes me one hour to go there.
I did not find it 'so much cheaper' for clothes, no. A little cheaper for some things, but much depends on what you are buying and where you buy it.
I am from the UK.
I found Bratislavia to be cheaper than Vienna for women's clothes but I found that the range of stores to be much greater in Vienna. In both cities I have shopped on occasions and found some fantastic clothes for both business and casual wear whilst at other times I have come away empty handed despite my best efforts to find something. Living only an hour away I really don't think that you have anything to lose by going and you could always combine your shopping trip with some sightseeing.
Sorry that I don't know Bratislava. But my experience with Krakow might be useful. I had to shop for clothes in Krakow & found many things that I liked, good quality & design (I mean "well cut") + very affordable compared to prices in Montreal (at the time.)
I went from there to Budapest for a couple of days, didn't shop there but also was not particularly attracted by any store.
I went from Budapest to Vienna & needed to shop for bed linens/towels, facecloth/teapot, cup. All that was much more expensive than it was in Krakow.
I had found Krakow inexpensive, I found Vienna to be very expensive in every way. But well... the quality was superb and the details very refined. Krakow had very good quality but the clothes & other products I saw were more plain, somewhat more "craft-like" in design etc.
As said above, since you live so close, it's worth the trip. Could be fun too. Good luck!
Bratislava is also worth a visit just for itself. It has a rather nice historical centre, a pleasant 'feel' and is certainly worth's at least a day's exploration.
I assume you already know about the Parndorf outlet? Parndorf is just before the Austrian/Slovakian border on the way to Bratislava.
There was a time when the colloquial word in Vienna for Bratislava was GRATISlava !
BUT that time is over for sure and nowadays all People from Bratislava - who can afford it - are rather coming to Vienna, because we have the better choice and bigger variety of Shops.
I can highly recommend to go to Bratislava for Sightseeing, but for Shopping clothings it might be not really such a great bargain anymore, especially when you dont want to buy something cheap in every sense of the world, like you can get it in Vienna as well in some chinese stores and others.
The big brands like C&A, H&M etc. are certainly not more than 10% cheaper there !
The Outletcentre in Parndorf ??
Yes, maybe a good choice when you are looking for something very Special, with a Special brandname, BUT you can read it in many Shops: all of These things are from last season or with tiny mistakes and that is why you get a cheaper Price !
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there even used to be a bus on the Weekends from Vienna:
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On the total Parndorf was a total disappointment for me, but you will see busloads of People from Bratislava and Hungary there...
I assumed the OP would understand how outlets work, Globetrott. Most of us do, given that they exist in quantity in many European countries as well as elsewhere.
Some people thoroughly enjoy visiting outlets and many consider that they find bargains. I certainly don't (I am not interested in labels) but it's all a matter of personal choice.
It's like others have said - don't expect to be much cheaper but nice to visit. BTW, talking about clothes, there is a lot of nice, unique stuff done in terms of what they call Slovakian design. This is not cheap either but worth checking out - how much creativity recently literally exploded comparing to10 years ago. It's kind of renaissaince for creative arts these days.