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a VirtualTourist member from Nicosia

Bratislava

Will Bratislava old center be deserted on 26th Dec?

The only day we can take a day trip to Bratislava from Vienna is dec 26th. Will everything be closed (besides the christmas markets? :(( museums, shops and restaurants, cafes?



9 Answers


answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Wakefield

Yes.

Its St Sephen's Day, a national holiday. so all museums closed to start with. You will find some restaurants open and its is nice to walk around....




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Nicosia

Will restaurants and cafes be open? And could you recommend a place with nice views of the city?
I want to make sure there will be a place to sit and relax and eat and warm ourselves from the cold.

Is it a bad idea to come at all?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Wakefield

Its a chance to see another country in minature.

There is a good page here with links to restaurant websites:

bratislava.com/v/restaurants...

You could email some of theme. I have no doubt that things selling alcohol will be open on the day. Just no government institutions (museums) or banks.

Look like one of the main shopping malls is open all day on the 26th:
translate.google.co.uk/trans...

The Old Town - the place you really want to see - will probably not have many of the smaller specialty shops open. Having said that, its been a few years since I was there. They offer a lot more than when I was there:

http://www.befreetours.com/

The AK-47 shooting looks interesting!




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Nicosia

Thanks very much for the info! What's A-k 47?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Nicosia

One more question: how far is the old town from the train station? Is it walkable? I haven't heard the best for taxis outside train stations! Bus maybe?




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Wakefield

An AK-47 is a Russian machine gun.

The Central Train Station is old, sad, and falling apart - inside and out- but it is scheduled for modernisation.

It is around 1 km or a 15 min walk north from the Old Town - so walk south. I did this - easy and took a day trip to Vienna.




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Wakefield

And Happy Christmas !




answered by
Mary Smith from Leicester

There is a great deal to see and explore in the historical centre of Bratislava. I very much doubt it will be 'deserted' on 26th and suspect you may well find at least some shops etc open. You'll certainly be able to watch the changing of the guard at Grassalkovich Palace (you'll pass it on the easy walk from the station):

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and do try to visit inside St Martin's cathedral:

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More ideas here: [original VT link]

I didn't think the railway station was so very bad when I visited a couple of years ago, DAO. It's certainly not pretty but it is functional:

[original VT link]




answered by
a VirtualTourist member from Nicosia

Merry Christmas to you all! Thanks!





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