Megan Doyle - “Scenic Bratislava!”
Megan moved to the UK after starting her studies at the University of Hawai'i. After travelling and working in many countries, Megan went on to study International Events Management at the University of Brighton. She graduated in July 2016.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, located in between the major cities of Budapest and Vienna. The Slovakian city is known for its picturesque capital but essentially isn’t well known in the vicinity of Eastern Europe. The city is perfect for international students because it is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
I did not originally plan to stay in Bratislava for three or four days but I found myself really enjoying the city and the people I interacted with. It has a very relaxed vibe which I found perfect after the touristy, upbeat, and slightly overwhelming vibe that I found in Budapest.
As Bratislava is located in between Budapest, Prague, and Vienna, it is a perfect stop between any of the cities when traveling in this section of Eastern Europe. It is a great destination for international students, housing Comeius University, which was founded in 1919 and has around 30,000 students in attendance. Comeius University has a number of notable alumni including the current Slovakian Prime Minister, Robert Fico.
I started my trip by exploring:
This beautiful structure in the Old Town of Bratislava is fun to walk through, and you can see the laser out of the gate towards the opening of the square on Fridays. You can climb to the top during the day for a great view.
Old Town boasts many of Bratislava’s hippest bars, restaurants, and cafes, along with the history of the squares and streets.
Bratislava Hrad, or Bratislava Castle, is the largest attraction in the city, sat atop a beautiful hillside.
Bratislava has many small towns and landscape to explore before hitting the next stop, Vienna!