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Days 4-5
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Bratislava offers many of Prague's charms with far fewer tourists. As a bonus, it's just an hour outside Vienna, making it easy to pair with its up-river cousin. Whether it's castles even older than you'll find in the Czech Republic or the hospitality of the Slovaks, Bratislava is gaining ground as a popular destination, especially for wine lovers.

  • Architecture
  • History


  • The city's main landmark is the Bratislava Castle. Rebuilt in 1811 after a fire, the original foundations were laid in the 9th century.
  • Bratislava's Old Town is smaller than Prague's, but similar in style, with winding cobblestone streets hiding gothic churches and narrow alleys.
  • The Primates' Palace is one of Bratislava's best known architectural monuments. Don't miss the hall of mirrors and the adjacent English tapestries which date to the 17th century.

Side Trips

  • Slovakia's wine trail stretches north of the city. The "Small Carpathian Wine Route" has grown tremendously in recent years.
  • Devin Castle, just outside the city, dates to 863 AD.