Culture & Art

Capture beguiling melodies, graceful dancing and breathtaking acting performances. Walk in the footsteps of history or revel in the excellence of today. Art and culture are a deeply rooted tradition in Bratislava; not for nothing is this city compared to its older sisters: Vienna and Prague.

Bratislava is proud of a history entwined with a Celtic settlement, a Roman military camp and unique coronation ceremonies. No wonder therefore that the picturesque streets of the old town literally overflow with monuments of past glorious times, with the most valuable works carefully stored in the collections of some 50 museums and major art work gathered inalmost 20 galleries. The showcase of the best acting performances is offered by the stages of nearly 30 theaters, including the Slovak National Theater, which covers a wide repertoire of ballet, opera and drama. Cultural activities in the form of rich concerts with the participation of top artists and ensembles from around the world are offered by the Slovak Philharmonic.


Bratislava, a great place to chill during the day, takes on a new face when the sun goes down.

After the sun goes down, Bratislava truly comes alive. The clubbing scene is lively. Pick your poison and your choice of venue and off you go! Find an intimate spot where you can sip a dry martini whilst having a great conversation for hours, or choose a more vivid bar, where you can dance wildly into the early hours. Rumours have it that visitors of Vienna get often lured to cross the border to party at the Bratislava’s hotspots, which can be found in the Old Town scattered across the MichalskáObchodná and Ventúrskastreets as well as Hviezdoslavovo and SNP squares.

For a club with a difference, visit the former military bunkers beneath Bratislava Castle. Subclub is one of the city’s most unusual night spot, a mainstay of Slovak nightclubs for two generations. Known across the Europe for its deep, loud and steady rumble, here the founding fathers of a vibrant underground culture dust off their vinyl to work the crowd.  As the club grew popular, more and more DJs were invited to play sets here and the cornerstone of the Slovak techno, house, drum ‘n’ bass, and jungle music scene was born.

If you want to enjoy Bratislava’s underground scene, visit Nu Spirit, which has been leading this scene for more than 10 years.


Let’s eat! A commonly heard phrase, especially among travelers. Certainly a big part of travelling, especially in foreign lands, is sampling the cuisine while soaking up the culture and maybe a glass of the best local wine.

But what and where?

There is certainly no lack of eating establishments in Bratislava and to the hungry and often overwhelmed traveler, finding that “memorable meal” can be a challenge, especially if you don’t speak the local language. But the rewards of choosing correctly, especially in a sophisticated “foodie” city like Bratislava, can be really rewarding.

Bratislava’s cuisine is difficult to define in one word. This cosmopolitan European capital has been forged from the Hungarian, Austrian, German and Slovak cultures that have, at one time or another, dominated the city. Maybe a little history lesson will help to explain it further.

During the communist era, cultural variations in food took second place to filling hungry bellies. Would-be chefs were given the same recipe book with a standard list of easily-available ingredients and standard food preparation guidelines. Variety was not to be found in the food.

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