Bratislava likes to call itself ”The Little Big City” – perhaps because it’s a small city but still the capital of the country, forgotten by many, unknown to others, waiting in the shadows of the big neighboring capitals ”Vienna” and ”Budapest”.
Even Bratislava’s airport is called “Vienna airport” by Ryan Air, despite being in another capital – let alone another country…
But the capital city of Slovakia still tries hard to fit into those big shoes that capital cities are expected to wear, however it is not quite succeeding.
The city really doesn’t seem like a capital city, and to be honest I don’t think they should try to make it that way either. It’s good just the way it is.
Nearly everything is within walking distance, large areas of the city are completely free of cars and the whole place has a small town feel to it.
It’s a city which seems to make adults act a bit like kids again.
Everywhere on the streets you see these quirky, fun statues and people in all ages playing and posing with them, taking silly photos and showing off to their friends.
On the main square there was some small local celebration going on with mideval games on the streets, stalls with traditional snacks and a stage where dance groups dressed from top to toe in incredible folk lore dresses were dancing traditional Slovakian folk dance.
These kind of events always enhance the experience of a city, and we got a great insight to the traditions and folklore of Slovakia.
We also saw A LOT of wedding couples…
You’d be amazed to know how many weddings we’ve accidentally attended during this trip, and even more wedding photography sessions.
In Bratislava alone we saw 5 wedding couples around the churches, and accidentally attended a baptism celebration in a bright baby blue church, which on the inside looked just like a baby’s cradle.
This bright blue church was a real fun and quirky touch, unlike any church I’ve seen.
To me, this little capital was a colorful spot on the map, full of cafes with unforgettable thick custardy hot chocolates and fun surprises around every corner … really a great place to visit and explore for a few days.
Have you been to Bratislava? If so, what did you think?