The cities have an appealing mix of similar and contrasting features to interest the tourist.
Since the advent of the low-cost airlines, many people have become used to taking regular European city breaks, all at a very affordable price. These experienced city-break travellers have grown in confidence and are now looking for further challenges when travelling abroad. The twin centre city break meets these challenges perfectly.
The combination of Bratislava and Vienna has great appeal for many and a break of just 4 nights can provide the holidaymaker with some fascinating experiences as the two cities fit very neatly into one holiday. Direct flights to Vienna from the UK are limited to just Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester, so many visitors take advantage of the flights to nearby Bratislava which operate from a number of regional airports, and which are often very well priced.
Bratislava, capital of Slovakia, lies on the River Danube and has a compact pedestrianised city centre which is home to most of the city’s cultural and historical monuments. The visitor spending 2 nights in the city will be able to see a number of the city’s main attractions including Bratislava Castle, the Old Town Hall and Bratislava City Museum. The city also has a wealth of galleries, museums, theatres and historical sights to offer the visitor, in addition to some high quality and well priced cafés and restaurants. It’s worth making the most of the reasonable prices in Bratislava as you can eat out for a third of the price you can expect to pay in a restaurant in Vienna! Many restaurants serve hearty Slovak cuisine, although you will also find cuisines from many other nations including Italian, Indian and Mexican.
The train journey from Bratislava to Vienna takes about an hour and the trains run hourly throughout the day.
The larger and better known city of Vienna also lies on the River Danube. The city has so much to offer the visitor and on a short stay of just two nights it’s hard to know what to miss out. Many travellers will enjoy a visit to the Belvedere Palace, situated just on the edge of the city centre. There are in fact two magnificent palaces in the Belvedere grounds and they lie in the middle of a beautiful park. The palaces both house museums featuring Austrian paintings. The park also contains Europe’s first Alpine garden, created in 1803 following a suggestion by Archduke Johann
The Hofburg – Vienna’s Imperial Palace – should be on the “must see” list of every visitor to the city. The Hofburg was originally a medieval castle, but only the castle chapel (‘Burgkapelle’) remains from this period. It was extended to make a magnificent residence when the Habsburg’s power increased and contains almost every architectural style, from gothic to art nouveau. The Hofburg is home to the famous “Spanische Hofreitschule” (Spanish Riding School).
Bratislava and Vienna have much in common but plenty of contrasts to ensure that a twin centre break to these cities will always be and ideal combination.