Twin centre city breaks are becoming increasingly popular and the combination of Vienna and Bratislava provides the holidaymaker with some fascinating contrasts as well as similarities on a four night break.
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.
It is easy to fill a couple of days in Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. This historic city on the River Danube has a compact pedestrianised city centre which is home to most of the city’s cultural and historical monuments, The city has a wealth of galleries, museums, theatres and historical sights to offer the visitor, as well as some high quality and well priced cafés and restaurants. BratislavaCastle, the OldTown Hall and BratislavaCityMuseum are some of the main attractions for visitors to the city. Prices in Bratislava are generally very reasonable, and you can eat out for a third of the price you can expect to pay in a restaurant in Vienna. There are many restaurants serving hearty Slovak cuisine, although you can also sample cuisines from many other nations including Italian, Indian and Mexican.
The train journey from Bratislava to Vienna is a short but interesting one – about an hour in length, and the trains run hourly throughout the day.
Vienna also lies on the River Danube. It is a larger city than Bratislava and has endless possibilities for sightseeing. 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. For many, a visit to the opera is a priority. For others, a visit to the SpanishRidingSchool is something they cannot miss. Others just enjoy wandering through the Stadtpark and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of this famous park in the heart of the city.
Viennese cuisine has its roots in the Austro-Hungarian empire but also has many other influences including Bohemian, Italian, Jewish, Polish and Southern Slavic.
Lying only 80 kilometres apart, the two cities have much in common but plenty of contrasts to ensure that a twin centre break will be full of interest.