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Planning a trip to central Europe? Touch down in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Bratislava Milan Rastislav Štefánik Airport (BTS) is the largest airport in Slovakia and welcomes flights from the UK and all over Europe. The cheapest flights to Bratislava from London are operated by Ryanair. Norwegian Air also flights from London to Bratislava.
No matter what time of the year you're planning to visit, Book your flights to Bratislava at least 3 months in advance for the cheapest deals. Summer is the most popular time to visit the city, mostly thanks to the nice weather. Spring and fall are the cheapest times to visit though.
Direct flights to Bratislava take 2 hours 15 minutes from London.
Bratislava's medieval inner city will no doubt charm. The small, winding streets that lead up to the castle hide small squares and the corner coffee shops. There are two main squares, perfect for people watching. How about a walk on the banks of the Danube?
Bratislava Castle: Entrance is free and the views from the castle are just amazing. It recently underwent extensive reconstruction and hosts different expositions throughout the year. It is not to be missed.
Grassalkovich Palace: Nodding towards the city's past, this Rococo palace is a jewel. The summer palace is surrounded by spectacular gardens, once used as a seat for the country's president. Spot the National Guard standing in front.
Arts: Bratislava has a huge penchant for the arts. Take a tour of the National Gallery, right on the banks of the river between Starý most and Nový most. You'll see a fine selection of paintings from Slovak and European artists. For modern art, check out the Danubiana Art Museum.
Find more information on Visit Bratislava.
Looking for a hotel in Bratislava? There is a fine selection of budget inns, mid-range hotels and even some luxury choices in the old town and city centre. Note that there is a city tax on all hotel rooms. In 2012 that fee was €1.65 per person/night. Most hotel room prices do not include this fee, usually tacked on when checking out.