LNOF Guide to Bratislava
Straddling the Danube and in the heart of landlocked Central Europe, the Slovakian capital of Bratislava Is fast becoming a major player in the world of European getaways for Grooms-to-be. A city steeped in tradition and very easy on the wallet, its reputation for buzzing and varied nightlife now matches its renown for stunning baroque and Gothic architecture. Stag groups are more than welcome in the cafes, pubs, bars, restaurants and clubs of Bratislava’s compact pedestrianised Old Town.
The only national capital city in the world to border two other independent countries (Austria and Hungary), Bratislava has always been an international city, and these days that manifests itself in a huge selection of eating and drinking houses to sample. Traditional Slovakian culture still shines through in the dumplings, rich potato stews and pork sausages that populate every menu and plum brandies and herbal liqueurs are the order of the day for refreshment. As well as copious amounts of cold, locally-brewed beer, obviously!
The softly-lit streets often open up into expansive, bustling squares like Hviezdoslav Square where statues, buildings and monuments hint at Bratislava’s rich and diverse cultural history. Gradually, the cosy Old Town ripples out to incorporate roads and transport links that help form its position as a crossroads between Vienna, Brno and Budapest. It’s definitely a city right in the thick of it!
Here at LNOF we’re very excited about the future of Bratislava as a stag location over the next few years. The word has most certainly got out about the cost effective, hedonistic weekend to be had there and the groups are flowing over. Formerly overlooked as a younger brother and aside to the nearby powerhouses of Prague and Budapest, Bratislava now stands alongside them with a healthy reputation for friendly locals, traditional beauty and serious partying.