Small Town Charm Of Bratislava

I ambled through myriad of cafes amid green settings. Then sat under the canopy of a huge tree, admiring and assimilating in cozy local feel.

This was me in charismatic Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, Europe. Such is the small town charm of the Bratislava, that locals often call it a large village. They say that Bratislava is so small that they always bump into familiar people while out in the city.

Blessed with ample scenic beauty, Bratislava is a great mix of old and new. With historical Old Town in city center to modern architecture. All get along beautifully.

Plenty to explore in Bratislava but my pick was the Old Town. Lined with shopping streets, bars, cafes, Old Town is the hub of all activities. Whole area of Old Town is pedestrian area.

Old Town of Bratislava is famous for one more unique attraction. And that is the presence of many full size human statues, all around. Lending a unique touch to the historical Old Town. Blending perfectly in surroundings. A craze among tourist. And I was no exception, enjoyed gazing at these statues and clicked endlessly.

Statue of Cumil
Statue of Cumil

I will talk of Cumil, the watcher. And my favourite, too. Jutting out of manhole. Funnily peeping at you at a busy junction in Old Town. So natural that few feet away you will take him to be a real worker. No wonder that Cumil holds the record of most photographed statue in Bratislava.

Napoleon soldier in main square
Napoleon soldier in main square

Then the interesting statue of Napoleon soldier leaning over a bench near Town Hall. Right in middle of Main square. And there is an equally interesting story attached to this soldier. It is said that while passing through Bratislava, one soldier of Napoleon army fell in love with a native girl. And he stayed back in Bratislava

Unlike other European cities, Bratislava is serene. If you are in for a vibrant night life then Bratislava is not for you. If you in for a relaxed life then no better destination than Bratislava.


  1. I have passed by Slovakia on the way to Budapest, saw a beautiful castle on top of a hill. Too bad I was not as lucky as you that I have time to explore Slovakia. I wish to visit this small town. I think it is a hidden gem.

  2. Bratislava looks like one of those places where you could walk around for hours and just be peaceful. It looks gorgeous. I much prefer these over big cities when I am travelling!

  3. Bratislava looks like a great place to visit. I enjoy seeing all your photos. It makes me wanted to visit this place with, my kids.

  4. I love towns that have a rich history. I also like the way those old details are mixed with the more modern ones. It adds to the character of a place. It would be nice to explore Bratislava!

  5. Bratislava sounds like an amazing place to visit. I see history, art, culture, scenic beauty – everything in here. Visiting small towns give the real feel of the place, it is always my preference when I am traveling.

  6. Hello, I live in Austria, not very far away from Bratislava. I was there many times but never had the time to visit some sights or make a sightseeing tour. Now I feel I should make a sightseeing tour, because its not far away from me.

  7. I live so close to Slovakia, yet I’ve never been to Bratislava.. shame. Especially as I am fond of Napoleonic history, and I would love to see that statue in person! Thanks for sharing! Something to add to my bucket list.

  8. Is looks like a really interesting place, the kind of place you just want to have a stroll and take in the atmosphere. Looks very unique and quirky

  9. Bratislava isn’t somewhere I’ve ever considered visiting before – but I think that’s because I don’t really know much about it… When would recommend is the best time of year to visit? x

  10. Bratislava looks a wonderful place to visit with it’s multicultural and great history and such a wealth of historical architecture, Monument. The human statues look Incredible!

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