“Drop Bratislava, there is nothing to see there!”. I am not sure about how many times I heard this when I told people that we were visiting Prague, Bratislava and Budapest. “Visit Vienna instead of Bratislava”, we were advised several times.
I am very happy I did not listen to them. Because of these three cities, Bratislava turned out to be my favorite one.
Yes, it is a much smaller city, with a population of only a bit more than 400.000. But the people and the atmosphere were just lovely. I felt home here. Do not get me wrong, Prague and Budapest were also amazing cities in many ways. But it was just something about Bratislava I fell in love with – at first sight.
Small old brick streets with old houses – many of them soon to fall apart. A beautiful castle on top of the hill. The city center is so small that you can walk by foot and see everything in a couple of hours. But despite this, we felt that our stay was too short and wish we had one night more there.
The food, and drinks were really tasty and affordable in most restaurants in the city. Sitting outside to eat in the cozy old streets in the city center and see the local elegant people passing by on a Friday night, was a relaxing a nice experience in itself. It was a city I found very safe and calm, something I appreciate. A perfect city if you just want to relax, eat and drink well – if you ask me.
So this is why you should not always listen to what everyone else say about a place. You might end up loving the place, even if other recommend you to drop it.
Have you ever ended up loving a country or city, which others said was horrible?