Don’t be fooled by Bratislava’s quaint old-world charm, this is a rocking city that will take your stag party weekend down the party path. The Slovakian capital is fast becoming one of Eastern Europe’s hottest – and most affordable – club scenes.
In a Nutshell:
• Bratislava is Slovakia’s largest city.
• Bratislava and Vienna are only 60km apart; the closest European national capitals.
• The capital of the Kingdom of Hungary was once Bratislava.
• The area was first settled in 5000 B.C.
• The city is the most densely populated in Central Europe.
• Bratislava’s region has four distinct features but is in the warmest and driest part of Slovakia.
• Bratislava has many, many beautiful women.
Bratislava has a vibrant pub-centric nightlife that will satisfy all on a stag do. Several very tasty beers are brewed in Bratislava and their associated pubs are great gathering places. There are three casinos in Bratislava that offer roulette, blackjack and poker – perfect for a stag party weekend. The Bratislava Pub Crawl every Friday and Saturday night is a popular diversion with free beer for one hour and free entry to a number of clubs. Big pop acts frequent Bratislava and the city is also home to The Slovak Philharmonic and the opera and ballet of the Slovak National Theatre.
Take a walk around during your stag weekend in Bratislava, there is much to see in all of the city’s historical sites and architecture and it’ll clear your head from the previous night’s revelry. But for the more adrenaline charged stag do crowd, there are quite a few high action activities offered in Bratislava. Everything from off-road driving to shooting, go-karting and paintball can easily be arranged. Try out the White Water Rafting Centre on the Danube. The Aerotrim Astro Trainer is a great stag do activity with its unique simulation of the weightlessness of floating in space. The hills around Bratislava have been working vineyards for centuries and a number of very good wineries are located near the city.
Bratislava has great cuisine and the city centre is often referred to as “one big restaurant” because hundreds are packed in at every corner. The city’s restaurants are a common socializing place for regular inhabitants and you should file right in on a stag party weekend in Bratislava. While Slovakian cuisine is available, Bratislava is known for its Pressburg dishes that showcase the German, Hungarian and Jewish influences in the city.
Bratislava experiences four distinct seasons. Winters are quite cold and summers can be hot. The temperature averages about 30°C during the summer months. Any season is perfect for a stag party in Bratislava.
Slovakia’s official currency is the Slovak Crown which is referred to as the koruna. Generally Slovak Crowns have a 60 to 1 exchange rate with the pound. Money can be exchanged in many places like hotels, banks and ATM machines while in Bratislava on a stag weekend. Banks typically give the best rates, however.
Bratislava is centrally located and walking can be a very pleasurable experience especially in the city centre. Public transportation is also abundant and efficient for any stag do. Taxis are another option but know that two rates generally apply. If the taxi is requested by telephone the rate is generally less than if hailed on the street.