Things to do in Bratislava
Catch a classical concert at Slovak Philarmonic
The Slovak Philharmonic has played at the Reduta Building since 1914, and this is the place to go to hear professional classical music. The calendar is a mix of local favorites and international staples, and you’ll find performances of the likes of Beethoven, Strauss and Elgar (tel: +421 220 475 233; www.filharmonia.sk).
Check out the Blue Church
A short walk from the heart of Old Town is this striking example of the Hungarian Art Nouveau style. Sankt Elisabeth Kirche (Saint Elizabeth Church) was built in 1908 for the Hungarian Secessionist denomination, and to the untrained eye may bear more resemblance to a mosque than church. Call up the tourist office for more information (www.visitbratislava.com).
Get some river action at Zlate Piesky
Set 9km (6 miles) out town, this lake is a hotbed of local activity during Slovakia's many hot summer days. The beach itself is 400m long, but you'll do well to find a spot at the weekends. Waterskis and wakeboards are normally available for hire if you want to get active; if not, just sup some something cold and soak up some rays.
Go and look at some really old cars.
In a city somewhat lacking in attractions, the Bratislava Transport Museum (tel: +421 2 524 441 63; www.muzeumdopravy.com) seems like a pretty good way to spend an afternoon. With over 100 cars, including military and government vehicles from the war period, plus a pretty comprehensive history of rail transport in Slovakia, you'll come out knowing something new. Probably.
Take a day trip to Devin Castle
Located 10 km (6 miles) out of Bratislava, Devin Castle dates back to 400 BC. With its picturesque views of the Danube and many crofts, steps and follies to explore, it's perfect for a sunny afternoon. Get the 29 bus from the Nový Most bus stop in town.