Globetrotting is series is all about my adventures in travel. They include my tips, takeaways, and realizations about travel, as well as recommendations for food, culture, and nightlife.

If last week’s post about the bratislavian cafe Urban House didn’t already land Slovakia’s capital on your places-to-visit list, maybe this post will. Bratislava, Slovakia’s largest city, is not only less than an hour drive from Vienna, making Bratislava and Vienna the world’s two closest capitals, it is also the only national capital to border two independent countries. And although Bratislava’s history goes way back, it has only been part of Slovakia after Slovakia declared itself a sovereign state as a result of the dissolution of Czechoslovakia in 1989.

To be completely honest, the only pop-culture references I had of Bratislava were from the 2004 film Euro Trip (which were ironically supported by the first 20 minutes of our arrival in the capital as we walked the streets, which were virtually empty save a group of angry right-wing demonstrators opposed to the recent influx of refugees into Europe, a shit ton of cops, and a lone old man hobbling along on the opposite side of the street with a cane over uneven broken pavement) and the horror-thriller film Hostel.

After our first unsuccessful attempt to hail a taxi however, things really picked up and Bratislava proved itself to be an incredible place. The city center is also stunningly beautiful, boasting incredible old buildings that look straight out of a fairytale, and had all of the modern conveniences one would expect to find in a “developed country”, so it’s kind of unfortunate that the only references to the place in films portray post-soviet cliches and oh, I don’t know, kidnap and torture by crazy people.

We eventually found a taxi (albeit overcharged – as mentioned previously), and ended up at a Sturm festival in a neighboring village, where we met with some friends of friends. I found out that some of my favorite Hungarian eats (different variations of fried bread, I mean how can you go wrong with that?) is also a thing in Hungary, so I was a happy clam. After a boozy evening and some drama (as mentioned previously, my friend had her bag stolen), we went to bed. The next morning, we explored the city and lunched at this unexpected hidden gem of a sushi restaurant, which boasted a 12 Euro all-you-can-eat buffet full of delicious nomnoms, before hopping in the car and roadtripping it back to Vienna.

I had such an incredible time with my friends, but as is to be expected, taking photographs always takes a bit of a backseat when you are on a group trip, so I really hope to come back to Bratislava on a solo-trip to explore the city with my camera. Still, I managed to snap a few shots during our morning walk around the city to share with you all:

Images of Bratislava taken by Rae Tashman for

Images of Bratislava taken by Rae Tashman for

Images of Bratislava taken by Rae Tashman for

Images of Bratislava taken by Rae Tashman for

Images of Bratislava taken by Rae Tashman for

Images of Bratislava taken by Rae Tashman for

Images of Bratislava taken by Rae Tashman for

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  • These are really lovely photos! I really do love your travel posts, and I feel so sorry for your friend! That is really unfortunate.

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

    • rae

      So glad you liked them and I know I felt so bad for her :(

  • These photos are seriously incredible and breathtaking! Did you also mention fried bread?? That sounds too good to be true!


    • rae

      Thank you so much! And yes, fried bread is the best!

  • Amanda CW

    Oh wow! Im in love with these pictures. Seems like a beautiful city.

    • rae

      So glad you liked them, Amanda!

  • beautiful place and pictures .

    • rae

      Thanks, Marie!

  • sileas

    Wow this makes me wanna revisit Bratislava! Your photos are lovely!

    • rae

      Hope that you get to one day and thank you!

  • I’ve never actually heard of Bratislava but I’d love to visit one day! The photos are gorgeous, wow! I’d love to go to a Sturm festival, it sounds amazing!

    xx Bash | Hey Bash | bloglovin’

    • rae

      Really hope you do get to visit one day, it is a really beautiful city. And thanks so much!

  • Beautiful pictures! That city looks incredible!
    Thaks for sharing Rae!


    • rae

      Thanks so much, Jeanne!

  • Violette

    Beautiful pictures! xx


    • rae

      Thanks, Violette!

  • All you can eat buffet? You can already have me signed up as well, because that just looks too good to me. I love the photographs you have taken as well <3 So magical, with just the right focus and lighting. It really makes the city look beautiful ^.^

    • rae

      You know that I am all about those all you can eat buffets ;) Glad you liked the photos, Olivia!

  • Such amazing photos!

    Lauren x |

    • rae

      Thanks, so much Lauren!

  • Your travel photos are gorgeous! I literally knew nothing about Slovakia, especially that it was so close to Italy :) It sounds like you had an incredible trip

    Rachel xx

    • rae

      Thank you so much and I did!

  • Amazing photos! Looks like a wonderful city! I just added this to my travel list!

    • rae

      So glad you enjoyed these photos and really hope you are able to visit one day!

  • Becky Hughff

    Love the architecture!! Looks beautiful!

    • rae

      Thanks, Becky!

  • Katie

    These photos are amazing, looks gorgeous!

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Katie!

  • Yumi

    the city is so inspiring :)

    • rae

      It really was!

  • 12 Euros for an all you can eat sushi buffet? Insane! You did take some pretty good photographs despite being on a trip with friends, but I guess there is logic in your statement. Absolutely photographs, Rae!

    May | THE MAYDEN | Bloglovin’

    • rae

      Right? I love a nicely priced buffet! And thanks so much :)

  • I’ve heard only amazing things about Bratislava, and this post confirms it’s a must see! I hope I can make it over in the next few months!


    • rae

      Really hope you are able to make it over in a few years!

  • the place is very beautiful! you know, I wish one day I could take great pictures like you! :)

    • rae

      Thanks so much, so glad you liked the post! And just get a camera and start shooting, it’s how we all start out!

    • rae

      Thank you!

  • Beautiful photos!

    Made in MauveBloglovin

  • Wow, such breathtaking pictures, great post as well, I love it, thank you for sharing!!!


    • rae

      Thank you so much, so glad you liked them!

  • Amazing photos! xx

  • Paul Bill

    This is such a great photos! Thanks for giving us a glimpse of Bratislava!


    • rae

      No worries, and glad you liked them!

  • What a stunning place, I love the architecture! These photos are amazing! x

    • rae

      Thanks so much, Ela! So glad you liked them.

  • Love your photography, this place is just beautiful and you’ve captured it so well x

    Beauty with charm

    • rae

      Thank you so much, Alina! It is pretty easy to take lovely photos when the surroundings are so beautiful.

  • These photos are absolutely stunning! I can’t get over the architecture and all of the cool streets.

    • rae

      Thanks so much! So glad you liked them!

  • You’ve really made me want to visit Bratislava with these beautiful photos, I love the statues on top of the gates – where is that?

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    • rae

      So glad! Hope you are able to visit one day and the statues on the gate is at the castle.

  • I’ve never been to Bratislava, but it looks so beautiful and cool. I love your photography, it’s amazing, and the quality is just on point.
    Nice post, lovely xx

    • rae

      Hope you get to visit one day and thank you so much!

  • Yellowicing

    Stunning photos! My friend has just come back from Bratislava and she said it was amazing.

    Lucy x- Yellowicing

    • rae

      Thanks so much and your friend is definitely right!

  • Gorgeous! I so want to go here and wander the streets. I will definitely get here! Your photos are fantastic, I’m loving these buildings

    • rae

      I really hope that you get to one day. And thanks so much!

  • Kathy

    Love your photos. Thanks for sharing them with us. It sounds like it was a very fun time. I hope you get to go back and take more photos. The ones you have here are fantastic. Sorry about your friends purse getting stolen. I hope everything turned out okay. Have a great weekend!


    • rae

      Thanks so much, so glad you liked them!

  • Gosh, it’s my first time to set foot into your blog and I’m immediately in love! You instantly became one of my inspirations after reading this post and looking at all the photos. You are indeed talented!

    Anyway, Bratislava seems like a place of my dreams. I’d definitely want to go there someday! Added it already on my bucket list! :)

    Mimi | Chasing Bleu

    • rae

      Oh I am so happy that you like LFB! Really hope you will follow and check back often! And thank you so much for your kind words. Bratislava really is a lovely place and I hope you get to visit one day!

  • thefashionsalt

    Looks likes such a beautiful place! This makes me want to visit, especially how you describe the food! The fried bread and all you can eat buffet sound delicious!

    • rae

      It really was! Glad how these photos made you want to visit! Hope you get to one day.

  • idu

    Wow this place is heaven and I want to go visit right away. Beautiful.

    • rae

      Really hope you get to visit as it really is just stunning!

  • Wunderschön! I love Eastern Europe’s cities! I’ve never been to Bratislava but it looks like I’d enjoy going there. I adore Budapest and Prague for sure!
    Deine Fotos sind wie immer superschön! :)

    Liebe Grüße aus Perth!

    • rae

      hope you get to visit Bratislava one day, it’s absolutely lovely there! I have been to Prague and loved it but never to Budapest. Hope to go one day. And thanks so much, doll!

  • I had no idea Bratislava was so beautiful! Love that your intro to it was so like Eurotrip (it’s one of my favourite silly movies). Ah sucks to hear about your friend’s bag – I know it wouldn’t be the end of the world but it would be such an inconvenience, especially when travelling.

    • rae

      Oh it was actually really funny and we were all joking about it. And yeah, it was super unfortunate but definitely not specific to Bratislava. You just always have to be really careful when on holiday.

  • I think that’s another joy of traveling solo, non-guilty photo taking but still your photos you did squeeze in are so beautiful and definitely straight out of a fairytale!

    • rae

      Oh totally. It is one of the best aspects of traveling alone – but the one downside is that you are not in any of your own photos!

  • It’s true, they always portray Bratislava like some criminal infested place in movies! Your adventures have proved this depiction wrong and the pictures make it look so beautiful!

    Pop over to my blog!


    • rae

      I think the US (especially) still has this vey stereotypical idea of what eastern Europe is like. Thank you so much and so glad to have been able to kind of change that opinion a bit!

  • Beautiful photos! This place looks amazing! x

    • rae

      Thanks so much, lady!

  • Frances Claudine Segui Vasquez

    Ahhh. Lovely photos!

    Love, Didi of Frances and Flair
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    • rae

      Thanks so much, Didi!

  • rae

    Thanks so much, so glad you liked the photos!

  • i could look at your photos ALL DAY!!

    • rae

      Thanks, Annie!

  • I never thought about visiting here but maybe I’ll give it a second look! My list of places to visit is always growing so why not add another destination?


    • rae

      Lol I know right? My list is huge but hey, little by little it’s getting smaller :)

  • I’ve made it to Slovakia, but not Bratislava… These pictures are gorgeous and I would love to make it there and properly explore…!

    • rae

      Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia :) Did you visit a different city in Bratislava then? Thank you so much and hope you get to visit one day!

      • I ended up on the border of Slovakia with Hungary where there is a really pretty Catholic Church… Forget the name!

  • That´s amazing! I am Slovakia too! From Košice ♥ Lovely ♡◠‿◠♡

    Have a nice Tuesday ~

    Candy Kitten

    • rae

      So glad you liked the post, and how cool!

  • Ah, Bratislava looks gorgeous! I’ve not been to a lot of Eastern Europe but I definitely will one day. It sounds like you had an awesome time, apart from your friend’s bag being stolen of course. And I always find it easier to take photos when I’m wandering around on my own and don’t have to stop in the middle of a conversation to stand still and take the photo.

    jessica –

    • rae

      Really hope you make it to Eastern Europe – to be honest, I have not seen all that much of it as well – only Prague (which I visited about 8 years ago) and now Bratislava. Hope to see much more soon. And totally – I really LOVE traveling with friends but I know it will not give me any opportunities to do any hardcore photo sessions unless I venture out on my own for a few hours and this trip was too short to do so!