As we leave with full hearts after a year in Bratislava, Slovakia’s capital city we are comforted by the fact that we can watch from afar through our favourite Instagram accounts.
What makes Bratislava so unique for us is its tenacity to be trend-setters, retain its traditions while opening up to the rest of Europe. While Vienna is only an hour away, Bratislava feels like a welcoming warm embrace in comparison. It may not have the grandeur of big capital cities, but it has an authenticity and a unique history that thanks to the locals is now being more recognised.
Explore its magnificent baroque buildings, vibrant green spaces and tucked away find pretty little corners with chic cafés. Happen upon the city’s remarkable reclamation of old communist buildings and poignant street art. Most of all see it through the eyes of locals and we dare you not to fall in love, just like we did!
She Makes Me Travel
The brainchild of Slovak journalist Veronika (and sometimes her husband Karol) is this delightful slow travel, fashion and lifestyle account. Her photos are dream-like and she often opens up fantastic discussions alongside her photos and showcases the delights of Slovakia and its surrounding countries.
Follow power couple Veronika and Karol @shemakesmetravel
Diary of Monika
A gorgeous, fairy-tale-esque jaunt through Bratislava and other nearby cities and towns. Monika’s account is filled with picture perfect moments, dreamy corners and fascinating facades that serve to capture Bratislava at its best. If this doesn’t make you fall in love, we don’t know what will.
Follow the delightful Monika @diaryofmonika
Why We Travel
Karina and Martin are a young Slovak couple who reside in Bratislava for the time-being. That is until they take over the world! They are a travel couple who also foray into fashion and lifestyle posts and have an infectious positive outlook on the world while showing off their home city in style.
Follow the lovely Karina and Martin @whywetravel_sk
This talented photographer covers all kinds of subject matters through her shots of Bratislava. Daniela has an eye for unique moments, angles and perspectives, from animals and people to spots around the city she encapsulates the beauty of everything big or small, in and around Bratislava.
Follow photographer Daniela @ d.bicanovska
For something a bit different this account by sustainable tourism student Nikoleta is one to follow. She set up this account as part of a dissertation project and opens up important discussions on sustainable travel with lots of tips. She advocates for mindful tourism, talks about the culture of Slovakia and has some lovely photos to illustrate her thoughts on various subjects.
Follow the thought provoking Nikoleta @sustainable.bratislava
We will leave you with a beautiful piece of writing by Nikoleta from Sustainable Bratislava who told us exactly what it is that makes Bratislava so unique in the eyes of a local.
“There is not one thing that makes Bratislava unique in my eyes. It is the combination of history that seems to had been written by an artist rather than life, with energy coming from the young spirit of the city, with beauty that transfers you into a better place instantly, and with diversity that allows you to travel the world without stepping out of your country.
Bratislava is a city that makes one fall in love. Many writers have tried to capture the feeling of love on paper since the Antiquity just like many writers have tried to capture the uniqueness of Bratislava. It’s an impossible task as there are no words great enough to describe the experiences both of those bring up within us.”
If you enjoyed this, check out our guest post for Sustainable Bratislava on sustainable travel in the city and our experiences and tips as expats.
Follow our account for snippets of Bratislava @hoopla_adventures