There is always a lot going on in Bratislava, whatever the time of year. The Tourist Information Office maintains a handy 1-page list, updated weekly, of live performances, cultural events and current exhibitions – a free copy can be obtained from the office at Klobučnícka 2; or events are listed here .
Bratislava's character changes from summer to winter, and with each season comes a range of different things to do. But if you have only a few days – or hours – in the city, here are our Top 10 suggestions for things to do and see in Bratislava:
1. Take a stroll through the traffic-free old town, and breathe in the atmosphere of its centuries-old streets, squares and buildings.
2. Do as the locals do and savour a coffee in one of the numerous city-centre cafes.
3. Visit one of the city's excellent galleries, for instance the Bratislava City Gallery at the Pállfy Palace, to experience Matej Krén's unique "Passage" installation.
4. Check out one of the quirky museums, like the Museum of Clocks or the Pharmacy Museum.
5. Walk, or take a short bus ride, up to the castle, which currently hosts temporary historical exhibitions and from whose ramparts you can see nearby Hungary, Austria and the Danube valley.
6. If you're feeling energetic, continue through the handsome hillside villas surrounding the castle to the imposing Soviet War Memorial at Slavín, which commands the best views over the city.
7. If the weather is good, take a boat ride on the Danube: upstream to the historic castle ruins at Devín; or downstream to the remarkable Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum.
8. Enjoy a glass of locally-produced wine or beer in one of the city's atmospheric bars and wine cellars. You may be inclined to have another as you take an evening stroll along the cafe-lined 'Korzo' promenade centred on Hviezdoslavovo Square.
9. Experience classic Slovak cuisine - or a range of other choices from around the world - with dinner at one of the capital's many restaurants.
10. As night falls, visit one of the city's stylish clubs. Or maybe just watch the city lights with a walk along the banks of the River Danube.
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