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Bratislava Stopover Between Budapest and Vienna

We are going to be traveling from Budapest to Vienna this summer and are considering making a stop in Bratislava for the day in between. We will be catching an overnight train out of Vienna that leaves around 10pm.

We will need to store luggage in Bratislava at the train station.

We have 3 sons who will be 19, 16, and 12. Are there any suggestions of something we can do during a stopover that would be fun for them?

Should we take the train the rest of the way to Vienna or a boat on the Danube instead? I think the boat takes an hour and a half? Is the schedule usually pretty reliable for the boats? I think it sounds fun to get to do a mini Danube cruise if it is worthwhile.

Thanks for any suggestions,
Cindy

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Bratislava is just 39 miles from Vienna, but it's a world apart. It is a very high tech, high income little city on the banks of a river. They have a quaint old city, but down by the river is a magnificent modern mall with a number of restaurants on the lawn overlooking the water.
We spent a couple of nights resting there before taking a bus into Vienna. If the boats are running, by all means take one--if reasonably priced. The boats come into Vienna to the east of St. Stephens and the underground is close to the landing.
It was hard to believe that we didn't hear one word of German in the weekend we spent there--just Hungarian and English.

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The train from Budapest to Vienna does not stop in Bratislava. You’ll take simply a train from Budapest to Bratislava. Most people take the bus from Bratislava to Vienna, but the local, regional train is also an option. The boat isn’t worth it at all on that stretch of the Danube as it is ugly and industrial.

David - this is the second time I’ve seen you make a comment like this about Bratislava. The language there is Slovak. Not German. Not English. Not Hungarian! I also think it is hilarious that you describe it as a high income, high tech city as, in truth, it is a post-Soviet city with sprawling communist housing with lower than average incomes. Viennese go to Bratislava to shop as the taxes are lower and shops are open on Sundays. Many people who work in Vienna live in Bratislava as housing costs are so cheap. Yes, the immediate center is cute, but deserves a few hours, in my opinion.

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You should definitely visit Bratislava Castle, UFO observation, Slavin, a little bit down the road Devin Castle and Old Town for start. It is great city because nothing is too far away. There is a beautiful gallery – Slovak National Gallery, great museums like Museum of cars, Natural History Museum and much more.
There are gorgeous churches as a St. Martin Dome, Blue Church and many more all around the city.
When you tired of sightseeing or you are not just that type, save energy for night life in Bratislava. There are great parties and pubs with the best people.

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Definitely go there. You should definitely visit Bratislava Castle, UFO observation, Slavin, a little bit down the road Devin Castle and Old Town for start. It is great city because nothing is too far away. There is a beautiful gallery – Slovak National Gallery, great museums like Museum of cars, Natural History Museum and much more.
There are gorgeous churches as a St. Martin Dome, Blue Church and many more all around the city.
When you tired of sightseeing or you are not just that type, save energy for night life in Bratislava. There are great parties and pubs with the best people. And if you will be as amazed as me. Stay overnight and I do not want to do advertisement beut best place by all means: Hostel Chors