UPDATED: 12. FEB 2019, AT 7:28

Best places to travel to in Europe in 2019? Bratislava is on the list!

The capital of a neighbouring country was voted first.

BratislavaBratislava (Source: TASR)
More information about travelling in Slovakia
Please see our Spectacular Slovakia travel guide.

Bratislava came ninth in a competition for the best European destination of 2019 among a pool of 15 cities. Bratislava left behind Athens, Riga, Florence and other European destinations.

First place went to Budapest in Hungary, second to Braga in Portugal, followed by Monte Isola in Italy. In this 10th competition of its kind, organised by via the website of the European Best Destinations organisation with headquarters in Brussels, which supports tourism in Europe, more than half a million people in 153 countries cast their vote.

“Bratislava is a modern city on the Danube, where a centuries-old history combines with an exciting present,” reads the evaluation of the Slovak capital.

It is not just Bratislava's affordability and proximity to other capitals that attracts visitors to Slovakia's capital. If you are looking for a city break full of culture, exceptional cuisine, exclusive experiences and a unique atmosphere, Bratislava is the place to be, the press release continues.

“The dominant triangle – Bratislava Castle, the UFO tower and St Martin‘s Cathedral – offers a combination of spectacular panoramic views over the town and wonderful culinary experiences, together with reminders of the city’s rich coronation history,” reads the press release.

Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Theme: Bratislava

Read more articles by the topic

Top stories

When we knelt in honour of Floyd, something inside me broke

Tyrone Chambers, an American opera singer based in Germany, shares what it feels like to be an American living in Europe, watching the BLM movement from across the ocean.

Black Lives Matter protest in Germany

Vietnamese cuisine in Martin, Vienna tram on a stamp

Check out our tips for trips and some good weekend reads.

The third reconstruction stage of Bratislava Castle leads to a rare archaeological discovery on Aug 6, 2020.

Coronavirus in Slovakia: July saw 12 outbreaks in the country

Statistics from the public health offices show young people were the biggest group among the infected.

Illustrative stock photo

All eyes are on Matovič. He is facing a major task

Slovakia needs to make big decisions. Can it become the European tiger again?

PM Igor Matovič in Brussels.