As most of the cities in Europe, Bratislava also helds its own christmas fairs
. Since 1993, between the end of November and December 23rd locals and tourists from all over the world visit the markets for the winter atmosphere and Bratislava is a tiny but shiny gem among the Central European ones.
It really seems that Bratislava comes alive at Christmas. It isn’t a big city, after all, and quite often you’ll be walking through central Old Town streets like Kostolná Ulica behind the Old Town Hall, and not see another soul around as early as 9pm. But at Christmas, the people, wherever they have been hiding, emerge.
The craft stalls, which are relatively easy to browse are the most popular ones. But the food stalls are usually so crowded it is hard to get even close to it. Nevertheless it is worth the fight through the throngs: stalls are selling the likes of medovina (mead), piping hot spiced wine, lokše (delicious Slovak potato pancakes, which come with fillings such as the famed Slovakian sheep’s cheese, bryndza, or saurkraut or perhaps duck fat paste), various assorted sausages like the traditional Czechoslovakian blood sausage called jaternice, and the pork liver burgers called cigánska pečienka.
Most of Bratislava's Christmas markets listed:
Bratislava’s Christmas market is on every day from 10AM to 10PM, until 22nd or 23rd December. 24th December, of course, is when Christmas Day is celebrated in Slovakia, so that’s why the week before is the last they open most of the time.
WHAT YOU SHOULD YOU DO AT THE CHRISTMAS MARKET IN BRATISLAVA?
1. Try a Bratislava specialty. Strudel, Lokša or Goose are highly recommended.
2. Get yourself a Punch - alcoholic or not. There are not only basic flavours but extras too as Lavender, Mojito or with a dash of Absinth.
3. If you seek for souvenir or just a small gift for yourself, feel for handcrafted items. There will be plenty!
4. Discover how locals celebrate this time of the year! There will be Christmas Plays, open air worships and Children's Christmas carol choirs at the main places especially on Advent Sundays.
5. Have fun!
A tip when you’re scouting for the best lokša:
|Almost every food stall sells it, so choose carefully, because some stalls sell them when they are nigh-on bone dry. Go for a moist-looking one, and have it with the duck fat for the ultimate Slovak experience. However it is a salty crepe, it can be as gourmet as it gets. You can not only have it plain, with bryndza cottage or meat but also with Nutella.