Blanketed in the Danube's thick, rolling January fog, it's hard to do the beautiful Bratislava justice in photos alone. This small and imperfectly formed capital lives up to every expectation you might have of a Central European city, including a heady mix of Austro-Hungarian and Soviet architecture, hearty homemade grub that's pleasing to both palate and pocket, and even cheaper beer.
In the charming Old Town you'll find the picturesque Main Square (Hlavné námestie), imposing if unloved St Martin's Cathedral, the photo-ready St. Michael's Gate and the gorgeous National Theatre. It'll only take a day or so to walk it all, but what better excuse to punctuate your walk by stopping pub-to-pub to sample incredible brewed-on-site beers, or pretty cafe to quaint cafe warm up with cake and coffee.
Don't be tempted by a trip up the New Bridge (Nový Most), the fee terrible value and Bratislava's simple skyline doesn't justify it. The free-to-view vista from the Castle is far better on a clear day, where you'll be better positioned to snap the undulating carpet of terracotta tiles, topping Bratislava's higgledy-piggledy middle.