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Published: June 15th 2015
Hello my fellow travellers!
Today has been a truly wonderful day! I woke up quite early and ate breakfast with Martin, trying a local delicacy that was like a mix between milk, cream and cheese. It was quite tasty and interesting. Afterwards I went to the city centre where I started with a visit to the Saint Martin's Cathedral and then went back to see the Slovak National Theatre and Slovak Philharmonic in the daylight.
From there i made my way to the Old Town Hall and found a door open so I actually got in without paying (although it would honestly have been worth the 5 EUR entrance fee). The view from up in the tower is very nice and there are several rooms that are well preserved in their original state, the staff was also nice and attentive (although there where really to much staff, like two in every room checking tickets! I just played a bit stupid and they let me in anyway, to be honest it wasn't the cost of it, I was rather just to lazy to backtrack and find the ticket desk at that point so I just kept going).
took a quick peek at a small exhibition nearby regarding the coronation in Bratislava but it was not very good, I also took a quick look at a small church nearby that was closed. After that I met up with Martin at the Saint Michael's Gate and we checked out the Holy Trinity Church which was unfortunately closed as well so we visited another small church nearby that was open, we learned that it was actually supposed to be closed though because the church is right now going through some kind of protest regarding separation from the state so all churches are closed.
Then we decided to take the hike up to the Bratislava Castle, the truly defining landmark of this city. It is very beautiful up there and I enjoyed not only the spectacular view but also to walk around the outer fortifications which are embedded in lush greenery with birds chirping around you, it's wonderful!
Here me and Martin split up as he had to get back home for a while, meanwhile I continued up to the Slavin which is a fascinating communist monument perched in a graveyard. The view was great and there were no
other people around.
Running short on time I decided to skip the Presidential Palace and go straight for Devin Castle which is located about 20-30 minutes away by bus. I ran into some small hick-ups there as they didn't accept VISA card and I had no euro on me so I had to walk through the village to the church to get to the only ATM machine available and then back so I barely made it in before they would close down for new visitors. I'm very happy that I made it after all that!
When I was inside though I could move freely and take my time since the castle grounds isn't that big. They are located in a very dramatic place though, right on the ford of the river, so you're standing there in Slovakia with Austria on your left and Czech Republic on your right. The view is just incredible and the castle is quite beautiful so I definitely recommend a visit to this place!
On my way down to meet up with Martin I popped by a tent where I could adorn some Slavic armoury and weaponry and I was joined by a
couple of the nice guys there, was a very fun photo-shoot and there was no charge for it. Don't be afraid to pop into those tents as you pass by!
So, I met up with Martin and we made our way back into the city and decided to go and see the Avengers - Age of Ultron on cinema in 3d so we ate a Asian buffet first and then we relaxed to a really good movie, I could not have wished for a better last day in Bratislava.
Tomorrow I will return to Prague and spend a final night at Jakub's place before flying home to Sweden on Thursday.
Until tomorrow I wish you all peace and happy travels!
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