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Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 16th 2020

My final day in Bratislava. First things first, I had to eat up all my food that I had left in the hostel kitchen. I ate far too much bread and hummus, but that’s never a bad thing in my opinion. I had a enough plan for how I wanted to spend my last day in Bratislava, so I made my way to the former Jewish district to visit the Museum of Jewish Culture. The museum cost 7 euros to enter and if you wanted to take pictures, you had to pay extra so I didn't bother. After buying my ticket at the office I made my way across the small courtyard to the museum's entrance and up to the first floor, where the exhibitions began. The first floor of the museum was really interesting as ... read more
Danube River
Danube River
Soldier Monument

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 15th 2020

I am in wind-down mode, since my trip is almost over. Getting up and motivated is becoming more of an effort. The sky was grey and overcast again. After a late breakfast, I headed out. I made my way to the Old Town and to the Bratislava City Museum, which is housed in the former Town Hall. The Old Town Hall building dates back to the 14th century and the tower was built around 1370. The Old Town Hall was originally three different buildings that were people's houses; Jacobus' house with a tower, Pawer's house, Unger's house and the Apponyi Palace. The museum is also the oldest in Bratislava and was founded in 1868. The entrance is through the courtyard and it was 5 euros to visit the museum. After ditching my coat, I made my ... read more
Bratislava City Museum
Bratislava Old Town
Bratislava Old Town

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 14th 2020

The grey skies and rain that I encountered when I woke up didn't not really motivate me to move much. It took me longer than I wanted to get myself sorted and out the door. I had decided to visit the Slavin Monument as it was only about a twenty minute walk from where I was staying. What I didn't realise until I started that walk was that it was pretty much all uphill and involved quite a lot of stairs. Also in the mix was quite a lot of ice on the paths, making the walk pretty slippery in places. However, I survived and made it to the Slavin Memorial Monument in one piece. There were few other people about and most looked like locals just out for a morning run or walk. the monument ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava January 13th 2020

The free walking tour didn't start until 11 am, which was nice and late. This meant that I could have a relatively lazy morning. I made my way to the Old Town for the start of the tour, but I managed to get lost, prominent street names are not Bratislava's forte, China has definitely spoilt me in this respect. I thought I was going to miss the tour as I wandered the streets trying to right myself and find the meeting place. I made it there, only about five minutes late, and saw quite a group of people. This part of Europe is definitely busier. My first impressions of the Old Town of Bratislava was that it was really cute and quite a lot busier than the places I had just been, which is understandable as ... read more
Hlavné Námestie
Hlavné Námestie
Old Town Hall

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town August 17th 2019

I very much enjoyed my short stay in the Hotel Lev, but after a coffee it is time to walk to the Old Town to meet Martin Sloboda. I know he has an extremely busy schedule, and at best I expect him to have a quick coffee with me to give me a speedy overview of the walking tour that he will do with our guests. Instead, he spends the best part of the next two hours giving me a personal walking tour and showing me the highlights of Bratislava!! I feel enormously privileged as he is such a knowledgeable and interesting man, and I see and learn much more than if I had simply explored alone. Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, situated in the south western corner of the country, practically on the borders ... read more
Čumil - Man at Work
Slovak National Theatre
Main Square

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town May 30th 2019

After the night on the bus; leaving wet Krakow at midnight we arrived in Bratislava to sun at 7 am. Our airbnb was a short walk from the bus station and we were invited to check in before our host went out at 8.30 am, eventhough her official checkin time was 4pm. This allowed us to recover from the overnight before going out to explore. She was 60 and lived in a huge, very stylish apartment with high ceilings. We later found that she had many stories to tell and we learnt how it was for her to live here under Soviet occupation. Her brother had escaped 2 years before independence and it resulted in her father getting a demotion and losing his and the rest of the family's travel privelages that had come with his ... read more
View towards the UFO tower from the Palace.
Royal Palace

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town September 4th 2018

We started our journey, taking the bus from Belfast to Dublin, bikes all packed up and sealed in large plastic covers. Ryanair charged €60 each for return flights, €120 for each return for our bikes! It would have been cheaper to book a seat for the bikes. On a long trip we knew we'd be happier with our own, and to hire on arrival would have cost around €450. We took the 9.10 flight to Bratislava, Monday 3rd Sept. €70 each return. The plan is to spend two days here, then get on the road to Budapest. Good to have own bikes even though there was 1 broken spoke in transit. We’ll get it fixed tomorrow. Bratislava is a fascinating city, dominated by a fortress, fine architecture, lots of old trams, great local restaurants and lots ... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town September 4th 2018

We hunted for a bike shop to fix the wheel and found a shop not far from the old town on Odchodna but since the wheel could not be repaired here, we thought it better to buy a new wheel for €25! It can be fixed at home and our hotel agreed to hold it for us until our return in 2 weeks. It was a good warm dry day in spite of the forecasts, so we went off exploring on the bikes, to Bratislava Castle towering above the town. Beautiful building and landscaped gardens, and spectacular views of the Danube. We used Most SNP to cross the river. An exclusive pedestrian and cycling lane hung below the main bridge, means that you don’t have to compete with traffic, and can enjoy a quiet crossing, well ... read more
Bratislava - Old City Hotel

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava May 26th 2018

So sorry! I've had a proofreading malfunction. At least not a wardrobe malfunction. In my last blog I said Bratislava is the capital of Slovenia. Wrong! Of course it's the capital of Slovakia.... read more

Europe » Slovakia » Bratislava Region » Bratislava » Old Town May 26th 2018

Pentru un rasfat binemeritat am decis asupra acestui minunat botel, hotel pe apa sau mai exact nava/slep/vas pe apa, sa fim in comuniune cu natura, sa o simtim in adevaratul sens al cuvantului, sa ne rasfete pe valurile Dunarii alaturi de un cidru sau o bere de coacaze negre-o delicatesa nou descoperita aici la bar. Numele - Botel Dunajsky Pivovar- o noapte- pret 99 euro cu mic dejun bufet suedez. Camerele aveau numele oraselor de pe Dunare, ca doar trece prin 9 capitale, asa ca ai de unde alege, dar nu am ales noi de data aceasta. Am primit camera Bratislava, camera spatioasa, curata. Am profitat de cele doua baruri existente, cel de jos era pentru clientii din afara, cel de la etaj pentru clientii botelului.... read more
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