Slovakia: Bratislava

Bratislava is often overlooked by tourists who gravitate to Prague, Budapest and nearby Vienna which is only one hour away. A shame because this city on the Danube River has a whole lot to offer. It’s smaller than the big three, the people are warm and welcoming, there’s a vibrant cafe/bar scene and a number of interesting sights to see. It’s also easy enough to navigate your way around the sights on foot in the compact and historic Old Town. We spent two nights here but could have easily spent another night.

The impressive buildings below were constructed during the 15th to 18th centuries.

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Town Square
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Town Square

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Primatial Palace – Napoleon signed the Treaty of Pressburg (Bratislava) here in 1805 after victory against Austria.
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Cobbled streets

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Goulash and beer – doesn’t get any better!
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Bratislava Castle built in 8th century, sections were still being added in 19th century.

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Castle gardens are beautifully set out

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The UFO Tower has stunning views over the Danube River from its restaurant.
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Slovak National Theatre
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Philharmonic Theatre
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Lots of statues in Bratislava. This one commemorates a famous Slovak poet, dramatist and member of parliament.
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The majority of Slovaks are Catholics and reminders like these are dotted around the city.

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Memorial to the 105,000 Slovak Jews deported and killed by the Nazis. The Star of David is clearly visible at the top. The wreaths were laid on Holocaust Memorial Day on September 9.

Next stop: Budapest

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