I was surprisingly enchanted with the beauty of Bratislava. A quick stop over to Bratislava the Slovakian capital was decided as there’s a cheap flight offer going back to England. Coming from Vienna through Danube River cruise was a great recommendation from a Viennese man I met the night before. The Wien – Bratislava was a great experience.
The canal view was not great but as soon as it opens up to the river, the view started to impress me. It was 75 minutes cruising at 50 km/hr. Passing through the avenues of trees with the beautiful autumn leaves which is a protected area according to a local man sat next to me. At some point there’s a windmill farm at the left side. While there’s a ruin castle on top of the hill, as well as quarry areas. There’s few quirky fishermen hut along the riverbank too.
There are fair number of cruising boats along the way, as well as private ones. After awhile we were then greeted with the Bratislava Castle just infront of us. The ohhhh and ahhhhs of other passengers, me included as I got up from my sit to take some photos. Soon we disembarked and I was eager to reach my hostel. On the way to the hostel, you’ll notice that tinged of communism in the place throughout the old buildings, looks abit gloomy. But on contrary the place is striving of a streak of modernisation, as noted on the roadworks and new buildings contructions around.
As soon as I got into my accommodation I just dropped my bag, and went out straight to catch the free walking tour for the afternoon. The meeting place is by the park just infront of the Opera House. You cant miss it, along the Hviezdoslavovo namestie by the Statue of Hviezdoslav. We went around the Old Town area. I never done my research about Bratislava, but has already surprise me with its beauty. Walking around old town through the cobbled streets and alleyways is such a great time. Finding stunning architectural designs is a fantastic opportunity for photography. So amazing how they preserved the building even though they have been attacked and bombed by Turks and French just to mention a few. I would personally never thought Bratislava as a destination, but I was so wrong. This place has so much to offer.
BEST VIEW OF THE CITY
If you’re looking for the best place to see the entire city. Climb up the hill towards the Bratislava Castle and you’ll be surprise with the view. Its free to see the grounds, but if you want to see the exhibit display inside the castle there’s a small fee. Alternatively climb up the St. Michael Tower with small fee just by the Old Town area and there’s a musuem inside the tower too.
TRY THE SLOVAK CUISINE
What kind of food they eat? I always try to eat the local food whenever possible. I noted that they always cooked with cabbage. From cabbage soup, sweet red cabbage, sauerkraut you name it they probably got it. But to be honest the food is yummy and hearty.
DONT FORGET THE SOUVENIRS
What sort of souvenirs you buy when you travel? Me personally I collect fridge magnets, silver teaspoons and just added to my collection coasters. There’s so much to choose from they also got nice lace products, potpourri and that was really fragrant.
If you are looking for a cheap getaway place and full of history. Bratislava offers it all! What are you waiting for, dont waste your time book that flight and explore Bratislava.