Friday, March 18, 2016

Travelling: Bratislava (Slovakia)




  A few days ago I made a small visit to Bratislava together with my wife and kid.
We came back 2 days ago, and I decided to sit down and write down my impressions of the place.
  Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and the country’s largest city, with a population of almost 500.000 people. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the river Morava. It is a political, economic and cultural center of Slovakia, and it is home to several universities, museums, theatres, galleries and other important cultural and educational institutions.
  The first thing that the visitor notices is the really impressive castle/palace which lies on the top of a hill overlooking the city, and it is visible from almost everywhere. Definitely worth a visit!
  We spent most of our time there by making rounds in and around the old city which is really
beautiful. The narrow streets and the big squares of the old city are filled with really beautiful buildings, palaces and impressive churches. As you can understand the whole territory is a magnet for tourists, but in our case that was not a problem. Maybe in summer the whole place will be jammed, but now it was rather quiet and peaceful in many occasions.
There are many small café, beer-pubs and restaurants everywhere, with prices that will satisfy everybody. 
  A place that I would like to mention is the Bratislava Transport Museum.
You can find it outside the old city, but in a walking distance. If you are bored to walk, just take the bus. It is situated on the site of the first steam-railway station in Bratislava on Sancova Street, near the current railway station.

The two exhibition halls of the museum include about 100 motor cars, 25 historical motorcycles and numerous technical accessories.
The vehicles in the collection date from the inter-war period up to the 1970s. These include prototypes, military and government vehicles.
On the museum's railway tracks various steam and electrical locomotives are exhibited.
  One day we made a daily trip to the north of Slovakia, and we saw some really beautiful towns and impressive castles. Two places worth mentioning in my opinion are: Trnava and Trencin. If you ever visit Bratislava, then you should consider visiting these 2 cities. Especially Trencin with the medieval castle overlooking the city is a must-see!
  The people in Bratislava are kind and helpful, and most of them do speak English. But when you leave Bratislava, there is a serious problem of communication, even for the simplest things.
There is no point to continue writing this piece, I think you got a general idea. And if not, just take a look at the pictures… ;-)