Pit Stop in Slovakia...

Bratislava Travel Blog

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Bratislava Castle
We woke up early in our hotel in Prague and headed down to Czech Out (sorry, couldn't resist the pun!) Unbelievably the same young girl who had checked us in answered the door, in her pyjamas. A 24 hour reception was good for us but not so good for the one member of staff! We checked out and went in search of the subway station. Once we had worked our way down to the subway (it seemed deeper in the ground than the tube in London) we couldn't work out how to pay for a ticket to Florenc Station, where we were catching the bus to Bratislava. With the train arriving we hopped on and hoped we didn't have to explain ourselves for not having a ticket!

Fortunately, it must have been way to early for any train conductors to be about and so we got off at Florenc without a fine (or worse!).
me in Bratislava
We asked a woman where the bus station was and she gave us a rather quizzical look...then she turned and pointed to the single biggest sign you have ever seen "AUTOBUS". We thanked her, rather embarrassed and went in search of our Eurolines Bus.

The journey would take 4 hours to Bratislava which would leave plenty of time to look around before heading to the airport to catch our flight to Germany. For 11€ each though, we certainly couldn't moan - especially when we were only joined by about 10 other people and had lots of space and free bottled water!

At the border our passports were checked twice within 10 yards: once by a Czech border guard and then by his counterpart in Slovakia!

Once in Bratislava we managed to leave our luggage at the coach station and headed into town by bus. We followed the crowds in to the city centre and were amazed at how different it was here, compared to Prague even though they were both in the same country not too many years ago.

Bratislava was dirtier, less attractive and (too our amazement) more expensive. However, we couldn't stand around and moan so we wondered about viewing some of its better sights. We posted a postcard back to the UK and headed back towards the coach station to collect our belongings.
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Bratislava Castle
Bratislava Castle
me in Bratislava
me in Bratislava
Bridge over the river in Bratislava
Bridge over the river in Bratislava
Czechoslovakian 1914-1918 War Memo…
Czechoslovakian 1914-1918 War Mem…
Bratislava
photo by: EmyG