bratislava - the little big city, ahm - it said so in the brochure.

Bratislava Travel Blog

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we went to the sud hbf, because theres the train going from vienna to bratislava. it was only 14 euros back and forth! wow - its much more expensive from düsseldorf to cologne - 20 euros back and forth! hehehe. the lady at counter told us that the train will be leaving in a minute - d-a-m-n we had to run to catch it, i was out of breath inside and all the cabins were full, luckily some people got off, i dont want to stand an hour inside the train.

 

as the train goes, ariel and me were debating if we were in slovakia or still in austria, when i saw a goat walking freely in the main street, i told him - well that was the proof. hahahaha but i was wrong :P because the last austrian city near the slovakian border was marchegg and over there our passports were controlled.  d-a-m-n and the police officers were so goodlooking! (men and women) well, i am not surprised - slovakia is well known for lots of supermodels and porn actors.

 

i really dont know what to expect there, ive never been to eastern europe or a communist country before. when we were at the train station, i feel so depressed, because it was really rundown and lots of boys were there.. perhaps theyre waiting for rich german or austrian customers.. i dont know, im not judgemental but they look like it.  then i feel i need to go to the toilette, dang, i searched my pockets - even i dont have euro coins (probably its a pay toilette) all i have were BIG BILLS, hah! i dont wanna be cheated there and pay 20 euros for a use of the toilette or probably give me a change already in koruny (it doenst matter if i need it) - but luckily it was not a pay toilette in the central station :D and at the toilette i changed from my slippers to my shoes, it was a little bit cold even when the sun was shining.

 

ariel and me were very scared, because its a different country, different language and we dont know the mentality of the people.

but i told him to relax and we must find the streettrain going to starè mesto or the old city.  fortunately the train was right over our faces, the conductor and the driver were again so goodlooking, but unfortunately i dont trust the train, it looked like its gonna break down after 3 stops. hahaha.

 

but in just the middle of the train trip ariel reminded that we still had no cash in hand yet, so in the first bank we saw along the street, we got out of the train.  i didnt know exactly how much will i get - it was 33 koruny against 1 euro, so i got 500 kr. i didnt know if that was enough or not. 

 

we walked along the shopping district going to the old city, stores were all closed because it was sunday but it doenst matter, at least there were not too many people, we felt safe.

we just followed the castle from the distance we knew it would lead us to the old city.

 

it was nice there, though majority of the building were not restored or properly restored, bratislava has a charm of its own. i cant explain it, something about the air, the people.... the music. we went around the old city, it was not big, i think you can walk everything within an hour, but we avoided dark alleys and small streets for our safety. we ate at mcdonalds - trivial for a communist country before, we ate outside facing the slovenske narodne divalo or the slovak national theatre - impressive building.

 

then we went up to presburg castle - presburg was the germanic name of bratislava because in the 18th century it was part of the austria-hungary empire.

it was amazing in the castle! i think it was built on a hill about 300 meters high and has a great view of the old city and the commie blocks on the other side of the danube.  at the castle - you can see endless horizons of commie blocks in bratislava - well it has the biggest of all in europe.

 

we paid 100 koruny to get inside the castle were one wing was the museum. i feel unsure about it,

because its hard for me to calculate things, and i dont want to spend much, after some thought it was only 3 euros. hahahaha. ariel and me just clowned inside and what's fascinating inside the museum was only a gold carpet leading to the entrace and bare walls. we spent an hour inside there, bought some souvenirs, then went down again and took pictures of the commie blocks from afar.

and went a bit down to the slovakian parliament, where it has a perfect view of the entire city.

 

when we went down, we walked into a place were strange strange statues stood, my favorite was the one inside the drainage it was really cute and across were gypsy people singing.

it was getting dark and i asked ariel to go home because at 10 pm i have to meet attila for couple rounds of red wine.  but before that, we ate in a chinese restaurant named panda, good thing that they have 3 languages in their menu card - slovakian - german and english - it was really really yummy and cheap! :D

we were again at the central station, waited for our train going back to vienna, controlled in marchegg, laughed and joked - the slogan about the city was right all along -  bratislava: the little big city -
CFD says:
Take is easy ;) We are both travelers and I'm sure that our paths will cross in the future. The world is smaller than you think, and its bigger than you can imagine.
Posted on: Oct 31, 2007
lauro says:
hi christian, i was so touched when you said that if ever you retire the philippines would be your first choice! :P ok back to bratislava :D its amazing isnt it?! there are two different worlds on each side of the danube river! cultural, traditional and linguistical! :)) i am very sorry that i could not come to bergen to you, i am just out of budget..
Posted on: Oct 31, 2007
CFD says:
Bratislava is a small cozy city. And i love to sit down (with a cig or something) and look at the differences between the east and the west side of the Danube. Hopefully im going back here one day
Posted on: Oct 31, 2007
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