Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bratislava, Slovakia

Mon 17 Sep 2018 - Tue 18 Sep 2018

For our trip to Bratislava, we took the train from Vienna central station or hauptbahnhof (hbf) at 1.15pm. We bought the ticket from the vending machine at Vienna hbf the day before. Our ticket cost EUR 10.50 per person and took about 1 hour to reach Bratislava from Vienna. While waiting for our train, we snacked on a halal pizza from Turkis at the hbf.

snacking on pizza

inside the train from Vienna to Bratislava

Arriving at Bratislava, the scene at the main train station (hlavna stanica) felt more like the 80s but there is a plan to upgrade the facility, including its track capacity.

inside the Bratislava train station

outside the Bratislava train station

Our temporary home at Bratislava was a delight though - Boutique Apartments Possonium for EUR 53.20 per night, booked at Booking.com and is walking distance from the train station.

our cosy apartment

private kitchen in our apartment

our apartment

After resting a bit and having our packed meal, we ventured out towards Bratislava castle. First we bought the 24 hour Bratislava pass from the vending machine at the bus stop for EUR 3.50 per person. We validated the ticket on the first trolley bus ride we took to Bratislava castle (line 203 towards Budkova), alighting at Zamocka.

trolley bus 203

The Bratislava castle was first built in the 9th century on the hill overlooking the Danube river. The castle building includes four towers (one on each corner) and a courtyard. More on the castle here. Another info, we could get free wifi supplied by Bratislava city council around most of the attraction sites. 

Bratislava castle

Bratislava castle
fortification wall of Bratislava castle

view of Bratislava castle from below

view of Danube river from Bratislava castle

view of Danube river from Bratislava castle

From the Bratislava castle, we made our way down to the Old Town (Stare Mesto), taking the 203 trolleybus again, now towards Koliba, and alighting at Hodzovo Namestie. The Old Town hall (Stara Radnica) is a complex of buildings from the 14th century with the tower being built approximately in 1370. Just beside the Old Town hall is Primate's palace. It was built from 1778 to 1781. Both buildings are located at the Main Square (Hlavne Namestie). As we walked further, we reached Michael's Gate, which is the only city gate that has been preserved of the medieval fortifications. For more info, find them here

Bratislava Old Town Hall

Primate's palace

Primate's palace

Us at Primate's palace

Bratislava Main Square

Bratislava Main Square

Michael's Gate

The following day, we took bus 93 towards Vysehradska, alighting at Zockova, then walked towards the Danube river to get a closer view of the SNP Most or bridge. Along the way, we passed by St Martin's cathedral, a Roman Catholic fortified church built in 1452.

St Martin's cathedral

fortification at St Martin's cathedral
SNP Most bridge across the Danube river

From the Danube river, we walked back towards the Old Town, trying to find Cumil, a bronze sculpture of a man peeping out of a manhole. Not far from Cumil, we walked back towards the Main Square, then made our way back to our apartment to check out at 11am. We would be heading to Budapest next at 11.53am via the train EC 275. We bought the train ticket from the train station the previous day for EUR 9 per person.

we found Cumil!
hello Cumil

Goodbye Bratislava and Slovakia, it was a short but sweet experience!



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