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Old August 22nd, 2008, 07:55 PM   #1
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Bratislava - The hidden pearl of Central Europe

When people think of Central Europe, they usually think of Prague, Budapest, Vienna or Cracow. However many times they forget that Bratislava exists and they don't realize that it really is a very beautiful city.

I went to Vienna two weeks ago and gave myself some time to go to Bratislava as well. All I can say is that I was very surprised. First because I didn't think the city would have such a nice (and diverse) architecture. Also, because the city is really tidy, clean and pedestrian friendly. And the views from the top of the Castle hill are quite nice. And I had the best risotto in my life over there.

So yeah, I took some pics and I hope you guys enjoy them!

2 - Church in the entrance to the old town


3 - This is the shrimp risotto restaurant, amazing!


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8 - Someone from Bratislava: what is the meaning of this statue?


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10 - Central Square


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12 - And its souvenir stores


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15 - Look at the colored windows


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23 - Getting out of the old town


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26 - Another government building


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35 - Going up towards the castle


36 - The castle, in reform


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38 - Novy Most (New Bridge), the Danube and some commie blocks on the right side


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41 - The castle


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49 - Crossing the New Bridge


50 - Ships on the Danube


51 - View to the old town


So, I hope you guys liked it!
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 08:04 PM   #2
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Very nice Bratislava
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 12:40 AM   #3
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Very beautiful!
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 06:47 AM   #4
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really nice! looks like everyone's enjoying the summer weather there. some very, very amazing architecture
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 12:55 PM   #5
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Bratislava has a very lovely old town, even though its rather compact its in exchange very lively and has a great atmosphere. Not to forget that all Slovakian women seem to look gorgeous .

There is however still lots of work to be done, when you approach the main railway station coming from the old town, you can still get the idea, how it must have been like in the past.

Or have a look at the narrow street in the west of the old town, from all adjectives "rotten" might fit the atmosphere best, just two corners away from the main street. (Its the sole truly rotten part of the old town I know of though). Some may like that as its still very authentic even though its in the state of falling apart, but I think luckily its only a matter of time until also this part gets revived again as well.

The castle is closed for the next 5 years for massive renovations, everyone who has seen the real socialist courtyard of the castle can only be happy that the icon of the city finally can also become its pride.

What I am looking forward to as well will be the new Eurovea quarter next to the Danube directly east of the old town. It will feature neat modern architecture wit a central square where also the new national theatre is located. I hope this area will be of very high quality and a worthy enlargement of the inner city.

Of course there are countless other grear projects which will make it an even greater city. A personal joy is that they will have the Euro from next ear onwards, that will help to tear down mental borders. The Austrian brder villages are already becoming again what they have been for so long in history: suburbs of Bratislava. Not to forget the many customers from Bratislava Austrian shops will be able to attract even the more with a common cuurency

Ok, thats going a bit off topic. Lets sum it up, Bratislava is a great place, even though not everything there looks so nice as your superb pictures look like. Good photo job for sure

PS: "38 - Novy Most (New Bridge), the Danube and some commie blocks on the right side" thats pure understatement. Petrzalka, behind the novy most is the quarter with most inhabitants (somewhat above 100 000). But even there things are getting really better, even if it never will become a place where too many tourists will head to voluntarily.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 02:16 PM   #6
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As usual, Schmidt, you provide us with some excellent photos!

Things have evidently come a long way in Slovakia and I'm glad that they're continually improving.
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 06:31 PM   #7
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very beautiful LAND but the water i think is filthier than the water here in brooklyn! what do they dump in there? you can't see past an inch or two into it!
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 10:30 PM   #8
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hmmmm...

nice place - i love that kind of architecture like shown on your pics

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Old August 24th, 2008, 08:52 PM   #9
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Very nice shots. When I was in Vienna I thought about spending a day in Bratislava but in the end I didn't have enough time.

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The Austrian brder villages are already becoming again what they have been for so long in history: suburbs of Bratislava.
To quote Willy Brandt: "Jetzt wächst zusammen, was zusammen gehört."
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Old August 25th, 2008, 02:09 AM   #10
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Nice pics!
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Old August 25th, 2008, 03:36 AM   #11
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Superb pics as usual. Congrats!

I am planning a Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest trip to visit some friends and I didn't know almost anything about the second one before your pics. I guess it will be worth for a 2-3 days visit for sure. The old town looks tidy and clean indeed.

By the way, how were the prices there? (Compared to Berlin for instance, I think you were living there).
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Old August 25th, 2008, 06:02 AM   #12
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As I was there only for a day trip (an afternoon) I really didn't experience much. The food was just like in Berlin and the beer was cheaper. But yeah, I didn't spend too much over there, I'm sorry, Slovakia!
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Spectacular architecture! I never realized Bratislava was so beautiful. My only experience of the city comes from Eurotrip, the movie.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:44 PM   #14
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Spectacular architecture! I never realized Bratislava was so beautiful. My only experience of the city comes from Eurotrip, the movie.
So many people say that

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Superb pics as usual. Congrats!

I am planning a Vienna-Bratislava-Budapest trip to visit some friends and I didn't know almost anything about the second one before your pics. I guess it will be worth for a 2-3 days visit for sure. The old town looks tidy and clean indeed.

By the way, how were the prices there? (Compared to Berlin for instance, I think you were living there).


I would say Bratislava is ideal for a day visit or to visit it for two days. The national museum in the castle is closed now for years to come, but I think the zoo is not bad and very cheap.

Beer at the restaurants is still cheap (half a litre a bit above one Euro), if you go to the right restaurant also the food is rather inexpensive. I was however shocked when I went to the Billa in Bratislava. They sold products of inferior quality at the same or even higher prices than I am used from Austria. Actually most of the large chain shops seem to have similiar or even worse prices than on the Austrian side of the border. Thats at least my impression.
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Taxes. Over here in Brazil electronics and designer clothes are horribly expensive, even more expensive than in Europe!
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Old August 27th, 2008, 09:27 PM   #16
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Taxes? The taxes in Slovakia are very low in general. Its not just a few things, it seems neasrly all things have caught up zo our price levels or gone beyond.

Its something Austrians have to get used to. An increasing number of Slovaks driving over the border to Austria to save money at the shopping tour...
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