Bratislava, Slovakia | September 21 to 22, 2017
To be quite honest, I didn't even know Slovakia existed until a few years ago. Let's just say I never had a lot of geography, history, or civics growing up, but that's a conversation for another day. Anyways, just an hour east from Vienna by train lies the capital of the Eastern European nation. Set right next to the Danube river, Bratislava is home to a sensational baby blue Catholic church, a thousand year old castle, and a charming old town. Oh, and did I mention it has a famous casino?
I got into Bratislava at night, so I got up early to see the Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad) before all the tourists showed up. Like most old castles perched up on some hill or mountain, the view from this castle did not disappoint.
Built in 907, destroyed by a fire in 1811, and restored after 1953, the castle sits upon a hill overlooking the city and the Danube. It's a marvelous castle that has been beautifully restored and has a garden that has been kept to perfection. There were some cool baby statues too.
Up next is the baby blue Catholic church I previously mentioned. It was on the opposite end of the city as the castle, but it was certainly worth the walk. The Church of St. Elizabeth (Modrý kostol sv. Alžbety), commonly known as Blue Church, was constructed in the early 1900s and is a popular tourist attraction because of its colorful and unique architecture. Although I wasn't able to go inside, just seeing the outside diminished my disappointment.
Something unique to Bratislava is a neat little bronze statute that appears to be coming out of a manhole to take a gander at the passerbys. This is the Man at Work (Čumil). Good luck getting a picture of it, but if you can, it's a neat photo for your Instagram. I promise you'll get lots of likes.
After having lunch and a cup of coffee, my 24 hours in Bratislava were about up. It was a nice day, and I began to look forward for my next destination: Vienna.
- You don't need more than 24 hours in Bratislava, as you can see just about everything there is in one day.
- If you come by train, take public transportation or a taxi into the town. The walk from to the town from the train station is more than 30 minutes.