Bratislava city hike

Bratislava is the young capital city of Slovakia, directly at the border to Austria and Hungary. The city centre is full of live with many bars and restaurants.

We stayed at a camping in Zlate Piesky, a big nice camping ground with many trees at a lake on the outskirts of Bratislava. From there, the tram number 4 took us directly into the centre.
Reaching the centre with tram Nr. 4
Michael’s Gate

The “Schöne Ignatius or Náci” was a famous local eccentric who lived here in the first half of the 20th century. Thanks to his elegance and kind-heartedness, he was an integral part of the hue of the Bratislava promenade and its cafés.

The rubberneck or Čumil is undoubtedly the most photographed statue in the city.

Finding my flower of the day 😉
Homemade lemonade

The UFO Bridge over the Danube is the world’s longest bridge to have one pylon and one cable-stayed plane. The official name is Most SNP, which stands for “Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising”. The bridge was built between 1967 and 1972 and is the second bridge over the Danube in Bratislava. To create the roadway that leads to the bridge, a significant section of the Old Town below Bratislava Castle was demolished, which included nearly all the Jewish quarter.

St. Martin’s Church is the Roman catholic cathedral of Bratislava and was the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between 1563 and 1830. The beautiful church tower can be spotted from many streets in Bratislava.

The castle of Bratislava is a massive rectangular building with four corner towers which stands on an isolated rocky hill of the Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river. From there you get a great view over the city, the Danube and over to Austria. Between 1811 and 1953 the castle was in ruins after being bombarded and burned down by Napoleon’s troops. Since then the castle had been restored and now shines in new splendour.

Back in the city centre, we visited the Primate’s Palace, which was built from 1778 to 1781 for Archbishop József Batthyány. In 1805, the Palace’s Hall of Mirrors saw the signing of the fourth Peace of Pressburg, ending the War of the Third Coalition. Today, it serves as the seat of the Mayor of Bratislava and houses a series of six tapestries which were found behind a wall during reconstruction in 1903, depicting the legend of Hero and Leander and their tragic love. The tapestries were woven in the 1630s at the royal weaving workshop at Mortlake, near London.
More lemonade
Multi Music Chopper
National Museum

At the national museum, we visited 2 exhibitions of photography, one about Czechoslovakian architecture of the Bauhaus period and another one about Italy in the 1950s. But finally we were tired enough to take the tram back and go for a swim at the lake where we stayed.

Finally, the tram took us back home
Flower of the Day

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