Slovakia was the main reason for an enormous trip in Central Europe, the pretty capital seduced me even more than I could have imagine! I feel that I need to visit it for longer soon.
First day in the Beauty on the Danube
Getting lost in Bratislava
Arrived in the city in the afternoon I was completly lost: no city map, no idea of where I was going. My GPS was working but couldn’t load the map making it useless. I walked in direction of the old town following my instinct. It brough me to the old town where I got lost again. It could have been not so bad if I hadn’t to deal with my full bag and no phone!
When I almost reached the Danube (and in that way the south of the city) I remembered that I had a full map of Europe in my Ipod… Never had to use it before and it helped me to find the hostel in 10 minutes.
During that crazy time I realized two things: the old trolley bus are still operating in the Slovakian capital, and the amount of buildings in Art Nouveaux style! if I haven’t seen more than in Riga I also didn’t visit all the city Next time I will have for task to find them! After some search I have discover that Bratislava has one of the most beautiful New Style building, the Blue Little Church or Saint Elizabeth’s Church.
Night tour and Independence Day
I took a small nape and a long shower before going to spend my first night in the city. I saw two concert places but didn’t understand why fo yet.
I visit the Primatial Ministery building and the Presidential Palace. Thoose two places are realy looking nice! First is regarded as the most beautiful Classicist building in Bratislava, and the second is a White House like building nicely decorated for christmas!
The historical part of the city looks very nice as well. Tallinn-like streets with many many statues! On the town hall square I notice a soldier statue on a bench, it appears that it is Napoleon himself!
I ended with a beer in The Dubliner Irish Pub! Seems to be an actual good place for locals. I chose a Slovakian beer (I hope so, could have been CZ). Later I met under the Saint Michael’s Gate two guys who first wanted me to take them in photos for after trying to bring me to some place to smoke stuff. I hardly managed to make them left me. Czeckoslovak drunk guys…
Second and last day in Bratiska
New Simcard and train ticket
Near my hostel was the only T-Mobile office of Bratislava, I was waiting it to open because the company do not permit to refill credit on my prepaid simcard in any others way than to meet them or to use a Slovakian bank account internet banking… Two days without being able to be contacted is really too much, especialy when you are in a trip in which you change city and country almost every day!
Once at the train station I was surprised to not find English speakers (well, some spoke but not really good). I somehow bought my ticket to Linz but I haven’t find the information I wanted about the train Linz/Vienna – Krakow. The station is centered on two hall, one where you buy ticket and a second where you can have train schedules. If they could be in the same place it will be perfect…
Slavin War Memorial
When I was walking to the train station to buy my ticket to Linz I saw from near the Presidential Palace a big monument on a hill. Not sure about what it was but I really wanted to go. I hadn’t my ticket yet, I planed a meeting with my friend and I hadn’t a lot of time to do all.. so I ran 😀
My ticket in the pocket, my GPS turnt on I could find my way in the Slovakian labyrinth! Hundred of stairs and many small streets after I was on top of Bratislava. The impressive monument can be seen from all the city (I guess). A large wet and slippery esplanad welcomed me, a soviet column was holding a soldier statue and a military cimetery surrounded the place.
From the hill I wanted to catch a nice photo of Bratislava but the sky was so bad that I even couldn’t seen the closest building! I though staying there for couple of minutes but it took me more. Luckily I have texted my friend who told me she would be late also
Meeting my Slovakian friend from Estonia
Good thing about Erasmus or any other exchange programs is that you will meet a lot of foreigners! You will never know before how it will be but can be sure to get friends more or less easily with most of them. Some can become good friends and few will even be true friends. I wrote about it before but I still can’t realize that the bad-english-speaker guy I was made friends with such awesome people from so many country. Lithuania, Poland, Austria, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine… I always have someone to meet whenever I go.
During the last ESN Sea Battle event I met very shortly one Slovakian student who was in Tartu a semester. The city is not so close to Tallinn and we never had chance to meet until she came to Tallinn for a short time.
I said that I could come to Bratislava and she told me that she will be pleased if she can meet.
Pressburg castle and Danube river
Pressburg was for years the official name of Bratislava (and not Wratislavia..) until the year 1919 and the end of the first world war. It is were we start our tour, from the Town Hall square it took about 10 minutes.
The acces is like for the Gedimino Castle free and the view similar. Quite large we can walk arround the sqaure building to see the city from different angle. The Danube, the Cathedral, most of the interest can be seen! I even had a photo with my friend 😀
Back from the Little Carpathian to the center with my friend and she brought me to a restaurant where I could taste typical Slovakian food! Yeah! The place can be find in the High Street of the city where many shop and restaurant are waiting for tourists.
If from the outside it looks like a boring place (nothing fancy or making it different) from the inside it is really nice. Tables are on the second floor and we need to pass though many elements which make me think that before was a church inside these walls..
We sat and waited a minute before ordering, but we had to wait almost half a hour to get our meal. Luckily beers came first! :p
After the lunch Katarína shown me southern part of Bratislava until she had to leave. We crossed the town to the Danube and watched the almost sunset from the river bank. It was the first time I could saw the UFO restaurant on the bridge, fog having disapeared. We reached the national museum and went straight to the tramway station close to my hostel for a last talk together waiting the tram. I promised to come soon again!
Leaving the city in the early morning
After a short night I had to make noise in my dorm. Despite I’m a kind persone I couldn’t be perfectly quite when taking my bag from the locker 😀 I felt sleepy but I must be in the train station at 5:42! I took a short shower and run away in the cold and dark city. By running a bit following my new GPS I was at the railway station in 20 minutes. Perfect.