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Slovakia: Bratislava Castle and Old Town Walking Tour

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Eastern Europe Day 4: Charming narrow winding streets, medieval castles and towns, historic churches and characteristic buildings, Bratislava is almost unhampered by civilisation. Officially the Slovak Republic, Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia.

Bordering Austria and Hungary, Bratislava is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Euro is the official currency for Bratislava when the Slovak Republic joined the Euro-zone in 2009.

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Perhaps one of the most prominent structures in the city is Bratislava Castle, which seats on the hill above the Old Town and Danube River. Built and rebuilt many times over more than 1,000 years of existence, eleven kings and eight queens were crowned in Bratislava in the past.

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Remembered as the greatest king of the Great Moravian Empire, a bronze statue of Svatopluk astride his horse can be seen in the centre of the Court of Honour. Bratislava Castle's silhouette is created by four wings, each with a corner tower.

Bratislava Castle is now home to the Slovak National Museum. It is a pity that we were not allowed to take pictures inside the Castle cause the interior is absolutely stunning with utmost luxury. A must-see in Bratislava where you can find traces of Celtic, Roman and Slavic culture, the castle is an important museum and popular tourist attraction with an excellent view of the town.

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Although I love travelling in winter, the setback is that the days are really short with the sky turning dark at just 4.30 pm during our Eastern Europe trip. To exacerbate the situation, our stay in Bratislava was a rainy one with murky skies. I am sure the views would be captivating if not for the foggy skies.

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Located near Bratislava Castle is the St Martin's Cathedral in Gothic style, the main and largest cathedral in Bratislava known for being the coronation church of the Kingdom of Hungary between 1563 and 1830. Most historical buildings are concentrated in the Bratislava's Old Town, known for its many churches, the preserved medieval city centre, Bratislava Castle and other important landmarks.

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If time permits, walk through the narrow alleys of Bratislava's picturesque old town. Bratislava's Stare Mesto ( Old Town ) is great for wandering at leisure: all the main streets are pedestrian-only zones. You will find pretty cobbled streets lined with continuous stretches of attractive pastel facades, and little stone houses on smaller streets.

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There are many eye-catching and interesting bronze sculptures located all over Old Town, and you can find myriad of tourists taking pictures with them. One of the life-size sculptures is Cumil the Watcher, found at the junction of Laurinska and Panska streets. Know why my hand is on his head? It seems that a wish will come true for you if you touch the head of the man!

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This Napoleon soldier can be found at the Main square, near the Old Town Hall, leaning on a bench. Tourists love sitting on the bench for a photo shoot!

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Maximilian Fountain aka Roland's Fountain as seen in the center of the square is also one of the city's important landmarks as well as a popular downtown's favourite meeting point. The fountain is topped by a statue of Maximilian portrayed as a knight in full armour sculpted by master A. Lutringer.

Main square at " night " is definitely one of my favourite spots in Bratislava. Well, it wasn't exactly in the night as it was only about 5pm. Nonetheless, the entire mood brightens up the sleepy square when the tower clock and fountain lit up with colour-changing lighting.

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Today, Bratislava continues to celebrate its heritage as “ Coronation City ” with an annual reenactment of the ancient coronation festival. The procession makes its way along the coronation route from the church through old town, marked by small gilded plaques with crown emblems hammered into the paving stones.

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Our dinner arranged by EU Holidays was a tasty 3-course meal with Chicken Vegetables Soup, Crispy Duck and Ice-cream. I would say the travel agency offers quite decent meals in pretty good well-established restaurants. Have you travelled with EU Holidays?

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Did you know that Bratislava and Vienna are the closest capitals in the world, separated by only 66 kilometres? Next up, I will be taking you to the charismatic city of Vienna: Hofburg Imperial Palace and St Stephen's Cathedral!

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  1. Looks like you have traveled back in time when you are in Bratislava. The old town is so quaint. The chicken vegetable soup looks like our ABC soup.

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    1. Oh yes, the taste resembles our ABC soup & I love it!

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  2. Awesome shades, Shirley and what a lovely place to visit. I love the straightforward architecture of the buildings. It is pleasant.

    May your wish come true! ;D

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  3. Goodness! This place is simply very beautiful with such a rich ancient history yet I had never heard of these places. The nice buildings and narrow lanes with cobbled roads are lovely. It is so close to Vienna! I must go next time since it is just 66 km apart.

    I am still wondering why 11 Kings and 8 Queens?? Was there any gay issues or they were ruled by 8 queens themselves! Interesting for me to read up now.

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    1. Wish I could show you inside the castle. It's enchanting! Gay issues? Wow, you certainly have interesting thoughts!

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  4. Beautiful and enchanting city.

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  5. Classy and really preserved the heritage. Such a wonderful trip.

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  6. Wow what an awesome vacation you look amazing in those sunnies.

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  7. Beautiful pictures, I never was in this city.

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  8. Beautiful photos of an amazing place, Shirley. The dishes looks delicious.
    kisses
    Lenya
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  9. It looks like a great time, Shirley, what a lovely place! The food looks so good, too, and you look wonderful! :)

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  10. Nice photos. I've never been there.

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  11. Love the historic background you provide with the wonderful city tours! Despite being from Eastern Europe, I haven't visited many of the places you've described. Love seeing these travel diaries!
    xo
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  12. Wow...these are very good pictures ! Looks like you had a wonderful time visiting Bratislava ! Good post...
    The dishes looks yummy...
    Very cold place ? You wrapped up in all those clothes and wearing long boots...cool !

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  13. Awesome pictures!! Happy new year :)

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  14. It was so nice to read about this place. I loved the pictures, too. Those bronze statues are pretty cool. I hope you get good luck from touching the statue's head!

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  15. Bratislava looks very charming! Thanks for showing us around!

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  16. Bratislava caste is surely a great place to visit. I loved your photographs....and those bronze sculptures are so cool.

    I never travelled with this company, but is great they offer good meals at nice restaurants.

    xoxo

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  17. Fantastic! I must come back and re-read this post. Hope that someday I can also go to Bratislava.

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  18. I'd love to visit... but in the summer!

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  19. Lovely photos of the streets and churches! I forgot about how early it must get dark in the winter---bummer!

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  21. Great photos!
    Happy New Year!
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  23. Amazing place! Would love to visit it!

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  24. I went there in summer with my boyfriend and we loved it, too!

    -Kati

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  25. lovely tour! so much to see. seems like a lovely place. have not been there or familiar with the place. thanks for sharing.

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  26. wow amazing photos and views dear:)
    have a nice weekend!
    kisses:*

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  27. Love this post, Shirley, great bronze sculptures :))) And sorry for the weather, it's the same in Milan...

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  28. Great photos dear!

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  29. Great post !!!Happy weekend , I wait for my blog!!!

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  30. Beautiful photos! Bratislava seems a very interesting city! :)
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  31. Oh Shirley you have captured the countryside exquisitely! I don't even mind the foggy overlook:) It sounds like you had a wonderful time even with the inclimate weather. (love your rainy day outfit, btw:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Shirley...I'm looking forward to Vienna:)

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  32. Lovely place! Truly, traveling is the most precious thing to do in anyone's lifetime! Have a safe trip!

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  33. Awesome.. hopefully I can try that place sooner..

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  34. Whenever I read your travelling post, i'm always awe by how you describe the scenery that it comes alive in front of me. Nice pictures you have taken here.

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  35. Walking tours are the absolute best! You saw some gorgeous things!
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  36. Amazing pictures and great post my friend!

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  37. Nice! Bratislava looks beautiful, a very haunting ex-Soviet look, kinda like Georgia.

    I've never been to Slovakia, of the Eastern European states, I've only been to Georgia, Latvia and Lithuania. Your photos look beautiful! :)

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  39. Delicious post! My hands are rubbing for your next post at Eastern Europe!

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  41. It's allowed to take photos in the interior of the castle, but you must pay extra for it (ticket price + 2€ camera). You will get a stamp on you clothes, so the castle staff can identify you payed for taking photos :)

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    1. Thanks for the add-in, Lukas! Guess our guide didn't include that in our itineary. :<

      Have a wonderful week & thanks for stopping by! xoxo

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