Travel to Slovakia

Day 11 Bratislava - Devin - Vienna - Barcelona (83 Km)

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Bratislava: We were one morning visiting the capital of Slovakia, beginning with its castle. Bratislava Castle (Bratislavsky hrad) dominates the hill that rises over the Danube. From its gardens and winding ramps can be distinguished perfectly the old Bratislava from the Communist Bratislava, curved tiled roofs of the Old City in front of the concrete dormitory town of Petrzalka. The castle has a couple of cafes and craft shops. The castle is part of the National History Museum. Descending towards the old city by the ramp that goes under the Vienna Gate (Vidienská brána) and crosses what remains of the old Jewish Quarter.

Bratislava Castle
Bratislava - Castle (Bratislavsky hrad)

We crossed under the Staromestská highway and entered the pedestrian Old Town. The first thing you see is the St. Martin´s Cathedral, in Gothic style, built between the thirteenth and sixteenth centuries, which served as the coronation of 19 monarchs of the Kingdom of Hungary between 1563 and 1830. The building´s interior has three naves of equal height. Because of successive reforms has lost much of its Gothic decoration so now is not retained more than a font of 1403, a series of tombstones and reliefs of the eardrums of the covers. Baroque influences are also preserved as the chapel of St. John from the year 1732.

Hviezdoslavovo nam
Bratislava - Hviezdoslavovo námestie

We continue to the adjacent Hviezdoslavovo námestie, entering through the west end, where the first thing we see is a plague column of the eighteenth century. We go through this wooded pedestrian square walking near their fountains to reach the opposite end chaired by the Renaissance building of Slovak National Theatre, the main hall of Opera and Ballet of the country. Building stands in front of the source representing Ganymede carried by an eagle traveling to Olympus, to serve the god Zeus.

Man at work Papparazzi
Bratislava - "Man at Work" and "Papparazzi"

We headed towards the town hall square through streets full of bars and restaurants of the old town and we discovered several statues scattered throughout the city among which are the man at work (called cumil) at the corner of Panská with Rybárská Brána, a worker emerging from a culvert under the sign "Man at work". Other fun statues are the photographer ("Papparazzi") or that of Napoleon leaning on a bench in Hlavne Namestie.

Hlavné nam
Bratislava - Market square (Hlavné nám)

Hlavne Namestie is the main square of the Old City where is the City Hall. On the west side of the square is the fountain of Roland, while on the east side stands the old Town Hall of Bratislava, a complex of three buildings built in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and now houses the Museum of the City of Bratislava. The Christmas fair is held every year in this place from late November to late December.

St. Michael's tower
Bratislava - St. Michael´s tower (Michalská veza)

We finished the walk through the Old Town (Staré Mesto) visiting one of the last vestiges even today are still standing of the old wall that protected Bratislava. Is the famous tower of St. Michael, the fourteenth century, who formerly was one of the entrances to the city. Under the tower there is, as in other cities in the world, a signal indicating the zero kilometer. The tower houses the Army Museum that includes an exhibition about the history of the fortifications of Bratislava.

Devin castle
Devin castle

(in 12 Km.) Devin: The Devin Castle ruins found where Moravia river joins the Danube River on the border between Slovakia and Austria. The castle is very important to the history of Slovakia for its strategic position. In this castle lived Celts, Romans and the early Slavs. It also has a beautiful view to see the calm and dark waters of Moravia river waters joining with faster and clear waters of the Danube. Here there is also a monument to victims of the Iron Curtain.

(in 71 Km.) Vienna: We left the country to take in the Vienna airport the flight to back home.


 

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