Callum’s 2015 Adventures: Interrailing pt.7 Bratislava, Slovakia

‘Enjoy Bratislava. It’s good you came in summer, in winter it can get very depressing’

Day 15: Vienna – Bratislava 30.08.15

Plan of Action:

  • Find our accommodation
  • Explore Bratislava
  • Visit the ‘UFO’
    • Take some long-exposure photos

After coming to the realisation that Vienna wasn’t what we wanted it to be, we decided to “cut our losses” and head over to Bratislava a few hours earlier than planned. I’m glad we did too. Slovakia is a completely new entity to me, a country I had never been too before, and I was excited to see what it had in store.

Getting to our apartment (thank you for being so affordable airbnb!) was a little more complicated than we expected because communicating with those at the train station proved to be a struggle. However, despite missing our stop and having to back-track we eventually made and and it was beautiful. Before we could enjoy it though, food was important.

Anyway, the apartment was brilliant, an absolute treat. Not only did it have air-conditioning and the comfiest bed I had been on since beginning the trip, it also had a washing machine (so of course we took advantage). Due to the afternoon heat we made the most of our air-conditioning and had a little siesta.

Once the sun started to set we ventured out, exploring the centre of Bratislava properly. It is a very quaint and pretty town, the centre rather small and beautiful, with little streets that are reminiscent of the side-streets in Bath. Only a couple of minutes away from the square was a beautiful strip lit by lamps, divided by a bandstand and a small bridge. Honestly, the area felt and looked like a couple’s paradise, a place for a proper private get-away. The real jewel in the crown was hidden at the top of the building known as the ‘UFO’, Bratislava’s answer to the Seattle Space Needle.

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From the top of the observer platform you could see for miles. The sun had set by the time we got there, but I truly feel that that worked in my favour, as demonstrated in the image above. The reflection of the lights in the water created a beautiful effect and all the colours were outstanding. I ended up spending plenty of time up there with my camera and tripod before tiredness began to knock on the door and I headed to back to the apartment to pack for Budapest before going to bed.

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