Saturday, October 14, 2006

Eastern Europe, part 3 (Bratislava)

I had read somewhere that Vienna and Bratislava were the two closest capital cities in the world (or maybe in Europe) and I couldn't pass up the chance to visit a whole other country only an hour away, so on our last day in Vienna, we headed to Bratislava, the capital of the Slovak Republic.

We arrived around lunchtime, and walked the 2km or so from the train station to the waterfront. There is a bridge in Bratislava, built in the later half of the 20th century, that somewhat resembles a UFO. We took some pictures of that, grabbed a quick (and very cheap) lunch, and headed to Devin Castle, about a 20 minute bus ride away.

The castle ruins are located at the juncture of the Danube and one of its tributaries, the Morava. It was constructed by the Romans sometime before the 800s, and was destroyed only in the 1800s. I enjoyed our visit to Devin Castle even more than Karlstein (near Prague); it was somehow more picturesque, and nothing beats a view over two gigantic rivers.

Afterwards, we took the bus back to the city and then walked up to Bratislava Castle, which is not that exciting to look at, but does also have a nice view; we took some pictures and bought some souvenirs up there. Finally, we ate dinner at a pub, where we tried to spend the remainder of the $60 we had exchanged for the day.

We got back to Vienna sometime after 10pm, and went straight to bed, since we were catching another morning train to Budapest.


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