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Discovering Bratislava

Discovering Man at work, Bratislava

Where : Man at work, Bratislava Discovering Man at work. Walking in Bratislava old town streets is a fun way to go back in time.  You’ll find some funny histories behind each statue located in and around the main square. The most famous and really intriguing is called “Cumil – The watcher”.  The sign next to it says “Man at Work”.  There are a few explanations online on the “Welcome to Bratislava” website. The first rumour states that he’s a typical communist era worker who is not bethered about the work he’s supposed to be doing.  Another rumour is that he’s looking under the women’s skirts, hahahah … We all know these types of stories.  But based on his smiling face,

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Discovering Bratislava Castle

Discovering Bratislava Castle, Bratislava

Where : Bratislava Castle Discovering Bratislava Castle, Bratislava Bratislava Castle is a short walking distance from the Old Town Square.  You’ll easily spot the rectangular building located on top of the rocky hill beside the Danube river. On a beautiful day, it would be a great idea to walk, take some pictures and enjoy the gorgeous views.  Finally we were lucky, cause we could managed to enjoy our walk and got a last minute ticket just before they closed ! According to Wikipedia, the Castle was built from the 9th to the 18th century.  The building includes four towers, one on each corner, plus a courtyard. ‘How was it’ ? you ask… If we compare Bratislava Castle with others castles we

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Discovering Hlavné Namestie

Discovering Main Square (Hlavné námestie), Bratislava

Where : Main Square (Hlavné námestie) – Bratislava Discovering Hlavné námestie, Bratislava Bratislava is a small but really charming city.  The Hlavné Namestie, which translates to main square, will demonstrate just that.  There’s a nice open space with beautiful architecture and colorful buildings.  You’ll also find many restaurants, church, souvenirs stores and funny statues like Napoleon’s soldier.  According to the legend, the soldier was left behind by Napoleon’s army in 1805 when he fell in love with a local girl.  He seems quite famous since there was a small line to take pictures with him. Accessibility If you are planning to visit Bratislava you will find the main square quite easily.  Hlanvé Namestie also acts as a central hub, which can

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Discovering St Michael’s Gate, Bratislava

Where : St Michael’s Gate, Bratislava Discovering St Michael’s Gate We took the tram to Bratislava old town.  The hotel staff was suggested a couple of exits to start discovering the city.  So we chose to start with St Michael’s Gate, which is also a good way to access the Old Town main square. Where is it ? You should exit on ‘Hurbanovo Námestie’ and follow indications to the gate.  It’s easy to spot because there is a medieval tower on top in Baroque style.  According to St Micheal’s Gate’s website it was built in the middle of 14th century.  You might notice a statue up top, of the archangel Michael, slaying a dragon. On our way through the city gate, we

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Discovering Bratislava architecture

Discovering City walls, Bratislava

Where : City Walls of Bratislava Discovering City walls, Bratislava. From the Old Town to Bratislava Castle, next to the Cathedral you’ll see a huge wall.  According to online information, it was part of a fortification construction that started at the end of 14th century.  The most part of it was demolished, so it was decided to integrate it to the city suburbs. We technically just passed through the bridge linking the castle and the old town.  We only took some pictures around the enormous walls, and didn’t quite realize what it was until we did our research online.  So maybe it would be worth to spend a little more time around and get to know more about the history. Serge:

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