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Discovering FreeWalking Tour Vienna

Discovering FreeWalking Tour, Vienna

Where : Discovering FreeWalking Tour, Vienna Discovering FreeWalking Tour We had really good experience with Free walking tours in Chile and Brazil.  So, we decided to get a Free Walking tour for our first day in Vienna.  From our experience, Free walking tours help with city orientation and uncovers places to visit. Great guide ! Yet again, we didn’t regret joining the Vienna FreeWalking tour !  Also, we were really lucky to find a friendly and knowledgeable guide. He knew all about the history of Vienna and explained details about each attraction.  All questions were answered and he also gave us some great tips.  For example, how we could get cheap Opera tickets - more on that later. Stay close. We

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Discovering Primates Palace

Discovering The Primate’s Palace, Bratislava

Where : The Primate's Palace, Bratislava Discovering The Primate's Palace. As we walked in the old town of Bratislava, we passed through the “Primate’s Palace”.  It's beauty caught our attention, so we took lots of pictures.  We didn’t go inside because our time in Bratislava was limited.  Feel free to check the hours of operation and  entrance fees online, but it seemed quite affordable. According to Wikipedia, this is an 18th century palace that has an important place in European history.   That's because there were representatives from France, Hungary and Austria that signed the Treaty of Pressburg.  An event that brought an end of a thousand years of rule by the Holy Roman Empire. So, if you are in rush

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Discovering St Martin's Cathedral

Discovering St Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava

Where : St Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava Discovering St Martin’s Cathedral. The St Martin’s Cathedral is located in the historic old town of Bratislava. It's actually on way to the Bratislava castle, you'll easily find the Gothic style tower.  Actually we tried to visit on our first day after the castle, but they were closed.  So we returned the next morning to be safe.  With this in mind, just double check the hours before you visit. More on it. Outside the church looks quite simple, but it's far from it when you get in !  Although it's small (compared to other churches in Europe) it’s really beautiful inside!  You'll notice the overhead Gothic arches, beautiful and huge stained glass windows and pieces

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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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