I saw a lot of Bratislava on Tuesday. In fairness, while it’s a decent place to look around its not the biggest city in the world. But after yesterday’s trip to Vienna I still had a day to kill. And I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to do.
The easiest solution was to walk in a direction I hadn’t walked in before. And I found myself crossing the Danube on foot. Over a bridge that is. I’ve other priorities to address before I progress to walking on water! Great view upstream taking in the castle.
The south side has some pretty woodland which I wandered into for a few minutes, before deciding to go to the main station to see if there was somewhere else I fancied going. Budapest had been pencilled in, but the return times were a little awkward, involved a connection and I was feeling a little bit nervous after the previous day’s error returning from Vienna.
Looking up at the departures board I was a little amazed by some of the destinations. Hamburg, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague, Budapest and more. I googled some of the Slovak options but just didn’t fancy any of them. I walked back into the old city, grabbed some street food and watched the world go by. I compared the place to Prague which I’d visited in 2012. Smaller. A little less blighted by communism. Possibly more westernised despite being further east. Similarities with an impressive river, castle and cheap beer.
As my time here draws to a close, it’s fair to say I like Bratislava. Two days in the city is probably enough to say you’ve done it. But the rail links could make it a good place to stay in overnight longer while exploring surrounding countries. A real benefit if the flights are cheap.