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19 Oct – Budapest to Bratislava

Bratislava where the old town harks back to stately days of imperial grandeur, while gigantic suburban housing projects stand like tombstones to the days of communist-era oppression. We found our accommodation after a few miss-haps, the directions for the trams we had been given (and also at the train station) were totally incorrect so again the LP was our saviour.

After checking in we headed out to the information centre and then off to explore.

We started in the 1781 square in front of Primate’s Palace, which contains the Hall of Mirrors. We wandered from the Primate’s Palace, which used to be the winter palace of the archbishop and nowadays is the Mayor’s seat. Next door is the Old Town Hall. We pass through Main square and St. Martin’s Cathedral, a 15th century gothic church in which 11 Hungarian kings and 8 consorts were crowned between 1563 and 1830, until we reached the hill where perched up high sits Bratislava castle overlooking the old town and its boxy look is typically ostentatious. We wandered around the castle for awhile, getting a pretty good look at the city from above.

We walked back into town passing Michael’s gate, the only surviving gate of the original four that formed part of the medieval fortification and also past the Franciscan and Jesuit churches. We had dinner on the lovely café strip Ventúrska.

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