Bratislava, Slovakia – One Afternoon

When we were booking our trip to Budapest, when I saw that Slovakia (Bratislava!) was only a two hour drive away, I knew we had to go. Not only would it be another country we’d get to see, but the Capital of Slovakia as a bonus. Yes, I am sure the entire country has some pretty awesome stuff to see, but we’d only have one day, so Bratislava made the list.

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We left our hotel after breakfast, and got into downtown Bratislava at noon. Once downtown, we found an undergrund parking for 2€ an hour (good since we later found others at 3€ an hour…). Our first idea was to start out, and work our way back towards the car. In the end, turns out it’s all pretty centered. Ahh well…

The castle had a lot of stairs to get at it, and once you get to the top, you see this amazing amount of snow! Trying to walk the slippery path was a fun slip and slide game lol

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But man, the view! So so glad we took the time to walk to the top and not just take pics from down below.

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Plus, the kids loved to attempt to play in the snow, even though they didn’t have boots, and their gloves were definitely NOT waterproof – oh for the love of kids! 😉

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Even though we didn’t want to waste our few hours eating, we were getting so hungry, we couldn’t wait anymore. We found a restaurant/pub/bar called Castle Brewery (Zamocky Pivovar in Slovak – but the signs were in English anyways). Food was amazing! Definitely hit the spot! The kids are shared a schnitzel plate and a three sliders dish. Trust me, the picture does not do justice to how big the schnitzel actually was!

 

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Hubby and I shared this enormous plate of meat (see picture, you’ll see what I mean lol). Since it was a brewery, their speciality is beer. They had a special “Drink of The Day” which was a 0.5L dark beer for 1.40€; I mean, can you really go wrong with that? Giant soft drinks were less than a euro as well. We lucked out on passing this place. In total for all five of us, with more than we usually have for lunch, was forty-four euros – plus we wouldn’t need supper…

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Bellies full, onto continuing our tour. At this point, all we mainly had left was the center town. Old Town Centers are always beautiful and amazing to see!

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This is St-Michael’s Gate – the only gate still standing from the medieval fortifications; one of the town’s oldest buildings. It was built around the year 1300.

Below is a photo underneath St-Michael’s Gate. It represents exactly how far different cities are from that exact location. The fact that we found Toronto was pretty cool!

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From here, we basically just walked around. We didn’t really stop and go in anywhere, we just looked from the outside – which was perfectly fine.

 

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There were statues everywhere. We couldn’t even keep track of them all to even think of taking a picture.

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The one below is named Cumil. It is the one we were literally on the lookout for. He is the “watcher” of all in Bratislava. Pretty cool.

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We found a Canadian Flag which the kids thought was amazing! See one twin posing under it lol

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Last thing on my list before heading back to our hotel, was the blue church. I’ve seen many churches, but none blue like in the pictures I’d found. BTW – even better in real life than pictures. It’s amazing to see; so different.

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From here, it was after six and getting dark, so we had to head back to the car. I wish I had more time to walk around, but I am completely satisfied with going. For a capital city, it’s very small; which made all easily walkable and seeable in one day. I am very happy for the opportunity to have come here!!

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