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Oct 14, 2015 - October 13-Bratislava

October 13 - Bratislava and the Danube Today was a day of travel with a short stop in Bratislava. We travelled through the night (and I love sleeping on a moving boat) and we didn't even wake when we went through the first set of locks at about 5:30 am. Tim and Lorrie felt the boat bumping up against the side of the locks and woke up. Tim was outside at 6 am watching the process but we slept blissfully until 7:30 am. We stopped in Bratislava at 10:00 am and we all left the boat and got on a bus for a short drive into the old part of the...

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Jul 28, 2015 - Bratislava

The walk today had two alternatives.....take the ferry from Vienna to Bratislava or take the train to Wolfsthal then walk approximately 10k into Bratislava. Some decided to ferry and some decided to walk. I was ambivalent so didn't prebook a ticket and then it was full! So I ended up doing the first day by myself. Only got slightly lost once or twice. I have now rewarded myself with an iced coffee in the square. Every afternoon at 6pm we meet at a designated point.. we wandered up the road and found a fantastic little spot for dinner! Fresh...

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Jun 2, 2015 - Bratislava Slovakia

We sailed the scenic Danube during the morning passing through the first of 62 locks which is an adventure in itself. The second longest river in Europe, the Danube begins its journey in Germany's Black Forest and runs through 10 countries to the Black Sea. The Danube basin gave rise to some of the earliest human cultures on earth and today it remains one of Europe's most significant and historic waterways. The Danube is the heart and soul of Central Europe. We arrived in Bratislava during lunch. After lunch there was a bus and walking...

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May 17, 2015 - Bratislava, Slovakia

Bratislava has been the capital of Slovakia since 1993 when it became an independent country. Formerly it was the southern part of the country, Czechoslovakia, that is now the Czech Republic. The most significant historical event that took place in Bratislava occurred in the Grassalkovich Palace, now the presidential palace. That is where the Austro-Hungarian crown prince, Franz Ferdinand d’Este, met his wife, Zofia Choteck. In 1914, the murder of the couple in Sarejevo started World War I. Grassalkovich Palace Photo 1 SHERATON...

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Oct 12, 2014 - Home Hosted Visit

Oct. 12 – Bratislava, Slovakia and a Home-Hosted Visit After breakfast, we toured the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. Once the capital of Hungary, Bratislava has a history going back to Celtic and Roman times. The Slavs settled here in the fifth century under their ruler, Bratislav. Remember Cyril and Methodisce who came to convert the Central Europeans to Christianity – well, they came here, too, and gave the people the Cyrillic alphabet, still used today in Russia. In the tenth century, the Hungarians came and took over. They ruled for...

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Down the Danube

Oct 11, 2014 - Apfelstrudel

Oct. 11 – Vienna to Bratislave, Slovakia Darrel & I had a wonderful day – and did nothing! There was an optional tour offered to the expansive summer estate of the Austrian royalty, the Schoenbrunn Palace. It is an architectural legacy that dates back to the 17th century, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site which rivals Versailles. Schoenbrunn means “beautiful spring”. I am sure it was breathtaking to see how the royals lived, but Darrel and I enjoyed a leisurely morning instead. We checked the news, our email, drank coffee, talked with...

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Aug 5, 2014 - Bratislava, Slovakia (Cruise Day 13)

8/5/14, Tuesday We arrived in Slovakia early this morning. After our day yesterday, Robin and I decided to forego the tour. Bratislava is the capitol of Slovakia and is trying hard to become a very modern city. Lots of construction and new modern buildings. Quite different from what we have experienced the rest of the trip.

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2014 European Trip

Aug 2, 2014 - Bratislava

We checked out of the hotel in Vienna, and dumped our luggage in a locker in some random train station in Vienna (curiously, the Hauptbahnhof did not offer luggage lockers). We boarded a train for Bratislava, and the ride lasted just over an hour, which got us to the central train station around 11:30. By this point, I had been going to bed late and waking up early for a full week, and I was really starting to feel it. I first bought a water bottle in a pastry shop inside the train station, and then as we waited for a bus to take us into...

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May 22, 2014 - Bratislava,Slovakia

Morning spent cruising up the Danube. In case you are wondering, it is not blue! Not a lot to see while cruising from Budapest to Bratislava, countryside and towns in the distance. We did see this one church close to shore, distanced from its town. The visit to Bratislava was interesting, but not really exciting. As usual, we heard about the political and economic history. The best story actually had to do with how it was to live under the Soviet Regime. The tour guide said that during that time everything was grey, the buildings, their...

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May 18, 2014 - Bratislava, Slovakia and on to Budapest

Sunday May 18 -- Bratislava and on to Budapest It was raining again for our early morning tour in Bratislava, Slovakia. We started the day on shore with a bus tour and were quite surprised how pleasant the city was. We were driven to up the Bratislava Castle and had a walk around mostly to see the outside of the Castle and for the view of the city. We reboarded the bus for a drive down to the old city. We walked around the old city with the guide pointing out houses and various places of interest. However, we found our interest was with...

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Jan 5, 2014 - Bratislava

Today it is up to Bratislava Castle. Great view of the city from up there. Very sparsely furnished but presented beautifully with a brilliant marble staircases leading up to each level. It has taken the Slovakians many years to complete the restoration of this castle after it had fallen to total neglect 50 years or so ago. Down from the castle, we visited a couple of beautiful churches as well as looking at the President's Palace.

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Jan 4, 2014 - Budapest to Bratislava, Slovakia

Whereas it is a relatively short trip by train from Budapest to Bratislava, it still took some time taking into account the time from and to hotels as well as the waiting time. Checked into the very nice hotel, The Arcadia, at Bratislava which was the first 5 star hotel in this city and has a lot of charm. Then visited the main tourist spots of St Michaels Gate in the wall of the old town, St Martins Cathedral and also the Primatial Palace (considered by most as the most beautiful building in Bratislava.

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