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Day trip to Bratislava

Since it was getting hot in the city of Vienna and I could hardly wait to get out of the house, I decided to take a short trip to Bratislava on a sunny Sunday alongside my friend: to get to know the city and its culture/history/buildings better. We were focused on getting the best views in the shortest amount of time, so we followed a map of the old town (thank you Google Maps and HP Printer) and tried to make our way through the city.

It all started with a trip with the Twin City Liner, that we took from Vienna Schwedenplatz and that got us in aproximately 75 min near the Novy Most (New Bridge) in Bratislava. It was very easy to get to the old town, spot buildings such as the St. Martin’s Cathedral or Michael’s Gate considering the fact that these we higher than the rest of the buildings and that there is a pedestrian zone in the old town, which means everything is in walking distance. What truly amazed me was how quiet the streets were, although we could see a lot of locals and tourists. We came across some traditional Slovakian restaurants but didn’t stop to eat. Maybe next time…

On our way to the bus station (it only costs about 7 Euros to get from Bratislava to Vienna by bus/train, so it’s worth it) I noticed a Billa supermarket and was eager to see whether the prices were higher than in Vienna. To my biiiig surprise, I spent the price of a typical Wiener Melange Coffee (3.7 Euros) to get…a whole lot of snacks and drinks for the road and for home. I LOVE the fact that Bratislava also opens its stores on Sundays and allows people to enjoy the pleasure of shopping (check out the Aupark website for yourself – open til 9 pm!) on days when you can only get bored or visit a museum in Vienna.

All in all, it was a great experience and I’ll be sure to come to Bratislava again for some new clothes that I’m dying to buy on a Sunday (when all Viennese stores are closed), or at least for some chilling walks around town.

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