I asked the girls how they would describe yesterday- and here is what they came up with-
How would I describe it? Survival.
We left good old Hostel Ruthenstiener at 7 AM, to catch the 18 Tram to Ostobahn Train Station. We bought our tickets before hand for 14 Euro roundtrip. We got completely turned around getting off the tram, and slowly found our way to the train station. Eventually we boarded our train and fell fast asleep in hopes that we got on the right train. After almost sleeping through our stop, we hurriedly got off and from the start became totally, utterly, and completely confused.
After all our researching and asking around beforehand, everything was different. Still to this very minute we have no idea what happened. Slavokia= no signs, no directions, and no english. We started to miss Vienna pretty darn fast. We asked the
friendly lady at the information (once we found it) how to get to the city center. With a glare, she handed us a lovely small piece of paper while still glaring. She never broke eye contact. Creepy.
By some miracle we made it back to the Bratislava castle, and I began to fall in love with Bratislava. It was such a mix of cultures- part Austrian, Viennese, Czech, Russian, and Hungarian. We wandered up to the castle and listened in on some tours. Thanks to Nicole, we even got some cool facts from the Chinese tours as well! Sometimes it pays to have an Asian with you. They were having a Slovakian food festival on the grounds, so we wandered through and got some culture.
Bratislava Castle was built around 907 AD. You can thank this castle for making the Mongolian’s turn around and leave Europe. Even Napoleon didn’t attack it. However, it’s fall came when some Italian Architects were hired to reinforce the structure and they got drunk and burnt it down. They rebuilt a replica of it in 1953.
The overlook was fantastic of the Old Town…
Thanks to Trip Advisor, I found a free walking tour of the Old City. None of us knew anything about the history of Bratislava, so it was great to learn the history of it! Bratislava has a sad history, it has been passed around from country to country, and was even forced to become independent thanks to Hitler. Communists eventually took over post WWII and ‘modernized’ the city- leaving only 10% of the Old City remaining. Our tour guide was Timmy from Australia, and it was awesome. We learned so much that made us appreciate this city, especially the quirky facts that we never would have known.
Here are some of my favorite things we found out:
After St. Elizabeth’s Cathedral (aka the Blue Church, or my favorite – the Smurf Church) we cut out on the tour in search for a Mcflurry.
I loved the Old Town, but it was worthy of only a day trip. It did make me itch to see the countryside of Slovakia though.