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Bratislava is Slovakia's capital and is located at the western tip of the country. It is on the Danube River, very near the borders of Austria and Hungary. The Danube divides the historic Old Town center from the modern housing districts.
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It has a nice but small Old Town. The rest of the city is a communist-era creation with prefabricated apartment buildings and factories. There are several CS and HC members here so there's no need to stay always at a hostel. Some of my favourite places for a night-out or drink are: 1. Slovak Pub, Smadny Mnich, Harley, Cirkus Barokk, Aligator, Maly Bajkal.
Hi there, if You stay in Bratislava for the night, one of the best place is at Botanicka - Druzba students dormitory, its placed just by the river, and from the windows You may have great view at Danube!!! It's not far from the Old Town, and You can walk up there also by the riverside, what is taking about 25 minutes on foot to get to Novy Most with fantastic view point on the top of the bridge!!! If You chose the other way, with the buses you can get as well to Devin Castle, and Sandberg where are real dunes!!! What i can recomend you is definitely two things - walking up the Kamzik and tring the national food - bryndzowe haluszki (sheep cheese dumplings) in "Koliba" in Mlynska Dolina!!! Slovakian people are definitely crazy about meals, and even in MacDonalds you can find their fried cheese!!! And now watch out - in Slovakia you can buy leggaly Absint, the famous alkohol which was driving mad many poets in XIX century :D Of course You cannot miss Obchodna i Kapucinska, Kamenne Namestie (where is also Tesco haha), but if You plan make some shopping Billa is much better than Tesco for sure. From Hlavna Stanica - main train station, you can easily get to Tatra Mountains, the highest in all Carpathian Range, and getting couchette costs about 20 euro and if you leave at 9pm you will get to capital of the mountains at 6 in the morning!!! The same price in both ways this time is to Vienna, also by the ferries, which is so cool, traveling to Budapest is not bad, though not many hungarian people talk in english, lol If You need sports, then fabulous thing is going for the ice hockey, but if you need a high culture, try in Narodne Divadlo (theather - national opera house), i watched there russian "Eugeniusz Oniegin" and that was great! The best thing is to come up for Christmas Market, i still havent been in Dresden, but in Bratislava i saw even enchanted Bawarian people so it must be one of the best in Europe!!! If we talk about Osterich culture, then please go to Hlavne Namestie and visit Kaffee Mayer and try the best cakes they have!!! mmm... Someone said "Bratislava is fun, polite and small" and i mean it :-) P.S. Hey girls, in the beginning of the year and then after summer there are fabulous sales in shops, like Terranova and other big companies, and in compare to west european countries difference is really pretty big!
It may not be the cheapest, but for sure the most intriguing way to travel between Vienna and Bratislava:
On the Danube at high-speed from Vienna to Bratislava, up to ten times daily. Starting with may: two boats on the way.
City center to city center: from Schwedenplatz/Marienbrücke to Bratislava/Nový most in 75 minutes.
The TWIN CITY LINER is a light aluminium high-speed catamaran with jet propulsion. Due to its low draft and low wash, the high-speed catamaran is the perfect solution for the Danube and especially for the Danube Canal, which is often very shallow in the summer.
The heart of the TWIN CITY LINER is a pair of MTU diesel engines and Hamilton water jets. The water jets generate a turbo effect and can propel the ship to speeds of up to 69 km/h. In order to skim along the Danube quickly, quietly and economically, however, cruising speed averages about 60 km/h.
The high-speed catamarans are fully air conditioned and equipped with luxurious first-class seating, info-flatscreens, panoramic windows and a lookout deck.
The exclusive Sky-Gourmet-Catering on board offers a wide range of delicious, freshly prepared petite dishes, snacks and drinks at decent prices. Souvenirs are also available on board. Euros as well as Slovak crowns are gladly accepted as means of payment.
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