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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2009

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

MapToday we rode the train from Baden to Bratislava in Slovakia, via Vienna. The area around the train station in Bratislava is quite run-down and they had no maps at the TI. We followed some verbal directions and walked towards the old town centre. On the way we passed by the Presidential Palace and watched the changing of the guard. Then we walked through St. Michael’s Gate, a tall tower with archway, into the old town district and had lunch. There are some nice buildings in the old town including a baroque church in the main square; however, its ornate interior can only be viewed from behind the iron screen just inside the doors. We walked down to the Danube River and booked a river trip back to Vienna for later in the day. Then we walked back into the old town and up to the Bratislava Castle, perched high on a hill with lovely views over the city and the river; however it was undergoing some reconstruction and was closed to visitors. We found areas of Bratislava very shabby and in need of much repair, cleaning and painting, quite a contrast from Vienna. Some areas, such as the one close to the National Theatre, have been cleaned up and modernized and there is a lot of construction going on along the river. We took the trip back along the Danube to Vienna on a high-speed catamaran, about 75 minutes dock to dock, and had dinner in the same Opera district restaurant as yesterday. Tonight we took the subway and train back to Baden instead of the tram.