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Bratislava, Slovakia: A thriving post-European Block City

Summary. Bratislava is the largest City in Slovakia, a former Eastern Block country bordered by Poland, Hungary, Austria, Ukraine and, of course, the Czech Republic. Enjoying a high income economy, Bratislava is a thriving capital City filled with culture, beautiful architecture, and lovely markets. We chose this City because of our family roots in this region and ended up being pleasantly surprised by Bratislava's charm and interesting history. Our entire day here was nearly cost-free as there are plenty of no-cost and low-cost activities. Tip: We took an Uber from the train station to downtown which inexpensive and easier than trying to navigate Bratislava's public transportation. If you follow our itinerary, be sure to remember to lock your travel backpacks in a storage locker at the train-station before your next stop in Budapest.

Free Walking Tour. Free tours Bratislava offers a 2.5 hour history and culture tour of Old Town Bratislava. We love these walking tours because of the educational component for the boys and also we find it is the best way acquaint ourselves with a new City. Here the tour was especially helpful because we really knew very little about this City before our visit. Remember to tip your tour guide at the end of the tour and bring water and sunblock. ​

Bratislava Markets. Before arriving, check the local events calendar for outdoor markets. During our visit, there was a wonderful farmer's market and Slovakian crafts market. After the walking tour we sat near the farmer's market and ate our pre-made "brown bag" lunch near Ganymede's Fountain and people watched. There are also plenty of restaurants in Old Town.

Bratislava Charm. Throughout the City there are little touches of charm that should not be missed, including Čumil (photo below), a bronze statute of a sewer worker coming up from a manhole.


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