Bratislava Journals

Bratislava Revisted 2012

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A June 2012 trip to Bratislava by fizzytom

Ibis Bratislava Centrum Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia More Photos
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Local Brews in Bratislava

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Mestiansky Pivovar, Bratislava Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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When it comes to beer, the Czechs are quite rightly proud of their brews which are sold and enjoyed all over the world; brands such as Pilsener Urquell and Staropramen are not unusual or exotic, they can be found in pubs and bars across Europe and beyond. You would be forgiven for thinking that the Slovaks don’t share this brewing tradition but nothing is further from the truth; Slovakia may not have any of the really big international brands but there are lots of smaller domestic brands and, better still, loads of good microbreweries.Some tour agencies offer trips to the large brewery just out of town, but if it’s the local microbreweries you want to visit, you need to get yourself a city...Read More

Slavin Monument

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Attraction | "Remembering the Soviet Liberators at the Slavin Monument"

Slavin Monument Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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The Maly Carpaty – the little Carpathians – tumble into the Slovak capital, Bratislava, from the north; these hills are studded with three very recognisable landmarks: Bratislava’s white Baroque castle; the television tower; and the Slavin Monument. The latter is a memorial to the Soviet soldiers that fell in the liberation of the city (and the country more generally) at the end of World War Two. The television tower is some distance out and requires at least a half day to make the trip worthwhile, and while the castle and the Slavin monument are both accessible on foot from the city centre, the views from the memorial are much better than those from the castle. If you’re in Bratislava for...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 2, 2013

Slavin Monument

Bratislava, Slovakia

Exploring Bratislava Old Town

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Bratislava Old Town Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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People often talk of Bratislava’s Old Town as being compact but actually it’s rather sprawling with a dual carriageway (which becomes the famous Novy Most) cutting between the medieval core and Bratislava Castle, and the Presidential Palace almost stuck on a little island between the main shopping street and the train station. I’ve even heard of the Slavin Monument being described as being in the Old Town though having walked there from the train station and through the leafy residential district that leads to the monument, it somehow seems too far out (and a bit too new). In this review I've opted to write only about the core section of the Old Town, and not to include the castle which deserves a rev...Read More

Govinda

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Restaurant | "Committing Hare Curry"

Govinda Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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During the 2000 US presidential campaign George Bush Jnr famously (at least to people in the two countries involved) confused Slovenia and Slovakia. I wonder whether, when he did that, his confusion came about because both countries have a vegetarian Indian restaurant called "Govinda" in their respective capital cities, Ljubljana and Bratislava. Having been to the one in Ljubljana only a few months back, Himself and I decided to commit a selfless act in the name of research and check out its Slovakian counterpart in June 2012. The restaurants are unrelated in terms of ownership but connected in that they are both essentially Hare Krishna kitchens offering meat free dishes with a tenuous In...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 26, 2012

Govinda
Obchodna 30
Bratislava, Bratislava

Novy Most/New Bridge and Observation Deck

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Attraction | "View from the Bridge"

Novy Most/New Bridge and Observation Deck Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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THE TOURISTS The Slovakian capital Bratislava has handsome Baroque buildings, a beautiful Franciscan church and a rather striking old town hall as well as an imposing castle perched on a craggy hill, but it is a much more recent and, some might say, much less attractive, landmark that is the most recognisable symbol of the city. The space age structure at the southern end of the 'Novy most', or Most SNP as it will revert to its original name at the end of August 2012, reminds me of the Tripods of the science fiction novel (minus one leg, of course). It looks like a sinister sentry to the high-rise jungle that is Petrzalka; there the tower blocks have been re-facaded in a rainbo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2012

Novy Most/New Bridge and Observation Deck
Straddling The Danube On The Staromiestka
Bratislava, Slovakia

Ibis Bratislava Centrum

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Hotel | "Where Staff Indifference is a Way of Life"

Ibis Bratislava Centrum Photo, Bratislava, Slovakia
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Last time we stayed in Bratislava, back in 2003, we arrived at our pre-booked hostel to find they didn’t have any record of our reservation. We were recommended something cheap but further out of town and as a result we didn’t see as much of the city as we’d have liked. Nine years on we wanted to make sure we were close to the main sights in order to cram in as much sightseeing as possible; it turned out to be a good decision because we arrived late due to a delayed flight and lost a whole evening.I’m not a particular fan of Ibis Hotels but when I was booking the parent group Accor (Sofitel, Etap, Mercure and others fall under its umbrella) were running an attractive promotion and I was al...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 17, 2012

Ibis Bratislava Centrum
Zamocka 38
Bratislava, Slovakia
+421-59292000