The Old Bridge – Bratislava’s newest bridge!

    The Old Bridge (Starý Most) was Slovakia’s oldest bridge. Originally built from steel in 1891 it was named Franz Joseph Bridge and later Štefánik’s Bridge or Bridge of the Red Army. It included a wooden pathway for pedestrians connecting the old town with the newer region of Petržalka. During the second World War...

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Water Mills on the Little Danube

  I have already written about the Boat Mill at Kolarovo, but in this post I am exploring the water mills along the same Little Danube as it moves closer to meeting the Danube, just south of Bratislava. The hardest to get to was the mill at Jahodná where access from the river bank is...

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Photographic Equipment

  For as long as our stay in Slovakia continues, I am using this blog as a record of the sights we have experienced here. I think that I now have the equipment to help me get the right pictures for this blog, and without doubt I have learnt a lot about photography since we...

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Trenčín

    Trenčín is one of Slovakia’s oldest towns, situated in a basin between three mountain ranges making it a strategically important town historically. The large and impressive 11th century castle is the town’s biggest landmark, built on a settlement that had existed from the bronze age. Famously there is an inscription in the rock...

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Wooden boat mill at Kolárovo

    The Malý Dunaj (Little Danube) is a 128km section of river that runs from the Danube and flows into the Vah. It is home to several water mills, but the Boat Mill at Kolárovo, a small town close to the Hungarian border, is the last existing specimen of the floating mill and the only boat...

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Zobor, Nitra

    Visitors to Nitra cannot fail to see the huge hill that overlooks the city. Zobor is the site of a prehistoric fort, and is now defined by the  11.5m tall TV & radio communications tower finished in 1993 that stands close to the peak. We took the path from the Zobor Medical Institute taking time...

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Košice

    Kosice is Slovakia’s second city after the capital Bratislava and is situated to the east of the country close to the Hungarian border in the south. Demographically it is a lot more diverse than the capital, with a vibrant mix of Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanies and others. The speed of life is noticeably slower...

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Wooden Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Hervatov

    In the north east of Slovakia lies the small village of Hervatov. Apart from its delightful setting in the rolling hills, it is an unremarkable village save for the wooden church in its centre. The Roman Catholic church of St Francis of Assisi was built in the late 15th century and is the oldest...

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Spanish Riding School, Vienna

    We took the catamaran from Bratislava to the centre of Vienna along the Danube, a journey of about 90 minutes. After a very enjoyable night in the city slightly marred by a poor meal at the ridiculously pricey Ritz-Carlton Steakhouse we enjoyed a great night’s sleep in the excellent Schlosshotel Römischer Kaiser.    ...

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Orava Castle

    The stunning Orava Castle is situated high on a rock in the village of Oravský Podzámok close to the Polish border. It was believed to have been built in the 13th century when it was part of the Hungarian kingdom. It is built on a natural rock formation surrounded by the river Orava and was...

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Kalvária Nitra

  The Nitra Calvary with twelve chapels with reliefs depicting the Stations of the Cross is located on one of the seven hills of the town. The Calvary founded towards the end of the 18th century on a peak of the same name, is characteristic for these small chapels. They line the way from the...

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Bojnice Castle

    Dating back to the 12th Century Bojnice is a beautiful medieval castle built on travertine rock with a natural cave. It was originally a wooden fort then it was built from stone to match the surrounding rocky terrain. It is the most visited castle in Slovakia, a country that has more castles per...

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