St. Michael's Gate - the entrance to the city in the Middle Ages
Entering the Old Town from Michael's Gate
Hlavna Namestie - the main square in the Old Town. The yellow tower is the Old Town Hall.
In Hlavne namestie is the 1572 Maximilian Fountain designed by Andreas Luttringer. In the center of the fountain is the figure of Roland, a knight who defended the townspeople's rights.
French Embassy (Napoleon Soldier bench in front)
French Embassy on Hlavne Namestie
Statue of Napoleon's soldier in the Old Town (next to the French Embassy)
Fun sticker on a mirror outside a restaurant
More fun stickers
Sean & David (DATT in Bratislava)
Trinh's duck with cabbage & dumplings - it was surprisingly delicious.
Sean's goulash soup
U.S. Embassy Bratislava
Sean & David in front of Embassy Bratislava
St. Martin's Cathedral
Between 1563-1830, eleven Hungarian kings & eight queens were crowned at St. Martin's Cathedral. In the late 19th c., the church was rebuilt in Neo-Gothic style by Josef Lippert.
Blue Star restaurant (recommended by David) -- cozy ambience, and food was decent.
Inside the Blue Star restaurant - we had a small side table in one of the lower caves
Entrance to Bratislava Castle
Novy Most (New Bridge), aka the Slovak National Uprising (most SNP).
The Novy Most was opened in 1972, and is built of steel construction, suspended from one pylon on the south bank of the Danube (Dunaj). At the top is a restaurant with views. To build this bridge & the major Staromestska highway, a section of the old city was destroyed, including the former Jewish quarter at the foot of Bratislava Castle.
Sean's kind of place; they also provide internet banking.
Having a good time at the Bank+Coffee - we did some banking (exchange money), wrote some postcards, and relaxed cappucinos. Spent alot of time here!
Hlavene Namestie square
Couldn't resist taking a photo of this t-shirt. Bratislava was ruled by the Hapsburg Empire for hundreds of years. It was also known as Pressburg and Pozsony.
Sean in front of the Austrian Embassy
Primate's Palace - (not what you would think by the name) built in 1781 for Jozef Batthyany, the "primate" of Hungary & archbishop of Esztergom. It is now the seat of the town's mayor. Its most opulent room, the Hall of Mirrors, was were the 1805 Peace Treaty of Pressburg was signed between Napoleon and Francis I, after the French victory at the Battle of Austerlitz.
The magnificent pediment of the Primate's Palace. The top features the archbishop's coat of arms, topped by a giant-size cardinal's hat. The figures of angels on the facade hold the letters I and C, referencing the motto int he cardinal's coat of arms: Iustica (Justice) and Clementia (Mercy).
Front of the Presidential Palace
Grassalkovich Palace - this baroque palace built in 1760, was the home of Anton Grassalkovich, a close advisor of Empress Maria Theresa. In 1939, it became the home of Monsignor Josef Tiso, president of the Slovak Republic during WWII. It is still the residence of the President.
Guard in front of the Presidential Palace
The Bratislava main post office - it's huge, and pretty nice inside.
Quite a Renaissance man in his time!
The stain glass ceiling of the Bratislava Main Post Office
Sean waiting to buy stamps for postcards
A cool steeple peeping through a downtown street.
Nice architectural apartment buildings in the city
This is just so wrong... There is no Kung Pao dish in Vietnamese cuisine. And who knows what those other dishes are.
Carvings on the concrete walls near the train station
Bratislava main train station - heading to Prague next!
There must have been a party on the second floor or the train station... see all the balloons in the room across the way.
At the train station waiting for our 4-hour train ride to Prague.
Good bye, Bratislava!