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It is located on the Danube river. Bratislava in Slovakia has managed to retain its charm and beauty over the years. Its rich history, which dates back to the 14th Century can still be witnessed today. And surprisingly, it is the only national capital that borders two independent countries. Words and pictures by Cash Moraa
View of the UFO road Bridge that runs over Danube river from the top most point of the palace; Street outdoor restaurant; A street in the town of Bratislava
FROM TOP: Water fountain in the town centre; Vintage tour mini bus; The original cobbled street leading up to Bratislava palace A 60km drive from Austria on a superhighway, took me to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. The signs on the highway are clear and there is little chance of getting lost. The many windmills along the highway I learnt, generate electricity. Before its independence in 1945, Slovakia was a Nazi state in Germany. When we arrived in Bratislava, temperatures were cool but by 10.00am, they hit a high of 38 degrees.
The first building I came across housed a Bata shop. I couldn’t believe my eyes. I did not know Bata was international. As I took pictures of the shop, a passerby informed me that was one of the most popular shops around.
The historical town centre is small and its roads have cable car tracks. The mode of transport is mostly by cable car, bus, and bicycle. A large monument depicting Slovak nationals in traditional garb commemorates the Slovak national uprising of 1944 sits in the town centre opposite a small, old, catholic church. Interestingly there’s little traffic in the town centre, no overlapping or impatient hooting there. On the other hand, there was lots of human traffic, mostly tourists. Primate’s