"Open the Door to Slovakia!" Bratislava by yooperprof
Bratislava Travel Guide: 2,032 reviews and 4,525 photos
Bratislava is only 45 minutes from Vienna, but it feels much further away than that. More than the other cities I visited in east Central Europe - Prague and Gyor - Bratislava retains many markers of its recent communist past. Not that that is entirely a bad thing! Bratislava is a city of considerable charm and beauty, and I was glad that it wasn't overrun by the kind of tourists who visit a place just because they've heard about it on MTV.
Bratislava is a city with beautiful things abounding in the streetscape. An old building in the center of the city has been made into a kind of outdoor gallery, as artists have created a series of paintings for what would have otherwise been abandoned and forlorn windows. Kudos for this creative use of space!
Bratislava also has another form of public art - graffiti - in abundance. It's strikingly evident on the "New Bridge", the futuristic link between the fascination historic city center and the drab, mechanistic worker-suburbs on the south side of the Danube. For more of my idle musings on urban alienation, the suburbs, and the grafitti, look at my pages on the New Bridge itself in the "general tips" sections as well as some reflections on graffiti in "local customs".
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