Bratislava and Beyond – Pictures from One of the Best Travel Days So Far

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I arrived in Bratislava on Tuesday June 7th and I’ll stay here until Saturday June 11th.

Last Wednesday was one of the best days of my trip so far. I hanged out with Slovakian traveler Milan, whom I had originally met in Šiauliai, Lithuania. Here are some pictures our trip around the outskirts of Bratislava.

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I just wanted to take a picture from the car, because, well, I’m on a car! And it’s not a bus! This was the first time that I got in a passenger car during my trip, so I wanted to cherish the moment.

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The previous day, Milan had sent me a link to his website, where he had posted photographs of interesting places around Bratislava. He then asked me to choose a place I’d want to visit with him.

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From all the interesting options, I chose an old baroque bridge – or what’s left of it. The ruins of the 17th century bridge were now in the middle of a dense forest.

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Finding our destination turned out to be a rather challenging task. Milan had added the GPS coordinates to Google Maps, but finding the exact location and getting there was still quite difficult.

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Poor choice of footwear didn’t help either. Trails were scarce, so avoiding stinging nettles with sandals was not easy. Somehow, I only managed to get stung on my arm.

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We found another part of the old river quite early, but the bridge wasn’t there.

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But finally, there it was! The bridge was very hard to spot as it was merging with the environment.

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To demonstrate, here’s the structure from another direction. The trail in the middle goes over the bridge.

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Once we had found the bridge, getting back to the car was another puzzle. In the end, we just cut through a corn field.

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And we also visited another country! However, our stay in Austria lasted only fifteen minutes, as this chocolate factory store in Kittsee had just closed before our arrival.

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Later, we went to see Rusovce Mansion, an abandoned mansion near Bratislava. The building was surrounded by a high fence, so you couldn’t take a closer look. The mansion is officially under reconstruction, but nothing is really happening.

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We also went to the UFO Outlook Tower to see the sunset. Here’s a view to the Old Town and Bratislava Castle.

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Mountains near the border.

In the end, the fun drifting in the woods didn’t come without consequences. Here’s a picture from the following morning:

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The first thing in the morning, I had to go to a pharmacy to get these tick tweezers. I ended up pulling 5 or 6 ticks from my legs. I’m glad I have the vaccinations for their diseases, but I’m still going to monitor the development of the bite wounds for a few weeks.

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