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Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Local´s Guide to Communist Bratislava

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is mostly visited and praised for its historical downtown, UFO bridge and castle. While these are certainly worth seeing, what about all of the history that happened in the second half of 20th century? If you are interested in how communism shaped the face of the city, you came to the right spot. In this article, I will walk you through the communist architecture waiting for you to experience in Bratislava and hopefully inspire you…

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Day Trip to “Little Rome” – Trnava, Slovakia: Guide With Map

Day Trip to “Little Rome” – Trnava, Slovakia: Guide With Map

If you love visiting off the beaten path places, this town is right up your alley. Trnava is not touristy and I can´t figure out why. After all, it is lovely; rich history is peeking out of the picturesque streets, plenty of churches (it used to be the archbishop´s  seat) and romantic squares, surrounded by thick fortification walls originating in 13th – 14th century. It even has the most beautiful cafe I have ever been to (and I have been…

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Graffiti Underground: Abandoned Metro Station in Bratislava

Graffiti Underground: Abandoned Metro Station in Bratislava

Taking a metro is something you are not likely to do in Bratislava. Tramway, sure, the old one and the futurist one as well – but never underground. Still, that was the plan in the seventies – like all the plans of the era, this one also failed. Read on to discover an abandoned depo and what was to be a Bratislava metro station in this weeks´ photostory. In the epoch of communist steal fist, panel houses were growing from…

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Basic hitchhiking guide for a (stressing out) newbie hitchhiker

Basic hitchhiking guide for a (stressing out) newbie hitchhiker

Getting into a car with strangers is something that makes many people cringe – the fear of the unknown has the power to overwhelm the logic in a split second and even the thought of it seems too dangerous to consider. I used to be the same – however, I have been a happy hitchhiker for past three years and I swear to my favorite hiking boots that I have never had a bad experience, ever. Many Most of my friends…

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A Local´s Guide to (My Beloved) Bratislava – With a Map

A Local´s Guide to (My Beloved) Bratislava – With a Map

The capital of Slovakia used to be a shabby and sad place in the last decades of the 20th century (oh-the-stories-I-could-tell)(OK, it´s not Bogotá either, calm down, sweeties), but those days are long gone. After seeing the herds of stag doers rush through in the early 2000s, leaving mere vomit puddles and some pounds behind their backs, it is now a chic town where young husbands love to come back and show their wifes the architectural beauty while at the same time…

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Reclaimed by Nature: Abandoned Hospital Of Rázsochy, Bratislava

Reclaimed by Nature: Abandoned Hospital Of Rázsochy, Bratislava

I step up the concrete stairs and try not to make much noise. Adrenaline levels in my blood are rushing high, heart is pumping. I snap quick photos and hide my camera behind my back, walking slowly around the dirty corners, listening attentively to the sounds of the forest that has ingurgitated this pride of medicine, this top notch hospital that never attended a single patient. Karin Stray story seeker. Hungry hitchhiker. Wannabe polyglot. Aspiring travel writer. Currently bumming around…

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Castles, bunkers and Danube: Biking In Bratislava

Castles, bunkers and Danube: Biking In Bratislava

The summer is here and so is your wanderlust, I know. However, it is more of a bicycle-lust in my case – it would be a shame not to delight in riding those wonderful paths that run all along the Danube river! So jump on your two-wheeled horse with me and let´s explore the beauty of the Danube riverine forests together!  You will find all the necessary information on where&how in this post. Ready? Let´s see. Bratislava (the capital of Slovakia –…

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Stuff you should know about the UFO bridge in Bratislava

Stuff you should know about the UFO bridge in Bratislava

The UFO bridge in Bratislava is for sure the most photographed bridge in the region. I am not quite certain if it is for the right reasons, however, in spite of its controversial birth, this bridge has become one of the most popular attractions for the tourists coming to the capital of Slovakia. It has even scored some architectonic prizes – in 2001, it was proclaimed to be THE building of the 20th century (in the category of bridges, that…

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