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 the fertile Slovak mud as some cancerous pale mushrooms. Soon, these buildings that were still missing the final touch (like bathtubs, water taps and such) filled with families desperate for an apartment – the dream that many were waiting for for too long already.
And so a new Petrzalka came to life; a chaotic mess of square streets, buildings that seemed to be Lego pieces that somebody has bleached and then thrown on the grass south of Danube, piles of construction dirt ten meters high. All of this to replace the lush apricot orchards and their smell, carried by the breeze along with the humming of bees and bugs, but more importantly, to replace the past, the history of places and put namelessness and facelessness in its place.
More of abandoned Bratislava: Explore the huge&decaying hospital of Rázsochy!
As the mass of people settled, a new problem arised; a logistic one. A metro was more than needed and in 1985, the construction began. However, the fading power of the communist government wasn´t able to finish this proud project and after the Iron Curtain finally disappeared from the map, the metro dream was shattered. It´s shards are to be found at the outskirts of Petrzalka, hiding under the Panónska cesta like a shy troll.
Instead of the metro, this year (2016) the Slovak capital was finally able to construct a tramway serving the vast population of this neighborhood, more than 50 years after such project was conceived. Those who were first in need of a way of transport between their homes and offices are retired already, however, it´s opening was gleeful. Some dreams take long to become reality and some never do, but you can be sure the first time I will ride this tram, I will feel like I have not just crossed Danube, but the blurry line between past and future.
Want to explore more communist stuff? Read my local´s guide to communist architecture in Bratislava!
This is what one of the plans for the Bratislava metro looked like:
In fact, there is even one metro stop in a building on Dostojevskeho rad street – as the plans for the metro in a faraway future have never been completely abandoned, the investor was bound by the state to construct it.
Explore an abandoned hospital of Razsochy in this post!
How to get there?
The metro station is at the south end of Petrzalka, under a big road (look for “Panónska cesta”) at a place called Janíkov dvor, near a Lidl supermarket. If you have problems finding it, you can follow the instructions in the map of my Bratislava guide – look for the Abandoned metro station point and follow the directions from there.
Does your hometown have a metro system? What abandoned building have you explored lately? What do you think of decaying constructions like this one? Should they be removed or are they valuable?
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