Vienna is awash with Christmas markets, but I have not yet visited any, though I have had to pass through/near some on my way somewhere. I visited quite a few markets in my first year here and that was enough for me.
A group decided to visit the Bratislava Christmas markets and the Castle one late afternoon and I decided to go along. I have been to Bratislava a few times and was not very impressed with the city, so I did not expect any difference this time. We walked through a residential area which comprised apartment buildings similar to those in Vienna. When I mentioned this to a friend, she said the Bratislava ones are not right next to each other. In Vienna, you can see into your neighbour’s apartment – that’s how close many apartments blocks are to each other.
- We went past an expo hall….
2. Direction to the Castle
5. Castle, for the third time
6. Rider on a horse at the Castle, with the city beyond.
The Castle has seen its fair share of destructions but it was restored and looks very beautiful. Unfortunately, we did not have the chance to go beyond the courtyard. There were a lot of tourists/visits when we visited.
7. Christmas tree at Christmas Market
8. Christmas Market we visited.
9. Cumil, man resting with legs in the sewer
10. Natural and very fragrant room fresheners
11. Street musician who plays three instruments. Quite interesting.
10. Presidential Palace – on our way to the train station
I thought Old City Bratislava looks a lot like Old City Riga – it has a lot of character. My impression of Bratislava changed this time around. Bratislava is actually quite beautiful and modern. We had very delicious dinner at a nice restaurant in the Old City and were amazed at the low prices. I would recommend a visit to the Old City which has more character (or should I say attitude?) than the new area.