Thursday, 14th August – Bratislava

We woke up in the morning and left early to see Bratislava. For the first time since we left home, it was actually kind of chilly (don’t worry, it didn’t last all day).

Wandering around the streets of Bratislava, we felt that it was a shame in a way that we had just come from Budapest. The old town part of Bratislava is much grittier and less maintained than Budapest – but still has some fantastic little curving streets and lots of history. Some of the buildings were quite large and elaborate and parts of the old wall were easy to find.

The hotel we stayed at was wedged between a castle and a brewery, with the old town across the road. It only took us a couple of minutes walking to see amazing things.

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All in all, we didn’t have a lot to see in Bratislava on our list, so after getting a coffee and some breakfast, we decided we’d make a jump on the next day’s sight seeing.

As always, we encountered things in our travels that weren’t on any lists. One of the key memories of leaving Slovakia was this massive castle just sitting quietly on a hill. We pulled over to take some photos, but couldn’t work out if it was open to tourists.

IMG_4536As we crossed the border in Austria, we took the back roads to see as much as we could. The photo below was an example of the tiny little towns with amazing buildings that are hardly even on the map!

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After travelling for a couple of hours we reached Vienna! Since we had a bit of time up our sleeves and a lot to see, we started our sightseeing almost straight away.

I’ve split this into two posts as there was a lot to see!

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