Ah… Bratislava. The land of… um… yes.
The drive from Krakow to Bratislava, was amazing. I think it rates as one of the more beautiful drives on this trip. The mountains on the Slovakian side of the border are a spectacular scene, and we passed more than one castle that is worth mentioning. Slovakia’s scenery in the north seems like something worth visiting, and spending some time in. I think we will definitely be back to explore that area with some camping/kayaking/trekking.
Bratislava itself… Well it is a very small capital city. We arrived on a Sunday, and there was NO ONE on the streets. Like, no one. There weren’t even any cars. It was super eerie! A highlight of this day, however, was the tour we had at 5pm (2 hours after we had arrived!), and this tour guide from Australia named Timmy, showed us around the “sites” of Bratislava, which are not interesting at all. How is this a highlight? Well, Timmy is probably one of the best tour guides I have ever had. He told us about the history of Bratislava, and Slovakia, and the role it played in the wars and revolutions. I have heard much more about the Czech side, so it was refreshing to get the other. Also, he is an amazing storyteller, and you just hung onto every word this guy said. Also, there was a guy dressed as a pizza (advert for a pizza place) who would walk beside us occassionally, and it was hilarious. It was worth it to hear Timmy… but Bratislava is blah.
Overall: Not recommended. Not even if you’re in the area. Northern Slovakia looks beautiful, if you like nature, don’t miss out on that!