Situated on a rocky hill of the Little Carpathian mountains and looming above us as we entered Bratislava was Bratislava Castle.
The massive rectangular building with four corner towers stands on a quite isolated rocky hill of the scenic Little Carpathians directly above the Danube river in the middle of Bratislava. The towers at each of the corners of the castle are clearly seen. They are a distinguishing feature of the city.
They provide an excellent view of Bratislava, of Austria and, when there is good weather, of Hungary.
We parked near the Novy Bridge which spans the Danube River.
The Novi Bridge looked very interesting. It is an asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge with a main span length of 303 metres. Its steel construction is suspended from steel cables, connected on the Petržalka side to two pillars.
The total length of the bridge is 430.8 meters, its width 21 metres, and its weight, 7537 tons. A special attraction is its flying saucer-shaped structure housing a restaurant, called "UFO", on the bridge's 84.6 meter pylon. The restaurant is reached using an elevator situated in the left pillar, and offers a birds-eye of Bratislava. In the right pillar there is an emergency staircase with 430 stairs.
The Slovak National Theatre is the second oldest Slovak professional theatre. It has 3 ensembles (drama, opera and ballet). It was founded in 1920 after the creation of Czechoslovakia as a cooperative and became a state-run company in 1945. Between 1920 and 1945, there was also a musical ensemble. The Slovak National Theatre has represented Slovak culture on its numerous tours abroad.
In the picture to the left, the Neo Renaissance Slovak National Theatre, standing at the end of the Hviezdoslav Square, was built in 1885–1886. This was probably during the time of Austria Hungary, based on a design by the Viennese architects Fellner Helmer, who designed theatre buildings in 10 European countries
In an attempt to create some life in the city center of Bratislava after the fall of communism, the locals made some statues to be placed in the center of Bratislava. These statues have since become extremely popular and everyone coming to Bratislava grabs hold of their cameras as they see them.
Most famous is the statue called Cumil. He dates back to 1997 and is a funny guy looking up from a street manhole. To the right, Virginia is standing next to him. Cumil is lucky to have kept his head, as several drivers have crashed into him. That is why he has his own traffic sign now saying “Man at Work”.
A little while later we met his friend Beautiful Ignaz (Schone Naci), a polite getleman always greeting people on the streets of Bratislava. He was dressed in silver and implored to have his picture taken with Virginia.
This picture of John and Virginia was taken in the middle of Old Town Bratislava, Slovakia.
The Old Town Hall is a complex of buildings from the 14th century in Old Town of Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. It is the oldest city hall in the country and it is one of the oldest stone buildings still standing in Bratislava, with the tower being built in approximately 1370.
The town hall was created in the 15th century by connecting three townhouses, and then went through several reconstructions in the course of the centuries.
The Roland Fountain is the most famous and visited fountain in Bratislava, Slovakia, as well as one of the city's important landmarks. It is located in the Old Town, in the Main Square.
Its construction was ordered by Maximilian II, the king of Royal Hungary, in 1572 to provide a public water supply. The fountain is topped by a statue of Maximilian portrayed as a knight in full armor, as sculpted by master A. Lutringer. Its current appearance is probably far from its original look, since it has been modified and rebuilt several times. However, its popularity continues as it still serves as one of the downtown's favorite meeting points. Many legends are founded upon this fountain, mostly featuring Maximilian as the town's protector.
This is a picture of John and Virginia in front of Roland Fountain.
This is a picture of John in Old Town Bratislava. The square underwent major reconstruction at the end of the 20th century. Before reconstruction, it looked like a small city park; now it looks like a city promenade.
On February 24, 2005 during his visit to Bratislava, US President George W. Bush gave a public speech in Hviezdoslav Square for the Slovakia Summit 2005 with the president of Russia Vladimir Putin.
According to public documents, 3860 people died and 1651 others were infected with the plague in Bratislava, Slovakia in the early 1700's.
This is The Plague Column of St. Trinity, in Bratislava. It was erected to the Blessed Trinity in thanks for the end of the Plague in 1710 - 1711.
This column is surrounded by a sculpture group showing God the father as an old man leaning on a globe and looking at the Son, who crushes the devil with the cross. Above them is a radiating sun with the Holy Ghost as a dove in the center. The column stands on a triangular base. The corner statues of the saints protect against the plague.
This is a picture of Virginia in Old Town Bratislava with a statue of the Poet Hviezdoslav in the background.
Hviezdoslav Square is one of the best-known squares in Bratislava. It is located in the Old Town, between the New Bridge and the Slovak National Theatre. The square is named after Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav.
The most notable buildings are the Notre Dame cloister and the current Slovak National Theatre which can be found in the eastern part of the square. In former times, the most important noblemen sent their daughters to learn in this cloister, for example: Pálffy, Forgách, Harrach, Lichtenstein.
After walking about Old Town, we found an interesting looking restaurant, the Segner Lounge. As you can see, the interior was very interesting and almost reminded one of a pizza oven. We took the hint and ordered pizza. We enjoyed the ambience and the pizza was delicious.
We've been doing our web site for many years. Some technology comes and goes... Here are some links to flash slide shows that can be viewed on a PC but are no longer supported on iPhone or Android devices. Back when these slide shows were made, there was no way to add music... So for some silent slide shows...