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Castles

Bratislava Castle in Bratislava

Bratislava Castle in Bratislava, Slovakia

On a sunny spring day I took this photo of Bratislava Castle (Bratislavský hrad) on board of a hydrofoil craft cruising the Danube river. There are several companies passing the castle by boat. For the short distance between Vienna – Bratislava there is also a very modern boat, the Twin City Liner, available.

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Murals

Abandoned building in Bratislava

Abandoned building in Bratislava, Slovakia

Love this abandoned building in Bratislava. The more you look at, the more you see. Some animals, a windmill, a faked staircase…

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Murals Railway Stations

Mural at the main railway station of Bratislava

Mural at the main railway station of Bratislava, Slovakia

Mural at the hall of the main railway station in Bratislava (Bratislava hlavná stanica). Love the small sputnik at the upper edge of this mural.

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History Roman Empire Signs

Roman inscription in Trenčín

Roman inscription mentioning Laugaricio in Trenčín, Slovakia

In the winter of 179/180, Marcus Valerius Maximianus and soldiers of the Roman Legio II Adiutrix camped in the Vah valley. They were on a campaign against the Quadi at this time. They left this inscription on a rock of the later Trenčín. [German]

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Architecture

Near Bratislava Railway Station

Near Bratislava Railway Station

On the way back to the railway station of Bratislava I came across this nice lighted house. Does anyone know the name or meaning of it?

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Palaces

Grassalkovich Palace in Bratislava

Grassalkovich Palace in Bratislava,Slovakia

On my walk from the railway station to the town center I came across a park at the back of Grassalkovich Palace (Grasalkovičov palác) which is the residence of the Slovakian president.

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Urban Walks

Loudspeaker in Bratislava

Loudspeaker in Bratislava, Slovakia

An interesting detail of Slovakia (and Czech Republic): There are more than usual loudspeakers in the streets. Not only in the main cities but also in the smaller ones. A kind of political information system? Which countries do you know where you can see many loudspeakers in the streets?

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Sundials

Sundials in Svätý Jur

Sundial in Svätý Jur, Slovakia

These sundials in Svätý Jur were the first ones I have ever seen, which were built around a corner.

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Palaces

Topoľčianky Palace in Topoľčianky

Estate of Topoľčianky, Slovakia

Topoľčianky Palace (Zámok Topoľčianky) used to be the summer retreat of the first president of Czechoslovakia. Near the castle there are also a stud for Lipizzaner horses and a reserve for European Bisons. [German]

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Castles

Čachtický hrad in Čachtice

Frontview of Čachtice Castle, Slovakia

In May 2008 I visited Čachtický hrad (Čachtice Castle) which was a residence and later the prison of ‘Blood Countess’ Erzsébet Báthory who had been accused to be a serial murder. She died there in the year 1614.

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Railways Tramways

Interurban to Trenčianske Teplice

Interurban from Trenčianska Teplá to Trenčianske Teplice

On a sunny spring day I made a trip with this interurban from Trenčianska Teplá to the Slovakian spa Trenčianske Teplice. By the way I was pretty surprised to hear that the announcements on the train loudspeaker were not only made in Slovakian but also in English and even in German!

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Castles

Trenčín Castle in Trenčín

Trenčín Castle in Trenčín, Slovakia

Trenčín Castle (Trenčiansky hrad) is a castle high above Trenčín, a city in the west of Slovakia. The oldest building is a stone rotunda founded in the Great Moravian period. Inside there is a museum documenting the history of the region and the castle.