Interrail Day 4: Bratislava Pt. 1

Even if we did spend time in 3 different cities on the 4th day, the starring role was played by BRATISLAVA. Here we go, part 1! 
 
 
 
 Day 4 and the show must go on, THE TRAIN MUST MOVE ON TO NEW PASTURES - KEEP SHOVELLING COAL INTO THAT FURNACE. (Something I shout to Martina on a daily basis).
 
We left Vienna at 10.16, we took the tram to the station and thus travelled on all of Vienna’s public transportation modes. Score! 

From Vienna HB we headed east, to Slovakia’s capital Bratislava, just about an hour away. Bratislava’s main station is probably the ugliest station I have ever seen, ever. TIME TO REFURBISH. ”Everyone looks so shabby here” quote Martina, after having spent 5 min outside of the station. GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION SLOVAKIA. That didn’t last long though, as we walked down to the old city centre our thoughts on Bratislava quickly changed. It was really rather lovely! On our way downtown we passed by many classic archtechture buildings, the parliament and the presidents residence.

Bratislava, like many ither cities, hosts a castle situated on a hill, we walked up there to get a better overview of the city. From there we could spot most of the important landmarks, like the UFO-bridge that crosses the river. It’s called the UFO-bridge because it looks like a UFO. I was intrigued by this bridge. Built in 2001 I believe! After castle hill we walked across it to the other side of the Danube. Was planning to take an elevator up to the mothership, but it was quite pricey so we decided not to. We headed back over to the north side, where everything's at, sort of. More about that in PART 2. 

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Interrail Day 4: Vienna → Bratislava → Budapest

Haven't forgotten about interrailing, but have found a gif making tool. Here's a taster of that day we managed to spend time in three different European capitals.
 
Breakfast in Vienna and tram to the hauptbahnhof.
 
Then onwards to Slovakia where most of the day was spent.
 
Touching down in Budapest at night, in time for a run along the river. Ouch, busy day!
 
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Interrail Day 3: "This means nothing to me - Oh, Vienna"

 
  

Second day in Vienna and we were more ready than the day before to go explore the city, fresh after a good nights sleep. 

We ended up at Schwedenplatz to begin with (I’m guessing there is a Swedish connection here). From there we walked up to the magnificent cathedral Stephansdom. We went inside the cathedral and lit a candle for grandma and granddad and spent a while admiring the architecture.  

Outside you had to watch out so that you didn’t get run over by horse drawn carriages. Also you had to watch out for people dressed as Mozart that were trying to get you to buy tickets to a concert in the evening when they were going to play Mozart. I started to say that I hated Mozart and that a 42 € classical music concert was not included in my travel budget. 

The next couple of hours we spent just strolling around and admiring the buildings, we went to the Spanish Riding School, but in July it was not open to the public to view the training so we could not go in and see the horses. We thought about going to a museum but the weather was like crazy hot so it felt weird going inside and looking at Viennese Art Nouveau, especially when your knowledge and interest in Viennese Art Nouveau is very limited.  

Ah well, instead we looked up parks and found an area outside the city called Am Himmel that you could reach by bus. It’s located on a hill, some kind of nature reserve. It was really nice up there, some freaking loud grasshoppers though. We also found Jesus hanging on a cross in the middle of nowhere and some idiot in a yellow car tried to run us over. 

It was really nice to spend some time in NATURE, 30 degree heat in a city is just not for me and we are country girls after all. In the late afternoon we headed back into town though to pay a visit to a cafe (Prückl) recommended by our host. We were yet to try the famous APELSTRUDEL so we thought it was about time to do that. Ordered one each. Turns out Martina fucking hates apelstrudel, she couldn’t finish it - so I got to eat hers too!! OMG DOUBLE APELSTRUDEL FOR ME I AINT COMPLAINING HELL NO. 

Post apelstrudel we went to Donauisel and had a little swim in the river again, super nice after a sweaty day, then quick stop at home and then out on the town again to have ice cream SO FAKIN DELISH I CANT even (place was called GARDA - drop everything and go there) then we had beers at a place called If Dogs Run Free. Austrian beer was better than German beer. Just before heading back home from Karlsplatz we got some accidental sightseeing - the opera we had been looking for all day was just there! 

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