Bratislava panorama from the castle hilltop.
Just about to enter the Old Town’s city gates.
The travel program was to combine three cities in three neighbouring Central European nations: Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia) and a tiny road trip to Sopron (Hungary), renowned for its wine. They are situated not much more than an hour away from every single other. See, I did my homework.
But fate had its personal way of orchestrating genuine life. Final Might, I went to take a look at Bratislava on a business enterprise trip.
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My limousine choose-up from Vienna airport bringing me to Bratislava.
I flew with Austrian Air to Vienna Airport since, strangely, there are no direct flights from Amsterdam to Bratislava. Vienna Airport fortunately is just 45 minutes away with the automobile to Bratislava. Simply because this is a business enterprise trip, I booked a comfy limousine service that will bring me straight to my meeting.
Most of my business enterprise trips these days are speedy. I generally fly in the afternoons, keep overnight and then have the meeting(s) the subsequent day in the morning and then I fly back later in the afternoon. For this Bratislava trip, I flew in the morning, had the meetings in the afternoon, and flew back the subsequent day.
I do not actually get to see a lot sightseeing unless the place of my business enterprise meeting is in the city center. Then I think about myself fortunate to be in a position to combine business enterprise with a bit of pleasure. This was the case with this Bratislava trip.
My hotel space which is much more like a normal space.
The breakfast region. This photo I took the subsequent day in the morning.
In Bratislava, the business enterprise meeting was in the city, just a stone’s throw away from the Old Town. So with that in thoughts, I produced a selection to book a hotel in the Old Town and promised myself to see the city as a lot as I can. I study that the Old Town is modest so it will be simple to cover the key sights, even for just an hour or two.
Right after my complete afternoon meeting, I went to the hotel to verify-in and rest a bit. Despite the fact that I have a tendency to let my partners and shoppers do the speaking, I commonly finish up speaking much more, as I present, go over and answer any inquiries. So at the finish of the day, I am commonly left with a quite dry, coarse and tired throat.
This is Michael’s Gate, the 14th-century city gate (now a museum as properly).
The program for the evening was a dinner at the Parlement Restaurant close to exactly where the Bratislava Palace is situated. Zet (my consumer/business enterprise companion) and I have been pondering of taking a tiny stroll in the beautiful and green surroundings of the palace. She desires to show me some panoramic view of the Old Town and the Danube River just before proceeding to the restaurant.
As we have been walking about, we bumped into a neighborhood festivity. Appear what we’ve located?
The Slovak Meals Festival
Generally I would investigation events like this just before my trip, but this a single, I did not know something. So I got fortunate I guess since I appreciate checking out new foods in the course of my travels, the neighborhood markets and any occasion actually that is associated to meals.
Smoked and air-dried meats are common and common in Central Europe.
Selfie with the sister?
There was a band playing as properly but with a quite tiny audience.
A wine stall promoting neighborhood wines from the area.
We have been toying at the concept of purchasing some wine at the meals festival, having said that, you can only do this by creating use of the festival coins. But I was not in the mood to go by means of the hassle of exchanging money with the festival coins. So we dropped the concept and controlled out thirst for alcohol.
We went on to discover the meals festival, as properly as catch some beautiful panoramas of the city. Mission achieved!
Bratislava has a booming economy. The city and nation are expanding. Locals who have left to operate in western Europe have come back to assist help the development of the nation. There is a lot of operate obtainable the outsourcing demand for business enterprise and technical help solutions for massive technologies multinationals in Europe has enhanced for Eastern European nations like Slovakia.
From the fortifications hunting more than to the Danube River.
A glimpse of the Old Town.
As quickly as we have observed a lot of what requires to be observed, we left the meals festival and walked to the path of the restaurant. We passed by the Bratislava Palace, which was currently closed for the day when we walked by. Maybe on my return to Bratislava, I will verify her out.
We reached the restaurant and I was not disappointed with the place.
The Bratislava Palace.
The walls and fortifications of the palace.
I discovered that the restaurant is known as Parlement since it is situated close to the Parliament creating and that most persons dining right here are politicians. The restaurant has an outside terrace overlooking the Danube River. The indoor region has floor to ceiling glass windows so that is a important plus in why we chose this location. We sat inside since the evening was expecting a bit of shower. No a single desires to get wet.
We each settled for some neighborhood dish and that is meat. Slovak cuisine is far from any French or Italian influence. It is somewhat associated to German and Dutch, in the sense that it is much more of a hearty form of meal. You have got meat and potatoes as the basis. Great for the winter I guess.
Outside terrace of Parlement Restaurant. We sat inside since there was forecast of showers.
Regional Slovak cuisine is all about meat. We shared this starter which was scrumptious.
Slovak Cuisine is also represented with beetroot and potatoes. Pretty exciting is that the potato is mashed and shaped like huge almonds and then partly grilled.
So that was my initial day in Bratislava. So far, so fantastic =)
I have a handful of much more Bratislava posts. Remain tuned.
Travel Period: Might 2018
Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
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