Bratislava

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Bratislava, the beautiful capital city of Slovakia. It sits along the Danube River and borders Austria and Hungary. Bratislava is surrounded by picturesque mountains, hidden castles and vineyards. 
The 18th century old town is beautiful to explore and easy to get around as it is pedestrian only. It's known for it's lively bars and delicious cafes. 
You will never have trouble finding Bratislavsky Hrad (Bratislava Castle) as from most streets throughout the old town, when you look up you will see it. 

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Church of St Elizabeth, or more commonly known as the Blue Church, unites 50 shades of blue. 

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Some locals in Bratislava don't like the bright white castle as it is too modern and doesn't even look like what it used to. Bratislavsky Hrad's history dates back to the 9th century, though today it is a 1960s rebuild in Renaissance style; the castle had been destroyed by a fire in 1811. We thought the castle was nice but agreed that the bright colour makes it look too modern and in contrast to the old town, it just doesn't fit. 

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This UFO structure sits atop an 85m tower and houses a restaurant, thus the name 'UFO Bridge'. 

This UFO structure sits atop an 85m tower and houses a restaurant, thus the name 'UFO Bridge'. 

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Hrad Devín stands on a massive cliff, 212m above the ground and serves as a museum with numerous exhibitions. The oldest traces of a settlement date back to the 5th century B.C. Devín Castle served as a boundary fortress, military station and a trade centre.  
Napoleon ordered that Hrad Devín be destroyed in 1809, as part of the regional military neutralisation. 

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Overall we enjoyed our short stay in Bratislava. It was lovely that we got to meet some of my Step Mums beautiful family. They were so generous and welcoming, thank you again Babka, Sona, Dusan and his beautiful girlfriend and Tomas for having us. Even though it was 40 degrees and there was a slight language barrier, we enjoyed ourselves and cherished the memory of meeting you all. 

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