Hlavné Námestie│Main Square, Bratislava
Welcome to our first blog post on country #10 of our two-month long European Road Trip. It is always exciting introducing a new country, and city, and this particular city was one that really made our hearts beat faster! This was a one day stop, so honestly, considering how much we enjoyed this city, our time here was way too short. We’d have loved to have spent more time in Slovakia, specifically in Bratislava.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia, and with a population of about 450,000, the country’s largest city. Bratislava is in southwestern Slovakia, occupying both banks of the River Danube and the left bank of the River Morava. Bordering Austria and Hungary, it is the only national capital that borders two sovereign states.
Hlavné Námestie, which literally translated to “Main Square”, is one of the best known squares in Bratislava, Slovakia. This was the starting point for our explorations of Bratislava. It is located in the Old Town and it is often considered to be the center of the city. Some of the main landmarks found in the square are the Old Town Hall and Roland Fountain. We highly recommend a leisurely stroll around this Main square and the nearby streets. There is always something going on – markets, concerts or other types of cultural program.
Below, <Source of Image> The Main Square in Bratislava.
As we were arriving, we immediately walked into the Main Square market. There were all kinds of gifts, souvenirs, and handmade goods. I bought a few pairs of earrings, and enjoyed the photo-opportunities. Markets are one of my most favorite places for taking pictures.
Below, A couple having photographs in traditional Slovakian wedding outfits.
This was an interesting sight! We wondered if the photographer understood (or even cared, for that matter) about what was printed on the back of his t-shirt. Not very professional, buy hey – I guess that is how he rolls.
The literal translation of the word Čumil is “the watcher”. There are two possible explanations for its name. The first theory is that he is a typical communist era worker who is not bothered about the work he’s supposed to be doing. According to the second theory, he’s looking under the women’s skirts! Located at the junction of Laurinská and Panská Streets, this is the most photographed statue of Bratislava. Since it was first embedded, in 1997, it has become one of the symbols of the Old Town. It is said that if you touch the head of the man and make a wish, you wish will come true – if you keep it secret forever.
This soldier stands at the Main Square, near the Old Town Hall, leaning on a bench you can sit on. Napoleon and his army were in Bratislava in 1805. This soldier was apparently going through Bratislava when he fell in love with a local girl, stayed in the city and became a producer of sparkling wine. His name was Hubert – which is also the name of Slovakia’s most popular sparkling wine’s brand.
We have a few more favorite Bratislava moments to show you.
All those, and more, coming your way soon!