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...uns country-wide, virtually unimpeded by civilisation. Then there's ski runs and vineyards to amble among. The charming – if tiny – Starý Mesto (Old Town) is the place to start appreciating Bratislava. Stroll narrow pedestrian streets of pastel 18th-century buildings or sample the nigh-on ubiquitous sidewalk cafes under the watchful gaze of the city castle, harking back to medieval times...
...have lost. Slovakia's small size is possibly its biggest attraction. You can hike woodsy waterfall-filled gorges one day and yodel from peaks soaring more than 2500m the next. Dinky capital Bratislava is awash with quirky museums and backed by thick forests. With its rabbit-warren Old Town, it might just win world prize for most cafes per city resident.
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Some of the best sights in Bratislava are actually way out of the centre. Devín Castle, 9km west, was once the military plaything of 9th-century warlord Prince Ratislav. The castle withstood the Turks but got blown up in 1809 b...
Stupendous castles loom out of the crags of the Small Carpathians on the main trail northeast of Bratislava, with Trenčín's fortress one of the most magnificent along this heavily fortified stretch. The country's main spa, Piešťany, is en route, and vineyards cloak the fertile lower slopes.
Airport Letisko Bratislava, serving Bratislava, is connected to Vienna International Airport and Südtiroler Platz in Vienna by almost hourly buses (one way/return valid 180 days €7.70/14.30). Book online at www.slova...
Marked by the Kamzik TV mast (complete with viewing platform and vista-endowed restaurant) and visible rearing north of the city is this vast, hilly forest park. There's a cable car but...
Dominating the southwest of the Old Town on a hill above the Danube, the castle today is largely a 1950s reconstruction; an 1811 fire left the fortress ruined for more than a century and...
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