SLOVAKIA – Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th September
We passed through the Czech, Austrian and Slovakian borders all within a few kilometres – 3 different countries, 3 different languages, 3 different cultures, 2 different currencies and 2 different Vignettes required for Ziggy
There was one border check where all vehicles were stopped – we had our Passports out but as soon as they saw the 2 old grey heads with GB registration and Aussie stickers we were waved straight through without having to stop – not so for all the other vehicles.
Decided as we were so close to Slovakia we would venture back because we did not see everything we wanted to see when we were here in mid May.
Our trip in Slovakia was cut short when we were called back to Poland to complete another step in getting my passport and citizenship finalised.
Camping place for Saturday & Sunday: Parking Danubio, Bratislava
Very impressed with NAVIE, our new Sat Nav. Her instructions are super and so easy to follow.
Bratislava has a population of around half a million, has been the capital of the Slovak Republic since 1993 and part of the European Union since 2004.
Bratislava is divided by the Danube river making the road system a maze of twists and turns around the bridges. A tourist drivers nightmare. I listened to NAVIE issue at least 10 minutes of instructions without drawing breath and wondered how my driver could follow them all.
All comments on our APPs rate this place highly and we were not disappointed. A free camping and parking area right on the Danube with views across the river to Old Town and the beautiful castle high on the hill. There are several motorhomes here so feels very very safe. Police on foot patrol at night.
Two restaurants on boats moored in the river – are only metres away. Obviously this is a city visited by the river boats – eg AAPT and from where we sit, there are 4 of these on the other side coming and going.
Night time is spectacular with the castle on the hill and two bridges fully lit as well as the buildings in Old Town.
Visited Old Town on Sunday morning – very quiet compared to Saturday. Not a huge amount to see compared to what we saw in Prague and easily walked though Old Town in a few hours.
Had a wonderful dinner on one of the restaurant boats (which had its own micro brewery on board) on the “not so blue” Danube. So pretty at night with all the sparkling lights across the river.
Left Slovakia for probably the last time ever on Monday morning and headed back across the border into Austria. We really loved this little country.