BRATISLAVA, Rainy Day in Old Town
Formerly known as Presporok (Slovak), Pressburg (German and English) or Pozsony (Hungarian), Bratislava is made up of a winding, medieval inner city encased by panelaks (blocks of flats) not unlike Prague. Vienna is only 60km from here and rural Slovakia is just a stone’s throw away. Although Bratislava is one of Europe’s youngest capitals, it used to be one of the most important cities in the Austro-Hungarian Empire and has been strongly influenced by a host of peoples including Austrians, Germans, Hungarians, and Slovaks. This is a place where people love to promenade and it is often described as having a Mediterranean atmosphere even though it’s nowhere near the sea!