We docked at 5:30am at Bratislava.
Our tour in Bratislava began with another whirlwind bus ride past lots of interesting buildings. Our tour guide spoke non-stop, filling the air with historical facts and observations. She was quite good, very thorough and easily understandable.
We passed several embassies on the way up the hill to the Castle of Bratislava. The most interesting (to me) was the American Embassy, modeled after the US White House.
At the top of the hill, we exited the bus and gathered on a terrace to get a view of the Castle of Bratislava.
Normally, visitors are permitted into the castle, but on this day, there was a European Union Summit meeting in the castle and the security forces did not allow visitors.
We did get a very good overview of the city from the terrace. One of the interesting items on the Danube river was a suspension bridge with a single tower. When it was built, it was the fourth largest suspension bridge in the world.
At last, we drove down to the old town of the city and made our way through the narrow gates and streets of the old town.
Old Bratislava is a beautiful and charming town with cheerful people, interesting and mixed architecture, lots of shops and restaurants, and whimsical statues and artwork peppering the town.
Here are a few of the interesting examples of whimsy that are scattered about the old town.
In a more serious vein, the Bratislavans have several statues to remind them of some of their not so pleasant history.
Finally, we finished the morning in Bratislava with a brief shopping expedition in another town square.