Just South

The Danube from the UFO ©englishmaninslovakia.com

The Danube from the UFO ©englishmaninslovakia.com

The Danube marks one of those divides in Bratislava beyond which tourists seem to rarely tread – perhaps influenced by one of Central and Eastern Europe’s biggest Communist-built housing estates, Petržalka. Now, whilst Englishmaninslovakia’s love of brutalist architecture is no secret, it’s no exaggeration when I say that this part of the city has its charms too. Communism itself holds its own attractions here (a really cool bunker museum, for example) but beyond Petržalka some great hiking, biking and roller-skating trails fan out along the south shore of the Danube through beautiful woodland. It’s a lush area for picnicking and bird-watching ! The trails continue right up to the set piece which is, of course, Slovakia’s foremost contemporary art museum, just-refurbished Danubiana Meulensteen (there’s some lovely wooded banks on the north side of the river too but we include those as an extension of our Bratislava & Around/Nove Mesto & Ruzinov sub-chapter). In short – to reiterate what the Bratislava & Around main intro says, this Just South part of the city is testimony to the fact that many of the best Bratislava attractions actually lie outside it…

And for your information:

Anything south of the Danube in Bratislava up to the Austrian and Hungarian borders is included right here. Beyond that, we don’t cover – perhaps there’s an Englishmaninaustria or an Englishmaninhungary out there somewhere but in actual fact, we doubt it…

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