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Canoeing Down the Morava and Danube into Bratislava

Approach is everything. With Bratislava, you have several means at your disposal. By road from Vienna isn’t bad: after all, out of the flat eastern Austrian farmland rears the forested hills of Devínska Kobyla and the otherworldly Communist-era tower blocks … Continue reading

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Waiting

I’m waiting in the concrete starkness of the Most SNP Bus Station; eyes dimly fixed on the rather fetching new digital departure screen; realisation slowly dawning that I have indeed missed the hourly bus to Devín. As it’s early, and … Continue reading

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The Štefánikova Magistrála Stage One: Devín to Kamzík

This first stage of the four-stage hike across Western Slovakia between Hrad Devín (Devín Castle) and Bradlo is an easy initiation into the walk. We’ve allowed more time for this because of the points of interest en route and because the … Continue reading

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The Štefánikova Magistrála (Štefánik’s Trail)

  When I heard there was a path themed around one of Slovakia’s greatest all-time heroes, Milan Rastislav Štefánik, running from the Austrian border at Hrad Devín through the entirety of the Small Carpathians to Bradlo, where the man is buried, my … Continue reading

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Kamzík

 Like the Tower of London, like the Eiffel Tower, the thing that puts you off wanting to go to Kamzík, the big TV tower/mast standing sentinel over the hills above Bratislava is that it is, perhaps, too obvious.  There is admittedly not much … Continue reading

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A Slovak Weekend Break (part one: Bratislava & Around)

This has been prompted by the significantly decreased numbers of hits this blog gets on Saturdays: OK, potential weekend readers, this is what I’ll bait you with – a weekend break guide to Slovakia! Slovakia might be on that far … Continue reading

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The Small Carpathians: An Intro

Before I wax lyrical about one of my favourite ranges of hills and forests (the Small Carpathians, or Malé Karpaty) too much more on this blog it’s probably necessary to give you some context. So here we go. In terms … Continue reading

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Getting to Bratislava by Boat

    Everyone knows about grand old European trains, right? Kicking back in the dining car with a frothy beer and a plate of fried cheese (well fried cheese is unquestionably the dish all European trains do best) as you … Continue reading

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The Pajštún Castle Hike

The sultry March weather in Bratislava continues, and the yearning for countryside escapes grows in proportion. Last Friday we yet again found ourselves heading out to explore one of the many outdoor adventures in close proximity to the city. This … Continue reading

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Diverse Devínska Nová Ves

We’ve talked a bit in posts about the countryside around Bratislava: the rearing Carpathian forests of the Mestské Lesy to the north and the wooded trails stretching southeast along the River Danube. On the very first day of spring Englishmaninslovakia set … Continue reading

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