Hey there! Are you paying attention? If you’re looking for your next lomo location then let me present to you Bratislava, my hometown. From its narrow streets to great architecture, there’s actually lots to see and enjoy here. Make sure to pack your camera with you – and lots of film; you’re in for a lot of picture perfect moments.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia. People used to say that it’s a suburb of Vienna because it is so close to it. However, Bratislava, I do believe, has its own character and atmosphere. It has a historic city center and the architecture is just something that tourists tend to love and appreciate. The narrow streets meanwhile, have their fair share of stories to tell.
The Main Square is the center of culture in Bratislava especially during the summer. This is where the Bratislava Music Festival takes place each year. While in Christmastime, the spirit of the holidays is always alive through the lovely atmosphere brought about by the Christmas market. Roland Fountain (or Maximilian Fountain) is also a can’t miss attraction in our city.
Walking through the Square, it’s not uncommon to bump into a lot of tourists with their private guides. The Hviezdoslav Square is another popular place to go for a walk and if you’re in the mood for a bit of shopping, you can get some souvenirs here. The Square is named after one of the most famous Slovak writers – Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav. He was famous for a special language that he created so when you happen to be studying Slovakian literature and you come across his work, don’t worry if you find it hard to understand. Even Slovaks can’t understand his words sometimes.
The Hviezdoslav Square is a good place to take lomographs! I took a shot of this couple enjoying their ice cream.
Then there’s the Slovak National Theater which can also be found on Hviezdoslav Square. But don’t get confused with the historical building and the new building that we have.
Shopaholics, make a dash to St. Michael’s Gate and St. Michael’s Tower, what you will find there is a lovely street filled with various shops and luxury boutiques that will satisfy your need for a fashion fix.
However, if you are not the “sightseeing” type of person, you can just go and enjoy a walk somewhere else. For example, Slavín; it is a monumental cemetery and serves as a memorial for Soviet Army soldiers who died during World War II. Some people go there to enjoy sunny Sunday mornings with their children. As it is windy there, flying kites is also a great idea! Plus, autumn in Bratislava is just magical.
On an interesting note, last November 5, Lomography Embassy Bratislava was launched. A LomoWall was built which contains all the amazing pictures taken in Slovakia and we had a great time! Just look at the pictures and you’ll see! There are so many things to see in Bratislava, so you guys at the Lomography community, do try to come for a come visit!