SK: Bratislava – The Traffic Museum
During the Night in the Museum event our staff visited Slovakian Museum of Technology – the Traffic Museum in Bratislava. It is located in the compounds of the rails of the first steam train station in Bratislava built in the 19th century.
The museum itself is split to the outdoor part , where the visitors can see historical locomotives or carriages. In the interior , the railway storages were rebuilt for exhibition purposes. The museum presents not just railway traffic, in particular steam, engine and electric locomotives, carriages and special carriages of Slovak railways, but also road traffic from the very first vehicles with or without engine, through bikes, private cars or trucks from the interwar period to the vehicles of the 1960s and 70s. There are unique prototypes showing vehicles developed by Slovakian producers after the World War II, along with military vehicles. One of the exhibition halls of the museum is reserved to exposure railway signal, signaling and communication technology, but also uniforms, transport luggage and other objects from the history of rail transport in Slovakia.
How we learned that more than 20 000 enthusiasts visit the museum of the history of traffic annually. The museum provides an ideal place for leisure activities for families with children. There is even a possibility of having food in the restaurant car, which is available right at the entrance to the exterior of the museum. As regards its origin, the museum is relatively young, as it was founded in 1999 , but soon gained great popularity and during these events, such as the museums and night, literally bursting at the seams.
Therefore, we encourage you to visit it rather on some other time than during this and similar events. As a part of our visit various exhibitions took place. We were most interested in the International exhibition of model railways, which could see more than 30 modules of rail models. Another highlight for us was the views of the historic armored train Stefanik, which is the only movable armored train in the world (a model of similar military armored train is also in Zvolen).
Of course the list is longer. The walls were decorated with posters and drawings traffic everywhere were deployed with showcases with models of transport facilities and even here was also a classroom of driving school with a historic simulator. Simply put, it is worth seeing. For the fact that there were many people, we did not enjoy it to the fullest. However, we sure going to come back here again and, also, we recommend you to visit this place. Beautiful railway architecture that houses unprecedented exhibits will literally stay in your heart.
Text and photo: Oskár Mažgút
On a sunny day, we took a short walk in the capital of Slovakia, Bratislava. We chose to visit one of its landmarks, the memorial on Slavin.
Bratislava - the capital of Slovakia. Its most famous landmarks - Bratislava castle, Slavin, St. Martin's church, the SNP bridge and its UFO, and many other cultural and historical sights are very well-know to Slovaks even though they often even have not seen them.
Not long ago we visited silent part of Bratislava near the historic center. It is not visited very much by tourists. Inhabitants of Bratislava, however, love this location. Today we continue along the Hlboka Road. We will visit the Church of Our Lady of the Snows situated right above the Lurdska Cave.
Are you sick of learning about historic and cultural landmarks? Or just wandering about without a goal in Bratislava’s nooks hiding places of unique atmosphere? Do you have enough of smog and you would go somewhere in nature instead? We have a perfect tip for you! Join us in tour of Horsky Park located almost in geographic center of Bratislava!
Bratislava is the capital and the largest city in Slovakia. The Danube flows through this city. Five bridgest (well, technically four today as the Stary Bridge is being disassembled only to be replaced with a new one). The most interesting si the SNP bridge built in the 20th century. There are couple of distributaries going to nowhere yet surrounded with riparian forests. Bratislava borders two countries – Hungary and Austria.
In the Czech Republic people have their astronomical clock, in Vienna world-famous Cathedral St. Stephen and on the Slovak Republic have their pride, unique blue church, one of the notable attractions of Bratislava.
Spring is in full blow, everything around starts to be green, and also people living in the capital are increasingly leaving their homes, rather run away from the office, or instead of very long wandering in the shopping centres, which often visited and so unnecessarily, seek refuge in awakening nature.
If you are one of those who love mountain biking, it is almost unnecessary to introduce you to a low about 100 kilometers long mountain ridge of the Male Karpaty. Mostly people of Bratislava and western Slovakia relax there, but also seek adrenaline to clear their heads and make them forget worries of everyday life.
Recently, unique Dinosaurium exhibition welcomed its first visitors, and our team was there. The exhibition is one of the largest collections of dinosaur skeletons in the world.
The Male Karpaty mountains is a very beautiful mountain range situated in the west of Sloavkia. There are many interesting paleontological and geological localities in the south of the range. The significance of this area led to foundation of a new Slovak geopark - the Sandberg-Pajstun geopark (SAPAG).
Summer is the period of walks and relax. Pools, parks, or mountains are welcomed shelters from the heat. We went to Bratislava's green oases this time. Locals and tourists alike find there refuge among trees and flowers.
We crossed the new Old Bridge (the last week's article) and reached Danube's right riverbank, the borrough of Petrzalka. After this beautiful bridge, two beautiful landmarks caught our attention. The first one was the water tower. The other a noise coming from around the riverbank.
Many people see the Slovakian capital only when passing by in train, bus, or car while travelling from the Czech Republic to Hungary or vice versa. But it is really worth it to spend a while in the city of half-million on the Danube. Bratislava has changed. It is no longer boring, grey city. It has been gradually removing the damage done by the communist regime and life crawls back to the city.
When a Slovak hear the word chamois s/he first thinks of an animal which lives in the mountains. The other thing is a TV tower above the Slovakian capital. We are going to visit this sight today.
People spend their free time usually on hills skiing, drinking hot beverages at Christmas fairs or just sitting at home watching TV. This time we would like to invite you to the museum. Not long ago there has been opened an exposition. We think, you can look forward to seeing it. We can guarantee that.
Among the most famous dominants of the Slovak capital includes the New Bridge with a panoramic restaurant on the top of the bridge pillar. A little bit shorter tradition has a viewing platform above the restaurant, to which we will visit this time.
In Bratislava and surroundings are several extraordinary tourist localities. In the northwestern part of Bratislava there are the Devinske Karpaty region; a popular destination among tourists. It is also great for some sporting activities.
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