Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia, with a population of just about 500k people and the only national capital that borders two sovereign states. Slovakia may not be on your travel wish list when you go to Europe, but if you are in Vienna, Budapest or taking a cruise on the Danube River it’s definitely worth to make a stop for a day trip – just enough to see all the cool and important landmarks. You can check out my One Day Trip in Bratislava guide here – http://travelicious.world/one-day-in-bratislava-a-trip-to-remember/.
Nevertheless, today I want to introduce you to the many quirky human-sized sculptures located all over the Main Square and Old Town area. These bronze statues were added to bring humor and life to the communist-era architecture.
They are eye catching and you will notice lots of people taking photos of and with them. It’s really hard not too, they are everywhere 😉
If you start the chase in the Main Square (Hlavné námestie) you will stumble upon Napoleon’s Army Soldier – leaning over a bench, as I did when I stopped to enjoy my ice cream.
Just barely out of the square you find Schone Naci, a well known figure in the early 20th century for being a poor and mentally ill man that paraded the streets of Bratislava in old, but elegant attire, greeting passers-by with his top-hat and bowing courteously to ladies passing by.
In the next intersection, pulling his head out of concrete is maybe the most famous of them all – Cumil (Man at work), residing there since 1997.
About 4 minutes away, in the Hviezdoslav square, you will find Hans Christian Andersen, a fairy tale author who said “If you want a fairy tale, your city is a fairy tale itself.” and after visiting Bratislava produced some of his masterpieces such as The Little Match Girl.
If you walk around you can also find characters as a paparazzi, a thief or two girls taking a break on a mailbox, or even more since they started building them near restaurants to attract tourists.
The statues are one of the emblematic attraction of the city and you just can’t say you’ve been to Bratislava if you didn’t take at least one photo with Napoleon or Cumil (man at work).
If you want to go on more organized tours, Viator has some great ones.
All in all, recently noted as a touristic destination, Bratislava is great to visit especially if you are a traveler that enjoys smaller crowds and cheaper prices. Accommodation is pretty cheap as well, I found some good deals for less than 40$, if you’re interested to sleep cheaper while going between Austria and Hungary.
Bonus tip: If you have time for a city tour you get to ride in these little cars 😉
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