What used to be Czechoslovakia, a Communist state behind
the iron curtain, evolved into the Czech Republic and Slovakia,
as two separate countries. That division was entirely peaceful.
This was my first visit in 2016 to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia.
These stills are from the Old Town.
Dating back to the 13th century, the Castle was a
center of power for royalty, including the
Hapsburgs, who ruled here as part of the
Austro-Hungarian Empire. Czechoslovakia was
created after World War I, taken over by the
Nazis, then the Communists, and now Slovakia is
independent, a member of NATO and the EU.
The attractive Bratislava Opera House.
Portions of Bratislava's ancient walls remain.
A view of one Bratislava church tower.
The modern world is extremely hard to avoid.
If you have a high speed internet connection, watch the
Intrepid Berkeley Explorer's 2016 video that includes
Bratislava by clicking here: Oktoberfest ; and a 1994 video of
Vienna and Eastern Europe that follows Italy, by clicking on:
Gondola With the Wind .