Bratislava airport was small but with all facilities ,immigration was quick and after collecting our baggage we searched for our pick up person very shortly he appeared and we sped to our Hotel Austria Trend ,checked in and after a wash we were off to sight see .
it was cool a bit cloudy around three pm ,just adjacent to our hotel was Ganesh Utsav an Indian restaurant run by a group of young Malaya lees ,it was strange to find one here we found three of three of the owners sitting in the table outside one of them nursing a beer ,so we asked them how to get to Devin's Castle about 10 to 12 km off .,they arranged a cab for us and we quickly were on our way .
Devin's castle was on a strategically important spot at confluence of Danube and Moravia rivers and fortifications have always existed there from the Neolithic times later the Celts ,the Romans had built fortifications and during the communist regime it was the iron curtain with barbed wire fences as the Austrian border was just off the other side of Danube .
Devin's castle is on a small hill about 200 meters high and beautiful gardens surrounded it the forts themselves were huge hulks not very impressive but giving lovely views of the river on one side and the city on the other ,there were lot of souvenir and food shops below the hillock ,we returned by bus .
The tickets are mostly paid based on time travelled so if the distance was short we bought for 15 minutes and one could travel for that time ,trams also were in plentiful in the city though not in Devin's castle area .
Slovak Republic was part of the greater Czechoslovakia which after second world war became part of the eastern bloc of communist countries directly under Soviet regime and had a socialistic Government ,during the velvet revolution the country split into two Slovak and Czech republics which was termed Velvet Divorce
,Bratislava was the capital of Slovak republic .it had a high per capita income and high living index ,its main industry was automotive and its famous Skoda cars are well known ,Volkswagen ,Peugeot and Kias have their factories .
the country has undulating hills flowing rivers lakes etc .
on our return we went to heritage area St Georges cathedral and the well preserved buildings in the area
on the other end of this road was Michaels gate a city gate those days
the heritage are was full of branded shops cafeterias etc and we munched on a fresh burger with crunchy French fries ,beer was cheap and all drinks and cocktails were allowed