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Former Stein brewery in Bratislava

Have you ever heard of Manchester in the former Austro-Hungarian Empire? – Probably not, because Manchester is and always has been in England. However, this nickname was sometimes used to describe Bratislava by the late 19th and early 20th century because of its rapidly booming industry. Once a medieval fishing town and later capital and


Communist housing estates in Bratislava

Young American backpackers are walking through a decayed socialist housing estate neighbourhood, horrified by a barking dog with a human hand in its mouth and a lady pouring dirty water out of the fourth floor. Well-known scene from the US-produced comedy Eurotrip depicts Bratislava as a symbol of “Eastern Europe” by a run-down prefabricated housing estate area. The reality is,


The House of Labour Unions, Bratislava

Let’s be honest for a while, take a short walk through the streets of the Slovak capital and keep your eyes and ears open, what can you see? What can you hear? How does your perception confront with what you expected? Did you expect anything? ”Bratislava is a contrast of ages“, according to Lonely Planet.


Mental map of regional stereotypes in Slovakia

Bratislava as an employment hub for the rest of Slovakia. Simple-minded people living in Záhorie region as a source of sarcastic jokes. Hardworking catholics in the harsh-climate northern Orava region. Hungarians in the south conspiring about regional autonomy while enjoying spicy goulash. Lazy Romas making noise and dirt in their isolated ghettos. Old grannies speaking


Communist-era housing estate in Petrzalka, Bratislava, Slovakia

Authentic local from Petržalka district, photographer Martin Kleibl, took a closer look to the interiors of his neighbours. Petržalka is the largest socialist housing district in Slovakia, located south of Bratislava city centre across the Danube river. Amazing insight! Martin Kleibl is happy father and photographer, who overcame the anonymity of Petržalka housing district and


Artworks of Slovak landscapes online

You don’t have to be a gallery freak to enjoy some of the finest artworks depicting Slovak landscapes since 19th century until today. No need of leaving your comfy seat in front of the computer actually – a few clicks are just enough! More than 200 masterpieces are now accessible in high resolution thanks to


Abandoned metro depot in Bratislava

This is really spooky! “Concreted hole for a big monster. Water, dirt, darkness and a perfect echo. Enter only in fishing trousers, gumboots and with a torch. Ideal spot for shooting rap videoclips.” Really, endless tunnell filled with water and darkness creates fear and fascination for anyone who dares to get closer. In 1974, when


Skoda 1203 retro 8-seater in Bratislava, by Authentic Slovakia

Retro cars fleet of Authentic Slovakia is getting bigger. To satisfy the needs and desires of growing number of our clients, we are happy to invite a legendary Czechoslovak 8-seater, produced in Trnava (Slovakia) in 1992. Škoda 1203 was being produced in (almost) the same design for amazing 31 years (1968 – 1999). Production was


Abandoned and unfinished hospital Razsochy in Bratislava, Slovakia

Searching for the most scary abandoned places in Bratislava, we visited the largest ruin in the city – Rázsochy hospital. Massive project to build all-fit-in hospital has existed since 1980’s, launching the construction in 1987. However, after 1989 the communist regime and its enthusiastic planning collapsed. For two decades, unfinished object serves only as a