Although increasingly popular with tourists, there is not a huge amount of provision for us english speakers and so things like road signs, menus and shops made for some entertaining translations.
After 1.2km I reached Stary Most Bridge, a narrow railway bridge with a footpath on either side of the track, not the safest, thankfully there were no trains running!
Once on the other side (the south bank) the views across Bratislava and the Old Town were spectacular (see top photo). Often these developing countries are belittled as pokey stag party venues but they have a lot more to offer without the over inflated prices of some of the other major capitals in Europe like Paris or Vienna in neighbouring Austria, just an hour away on the train.
The south bank has been cleverly turned into a tourist hotspot thanks to a large artificial beach which is constructed for the summer, and wide expanses of grass and trees with temporary bars for adults and childrens play areas for the kids (and the adults after a few drinks!).
|The Old Town is full of picturesque squares and immaculately maintained architecture|
The run to this point is 6.3km and now descends back down towards the Old Town along Zidovska and past St Martins Cathedral which has a huge advertising billboard stuck to the top of it bizarrely which you will probably not see at the Vatican or St Pauls!
|Views from the castle show the contrast between the historic Old Town and the newly developed areas of Bratislava|
From the Town Hall, simply continue east along Urluninska and then Klobucknika, and the route finished once you reach the end of the pedestrian zone, just 350 metres from the Hostel.
In total the route measured around just over 10km although it could be more or less depending on which route you take through the Old Town and how much of the Castle grounds you choose to take in.
Overall a really nice run, mixture of bridges, the Danube, parks, great views, and the main tourist sites, and very little traffic to speak of. It is also seemed a very safe place to although I am sure if you head off popular areas it may not stay that way. Just beware of the cobbolds and the hills if you have dodge ankles!
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Start - Hostel Blues, Spitaliska Street, north bank
Journey - South towards Danube, cross bridge to south bank, through the park east towards second bridge, back to north bank, through grounds of Bratislava Castle and then back east down through the Old Town via the Cathedral, effectively one large loop of the city centre.
Finish - Corner of Klobucnicka and Spitalska