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  • Bratislava Castle as seen from SNP Bridge, Bratislava, Slovakia
    Bratislava Castle


Bratislava, long a drab lesson in the failings of the communist system, is turning things around. A decade ago, the city center was grim, deserted, and dangerous — a place where only thieves and fools dared to tread. Today it's downright charming, bursting with colorfully restored facades, lively outdoor cafés, swanky boutiques, and in-love-with-life locals.