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City Curiosities and Attractions
- Prešporáčik Oldtimer
Prešporáčik (a play on the old Slovak name for the city, Prešporok) is a 'mini train' providing city sightseeing tours through the otherwise traffic-free historic streets of the old town. Some tours also include the castle. The service runs daily, usually from 9.30am to 5pm, according to demand.
A unique Bratislava curiosity: no other city in the world has a statue emerging from a manhole. After Rubberneck had lost his head twice due to careless drivers city councillors decided to help him by erecting a road sign to warn drivers: another world-first...
- Schöne Náci
This statue commemorates a unique figure in Bratislava's history. Not a statesmen, a sportsman or soldier: instead, the Schöner Naci, whose real name was Ignác Lamár, is remembered for being one of Bratislava's social institutions. Born in 1897, he was famous for wandering the streets of the city, elegant in morning suit and top hat. He would frequently doff his hat to the ladies he passed and offer them flowers or a song.
Passers-by in Bratislava's old town are drawn to this life-sized statue of a paparazzo celebrity photographer. Peering around a corner into Laurinská Street and holding a camera in his hands, he seems to be in the process of photographing some member of Bratislava's high society emerging from the eponymous bar next door.
- Napoleon´s Soldier
One of Bratislava's most popular photo opportunities is this bronze statue of a Napoleonic soldier leaning over a bench the old town's Hlavné námestie (Main Square). Its creator is the sculptor Juraj Meliš.
There are various explanations for this strange carving of a small, apparently naked man set into the façade of a house. One of them says it was intended to ridicule the curious owner of an adjacent house who used to spy on passers-by on the street through a small oriel window.
- The Narrowest House
This is the narrowest house in Slovakia and possibly in the whole of Europe. It dates from the end of the 18th century and is located next to Michael’s Tower in a site previously occupied by part of the old city walls. With the development of artillery, urban fortifications had become redundant by the 18th century; Bratislava's were knocked down to allow the expansion of the city, leaving a 130-centimetre gap that had previously been an open space used by sentries to move along the walls. This ultra-narrow house was built to fill the gap. It was subsequently extended into the tower itself.
- The Waterless Well
This well was intended to supply Bratislava Castle, but despite tunnelling to below the surface of the Danube the original well-diggers were frustrated by a 3.2 m - thick granite slab. If they had succeeded in drilling through it they would have reached a water supply fed from the Alps.
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