Brno, Bratislava, Berg & Budapest
Joe and I have just returned from our mini Euro adventure across Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria and Hungary. Completely unintentionally, following our trip to Barcelona earlier this year, we continued the B trend with Brno, Bratislava, Berg and Budapest.
Brno, Czech Republic
First stop was Brno, where we went to watch the Czech MotoGP. Joe loves his bikes and I've never been to anything like this, so it was an exciting day for both of us. Even better, it was won by a Brit for the first time in 35 years. Those last few laps were intense! We also met a wolf, stayed in a super cool Airbnb apartment and watched the mesmerising fountain in front of the Janáček Theatre.
After a short bus ride, we found ourselves in Slovakia. We explored the castle, saw the unusual blue church and took in the incredible views from the UFO observation deck. On our way across the border into Austria, we also found a WWII bunker and mini museum, which we had all to ourselves. It's quite a small city, but we found plenty to do and arguably had the best food of the holiday here.
This was an unplanned addition to the itinerary! We realised how near Bratislava is to the Austrian border and decided to hire bikes and ride to the nearest town. Berg is tiny but beautiful, and we had a great time riding through vineyards, visiting the lake and seeing some stunning houses.
Last stop was Budapest, where we met up with our friends, Em and Andy. Together, we celebrated Joe's birthday by taking a walking tour, trying an escape room challenge (completed with three minutes to spare) and drinking in one of the city's amazing ruin pubs. Other highlights included an afternoon at Széchenyi thermal baths, Fisherman's Bastion and a cruise along the Danube, past the iconic Parliament building.
Where next? I guess it really should begin with a B...