Beam Me Back to Bratislava Slovakia~


I want to go back to the Christmas Market to shop and eat. I would buy some of these aromatic dried fruit and spice hangars for myself and my friends. They smell and look divine. I couldn’t buy any because there was no room in my suitcase.


They also have soap and bath salt hangars that would make your bath smell heavenly.

Eating is the principal reason I want to go back to the Christmas Market! The hot off the grill lokse or potato pancakes were ridiculously good.


The piping hot langos, which are garlic fried potato flatbread, were out of this world.
Top it off with a cup of hot, spiced, mulled wine, in a variety of flavors, and you can see why I want to beam back there right now! That was my cup of spiced red wine you are looking at.
They had all sorts of fabulous foods and I would like to have time to try them all!

The ice rink in the old town center was getting readied for holiday skating.
Bratislava is a browsers paradise,
with quaint streets, wonderful shops,
and delicious restaurants.
There is beautiful architecture,
and fascinating history to keep your mind occupied.
Cheers to you from surprising Bratislava~

270 thoughts on “Beam Me Back to Bratislava Slovakia~

  1. Lokse, latkes, hmmmm they sound similar? Cindy, I am curious about the mood in Europe these days, Are people reacting like portrayed in the mainstream media or have things returned back to “normal”? Loving your pictures as always.

    Hugs to you across the ocean, Linda

    1. Bratislava seemed a world apart. I asked people if they were concerned about terrorism and they said , “no,” not for Slovakia, which they felt was too small, not a world player, and too off the beaten track to be a target. It did feel like a protected other worldly place.

  2. I’d go crazy at the market. Beautiful stuff, Cindy. It reminds the markets in Munich. πŸ™‚ Are you there for Christmas.
    Delicious deep fried potato flat bread!

    1. We are home now, but we hit the Christmas Markets in Vienna (WOW!) Wurzburg, Bratslava and Budapest which I will post next. My oh my, were they wonderful! They imbued me with more Christmas spirit than I can remember in a long time!

  3. Cindy ,these are lovely photos and the food is out of this world. Next time take an empty suitcase to fill it up with food , for you, your family and friends. πŸ™‚

    1. I really wish I could beam places! I would beam to Alsace for cookies, and to Bratislava for the langos, and anywhere in Germany for Schnitzel. It’s a bummer to have to fly to eat this incredible food. Beam me over Scotty, right now, please! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

    1. I would suggerst beaming to either Hungary or Slovakia for the hot wine and the hot langos and lokse’s. I’ll beam over and meet you, and then we can go to Alsace for cookies…..See this is what happens to me when I am home! πŸ˜‰

        1. Ryan air from London for a song, in time for the Christmas Market! Apparently lots of Brits are taking advantage of the cheap fares and doing just this, which is why lots of signs are in English.

  4. Thank you again for your photographs, excellent in content, composition, and technical skill. The goods from the Christmas Market are so enticing that I have pre-ordered them through Amazon and await, hoping I live long enough, for drone delivery once Jeff Bezos gets through the trifling bureaucratic difficulties.
    A question, what is a Maine lobster, an insect of the sea, doing screwed to a sign for a Farmaceuticke Muzeum in Slovakia?

    1. Cracking up! You are hilarious……. There were more of those sea bugs in Slovakia signs. I took photos of them of course even though I have no understanding of them. Now I feel compelled to google.
      When I read, ” I have pre-ordered them through Amazon and await…..”
      My heart lifted! I am a tried and true Amazon frequent flier. Could it be? I can order Slovakian langos and lokses from Amazon?
      But then my heart fell as I read the rest of your comment, ” hoping I live long enough, for drone delivery once Jeff Bezos gets through the trifling bureaucratic difficulties.”
      How long do you think it will take for him to start the drone delivery service? I could wait a month……6 weeks max. I think it’s doable.

      1. Vielen danke! Double vielen danke!!
        Unfortunately, your wait for drone delivery will be longer than the life span of the oldest lobster.
        By the way, they are delicious but require some easily developed skill in breaking up and eating. They have become popular in China, so that has helped the lobstermen. For me, they are best as fresh as possible and steamed while alive. Melt butter with a bit of juice of a fresh lemon for dipping and wear a lobster bib to protect your clothing.
        This may sound cruel (it is), but remember, lobsters are cannibals and cruel, too. I was told by an outstanding expert on the subject that lobsters are best microwaved with seaweed and a bit of seaweed while alive (both you and the lobster). If the lobster claws are kept closed with wooden pegs, you are lucky, but if rubber bands are used, be very careful in removing them! Lobster claws are to be avoided! Quickly wrap your supper tightly with some seaweed in Satan Wrap and place in microwave. Further instructions will be needed and perhaps are available from one Roger Berkowitz of Legal Seafoods. Bon chance et bon appetit!

    2. I googled and so I now know. It is the European Red Crayfish. Why the European Red Crayfish is on the Pharmacy Museum signage I do not know. Maybe they made meds out of crayfish? Maybe the reason the crayfish is on other signage is because it looks good (which it does) and tastes good (which I wouldn’t know!)

    1. The Christmas Markets of Europe got me soooo in the Christmas spirit. I got the most humumgous Christmas tree you have ever seen when I got home. My son egged me on. It’s huge! Laughing….

    1. Take three flights home, for a total of 22 hours in the air, argue with the airline, eat airline food ( Gott im Himmel), catch a cold, and then have jet lag for two weeks! The less joyful aspects of travel….

      1. I love Washington state. We are talking about going back to Olympic National Park. I love the berrie pies of course!!! πŸ˜‰ Does Leavenworth have a Christmas Market? I have heard about the one in Bethelem PA, but have never seen it.

  5. This makes me hungry…but you could fry almost anything in deep fat and I would probably like it….what ‘s in those little jars all lined up i a row? Pickled things? This is wonderful, Cindy; very “old world” and Christmasy!

    1. Yes home “pickled things” like the Europeans do so well. They taste soooo good. I think it’s because they pack them picked fresh and ripe from their gardens and know how to make the pickling spices perfectly. I have never had this much Christmas spirit since the kids were little. Europe has these Christmas Markets for a month starting with Advent. Whole families, whole cities, think Vienna, come out nightly to eat, browse, talk, visit, look at the lights and watch the children. It is just so lovely. I am very glad I saw it in serveral countries.

  6. Thanks for showing me a part of the world I know very little about, Cindy. The Christmas markets look amazing with all the food and treasures. Love the looks of the hanging dried fruits and soaps. And all the food!

  7. Wow, way to tempt those of us who’ve never even heard of this area into wanting to go there too! I just love homemade goodies. I’ve never been big on shopping but I’m sure that my wallet would be empty (and my stomach full) in no time if I were there! Such incredible creativity and yummy stuff. πŸ™‚ ~Lynn

    1. I don’t like shopping either Lynn. These outdoor markets are run by the people who actually make the stuff they are selling, whether it be food or arts and crafts. The whole town joins in. The trees are decorated with lights and ornaments. There are skating rinks and little trains for children. Town folk are at the markets everyday, eating, talking, and browsing. It is really a cultural phenomona so foreign to me and so unbelieveably charming. Nothing at all like our mass-mediated Christmas. You wouldn’t spend much money since everything is so inexpensive, but you would eat, something from the homemade cookies, to the chocolate, to all the different homemade breads, to the incredible pickled fruit and vegetables, something would capture you and you would love it, as I did. <3

      1. Thanks for filling in all the details about this cultural phenomenon Cindy! How wonderful, and this is ideally how the holidays would be celebrated – not commercialized as we experience here. Someday I’ll have to spend the holidays over there! <3

  8. That hot spiced wine on a cold day… Mmmmmm! And all that food you eat. There is no worry about stuffing it into your suitcase. (grin) Now stuffing yourself into your pants might be a different issue. πŸ™‚ –Curt

    1. Exactly! I shared with Jim though so we didn’t break the scales! Somehow in Europe I never gain weight. I think it may be because we walk so much and because the food is unprocessed.

  9. Your impressions about Bratislava and its Christmas market are just great and they make me want to go there again. The ice-rink seems to be near the Hotel Radison and we have also been to the opera to see Macbeth. Best regards Martina

    1. Yes the Radisson was on the other side. The opera house was gorgeous. It must have been glorious. I have tickets to see the movie MacBeth. I can’t wait to see how Cotilliard plays Lady MacBeth!

      1. I hope you want be disappointed by the film, because I’ve read that Marion Cotillard never worked less well and that Shakespeare’s words have been shortened a lot. It would be very kind of you if you sent me your opinion! Enjoy yourself:)

      2. I just saw it. Fassbinder was brilliant. Yes it was shortened, but I still thought it was remarkable. Stirred up quite a bit of emotion which MacBeth should do. Cottiliard is such a talented person. She was a very different, and very moving Lady MacBeth. I thought the witches were sparingly and effectively done, although I did miss some of their iconic dialogue. Banquos ghost was approrpriately haunting. The cinematography was the piece de la resistance! Simply stunning, dark, brooding, but oh so beautiful. I loved the whole bit. My son went with me an was less impressed than I was though.

    1. You are exactly like me. I did this. By google image searching, I found wreaths, that were similar, but not exactly the same. I will search further and let you know what I find…..

        1. Oh thank you! I searched the internet and really couldn’t find anything as close as what you did. They are basically the same, we could just add more fruit and spice and achieve close to the same effect. I know they dried all their own fruit and the scent was magnificent. Thank you for this good find!

    1. It is really quite eye opening, both in terms of charm, history, architecture, food and the people. Winning in every category. I hope you do visit and post about your impressions~

  10. Charming, heartwarming. My grandmother’s home town. Thanks for sharing. I understand why she was so food focused ! And the colors and fragrances…a treat for all the senses. ❀️

    1. Oh how wonderful to have a grandmother to place in this lovely town. The history here is remarkable and tumultuous. And, yes, your grandmother was food focused for a reason. The Slovak people know how to cook, well!

  11. You certainly got my attention this morning with the words “potato” and “fried”. They look insanely delicious. What kind of museum is that with a lobster on the sign? I hope WordPress figures out how to do smell-a-vision posts soon.

    1. I want smell a vision too!! And yep, potato and fried, floats my boat all the way upstream! The museum is a pharmacy museum. They had these crawfish signs all around. I think they like to eat them~

      1. The pharmacy dates from the 16th century and was named The Read Crayfish Pharmacy, hence the sign. The history is incredible and terribly sad.
        “MichalskΓ‘ Street No. 26 is a baroque burgher’s house built within the barbican of the Michael’s Gate adjacent to the Bratislava Water Moat. In the mid-18th century the front faΓ§ade of the house was re-constructed in the Classicist style and extended with a stone entrance in the Rococo style. The front faΓ§ade is adorned with an original cast-iron pharmacy sign with forged canthus ornamentation and a crayfish from the end of the 19th century, manufactured by the known Bratislava blacksmith company MΓ‘rton. The pharmacy and the apartment above the pharmacy were owned by the Feldesh family, a Jewish family that was deported by the Nazies during the Holocaust to Auschwitz death camp. The decedents of the family leaves today in Israel.”
        Source: Wikipedia

  12. I love these pictures so much! I feel I am there in many ways. I can smell those hangers and yumm I would love some of the fruit ones and the good smelling ones. The little gift shop looks so cute! I love this post thanks so much!! What a special market!

  13. Cindy, you’re killin’ me with all the pics of potato pancakes and other such stuff. The rest is pretty too…, but now you’ve REALLY made me hungry for potato pancakes and no one around here makes them (sells them). Guess I’ll have to get out the cookbook again !!! Made Russian Teacakes tonight to share over the Christmas holidays. Hugs ! πŸ™‚

      1. elmediat

        The best stuffing is sour kraut mixed with fried onion and bacon or else for the hearty, buckwheat with the bacon & onion. πŸ˜€

  14. Bratislava looks like a place I’d love to visit. Until I read this post I didn’t know much about that city. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos.

  15. Ok! Ok! Please! Wolfie is currently starving and dinner is taking a scarily long time to be caught and cooked! Such mouth watering sights are tortorous right now!! πŸ˜€ Slurp! Slobber! !

    1. Well, if I ever get back from space, we can all beam over there. But frankly, I think Wolfie and you should go now on your own, because what I am seening so far out here in outer, outer space, is so awesome I don’t think I ever want to come back to planet earth. I want to keep on boldly going where no one has gone before…..Thank you so much for sending me here! <3

      1. Hmm! I suppose it could take you a while before you get back from way out there in outer, outer space! lol πŸ™‚ You’re very welcome! I hope you continue to enjoy your trip and photographic extravaganza!! πŸ™‚

  16. Great post, Cindy! I fully understand your desire to be beamed back. I too love that hot spiced red wine at Christmas time…need to make some tomorrow πŸ™‚

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    1. It is terrible, but I am so distracted by the meteorite showers that I can’t even concentrate on Bratslava, well I can concentrate on the food. This NASA food sucks, still I don’t think I ever want to come back to planet earth. I have never had such an amazing trip……Thank you so much for convincing me to go! I hope Tom is okay.

  18. What a stunning collection of shots Cindy and those dried fruits look so delicious! Now you make me wish I could go there as well. LOL! I know I would eat myself silly on those garlic fried potato flatbread. Where are those teleports when we need them? πŸ˜€

  19. Fabulous photos Cindy that stir my travel lust, food fetish and delight in all the colors, streets, foods and feeling of your post. I love how you bring a place alive with your words and photos. Thanks!

    1. Isn’t that a funny thing! Jim and I were on the same ski lift in Jackson Hole Wyomming in the late 1970’s. I was taking a private lesson and he remembers my conversation about my boyfriend who was skiing like a madman down the mountain. We wouldn’t meet for another two decades and I married the skiing madman first. Life is amazing isn’t it? I wonder how often this happens?

      1. One honking crayfish. The ones I use to catch in the summer where smaller than my finger! But then I have watched some cooking shows that crayfish is featured in the main meal.

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  21. I have to say – your fabulous virtual tour – looks great and I feel real atmosphere and I enjoyed so much, as always. I like the smell and taste of the langos! Bye. Kamila

    1. Sehr Interessant! Danke! I can see how the dried fruits historically and currently provided needed nutrients and energy, especially in the winter. I saw a lot for sale in Wurzburg and they looked divine. I think the combination of dried fruit and spice is healthy and pleasing for multiple senses, taste, smell and visual appeal. I wish I had eaten more! I will have to come back. The history is fascinating. Thank you for sending this to me Froliche Weihnachten!

    1. How synchronistic! You will love Slovakia. Be sure and savor the countryside and the nearby Carpathian Mountains. Bratislava is a wonderful surprise. It is not as hyped as much of Europe but it has the history, culture and food to make it high on my list of fascinating places. I have Eastern European blood (Slavic) and have only begun to penetrate Eastern Europe, Slovakia, Estonia, Czech Republic, Hungary so far. I wish to see Poland, Bulgaria, The Dalmation Coast.

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  23. Amazing photos. I have friends in Bratislava. Beautiful culture, loving people. I wish I could travel, but as you know Iam confined to bed, so I truly appreciate photo trips. Thank you so much for sharing.

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