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Bratislava is best suited to ambling. There are few "musts"; instead the Old Town (Staré Mesto) itself, with its inviting, laid-back mix of restaurants, cafes, and bars, is the primary attraction. The best place to start your exploration is at the main entrance to the Old Town, St. Michael's Tower (Michalská veza). From here, walk along the main pedestrian streets of Michalská and then Ventúrska, pausing to admire the detailing on the lovingly restored baroque and Renaissance housing stock. Alleyways fan out in all directions, and the best advice is simply to follow your nose. The core of the Old Town is small and can be covered in a couple of hours. The focal point of the Old Town is Hlavné námestie, the main square, lined on one side by the Old Town Hall and the other by a mix of restaurants and cafes. At some point, be sure to pay a visit to the city's cathedral, St. Martin's (Dóm Sv. Martina), situated just outside of the Old Town, following the signs. From here it's a short walk below the freeway to the castle side of the Old Town. The hike to the castle takes about 30 minutes. The views out over the Old Town are spectacular, but the castle itself is undergoing a long-term renovation and is something of a disappointment. From here, you can't miss the view of Bratislava's retro-futuristic bridge, the Most SNP (New Bridge), which links the Old Town to the sprawling housing project of Petrzalka. On your return from the castle, walk through the old Jewish quarter, once situated in the area around Zidovská.

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