Independence Day | Bratislava, Slovakia

As the heavens opened up a bit and the UFO was illuminated in the orange light, it seemed to me as if I saw a version of the famous scene from the movie Independence Day – live in Bratislava. Surely, soon the first laser beams would appear across the Danube and raze the city to the ground…

Okay, back to reality. Of course, I didn’t witness aliens landing in the capital of Slovakia and the UFO didn’t come from light-years away. Instead, UFO is just the lovely name that has been given to the viewing point and restaurant on top of the New Bridge (also called Most SNP or Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising).

Let us look at some facts about Most SNP. The bridge is named after the Slovak National Uprising that took place during World War II, and it spans across the Danube River in Bratislava. It’s one of the longest bridges in Slovakia, measuring 430 meters in length, and it has two decks for cars and trams, as well as a pedestrian walkway for those who want to take a leisurely stroll.

But enough with the boring stuff, let’s talk about what really matters: the fun facts! Did you know that the bridge was designed by a team of Slovak engineers and architects who won a competition in the 1960s? They beat out several international teams, including one from the Soviet Union, proving that Slovak talent knows no bounds.

And if you’re wondering why the bridge looks a bit like a UFO, that’s because it was designed to reflect the modernist architecture of the time. But some locals have a different theory – they say that the bridge was built to resemble a spaceship that will take them away from Earth if the zombie apocalypse ever happens. We don’t know if that’s true, but it’s definitely an interesting theory!

But wait, there’s more! The bridge has been featured in several movies, including the Slovak film “Hostage” and the international blockbuster “The Peacemaker” starring George Clooney and Nicole Kidman. So next time you watch these movies, keep an eye out for the Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising.

But the real reason to cross this bridge is for the stunning views it offers. From the top, you can see the whole city of Bratislava, the majestic Danube River, and even neighbouring Austria. And if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a UFO hovering in the sky (okay, we’re just kidding about that one)



It was a grey winter day when we climbed up to the castle in Bratislava. I didn’t have much hope for good photos since the light was just too bad. However, sometimes it pays for lugging the equipment all day – when the clouds broke up for a few minutes, I was very happy to have it with me. Finding the right vantage point proved difficult because the castle was just in renovation. Therefore in the end I decided to take this panoramic view of the New Bridge over the Danube.

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus

Nico Trinkhaus is the mind-blind photographer, using cameras to create visions and memories that otherwise would be lost to him.

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