Bratislava Old Town | Slovakia

Tram passing Hurban Square (Hurbanovo námestie) in the Bratislava Old Town
Tram passing Hurban Square with the Bratislava Castle in the background

Bratislava is famous for its castle and the fact that you can see it from almost everywhere in the city. One of the best places to experience the magic of Bratislava is in the Old Town, where winding streets, colorful buildings, and charming cafes combine to create a truly unforgettable atmosphere. Whether you’re exploring on foot or taking in the sights from the comfort of a tram, there’s something special about the Old Town that captures the heart and soul of the city.

This photo was taken at the Hurban Square (Hurbanovo námestie), which served as a hub for us during our stay in Bratislava. From here, we could easily reach our hotel to the north, the lively pub street Obchodná to the east, and the core of the Old Town to the south. And to the west, of course, lay the stunning Bratislava Castle.

Despite the less-than-perfect weather, we were determined to capture the beauty of Bratislava, and Blue-Hour-Photography provided the perfect opportunity. With the light fading fast, I set up my cameras to capture the stunning light trails of passing trams, adding an extra layer of magic to the already enchanting atmosphere.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 500D
Lens: Canon EF-S 10-22mm @ 22mm
ISO: 100
Exposures: 7 in steps of 1 EV
Aperture: 5.6
Exposure time (middle): 2s
Tripod: Manfrotto 190CXPRO4
Size: 15 MPx
Date: Taken in January 2014

Location: At the Hurban Square in Bratislava with view on the castle and the Church of St Stephen the King (Kapucínsky kostol sveta Štefana)

Software: Lightroom 5.2, Photoshop CS6, Photomatix Pro

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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