Eastern Europe Goth scene: Bratislava, Slovakia! Leopard print skirt, Halloween murals & Gothic bars.

grim reaper death mural, wall painting

I had a brush with Death in Bratislava, Slovakia… but I must say, I rather enjoyed his company!

Where is this Eastern European city, and what makes it worth visiting? Read on and I’ll share my Slovakian secrets.

leopard print skirt, banana fish

My film team and I rode the rails from Vienna to Bratislava; it only took one hour, and trains depart regularly. We had passes from that let us take 15 rides within 2 months. It was easy: hop on, get your pass stamped, hop off.

Wood sunglasses: a present from Moat House Eyewear. These ‘Gothard’ Retro frames are ultra-distinctive and beautifully made; no splinters or rough edges!
Black bat-wing top: TwoPercent Hong Kong. The cut is flattering and you can get a similar one here.
Leopard print skirt: Banana Fish, from Closet Child (sad that the brand is gone, but Lanvin’s skirt is close to this.)
Black white platform sandals: Puzzle, from Izzue HK

boarding a train, europe railway

As you can see, riding with Eurail is a clean, modern experience. The train interiors have padded seats and air conditioning.

train seats, interior of car

There weren’t too many of us in first class. This girl’s face is a hilarious, common reaction to fashion bloggers’ outfit posing…

moat house sunglasses, moathouse Gothard Retro

During the ride, my filmmakers and I like to read, play cards, listen to music, work on the laptop, or best of all… write in “The Miffy Book.” It’s impossible to remember all the names, places and funny moments during our travels — so we jot them down, whenever we have a spare moment, in this cute notebook.

black top batwing sleeves, outfit post

First impression: Bratislava’s charming. We wandered the cobblestone paths, peering into kitschy craft stores and admiring the Medieval architecture.

big wood door, slovakia bratislava

Slovakia borders both Austria and Hungary, and has been entwined in their history over the centuries. It became part of the Communist Eastern Bloc, until the late 1980s fall of the USSR.

eastern europe fountain, courtyard

Today, Bratislava is an intriguing mix of modern and Medieval. The Old Town is a popular tourist destination. One of the top attractions is Roland Fountain, the oldest in the city — established in 1572!

communist era ruins, doorway

These classic monuments contract starkly with the ever-present DIY graffiti and ruins. (Photography by Melissa Rundle.)

art nouveau architecture, metal swan

The historic center contains a mix of architectural styles. My favorite: Baroque.

Most SNP, bratislava ufo tower

On the futuristic end, a UFO hovers over the Danube River. It’s actually the human-built Nový Most (New Bridge), or “Most SNP” Bridge of the Slovak National Uprising.

halloween graffiti, spooky mural

I was impressed by the walls of colorful street art underneath the highway. I felt at home in this haunted forest ruled by a cute owl.

3d mural, artwork, kawaii death

Very cool, the 3D effect and placement of these characters. I suppose they are pudgy death-minions putting up posters.

bratislava subclub, alternative indie clubs bars

The posters reveal a young, alternative nightlife that most tourists don’t get to experience. There is the occasional Goth party; Subclub is an underground music venue for spooky kids to get together.

Bratislava Castle, Hrad

We trekked up to Bratislava Castle (Hrad), 85 meters above ground. This hill site has been inhabited since the Bronze age. The castle burned down and was rebuilt in the 1950s, so it has a bit of a Disney restoration feel…

bratislava green spire, tower

Everyone we spoke to in Bratislava was extremely nice. When we couldn’t find the tram, a Slovakian couple went out of their way to walk us to our destination.

midnight cafe, eastern europe goth bar

We met our friends for a drink at Midnight Cafe (Radlinskeho 24/B, 811), located outside the Old Town. This area has more of a lived-in local feel. Midnight Cafe caters to a Goth crowd, with shelves of absinthe and red Rococo wallpaper.

eastern european goths

After a few drinks, Devon and Adam took us for dinner at a traditional restaurant. Think potatoes, heavy cream, cheese, sausages. By the end, we felt as stuffed as those Death-Janitors on the stairway!

bratislava view, rooftops

I encourage you to come to Bratislava, especially if you’re spending time in Vienna. It’s a quick and easy day-trip if you take the train with

retro puffed hair style, wood sunglasses

Do you dig my outfit of the day? Did you know much about Slovakia before reading this article? If you’ve been here, what else would you recommend?



  1. hira
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:03 am | Permalink

    ^-^ superb clothes

  2. Kay
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 1:12 am | Permalink


  3. MelissaR
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 3:14 am | Permalink

    I love this! Great outfits! The Miffy Book is like my Bible! ;) May Miffy “x” upon you forever

  4. Fran
    Posted October 13, 2013 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    This is my favorite look for you

  5. Sin
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:18 am | Permalink

    I have seen si very Goth

  6. Maria
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    honnestly , I start making myself “lolyta” and Gothic style clothes , because I love so much the way you wear them

  7. Ghaz
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:24 am | Permalink

    Nice style

  8. Ras
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    i love

  9. Jason
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    No…I am afraid I would not wear it…BUT, I am so VERY GLAD to see that YOU DID!

  10. two juegos
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    beautiful and charming. I love her, I want to kiss her even once in his life.

  11. Iris
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    As always I enjoyed my trip to Bratislava with you

  12. Farah
    Posted October 14, 2013 at 10:22 pm | Permalink


  13. Kaila
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Permalink

    I love what you wore. Kaila

  14. elisa
    Posted October 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    ;D lurve

  15. Jennifer
    Posted October 16, 2013 at 9:29 am | Permalink

    Nice blog. I’m regular visitor of your blog. Pictures have clicked very nicely. Liked your goggles so much. I have LED Goggles.

  16. Dali
    Posted October 23, 2013 at 1:36 am | Permalink

    This so is one of my favourite posts of yours
    Thanks for visiting

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