THIS CHARMING and skilfully coloured postcard dates back to 1915, a year after the railway connection between Bratislava and Vienna had been officially opened.
Two cars pulled by an electric locomotive were entering the city through the bridge over the Danube and continued along Vajanského Nábrežie, Mostová, Jesenského and Štúrova Streets, where they returned to the bridge.
The train shuttled between the towns six times a day, with each trip taking two hours and forty-five minutes.
The direct connection to Vienna remained open until 1934.
There was also a tram that crossed Petržalka and sometimes continued to the Austrian border, where passengers changed to the train to Vienna. But Hitler’s Germany stopped these trips after Petržalka was annexed to the Third Reich in 1938.
This picture shows the Bratislava-Vienna train crossing what is today Hviezdoslavovo Square. The Savoy Hotel, which later became the Carlton, can be seen in the background.
6. Oct 2008 at 0:00 | By Branislav Chovan