Bratislava has a youthfulness and energy about it we felt the moment we arrived. Perhaps it has something to do with the country's recent past, and the need to move on from the days when it was part of both the Eastern Bloc and the old Czechoslovakia.
Then came the collapse of the Berlin Wall, democracy in the early 90s, a "velvet divorce" from the Czech Republic and membership of the EU.
It's an awful lot to happen in 25 years.
Notes from the Road
The city is easy to ride into with good cycle paths and tolerant motorists. We gave Bratislava a couple of nights - staying at the centrally located Patio Hostel which enabled us to walk everywhere and leave the tandem safely locked in the hostel's luggage room. The nearest campsite is 9 km from the centre.
Man at Work - said to be the most photographed subject in Bratislava. It is suggested he reflects life under communism, with his head resting on his hands when he should be working. "People didn't work hard and they weren't paid much," someone said.