Bratislava is also on their hit list. They say it's not worth visiting because it's small and decrepit and there's nothing to do except sit by the river and drink cheap beer. And I made the mistake of listening to them. Again.
Bratislava is the closest capital city to Vienna - just 90 minutes by train - and one of the four national capitals that the Danube flows through. It has less than a third of the population of Vienna, so I suppose you could say it's small (though it's still 60% larger than Buffalo). Maybe it's a little decrepit around the edges, like all the cities I have seen in Eastern Europe. But the kind of decrepit that looks like it belongs in a painting, not the kind that makes you regret being 9 years overdue for your tetanus booster.
And boring? Nothing to do but sit around and drink beer? Let me present you with photographic evidence of just how boring Bratislava is. Please observe:
The back entrance to St. Martin's Cathedral and one of the most deliciously crumbled walls I have ever seen. Like a fine apple crumble, that wall is. Works of Van Gogh are painted onto the boarded-up windows.