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Bratislava River Cruises

About Bratislava

Slovakia’s capital as well as its cultural and economic centre, Bratislava is a popular fixture on river voyages which include the lower region of the Danube on their itineraries. Indeed, its past Greek name, which translates as ‘Danube City’, certainly gives an indication of the important role that the city has always played in the iconic river’s history. Bratislava has the distinction of being the only capital city which borders two different countries, in Slovakia’s case, Austria and Hungary. This unique geographical location, coupled with its long history, means that the city boasts a wide range of cultural influences, from the Habsburg and Hungarian monarchies to Communist occupation, as a well as a wealth of cultural attractions to discover.

Exploring Bratislava

Despite Bratislava’s growing reputation as a contemporary and vibrant destination it is firmly in touch with its rich past, something which can be satisfyingly explored with a visit to its historic Old Town. Past nobles’ palaces stand shoulder-to-shoulder with more modest dwellings, but wherever you turn, the architecture is always a delight. Key sights here include the Old Town Hall, St Michael’s tower, which offers you a fantastic view of the Old Town from above if you climb it and the beautiful St Martin’s Cathedral, which is one of the city’s oldest structures. If you feel the need to take a load off after taking in the sights, Hlavne Namestie is the Old Town’s central square and the perfect place to sit back and enjoy a drink, a snack or indeed both. If you want a further insight into Slovakian art, then the Nedbalka Gallery is the place to go and is also conveniently located in the Old Town.

Other key attractions in the city include the Slovak National Theatre, which as well as being a pleasing piece of architecture is great for opera fans, being that tickets tend to be very reasonably priced. St Elizabeth’s, otherwise known as the Blue Church, certainly lives up to its name and offers a satisfying slice of Art Nouveau to all those who visit it.

Overlooking it all though, is the celebrated Devin Castle. Unmissable in every sense, this iconic attraction is located just a few miles out from the main city and dates back to the time of Roman occupation. Ever since then it has played a strategic role in the city’s past, owing to its commanding location. There are excursions and guided tours on offer from a number of river cruise lines, but it’s also possible to take a public bus up to see the castle. Once there, you’ll find that, despite the fact that this once awesome structure is now a ruin, you’ll be easily transported back in time as you explore the building. There’s also an informative armoury museum and restaurant at the castle, not to mention some truly spectacular views of Bratislava and the beautiful countryside which surrounds it.

Bratislava tips

If trying the national dish is your thing, then don’t miss Bryndzove halusky when you visit, which is dumplings served with sheep’s cheese and topped with meat. Kofola meanwhile is the local (less sugary) alternative to Coca Cola.

Bratislava Itineraries

Vienna

Danube Dreams - Prague to Budapest

12 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
9 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Regensburg

Blue Danube: Family Riverboat Adventure

3 sailing dates July 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Regensburg, Germany
Tauck logo FROM £3689pp
Passau

Magnificient Europe - Amsterdam to Budapest

8 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4819pp
Prague

Musical Magic Along the Blue Danube

3 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
Tauck logo FROM £5489pp
Nuremberg

Grand European Cruise - Eastbound

4 sailing dates May 2019 to August 2019
23 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
Tauck logo FROM £12499pp
Passau

Blue Danube Discovery - Budapest to Nuremberg

9 sailing dates May 2019 to November 2019
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Nuremberg
AmaWaterways logo FROM £2199pp
Rudesheim

Magnificient Europe - Budapest to Amsterdam

6 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
14 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
AmaWaterways logo FROM £4819pp
Passau

Romantic Danube - Vilshofen to Budapest

59 sailing dates March 2019 to December 2019
7 Nights From Vilshofen , to Hungary , Budapest
AmaWaterways logo FROM £1959pp
Bratislava

The Blue Danube - Eastbound

9 sailing dates April 2019 to October 2019
11 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £4729pp
Melk

Amsterdam to Budapest by Riverboat - Southbound

9 sailing dates June 2019 to October 2019
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
Tauck logo FROM £5529pp
Regensburg

Danube Reflections - Eastbound

1 sailing date April 2019
7 Nights From Munich, Germany, to Austria , Vienna, Austria
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Esztergom

Roundrip Passau

8 sailing dates May 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Passau , to Passau
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Vienna

Roundtrip Vienna

4 sailing dates December 2019
4 Nights From Vienna, Austria, Austria to Vienna, Austria
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Passau

Christmas Cruise on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2019
6 Nights From Passau , to Passau
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Budapest

New Year's Eve Cruise on the Danube

1 sailing date December 2019
6 Nights From Passau , to Passau
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Bucharest

Danube Delta Discovery

1 sailing date April 2019
16 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna, Austria
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Budapest

Vienna and the Blue Danube Budapest to Vienna

3 sailing dates June 2019 to September 2019
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Vienna
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Budapest

Tulcea to Linz

8 sailing dates May 2019 to October 2019
12 Nights From Tulcea, to Linz
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Melk

Oberammergau and a Four Country Cruise

1 sailing date May 2020
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Munich
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Linz

From The Blue Danube to The Balck Sea

6 sailing dates April 2019 to September 2019
11 Nights From Linz, to Tulcea
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