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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

Bratislava

Danube Delta Discovery with Trans to Bucharest

2 sailing dates March 2021 to April 2021
20 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

Prague to Amsterdam

5 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2021
23 Nights From Prague, to Amsterdam
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Krems

Danube Symphony

5 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2021
5 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Germany , Deggendorf
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Rudesheim

Rhine, Main & Danube

4 sailing dates April 2021 to September 2021
22 Nights From Amsterdam, to Romania , Bucharest
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Belgrade

Treasures of the Danube from Bucharest

6 sailing dates May 2021 to October 2022
15 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Germany , Nuremberg
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Bratislava

Treasures of the Danube from Nuremberg

4 sailing dates May 2021 to September 2022
15 Nights From Nuremberg, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

Christmas Markets on the Danube & Prague

1 sailing date December 2021
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Passau

Oktoberfest with Danube Explorer Munich - Budapest

1 sailing date September 2021
9 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Oberammergau Passion Play with Danube Delights

1 sailing date July 2022
10 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Oberammergau Passion Play with Danube Delights

2 sailing dates May 2022 to September 2022
9 Nights From Munich, to Hungary , Budapest
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Budapest

Grand Europe - Budapest To Amsterdam

1 sailing date May 2021
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Amsterdam
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Budapest

Vienna To Budapest

2 sailing dates September 2021 to October 2021
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
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Prague

14 Day Balkan Gems with Prague & Bucharest

1 sailing date
13 Nights From , to
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Regensburg

From the Black Sea to the North Sea

2 sailing dates June 2021 to September 2021
26 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to , Amsterdam
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Bratislava

Prague to Budapest with Christmas Time

1 sailing date November 2021
8 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Prague

Prague To Budapest

1 sailing date November 2021
6 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Vienna

Christmas Time on the Danube Budapest To Prague

1 sailing date November 2021
6 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Vienna

Danube Explorer with Prague from Budapest

1 sailing date July 2021
10 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Budapest

Christmas time on the Danube Budapest to Vienna

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
Emerald Waterways logo FROM £1559pp
Vienna

Christmas Time on the Danube - Vienna to Budapest

1 sailing date November 2021
4 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest
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