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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

Budapest

Vienna Roundtrip

1 sailing date December 2022
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Vienna
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Budapest

Vienna Roundtrip

38 sailing dates March 2022 to December 2022
7 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Vienna
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Budapest

Oberammergau and the Four Countries

1 sailing date August 2022
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Oberammergau
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Bratislava

Grand Voyage to the Black Sea

1 sailing date August 2022
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
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Budapest

Great European Odyssey: To Bulgaria

1 sailing date July 2022
20 Nights From Trier, Germany to Romania , Bucharest
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Trier

Great European Odyssey: From Bulgaria

1 sailing date August 2022
20 Nights From Rousse, to Germany , Trier
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Bucharest

From Vienna to the Balkan Mountains

1 sailing date July 2022
9 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Romania , Bucharest
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Vienna

Five River Explorer: From Vienna

1 sailing date August 2022
11 Nights From Rousse, to Austria , Vienna
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Budapest

From the Balkan Mountains to Vienna

1 sailing date August 2022
9 Nights From Rousse, to Austria , Vienna
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Passau

Across the Continent: Spirit of the Danube

1 sailing date April 2022
14 Nights From Amsterdam, to Hungary , Budapest
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Vienna

Danube Discovery and Vienna: From Vienna

6 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
10 Nights From Vienna, Austria to Hungary , Budapest

VIP door-to-door travel service in the UK, flights and overseas transfers, three-night pre-cruise hotel stay in Vienna and up to 4 shore excursions

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Vienna

Classical Music on the Danube from Budapest

1 sailing date November 2022
7 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Bratislava

Prague and the Delights of the Danube: From Prague

5 sailing dates April 2022 to October 2022
9 Nights From Prague, to Hungary , Budapest
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Passau

Celebrated Cities of Europe: To Budapest

1 sailing date October 2022
12 Nights From Berlin, to Hungary , Budapest
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Vienna

Prague and the Delights of the Danube: To Prague

4 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
9 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to , Prague
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Passau

Danube Discovery and Vienna: To Vienna

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

The Iconic Iron Gates to Vienna

2 sailing dates April 2022 to August 2022
10 Nights From Bucharest, Romania to Austria , Vienna
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Belgrade

Grand Voyage to the Black Sea

1 sailing date April 2022
16 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
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Budapest

Colours of the Danube and Novemberfest

1 sailing date November 2022
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Budapest
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Budapest

Journey through the Iron Gates

2 sailing dates May 2022 to October 2022
11 Nights From Budapest, Hungary to Austria , Vienna
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