Bratislava Cruise Port

Port of Bratislava: An Overview

Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, is an up-and-coming cruise port along the Danube River. It borders both Austria and Hungary, and it's located just miles from the capital cities of Vienna, Austria, and Prague, Czech Republic.

Hanging Around

Most medieval buildings and walkable tours are located in the Old Town, but Bratislava is also undergoing a more modern architectural boom in the 21st century. This has resulted in more recent landmarks, such as the UFO Bridge, known as the Most SNP, a restaurant resembling a UFO, atop a tower, atop the world's longest cable-stayed bridge.

For a more classic touch, don't pass up a chance to sip a cup of authentic hot chocolate at Cafe Maximilian, located right on the town square (prime for people-watching). In December, this becomes the place to browse one of the city's main Christmas markets. With typically just a few hours in port, you might only have time for a walking tour. As you wind down streets and alleys of Old Town, you will be sure to pass (perhaps unknowingly) under Michael's Gate, the only city gate preserved from former medieval fortifications. However, if you're looking for a daytrip, Bratislava is home to two castles -- the Bratislava Castle and the renovated Devin Castle -- located away from the city center.

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Cruise Critic Message Boards: River Cruise Ports

  • Bratislava: AmaSerena
    One of our favourite ports. Loved the narrative and sense of humour of our tour guide. Time to explore on our own. Very scenic and beautiful port of call. ... Read more
  • Bratislava: AmaSerena
    We went to a cooking demontraion in the Sheraton Hotel. So interesting and yummy. Wine or beer, soup and potato type turnovers we got to fill with plum jam and press close. They even gave us an apron! ... Read more
  • Bratislava: S.S. Maria Theresa
    Informative and fun walking tour of this small capital with Dagmar. I had heard a few negative things about Bratislava from friends who'd been there. Prague it ain't - but it was worth the half day we had there, and a lot has been done to spruce up ... Read more
  • Bratislava: AmaSerena
    We did the castle hike tour but he also gave us a tour of the city. It was St.Georges Day pep lots of local entertainment, ... Read more
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