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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  • Bratislava: Viking Hermod
    Such a cute little town. Did both the combined walking and bus tour. Wonderful history overview by our guide of both the town and historic sites. Highly recommend. ... Read more
  • Bratislava: AmaCerto
    Slovakian Specialties tour included cooking demonstration and hands-on preparing great food. ... Read more
  • Bratislava: AmaCerto
    Our guide had lived in the city before the wall came down and was very informative. Seeing the old part that was left as it was during communism, and then seeing the community pride that has improved the city was heartening. ... Read more
  • Bratislava: Avalon Passion
    Cruise sponsored tour was great. Our guide, Jana, was funny and informative. We loved Bratislava. The town is very walkable and clean. We walked up to the castle for some great views and pictures. Prices on souvenirs are good. Visited St Martin ... Read more
  • Bratislava: Viking Vilhjalm
    young viking cruisers
    This was my least favorite port, probably because it was sandwiched between two of my favorites. Bratislava is nice but it doesn't have as much to offer as Vienna or Budapest but it was interesting to see the other side of the coin of the ... Read more
  • 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
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