Bratislava

Summer view of Bratislava Castle, Bratislava
Summer view of Bratislava Castle, Bratislava

Beautiful Bratislava – Slovakia’s engrossing capital – is one of the most intriguing, immersive and diverse cities in Europe, combining contemporary delights and an abundance of historic highlights with the scenic beauty of the picturesque Danube River. Unlike many other European capitals, the city is laid-back rather than frenetic and, despite considerable growth in recent years, retains an enchanting small town charm.

Walking through the uncrowded streets of Bratislava is like stepping back in time. Although the city only became a capital in 1993 – when Slovakia received its independence – its origins in fact date back to around 200BC. The locals here are rightly proud of their city’s over 2,000-year history and it shows. In the remarkably well-preserved heart of the city await several structures and monuments which hark back to times when Bratislava was a major trading hub and one of Europe’s great Renaissance-era cities. [ReadMore]

The most eye-catching of them all is the imposing white-walled castle, which has overlooked the city since the 9th century, while the collection of churches, palaces and ancient gates are well worth taking the time to uncover too. The gothic-style St Martin’s Cathedral, the former coronation-church of several Hungarian kings; the art-nouveau Church of St Elizabeth; Primate’s Palace; and the Grassalkovich Palace and gardens are among the many memorable sights. For museums and galleries you are spoilt for choice in Bratislava too. Take your pick of the Slovak National Museum, the Slovak National Gallery, the Bratislava City Gallery and much more. 

Cruises to Bratislava

Beautiful landscape of the Wachau valley, near Vienna, Danube river, Austria Beautiful landscape of the Wachau valley, near Vienna, Danube river, Austria

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main • R2104

 Mainz
Brabant
Sat 01 May 2021
12 nights
  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Ariel view of Budapest, Hungary Ariel view of Budapest, Hungary

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube • R2106

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 27 May 2021
7 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Parliament building on the river Danube, Budapest, Hungary, evening Parliament building on the river Danube, Budapest, Hungary, evening

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube • R2108

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 17 Jun 2021
7 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river Scenic views into Wachau valley, Danube river

Historic Voyage from the Danube to the Rhine • R2109

 Budapest
Brabant
Thu 24 Jun 2021
13 nights
  • Sailing to scenic regions and historic cities in four countries via the Danube and Rhine, you’re in for an unforgettable, immensely rewarding voyage.
  • See the night-lights of Budapest, and explore the Hungarian capital by day too; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and revel in scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley.
  • Take in the charms of Passau, Regensburg and Würzburg on the Main, before finally visiting Rüdesheim – famed for its history and wines – and enchanting Koblenz on the Rhine.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
View of the historic Melk Abbey, Austria View of the historic Melk Abbey, Austria

Cities and Scenery of the Historic Danube & Main • R2121

 Mainz
Brabant
Wed 22 Sep 2021
12 nights
  • Embark on an epic journey spanning four countries and discover some of the Danube and Main’s most scenic regions, as well as cities bursting with rich history and culture.
  • In Germany, uncover the fairytale-esque castles, palaces and churches of Miltenberg, Wertheim, Würzburg and Passau; explore Regensburg’s medieval heart; and enjoy smoky beers in Bamberg.
  • Experience scenic cruising of the gorgeous Wachau Valley, and immerse yourself in the charms of Vienna; discover the attractions of Bratislava; and see Budapest by night.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Landscape of the Wachau valley, River Danube Landscape of the Wachau valley, River Danube

The Complete Danube • R212223

 Budapest
Brabant
Mon 04 Oct 2021
21 nights
  • Embark on an epic exploration of the complete Danube and immerse yourself in the beauty, history and cultures of inspirational regions and destinations in eight different countries.
  • Enjoy a traditional Serbian folklore show in Belgrade; uncover Ruse’s Bulgarian delights; sail the extraordinary Iron Gates gorge; and explore the Danube Delta, Romania’s natural wonderland.
  • On the return journey, highlights include chances to see Budapest’s iconic attractions; witness the scenic splendour of the Wachau Valley; and engage with Vienna’s legendary musical heritage.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
Ariel view of Vienna, Austria and the river Danube Ariel view of Vienna, Austria and the river Danube

Cultural Cities of the Upper Danube • R2123

 Budapest
Brabant
Mon 18 Oct 2021
7 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.
View of the saint sava cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia View of the saint sava cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia

The Autumnal Danube • R2124

 Budapest
Brabant
Mon 25 Oct 2021
9 nights
  • This epic journey packs in the best of the Danube, combining cultural, historical and architectural delights with the scenery of beautifully unspoilt landscapes.
  • Succumb to the charms of Hungary’s capital, with time to explore both the ‘Buda’ and ‘Pest’ sides; and uncover attractions aplenty in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • In Austria, you’ll get to engage with the beauty, history and musical heritage of Vienna; experience unforgettable scenic cruising of the Wachau Valley; and visit colourful Emmersdorf and Melk.
Sorry, this cruise has been cancelled.