Bratislava Is at Heart of Central Europe and Has Interesting Old Town
Bratislava is a port of call on Danube River cruises. Ships dock very near the old town, and passengers usually take a walking tour with a guide, followed by free time for shopping or further exploring.
Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and its largest city. Slovakia is a member of the European Union and the euro is the official currency, making shopping easier.
Bratislava has the beautiful Slovak National Theater and a delightful pedestrian walking area filled with restaurants and cafes with outdoor seating in the summer. The most dominant feature of Bratislava is the 16th century castle, which sits on a hill overlooking the old city.
In addition to narrow streets, beautiful buildings, and places to eat and drink, old town Bratislava has numerous comical statues that are sure to make you smile, the most famous of which is the Cumil statue, "Man at Work". When strolling the streets of old town Bratislava, be on the lookout for more of these whimsical pieces of art.
Viking River Cruises and other European river cruise tour operators include Bratislava as a stopover on all Danube River cruises in central Europe.
Tram Tour of Old Town Bratislava
Tourists use these trams for tours of Bratislava. Cruise passengers can ride the trams from the ship to old town, although it is close enough to walk.
St. Michael's Gate and Tower in Bratislava
St. Michael's Gate was the northern town gate of medieval Bratislava.
Primatial Palace in Bratislava
The Primatial palace was built for the archbishop Jozef Bathyany. It was the site of the signing of the Treaty of Pressburg between Napoleon and Austria.
Memorial Statue in Bratislava
Old town Bratislava has numerous whimsical statues, but this one is much more serious.
Man at Work Sign in Downtown Bratislava
I knew there was something suspicious about this sign when I noticed it was in English. See the "man at work" in the next photo, Bratislava's famous statue.
Cumil Statue - Man at Work in Bratislava
This statue of a man in a manhole is comical. He doesn't look like he is working; he looks like he is looking up the dresses of the women strolling the street.
Bratislava Pedestrian Street in Old Town
This photo was taken in the late fall. In the summer, the numerous pedestrian streets are filled with tables and chairs for drinking and dining.
Bratislava Old Market Hall - Stara Trznica
The Bratislava Old Market Hall - Stara Trznica - has vendors selling all sorts of fresh produce, souvenirs, and handicrafts