Magnificent Europe River Cruise: BRATISLAVA, SLOVAKIA

Historically, the country presently called Slovakia was a battlefield for the ambitions of Hungary, Austria, and the Turkish Empire. In 1918 it became part of the country called Czechoslovakia. In 1989 the decision was made to split that country into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Finally, in 1993 Bratislava became the capital of the new state of Slovakia. Since then, it has enjoyed its role as a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe.

Bratislava is only an hour’s drive from Vienna, and an interesting thing we learned is that the locals often go there to take advantage of lower prices, especially opera tickets—in fact, a local bus leaves Vienna to transport people to and from the opera every Saturday night.

opera-house

As with all other locations we’ve visited, there is a fortress high above the city—Schlosshof Castle/Palace once owned by Prince Eugene, military leader of the Habsburg Empire.

castle

We walked through the Old Town, then leisurely returned to the ship to prepare for our Farewell Gala Dinner…hard to believe the cruise was about to come to an end–how could 15 days have gone by so quickly!

walking

Next and final River Cruise stop: Budapest, Hungary

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s