Bratislava is a Danube River cruise port, as well as Slovakia's capital and largest city (population of around 450,000). The metropolitan area has a population of over 650,000. The city is located in the country's southwestern part, occupying both banks of Danube plus the west bank of Morava River. Bratislava is the world's only capital city bordering with two other countries - Austria (west) and Hungary (southeast). The city has renown universities, museums, art galleries, theatres, also the headquarters of large Slovakian companies and financial institutions, offices of large multi-national corporations.
Bratislava was the capital of Hungary (as part of the Habsburg Monarchy's territories. Among most popular attractions, excursions and tours offered in Bratislava are:
- Bratislava Castle was built in the 10th century (during the Kingdom of Hungary times) and converted into a fortress in 1430 by Sigismund of Luxemburg. Under Queen Maria Theresa (House of Habsburg), the castle was a royal seat. In 1811 the castle was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in the 1950s.
- Devín Castle's ruins is a most important archaeological sites and has a museum. The castle was destroyed in 1809.
- Rusovce mansion has an English park and the Gerulata ruins (a Roman military camp built between 1st-4th centuries).
- Bratislava has close to the city centre a massive forest park space of nearly 47 km2 (18 ml2). Its largest park is named Horský Park located in the Old Town. Bratislavský lesny park is in the Little Carpathians and includes the popular among tourists towns Koliba and Zelezna. Most of the parks are forested with oak and hornbeam trees. Their flora and fauna features badgers, foxes, deer, wild boar. Mlynská dolina has the city's zoological park with the Bratislava Zoo. Comenius University has the city's Botanical Gardens.
- Bratislava has several natural and artificial lakes, used mostly for recreation.
- Slovak National Museum and the Natural History Museum are in the Old Town. Bratislava City Museum (est 1868) is Slovakia's oldest museum. Slovak National Gallery has two galleries in Bratislava (at Esterházy Palace and the Water Barracks in the Old Town). Bratislava City Gallery (displays at at Pálffy Palace and Mirbach Palace in the Old Town) is the country's 2nd-largest of its kind, Danubiana Art Museum is located near Cunovo waterworks.
Each year the city is visited by around 990,000 people, over 750,000 of whom are foreigners staying in hotels overnight. The largest numbers of those are from Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Poland, Italy, the UK.
Highlights: Bratislava castle, castle of St.Martin, Old town Hall, Mirbach Palace
Bratislava cruise terminal
Bratislava's passenger port is located directly in the city center. Here dock all major river cruise lines ships. The cruise port is located near two tram / bus stops (Stura, and Safarikovo), each at approx 5-min walking distance from the port. Near the docking area are located the Old Bridge and the Slovak National Museum.
A local company offers from here scenic city cruises (sightseeing tours) within Bratislava.
Port Bratislava cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Bratislava, Slovakia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
The Bratislava cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Bratislava, Slovakia.
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