Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six – Bratislava, Slovakia

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six

Day six of our Danube River cruise began with a brief disembarkation meeting in the Horizon Lounge after breakfast. We were told what time we were leaving the ship based on our transfer times and given luggage tags. We were asked to be out of our rooms by 9am two mornings hence but that the restaurant and lounge would be open to us. Some guests were staying on the ship until mid-afternoon.

Walking Tour

At ten o’clock we were outside to meet our tour guide for the walking tour of Bratislava old town. We first walked through Hviezdoslav Square, a long, treed, rectangle primarily for pedestrians. Dotted with benches, fountains, restaurants, and bars, this square has been part of the city for over 1,000 years.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

Fountain in Hviezdoslav Square

We rounded the east end of the square and into the old town. The old town is home to many churches, embassies, monuments, artworks, and cultural buildings. Strolling through it in the morning is charming. Our guide told us it can get rather rowdy in the evenings as many groups of young people come to the old town to party at the many bars.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

A Stroll in the Old Town

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

Traditional Dancers in the Square

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

Cumil the Sewer Worker

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

Old City Walls

After exploring on our own and up into the old city walls after the walking tour, we headed back to the ship for lunch.

Coffee and Cake with a Local

When I first read the itinerary for this river cruise, this next bit was the part I was looking forward to most. Most of the ship’s passengers got on buses and we headed out to the countryside. We were on the road for about an hour while our guide pointed out the local sights as we passed them. We eventually arrived in Šenkvice (pronounced Shenk-eh-veechay) and were broken up into groups of ten and dropped off at separate homes.

Our hostess gave us a tour of her property, a long thin piece of land with three homes on it, all belonging to her family members. The homes were separated by an orchard, vineyards, flowers, trees, berry bushes, a vegetable garden, and a chicken shed. She led us back to her patio (translation was ongoing by our guide) and served us coffee and homemade apple cake. She answered any questions we had and really seemed happy to have us there.

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

A bit of our local hostess’ backyard

Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

The view from the backyard

We returned to the ship on the buses and prepared for the Captain’s Farewell Reception and Gala Dinner. They told us they didn’t have the reception and dinner on the last evening because everyone wants to get packing and ready for disembarkation the following morning.

After dinner, there was a fun game in the lounge called Liar’s Club, where you had to decide which of the crew was lying about something. We did not win but we had fun.

Next up: Our last full day on the ship in Budapest!

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Emerald Waterways Danube Delights Day Six - Bratislava, Slovakia

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  1. That statue of Cumil is definitely a cool one and your hostess’s yard is just beautiful! A walking tour sounds like a great idea and I’m for sure considering doing one for when I visit – hopefully soon!

  2. I really like getting local experiences when I travel. I have been to Bratislava before and I was amazed how small the city was. Did you get up to the Castle as well?

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  3. We were in Slovakia last year for our wedding at Bojnice Castle. Unfortunately we didn’t get the chance to explore Bratislava. The old town looks so pretty and a great experience to have coffee and cake with a local. We hope to visit Bratislava one day.

  4. I really love that you could take a tour of a local home and their farm. The best way to get insights into any destinations is to spend time with the locals and you did just that.

  5. Bratislavia looks rally interesting. The statues, monuments and streets all look very lively. They lying game sounds like it was fun too.

  6. I absolutely love the look of the old town. The buildings and architecture are amazing. Plus there’s so much to do, I’m sure it must have been a treat! Great pictures of the art/sculptures!

  7. What I like the most about it is the fact you could stay with the local people – your hostess house looks cool! I always appreciate the opportunity to get a glimpse of people live. So interesting! We were in Bratislava for a day only and had such a bad weather – I didn’t find CUMIL but I bought a fridge magnet with it for my mum.

  8. Homemade apple cake sounds yum 🙂 what a unique experience I really enjoyed this read. So much history here and your photos are great, thanks.

  9. Thanks for the post Theresa! Slovakia is still on my list of countries to travel to in central Europe… Come to think of it, I have been multiple times to Poland and the Czech Republic… Maybe I’ll expand my planned trip to the “sächsische Schweiz” (region in Germany) and visit this country – I definitely need more days off 😉

  10. What a quaint looking town! I find statues in Europe very interesting, don’t see too many with as much detail (or a story to tell) here in Australia.

  11. Bratislava is such a beautiful destination to travel to. Serene. And green. Leisurely strolls while exploring heritage. I recalled my memories while reading your post. Enjoyed your depiction.

  12. Cumil the sewer worker reminds me of the movie IT. Haha. I have heard of Bratislava town, your pictures are lovely and shows how it still manages to maintain an old town charm. And who wouldn’t like to have that kind of a backyard. Wow. You were lucky.

  13. When I was planning my trip to Vienna with stops in Prague and Budapest, I was mulling over whether to add Bratislava to the itinerary, but it would have been too much time. Seems like a day trip would be doable after reading your post. I liked the part about visiting a local home. I think it’s a unique experience.

  14. Wow, sounds like you were having a blast in Bratislava! It’s so close to Vienna (I am from Austria) and still I have only visited once. I feel like I wanna take the tour you did! Thanks for sharing, very inspiring!

  15. This is what I call perfect timing – I have been pondering whether to spend a day in Bratislava (I have a stopover and was not sure to extend it) or not. Seems like a day would be good to explore the city! Thanks, you’ve helped me make my mind up.

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      It’s a really pretty place (the old town). Friendly, clean, and historic. I really enjoyed it there. Glad I could help!

  16. I have Bratislava in my plans for next year! I knew there was a lot of cool architecture and statues, but I got a glimpse of new sights with your post. Thanks.

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