In every major city, there are towering skyscrapers, modern department stores and lots of traffic. Fortunately in Bratislava, Slovakia there is also a historic area cut off from 21st century hustle and bustle; an area with streets lined with history, charm and beauty.
On a recent AmaWaterways river cruise — Melodies of the Danube — I was able to discover this charming history of Slovakia’s capital city first on a guided tour and then on my own.
Our guide pointed out Bratislava Castle, dating to the 9th century, high on a hill overlooking the historic area as we walked toward the Main Square. We passed St. Martin’s Cathedral, Michael’s Gate and Tower, and the whimsical sculpture the Watcher who peeps out from an imaginary manhole as we strolled along cobblestone streets.
With its long and storied history, its friendly and accommodating merchants and restaurateurs and the easily navigable streets, Bratislava is the perfect way to spend a morning of exploration.