The Danube forms a national border between Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. Formerly part of Czechoslovakia and under Communist party rule until 1989, Slovakia became an independent country on January 1, 1993. The Danube is the largest river that flows through Slovakia.
Bratislava, the intriguing capital of Slovakia is a wondrous mix of ancient and modern for the Danube River Cruiser. Located on the far western edge of Slovakia, Bratislava may be one of your Danube River Cruise stops.
Johann Strauss composed the first verses of his waltz, Blue Danube in Bratislava in 1852. The cultural life in Bratislava, Slovakia ranges from the visual arts to opera and ballet. Art from Medieval to contemporary is on display at the city’s numerous galleries and museums. A vibrant cafe scene in the pedestrian only Old Town will give you a chance to people watch while enjoying a snack or coffee.
Slovakian cuisine is based around potatoes, cabbage, sausages, cheeses, pork, chicken and beef. One of the best dishes to try is sheep cheese dumplings, one of Slovakia’s national dishes. Dumplings made of potato and stuffed with sheep cheese are topped with onion, bacon and sour cream and will fill you up quickly!
Drinks to try include Urquell, a pilsener beer as well as Mustaz, an “American Wheat Ale”. Kofoloa which is like a cola with coffee and lemon is the most popular drink. Wines which come from the areas along the Danube are on the sweeter side including Tocaj, a white wine and there is also an apple cider, Opre.
If your Danube River Cruise is during the spring or summer, be sure to try the outstanding fruits as well as smoothies available. Poppy seed (Makovník) and walnut rolls (Orechovník) should definitely be on your desert menu.
River cruising to Slovakia on the Danube is the best way to see this country and experience what it has to offer.