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European River Cruise Adventure!

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich.

After an amazing (and delicious!) few days in Budapest, it was time to get on the cruise!! We took a 9-day cruise with Gate 1 Travel from Budapest, Hungary to Munich, Germany. We got to see 4 countries and 7 cities. I loved waking up in a new city every day! We explored fun cities like Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, and wandered through quiet, postcard-picturesque villages along the river.

Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich.

Our ship was called the MS Sound of Music!

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich.
Let me show you around our ship. :) It felt very cozy and not too big. There were only about 120 passengers on the boat. This was the lounge, with panoramic windows all around.

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich.
And this was the dining room. The dining room was very fancy!

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich. There was even a spa!

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich.

Here was our room for the week. It was of course on the smaller side, but there was still plenty of room for the two of us, even with our two giant suitcases. :) We had an Outside Cabin with French Balcony on the Danube Deck. It was in a great location (on the main floor, near the restaurant) and I loved being able to relax in the comfort of our own room with an amazing view of the scenery as we cruised by!

Tip: If you have multiple electronics you want to charge at night (phones, camera, laptop, iPad, Kindle, etc) be sure to bring a power strip with multiple outlets. There were only 2 outlets in the room, both on the desk. If you like to have your phone on your nightstand when you sleep, you may want to bring an extension cord as well. Make sure they are just plain, cheap power strips and not surge protectors. Surge protectors could short out because of the voltage difference when traveling internationally. (This happened to me before, and I never tried it again!)

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich.

And here’s a peek at the bathroom! It had surprisingly good lighting, water pressure, and counter space, and it came with all the amenities, like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, lotion, bar soap, liquid hand soap, sewing kit, vanity kit, hair dryer, etc.

A review of the 9-Day "Sound of Music" Gate1Travel European Danube River Cruise from Budapest to Munich.

All the food on the cruise was GORGEOUS!!! Just look at some of the beautiful, locally inspired dishes we were served! Lamb, prime rib, crepes, fried mashed potatoes, and some of the most beautiful desserts I’ve ever seen.

Hungarian Parliament Building at night, Budapest, Hungary

We began the cruise with incredible nighttime views of Budapest as we sailed out of the city.

Hungarian Parliament Building at night, Budapest, Hungary

How stunning does the House of Parliament look??!

Day 1: Bratislava

Bratislava Castle, Slovakia

We left Hungary’s capital of Budapest, and the next morning we woke up in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia (formerly Czechoslovakia). This was our view of the beautiful Bratislava Castle high on a hill as we left the ship. We couldn’t wait to start exploring.

The Blue Church in Slovakia. You HAVE to see the inside of this church!! I want to get married here!!

Oh my gosh you guys. How GORGEOUS is this stunning blue church in Bratislava??! Just wait until you see the inside…

The Blue Church in Slovakia. You HAVE to see what it looks like on the outside!! I want to get married here!!

This is the Church of St. Elisabeth, commonly known as the Blue Church. It’s the perfect shade of blue inside and out!

The Blue Church in Slovakia. You HAVE to see what it looks like on the outside!! I want to get married here!!

Dying!! I want to get married here!!

Exploring Bratislava, Slovakia. I never knew how much hidden beauty this town held!

We spent a sunny afternoon strolling through Old Town, Bratislava.

A Pink Palace in Bratislava, Slovakia

We passed the pink and gold Primatial Palace.

Exploring Bratislava, Slovakia

In the square in front of Primatial Palace was a fountain with the emblem of Bratislava.

Exploring Bratislava, Slovakia

It was even on the manhole covers in Old Town!! Too fun!

The Roland Fountain in Bratislava, Slovakia

The Roland Fountain is in the heart of Old Town.

A quiet street near St. Michael's Gate, Bratislava, Slovakia

Next we walked down a gorgeous pedestrian street, toward St. Michael’s Gate.

A quiet street near St. Michael's Gate, Bratislava, Slovakia

We passed this quiet, cobblestone alley near St. Michael’s Gate.

A quiet street near St. Michael's Gate, Bratislava, SlovakiaPhoto via Stephanie.

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Grassalkovich Palace, where the President lives, in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Finally, we went to see the President’s House, Grassalkovich Palace. It was kind of a mix between the White House and Buckingham Palace!

Grassalkovich Palace, where the President lives, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo via Stephanie

The gates were golden and gorgeous.

Grassalkovich Palace, where the President lives, in Bratislava, Slovakia. Photo via Stephanie

There were even two guards out front who never moved! :)

Pink Wedding Cake House in Bratislava, Slovakia

On our way back to the boat we passed this fun pink wedding cake house.

Stay tuned for Day 2 from our cruise!! We head to Vienna, Salzburg, Munich and more! :)

Here’s a map of everything we saw in Bratislava, in case you want to find them on your own! :) Everything is within walking distance and you can see everything in 1-2 hours.

Click here to see a larger view of this map, with a list of all the places we went.

See more posts from our cruise!

And be sure to check out Stephanie’s posts from our trip!! :)

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