European River Cruise Adventure!
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.
Our ship was called the MS Sound of Music!
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!)
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.
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.
We began the cruise with incredible nighttime views of Budapest as we sailed out of the city.
How stunning does the House of Parliament look??!
Day 1: Bratislava
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.
Oh my gosh you guys. How GORGEOUS is this stunning blue church in Bratislava??! Just wait until you see the inside…
This is the Church of St. Elisabeth, commonly known as the Blue Church. It’s the perfect shade of blue inside and out!
Dying!! I want to get married here!!
We spent a sunny afternoon strolling through Old Town, Bratislava.
We passed the pink and gold Primatial Palace.
In the square in front of Primatial Palace was a fountain with the emblem of Bratislava.
It was even on the manhole covers in Old Town!! Too fun!
The Roland Fountain is in the heart of Old Town.
Next we walked down a gorgeous pedestrian street, toward St. Michael’s Gate.
We passed this quiet, cobblestone alley near St. Michael’s Gate.
Finally, we went to see the President’s House, Grassalkovich Palace. It was kind of a mix between the White House and Buckingham Palace!
The gates were golden and gorgeous.
There were even two guards out front who never moved! :)
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!
- Budapest & Bratislava
- Vienna, Austria
- Wachau Valley, Austria
- Melk Abbey
- Salzburg, Austria (The Sound of Music Tour)
- Regensburg & Nuremburg
And be sure to check out Stephanie’s posts from our trip!! :)