Spread across both banks of the Danube River and the left bank of the Morava River—with the Carpathian Mountains for a backdrop—the capital of Slovakia
is an underappreciated gem. Avalon passengers will soak up the ambiance by joining a local guide for an insightful walking tour of the Old Town. Twisting cobblestoned streets and narrow alleys will lead you to spots like the stone Town Hall, now home to the Bratislava City Museum; Michael’s Gate, once part of the medieval fortification wall; and the narrowest house in Europe. Odes to royalty abound, too, from several baroque palaces to the Gothic St. Martin’s Cathedral, the coronation site for 16th-19th century Hungarian kings.