Day Six: Bratislava, Slovakia
Bratislava became the capital of Slovakia when the country was created in 1993 following its separation from now Czech Republic. It is the only national capital that borders two other countries, Austria and Hungary. The restored city center is a quaint place to visit.
Our morning tour took us to the Bratislava Castle, which sits 300 feet above the Danube and is adjacent to the very new Slovakian government center. Kate and I also walked to St. Martin's Cathedral, the place where eleven Hungarian kings and eight queens were crowned. Today it serves primarily as a concert hall.
The sail from Bratislava to Budapest would take several hours due to, in part, low water level on the Danube. That gave us the opportunity to pass through several more river locks, as well as tour the boat's wheelhouse.