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Bratislava

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Bratislava: Wine Tasting with Sommelier

1. Bratislava: Wine Tasting with Sommelier

The Slovakian National Collection of Wines is unique in Europe and is open all year round. Here you will find the top 100 Slovak wines. The wines are selected by experts, oenologists, sommeliers, and winemakers in the highest Slovak wine competition, the National Wine Salon of the Slovak Republic. Choose one wine tasting program, either basic 3 samples of wine, or 5 samples, or a complete wine tasting of 72 Slovakian wines in 100 minutes. At first glance, this may seem like a lot, but it's up to you how many samples you can taste. The program is designed so that you can taste wines from 6 Slovak wine-growing areas. Experience and taste the best of Slovak wine culture. Get comfortable in the stylish historic cellar of the Museum of Viticulture and Enology in the Apponny Palace. Tastings are managed by a professional sommelier, who talks about individual wines in terms of sensory properties and their interest.

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Bratislava by Sightseeing Bus

2. Bratislava by Sightseeing Bus

Combine Old Town and Castle tours to see the most of Bratislava while saving time. Ride the sightseeing bus with audio commentary past the old city's famous sights and stop to visit Bratislava castle. Start by driving through the Old Town gates to the Medieval castle. See the Slovak National Theatre and Reduta building which is home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. You'll also see many beautiful churches, the upside-down pyramid building of the Slovak Radio, and the Grassalkovich Presidential Palace with its beautiful garden. Then view the Slovak Parliament and the Town Walls. Enjoy a leisurely break for shopping and lunch in the historical center of Bratislava before continuing on the bus for a tour of the Old Town. In Bratislava's Old Town you'll see the Main Square with the Town Hall and Maximilian Fountain, the oldest in the city. Venturska Street is the center of the city's music scene and around it you'll see palaces, churches, St. Michael's Gate, and much more.

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Bratislava: 1-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

3. Bratislava: 1-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

Begin your walking tour in Bratislava by meeting your guide at 12:00 PM in front of the main entrance of the Park Inn Danube Hotel. Listen to a short, basic introduction about Bratislava and Slovakia. The guide will shed light on the history of one of the youngest capital cities and states of Europe. Hear about the ancient history of Slovakia, when the old Slavs, the predecessor of modern Slovaks, inhabited Slovakia and created the Great Moravia Empire.  Your guide will share legends from the time when Bratislava was the capital city of the Hungarian Kingdom and Hungarian kings and queens were crowned there. The story continues to the time of Czechoslovakia. Hear about the dark times during Slovak communism and also about the hope which brought upon the Velvet Revolution, eventually leading to Slovakia's 2004 membership in the European Union.  Discover the Opera House and the House of Reduta as you continue to the Main Square, passing by Old Town Hall. On Franciscan Square, see the oldest building in Bratislava, the Franciscan Church. Head onto Biela Street and Michalska Street to Michael's Gate. Pass by historical buildings and palaces on Venturska Street and Panska Street. Your tour ends at St. Martin's Cathedral.

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Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete City Segway Tours

4. Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete City Segway Tours

Get to know Bratislava on a unique Segway ride with an expert local guide. Choose from 3 different scenic routes and see Bratislava from a different perspective. All tours include training and lead through various parts of the Old City, covering Primatial Square, the Old Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square, and the Holy Trinity Column. Later, continue by the water banks of the Danube and enjoy the view of the entire city. During the ride, cross 2 different bridges, the newly open Old Bridge and the UFO Bridge. The 1-Hour Riverside Segway Tour ends here but if you opt for the 1.5-Hour Bratislava Castle Segway Tour, continue on a climb up the hill to Bratislava Castle complex where you will learn about the history of the castle. The 2-Hour Complete City Segway Tour also includes the ride to Bratislava Castle, as well as the Presidential Palace, where you can see all the way to Austria and Hungary from the panoramic terrace, and the Main Square.

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From Vienna: 6-Hour Bratislava Sightseeing Tour

5. From Vienna: 6-Hour Bratislava Sightseeing Tour

Following pickup from your hotel in Vienna, sit back in an air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy your short ride through the Austrian countryside. Admire beautiful landscapes as you cross the border into Slovakia. After arrival in Slovakia, meet your experienced local guide for a walking tour. Admire the monuments of the Old Town, such as St. Michael's Gate and Tower. Follow your guide to St. Martin's Cathedral where 11 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned between 1536 and 1830. Continue to the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace, which is the residence of the President of Slovakia. Admire Primate's Palace, one of the most beautiful buildings in Bratislava. Enjoy some free time for lunch and to explore the city on your own. Try out the local cuisine before driving back to Vienna in the afternoon.

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Bratislava: Banská Štiavnica UNESCO Day Tour

6. Bratislava: Banská Štiavnica UNESCO Day Tour

With its rich deposits of silver and gold, Banská Štiavnica is figured as one of the most important towns in Medieval Europe. Referred to as the "Silver City", this is your chance to see the town and its wonderful landscapes by bike. You will encounter varying environments such as mines, lakes, hills and the fantastic countryside. The town was registered as a UNESCO heritage site in December 1993, and was also the site of the first technology-oriented university in the world. From here, Banská Štiavnica became a center for science and technology development in Europe. Banská Štiavnica is one of the most beautiful and historically interesting towns in Slovakia, attracting artists and romantics with its old mining roads, stylish cafés and many restaurants. Highlights of your tour include the Old Castle and Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Trinity Square (where you can find the Mining District Court building) the Gothic church of St. Catherine, and the New Castle and Calvary. Complimentary to these famous landmarks, you will also encounter unique local beer, wonderful nature, and much more.

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From Bratislava: Lesser Fatra Tour with Zilina

7. From Bratislava: Lesser Fatra Tour with Zilina

Start by taking the 08:13 AM train from Bratislava main train station to Zilina. Alternatively, you can be picked up from your address in Bratislava. On the route, learn of the history of Slovakia and the Lesser Fatra region from your guide. Arrive in Vratna Valley, ride a funicular up to Snilovske Peak (1524 m) and savor the magnificent views of the limestone and granite peaks, before descending down to Vratna Valley to the Vratna Mountain Pass. Visit the famous Slovakian village, Terchova, made famous thanks to folk traditions and Terchova Music from 2013 now part of UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Parish Church of St. Cyril and Method and discover a wooden creche at the Church. Explore the city center of Zilina, the capital of North-West Slovakia. Discover Old Town, Passing along the Church of Holy Trinity and the Burian Tower. Continue to the uniquely squared Marianske Square, visit the Catholic House and Bank Palace Zilina. Stop at Rosenfeld Palace, a copy of Belvedere Palace in Vienna, before seeing the oldest building of Zilina – the church of St. Stephan from the 11th century. Transfer to Zilina train station and back to Bratislava. Meet your driver at Bratislava's main train station and travel back to your address in Bratislava.

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Bratislava: Sightseeing Bus Tour with Castle Admission

8. Bratislava: Sightseeing Bus Tour with Castle Admission

Hop on a sightseeing bus with audio commentary, and ride past the old city's famous sights with a stop to visit Bratislava castle. Start your tour near the Old Opera House and pass through the Old Town gates to the Medieval castle. See the Slovak National Theatre and Reduta building which is home to the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra. Also see many beautiful churches, the upside-down pyramid building of the Slovak Radio, and the Grassalkovich Presidential Palace with its beautiful garden. Then, view the Slovak Parliament and the Town Walls. Next, pass by the Coronation Cathedral of St. Martin’s as well as the Bratislava Castle, which will be the end of your sightseeing bus tour. Once you arrive at the castle, explore its interiors on your own, no guide is included or required. The castle overlooks the city and offers great panoramic views over Bratislava and the Danube. Don't forget to also visit its beautifully designed and well-maintained gardens for a relaxing conclusion to the tour.

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Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

9. Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

Be picked up from the lobby of your hotel and embark on the journey towards the Small Carpathian Wine Region. This area is located on the south-eastern slopes of the Small Carpathians and is one of the eight winegrowing regions of Slovakia. Arrive at the Red Stone Castle, one of the most romantic castles of Slovakia, with vast cellars which were once used as warehouses for copper. To enter, you can pay an additional fee. Continue towards the historical town of Modra. Modra is famous for being the birthplace of Slovakian national hero Ludovit Stur, who fought for the autonomy of Slovakia in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Stur also had a significant influence on the revival of the Slovak language and introduced the Slovak language standard. Learn more about his importance in Slovak history as you wander around the medieval town center. Next, visit Pezinok, the capital city of Slovak wine production. Enjoy a walking tour in the historical city center of Pezinok with the option of entering the Majolica Pottery Factory. Continue towards the small town of Svaty Jur to discover its charming streets. Finally, visit a local vineyard and see the traditional production of local wine, free from colorants or additives, by local farmers. Sample this local fine wine with a small snack before returning to Bratislava at approximately 6:00 PM.

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Bratislava: Craft Beer Tasting

10. Bratislava: Craft Beer Tasting

Explore the craft beer scene of Bratislava. Visit a microbrewery, sample 4 different types of specialty beers, paired with snacks, and discover the brewing history of Slovakia, one of the top beer-drinking countries worldwide. Expect to see a huge variety of different types of beer on this Tasting Tour. Meet your guide in front of Park Inn by Radisson Danube Hotel. Get a short, basic introduction to Bratislava and Slovakia. Walk to the Sladovna – House of Beer. Slovakia is In recent years, Slovakia has created a unique culture of local small microbreweries. They prepare their own handcraft beer in addition to fantastic cuisine. Visit a small microbrewery popular among locals and taste 4 specialty beers together with a traditional beer snack. Learn insights about the brewing process and the various beer types. Furthermore, you will discover the history of Bratislava and its beer culture.

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Planning Your Visit

  • What's the nightlife like?

    The city might not be huge but it has plenty to offer those looking to drink, dance and enjoy themselves. Much of the entertainment takes place on the streets, such as the corner of Židovská and Beblavého under the Bratislava Castle, where small bars serve local beers and Slovakians enjoy good conversation. Entry to most nightclubs is free, or a couple of euros, and our tip for finding the best ones? Ask a local!

  • A great place for stag parties?

    Cheap drinks, flights, and accommodation have made Bratislava increasingly popular with British bachelor parties. Youth hostels are a very popular option for large groups on a budget, while most local businesses are very accommodating to well-behaved, respectful groups, who can get great value from a trip here. Enjoy this beautiful city responsibly!

  • When should I visit?

    Bratislava enjoys long, warm and dry summers (May to September) with high temperatures of around 27 degrees in June - perfect weather for sightseeing!

  • How long do I need?

    Two to three days is enough to see the main sights of Bratislava - add a couple of days if you plan to enjoy bike tours or hiking nearby.

Good to know

  • Language
    Slovak
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +421
  • Best time to visit
    The Slovak holiday season is in July and August, so accommodations will be packed and more expensive. Fortunately, the city is great for a visit year-round, so there are plenty of other options!

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What people are saying about Bratislava

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 580 reviews

James was an excellent tour guide! He has a great attitude and smile and makes you feel that he is happy you are there and he is happy to be with you and show you his city. He is very enthusiastic and funny. We had an amazing time. James is full of knowledge and eager to answer your questions! Can’t say enough kind things about him and how much fun we had!

Eva was an amazing tour guide with full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the city of Bratislava. Although the weather was terrible on the night of the tour Eva kept the mood positive and fun with her friendly and yet professional manner. I would highly recommend her for this tour around Bratislava!

Informativer Rundgang mit Milan durch die Altstadt. Kurzweilig. Interessant. Multium Gallery im Anschluss allerdings nicht so sehenswert.

We enjoyed seeing Bratislava from a different perspective very much. Our guide new his city from the inside out.

A lovely walking tour, and the guide (I unfortunately forgot her name) was wonderful!