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Bratislava: 1-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

1. 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.

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

2. Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

This 2.5-hour tour brings to life the story of Bratislava in the 20th century. You’ll learn about the political changes, the development of society and Soviet-era architecture. Traveling in a retro Škoda vehicle or in a standard van, you’ll visit the Slavín Soviet monument, abandoned factories, a 1930s bunker line, the former Iron Curtain border zone and see loads of Communist-era buildings. Ride past the first apartment block in Czechoslovakia as well as the largest socialist housing project in Europe, abandoned industrial symbols of post-industrial transformation and new capitalist developments. Learn about architectural styles known as Socialist Realism, Functionalism and Brutalism. See villas of former communist leaders. Ride under the controversial UFO-like SNP bridge.

Bratislava: 2-Hour City Walking Tour with Castle Ticket

3. Bratislava: 2-Hour City Walking Tour with Castle Ticket

Meet your guide in the afternoon and begin your walking tour of Bratislava's historic center. First, receive a short, basic introduction about Bratislava and Slovakia. Listen as the guide sheds 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.  Follow along as your guide 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. Afterward, walk up to the iconic Bratislava Castle located above the city. Your guide will give you an introduction about the castle and then you will explore the most significant symbol of Bratislava on your own.

Bratislava: Gallery Multium Entrance Ticket

4. Bratislava: Gallery Multium Entrance Ticket

Bratislava’s Gallery Multium features a unique take on space, mirrors, and illusions. With this entrance ticket, explore the gallery’s six unforgettable spaces, each offering a different experience. Get a chance to witness infinity with the help of mirrors. The gallery is inspired by the works of worldwide famous artists including an exhibition of Matej Kren at Slovak National Gallery and the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama whose Infinity Mirror Room is one of the main attractions of New York.

Bratislava: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

5. 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.

Bratislava: Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

6. Bratislava: Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

Meet your guide at 12:00 PM in front of the main entrance to Park Inn Danube Hotel and receive a short introduction to Bratislava. As you walk through the historical city center, learn about the ancient history of Slovakia. Learn about the origins of the city when the old Slavs, the predecessors of modern Slovaks, inhabited the area and created the Great Moravia Empire. Learn also about Bratislava´s importance as a city in the Austro-Hungarian empire. Hear stories from the time when Bratislava was the capital city of Hungarian Kingdom.  Walk to Michael's Gate, only remaining gate of former city wall, the Main Square, the Old Town Hall, and the Bratislava Primatial Palace. Your guide will explain the role of Bratislava through the years of World War II, and the years of communism in the latter half of the 20th century in Slovakia and the subsequent Velvet Revolution. Continue to Reduta before the walking part of the tour ends at the Cathedral of St. Martin, where 19 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned. The next part of the tour is taken by car. Pass by the Presidential Palace and the Palisady district, a district full of villas from the beginning of the 20th century, built in a functionalist style. Next is the main highlight of Bratislava, Bratislava Castle, which provides excellent views of the city. Pass by the building of Slovak Parliament and finish with a visit to Slavín Monument, dedicated to Soviet soldiers who liberated Bratislava at the end of WWII.  The last stop is the ruins of Devin Castle, one of the oldest buildings in Slovakia, built in times of Great Moravia Empire. Hear of the patrons of the arts who lived here, as well associated stories and legends of the site. After exploring the site, be returned back to Bratislava.

Bratislava: History and Mystery City Discovery Game

7. Bratislava: History and Mystery City Discovery Game

Curious facts: Get to know more about the city, discover the secrets of the main attractions and learn about curious facts that you won't read elsewhere. Find monuments and hidden secrets: Our local creator created an interactive walk through the city. Cryptic indications make you wind through the cities streets, inviting you to pay attention to details in you usually won't notice. Once you've arrived at the next stop, you will have to solve a question: open your eyes and mind and use your location to find the right answer! Enjoy: While doing this discovery trail you will get to know the city from another point of view. Even locals discover new facts while doing secret city trails! Take an interactive city discovery experience across Bratislava, as you solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Your challenge starts at the Slovak National Theatre on Hviezdoslav’s Square, with all the information you need for your adventure in an email you will receive prior to starting your tour. You will solve 14 riddles, with each riddle taking you from one hidden location to the next. You’ll unlock local recommendations and fun facts, as well as the history of the city. You will discover spots in Bratislava that most locals don’t even know about. as you see popular sights from a different angle. Delve deep into the history of a former coronation city as you explore its beauties, see iconic sights and hidden treasures, and follow recommendations of local bloggers for the best off-the-radar restaurants and cafes. Unlock the secrets this beautiful city on the Danube has to offer, engage with its quirky statues and romantic streets, and learn about its urban legends. Your wits will be rewarded with spectacular views you’ll experience on this trail while solving mysterious riddles. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids and team buildings. Enjoy being together while exploring a city, as you get creative and use your imagination to find the city’s secrets!

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What people are saying about Bratislava

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 147 reviews

The tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and had a tailor-made picture book to help explain his country's turbulent history. His 1988 Skoda car was immaculately clean and well looked after, and took us in comfort (albeit 1980s comfort) to several Cold War-era sites around Bratislava. This tour is very much worth doing.

We had a private guided tour for three - highly recommend. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. She told us everything... and much more about the history of Bratislava, gave insider tips about places to eat, etc. We were also able to collect over 20,000 steps that day ;-D

The friendly lady had extensive detailed knowledge and explained the history of the city in an exciting and committed manner. She was also able to answer our questions with profound knowledge. The tour was instructive and a nice experience.

Our guide, Milan, was very knowledgeable and quite funny. He made us feel comfortable while sharing lots of information about the city. Thanks Milan for a nice tour of your beautiful city.

There were only two of us and we had a great tour guide. She was able to tell us a lot about the city. Thank you again