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Bratislava

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Bratislava by Sightseeing Bus

1. 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.

Bratislava: 1-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

2. 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: Sightseeing Bus Tour with Castle Admission

3. 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.

Catamaran Transfer between Vienna & Bratislava

4. Catamaran Transfer between Vienna & Bratislava

Experience the fastest connection between Vienna and Bratislava on the Danube river. Take a break from Vienna and explore Bratislava, or leave Slovakia to discover the beauty of the Austrian capital. Sail on a high-speed, high-comfort Catamaran. Cruise down the Danube at 60 km/h. Enjoy spectacular views as you travel from city to city in just 75 minutes. This catamaran service has provided dependable transfers between cities since 2006.

Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete City Segway Tours

5. 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.

Bratislava: City Sightseeing Afternoon Walking Tour

6. Bratislava: City Sightseeing Afternoon Walking Tour

Learn more about Bratislava from an informative local guide on a 1-hour group walking tour. Uncover why this city is know as the Beauty on Danube as you see the old town, grand palaces, and historic monuments. Be greeted by your guide who will inform you about Bratislava's past with facts and stories about the Hungarian empire, Slovak communism, the Velvet Revolution, and Slovakia's 2004 membership in the European Union. Listen to your guide as they show you the Opera House and the House of Reduta. Continue to the imposing Main Square and pass by the Old Town Hall. See the oldest building in Bratislava, the Franciscan Church. Stroll through Biela Street and Michalska Street to Michael's Gate. Marvel at historical buildings and palaces on Venturska Street and Panska Street. Finish your tour at St. Martin's Cathedral.

Bratislava: Wine Tasting with Sommelier

7. 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.

City Discovery Game: The Secrets of Bratislava's Old Town

8. City Discovery Game: The Secrets of Bratislava's Old Town

Discover Bratislava as never before with this original interactive game experience. Using your cell phone, your challenge will start in front of Trinitarian Church. Simply open your e-mail link and your adventure will begin! Set off to explore Bratislava as you solve 10 clues, with each correct answer taking you to the next location. As you proceed through the challenge, learn more about the history of the city and the local culture with fun facts. If you need a little helping hand, ask for hints to help you solve the clues. Take in some of Bratislava's most beautiful sights, visit some of its oldest spots and find out things you never knew about the city. If you're looking for a fun way to experience the city, then this is a truly unique opportunity.

Bratislava by Night Walking Tour & Drink at Observatory Bar

9. Bratislava by Night Walking Tour & Drink at Observatory Bar

Start your exploration of Bratislava at night by meeting your guide at 8:00 PM. Receive a short introduction to Bratislava. Learn about the origins of the city when the old Slavs, the precedessors 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.  Walk up the hill to Bratislava Castle, a dominant feature of Bratislava, which stands at a strategic site above the Danube. The site was inhabited as far back as Celtic and Great Moravian times and has played an important role in the history of Slovakia and Central Europe as well. Get an excellent view of the historical city center lit up at night from this vantage point. Pass the Opera House and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Reduta. Traverse the majestic Danube River to enjoy a welcome drink at the unique UFO Observation Deck. Perched high above the bridge spanning the river, the restaurant offers a 360-degree panorama and is arguably the best view of Bratislava.

Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete E-Scooter Tour

10. Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete E-Scooter Tour

Hop an e-scooter and tour Bratislava with an expert local guide. Choose from 3 different scenic routes around the Old Town to suit the experience and timetable you want. All tours lead through various parts of the city center, covering Primatial Square, the Old Slovak National Theatre, Hviezdoslavovo Square, and the Holy Trinity Column. Later, continue by the water banks of the Danube. During the ride head across the newly opened Old Bridge and modern UFO Bridge. The 1-Hour Riverside E-scooter Tour ends here, but if you opt for the 1.5-Hour Bratislava Castle E-Scooter Tour, continue on a climb up the hill to Bratislava Castle complex for great views over the city. The 2-Hour Complete City E-scooter Tour also includes the ride to Bratislava Castle, plus an excursion to the Presidential Palace. Take in views all the way to Austria and Hungary from the panoramic terrace and the Main Square.

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What people are saying about Bratislava

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 567 reviews

Very good and informative tour. The guide was very well prepared and was also able to answer additional questions about the city. The tour was supposed to last an hour, but it only ended after about 90 minutes. This was not a disadvantage. It was a relaxed stroll through the old town of Bratislava with lots of information about the city and the people who live there. Thanks!!!

The experience is great and the catamaran very comfortable! Only point was that I bought two tickets and on the way back we got separate seats! That was not nice and to change the seat 10 euros! We were lucky the catamaran wasn't crowded so we were able to sit together! ✨

The tour was great value for money, we got to see all the important sights at a very comfortable pace. The staff were very friendly, the driver was very kind and the bus itself is very clean and charming. Highly recommended!

Peter was amazing! Segway was fantastic, amazing guide, really encouraging if new to the activity, great local knowledge and fantastic English! Thanks Peter for making my day at short notice!! Roo

Fantastic tour, highly recommended. A very engaging guide in a grand aged Skoda, with regular stops all around the city. Brilliant