Bratislava Culture & history

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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.

From Bratislava: Slovakia's Castles Private Full-Day Tour

4. From Bratislava: Slovakia's Castles Private Full-Day Tour

Visit Bojnice Castle, one of the most magical castles in Slovakia, reminiscent of French chateaux in the Loire Valley. On this full-day tour you can choose whether to tour the romantic Bojnice chateau with its beautiful park and zoo, or Trencin Castle with its medieval atmosphere and spectacular views. Explore the atmospheric town Trencin, dominated by a royal castle and a fortress built to protect the town from Turkish invaders. See the inscription glorifying the victory of the Romans over the German tribes in the second century A.D.

Bratislava: Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

5. 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: 6-Hour Carpathian Wine Tour and Tasting

6. 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: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

7. Bratislava: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

Your tour starts with a pick-up from your centrally located hotel in Bratislava, after which you will be taken on a private walking tour with a local guide. Along the way, you will visit fascinating monuments and sights such as the National Theater, the Old Town, St. Micheal's Tower and St. Martin's Cathedral. After wandering through the Old Town center, your group will move on to Bratislava Castle and Slovak Parliament. From there, you will enjoy stunning views of the city from above. After this unique experience, your guide will take you back to the Old Town. Alternatively, you can choose to stay at the castle longer on your own or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant with beautiful views of the city.

Bratislava: History and Mystery City Discovery Game

8. Bratislava: History and Mystery City Discovery Game

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!

Bratislava: City Highlights Private Tour

9. Bratislava: City Highlights Private Tour

Discover the magic of the medieval streets of Bratislava's Old Town, Bratislava Castle, the Slavin War Memorial, and the Blue church of St. Elizabeth on this guided walking tour. Drive to the top of Castle Hill to enjoy breathtaking views of the entire city.  Meet your local guide at the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel and begin your tour with a drive to Bratislava Castle. Listen as your guide shares the secrets of this fortress with you. Stroll thorugh the Royal Baroque Garden before driving to the Soviet-style Slavin War Memorial on the top of Castle Hill.  Snap some pictures of the sweeping views of Bratislava from Castle Hill and make your way to the unusual Blue church of St. Elizabeth to admire its Art Nouveau architecture. Drive to Slovak Radio Building which is in the shape of an upside-down pyramid.  Pass by the Gothic St. Martins Cathedral, the Slovak National Theatre, Freedom Square, and Comenius University. View civic sites like the Slovak Parliament, the Presidential Palace, the Government Office of the Slovak Republic, and the National Bank.  Walk through the streets of Bratislava's Old Town to Michael's Gate which is the only gate from the city's fortification system that has been preserved. Make your way to the Neo-Renaissance-style Opera House, the Main Square, the Town Hall, and the sewer worker statue of Cumil. Finish your tour at the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel where you began. 

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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.

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.

Since we were a small group (4 people), the guide was able to respond to questions individually. Our guide Ivan explained the historical development of Bratislava to us in detail.

This little gallery is really worth seeing! One room more surreal than the other. Really gorgeous.

Super, compact, friendly guide, highly recommended!