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Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

1. Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

This day trip begins in the morning. Journey by modern bus to Bratislava, the beautiful capital city of Slovakia. Upon arrival, your tour guide will meet you and show you around the picturesque old town. Stroll around the city or enjoy shopping. After a fun day in Bratislava, head to the departure dock, Pontoon HUMA 6 at Razus Embankment, on time for your return trip. Experience high speeds on the water in the comfort of the air-conditioned catamaran. 

Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete City Segway Tours

2. 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: 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.

Bratislava: City Sightseeing Afternoon Walking Tour

4. 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

5. 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.

Bratislava Walking Tours with Licensed Guides

6. Bratislava Walking Tours with Licensed Guides

Discover the historical center of Bratislava during a 2-hour walking tour with licensed city guides, and explore the main monuments and sites in the Old Town. The tour can also be tailored to a theme of your choice. Themed tours include a classical Bratislava tour, Coronation Road tour, sacral tour, tour of Bratislava’s historic defense system, or Jewish tour. Whichever you choose, you will stroll through the old center of Bratislava, while learning about its history dating back from the Celtic Boii tribes, through the arrival of the Slavs to city’s modern history starting at the end of communist era. Discover where 11 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned. Enjoy the magnificent panoramic view from the UFO-like tower on the SNP (Slovak National Uprising) bridge (optional, available at an additional cost). Visit the main square to admire the Old Town Hall from the 14th-century and the Maximilian Fountain, the oldest fountain in the city. Other highlights that you can see during the guided tours are the Gothic Church and Convent of the Order of St. Clare, and the last original town gate, the St. Michael's Gate. Learn about the city’s rich musical history while walking along the Venturska Street, or wander around the palaces from the era of the Empress Maria Theresa.

Bratislava: City Discovery Game

7. Bratislava: City Discovery Game

Take an interactive city discovery game across Bratislava by solving riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. All the information you need for your adventure will be delivered to your email address. Solve a total of 9 riddles, each of which will take you from one hidden location to the next. Unlock local recommendations and fun facts as well as learning about the city's history. See popular sights from a different angle and explore the hipster side of Bratislava, wandering through the cozy streets of the Old Town in search of the cutest cafes. While cracking 9 riddle rhymes, you’ll unlock recommendations from locals. Uncover the best spot for a latte in the city, follow the bearded crowd and make colourful memories at the most Instagrammable spots Bratislava has to offer. This adventure is ideal for those who have only a couple of hours in Bratislava and want to see the locals' favorite locations. During the game, you will see highlights such as the fairy-tale-like Blue Church, socialist Kamenne Square, hipster Laurinska Street, the lovely historical city center, the majestic Hviezdoslav’s Square and the romantic Danube promenade. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids and team buildings. Enjoy spending some time together exploring a new city, getting your creative juices flowing as you use your imagination to unearth the city's secrets.

From Vienna: 6-Hour Bratislava Sightseeing Tour

8. 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.

Bratislava Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

9. Bratislava Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Bratislava at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts. Choose when you start your tour. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device (via a link and login credentials received upon booking), use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Bratislava’s most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. As you walk through the city, enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. Begin your tour of The Blue Church as if straight out of a fairy tale. Enter the Primate's Palace and admire its pink facade. Michael'in Geçidi will amaze you, it is one of the characteristic symbols of Bratislava. Then the Hlavné námestie awaits you, don't forget to take a picture of the Napoleon statue! The Old Town will leave you speechless with its peaceful beauty. Admire Meet Cumil in her unique and quirky way. Learn about the famous Slovak Philharmonic Choir and enjoy. Štúrovo square with its tall and unusual statues will pique your interest. The Slovak National Museum will fill the capacity of your camera while the icing on the cake of this unique tour will be the Starý most with its incredible view of the old town.

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

10. 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, 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.

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4.7 / 5

based on 8 reviews

I selected this tour because it has a group bus tour that brought us to Bratislava and the local guide truly met us at the Bratislava. In short, I didn’t have to be searching around in the bus terminals! The short walking tour of the old town with local guide Ivan was very informative. The rest of the afternoon gave enough time for exploring on your own (lunch, going inside churches, souvenir shopping). The Castle was not part of the tour but it was easy to go to on your own (by foot or by separate tourist tram which I took!). The catarman ride back to Vienna was very convenient and comfortable. Highly recommended!

We really enjoyed the day trip. Everything went well. We were a little unsure about the meeting point, because the area "in front of the opera" is quite extensive. Our guide...well, I didn't find it very convincing. Was too quiet and a bit hectic. But otherwise it was nice, still had enough time to look at everything, feast and shop. Gladly again!

Our guide Kerin was very kind and helpful, she had a lot of energy and enthusiasm when telling us the story of her city. We unfortunately had to leave early to catch our train, but it was an amazing experience regardless! Highly recommended if you have little time in Bratislava.

Great way to see the city and get a good overview. Hector was a lovely tour guide and offered good info and personal tips. After a few mins the Segway was easy to use.

Pleasant day trip, nice, courteous, friendly team on board. Good food. Recommended.