Bratislava Post-Communism Tour

Cultural & Theme Tours in Slovakia
Image by Viator

Information from Viator

Tour description

Visit a vast concrete housing estate area, the Soviet monument Slavín, abandoned factories, 1930’s bunker line, the former Iron Curtain border zone and loads of communist architecture. Tour brings alive the story of Bratislava in the 20th century - political changes, town’s location on the border, contrasts between rich and poor, development of the society, architecture.Tour is normally done in a legendary 70’s Czechoslovak car Škoda or crappy 8-seater van Škoda 1203 (or by a regular vehicle as a back-up) through the off-the-beaten-track places of the communist past as well as recent transformations in Bratislava.

Sites covered during this 2,5-hour tour may vary a bit, but you will see most of these: • the first prefabricated apartment block in Czechoslovakia as well as the largest socialist housing project in Europe, Petržalka • abandoned and destroyed industrial objects as symbols of post-industrial transformations, new capitalist developments • communist-era architecture (socialist realism, functionalism, brutalism) • political objects: Soviet memorial Slavín, diplomatic 1970’s hotel, 1980’s parliament, villas of former communist leaders • ride under the controversial ufo-like SNP bridge, causing destruction of the Jewish district • 1930’s Czechoslovak fortification system, bunkers built against the potential Hitler’s invasion • former Iron Curtain area, border between communist Czechoslovakia and Austria Please note that in some cases (winter conditions, car repairs etc.) we can not guarantee the retro car, but go with our funky green 1992 VW Caravelle or other post-communist / capitalist car.

What's included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Beverages
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Private tour
  • Transport by private vehicle

What's not included

  • No exclusions