Welcome to Bratislava

Recent years have added a cast of outlandish statues, boutiques and modish cafes, eagerly sought out by visiting stag party groups and day-trippers from Vienna. Many arrive purely to enjoy the uproarious nightlife, from rowdy beer halls to hidden nightclubs.

Despite the march of modernism, Bratislava still has nature on its doorstep. The city banks the Danube River, only a few kilometres from the Austrian border. Rolling north are the Malé Karpaty (Small Carpathians), their lowlands draped with vineyards. Flitting between postcard-pretty, steely and gorgeously green, Bratislava never fails to intrigue.

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Bratislava Day Trip from Vienna

After pick up from your selected Vienna hotel or from the meeting point, you'll be taken to a central meeting point, where you'll board a comfortable coach to Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia located on the banks of the Danube River. Traveling 40 miles (64 km) east through the countryside, enjoy the beautiful Austrian landscape. Upon arrival, you'll meet your local guide who will take you to picturesque Old Town Bratislava for a walking tour. On this guided tour, enjoy a wonderful panorama of the Slovakian capital as you see its main sites such as Michael’s Gate, the only remaining gate of the medieval fortification of Bratislava. Visit Grassalkovich Palace and learn about its history from your guide. Built as a summer residence for Count Grassalkovich in the 18th-century, this huge rococo-style palace was used as a Hungarian aristocracy social center. Continue to the Primate's Palace, an 18th-century palace inspired by French classicism considered today as one of the most beautiful buildings in Bratislava. Then, enjoy lunch (own expense) spend some free time visiting one of the numerous coffee houses, shops or cultural sites. Visit the Slovak National Theatre and St Martin’s Cathedral, an ancient coronation place for Hungarian emperors. On your way, you may be able to spot the four life-size bronze statues of the French Napoleon soldier, each hidden in the streets of Old Town Bratislava. Please note, pick up services only available with certain hotels. Please check 'view additional info.' for hotel details and pick-up time.

$74.14 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bratislava Local Secrets with Picnic and Trolleybus

Forget about generic Bratislava city tours that only go as far as the Old Town, and experience the city the way locals live it. Your guides grew up here and want to show you what most tourists don’t see: local pubs, street art, and crowd-free viewpoints. You’ll also eat and drink some beloved local tastes, so there’s that too. City tour kicks off in the heart of the Old Town, with a traditional welcome: bread with salt and a small shot of Borovička, a local spirit. We’re not messing around! We’ll take a narrow local street up to the Michalská brána tower, which houses a museum of historical weapons and city fortification. It’s also home to a rather epic 360-degree view of the old part of town. From there, we’ll navigate further into the Old Town, checking out its most historic buildings and its most important Gothic monument. In amongst the history we’ll stop for a modern taste: locally brewed PUNK beer. In the pub you’ll get to chat more with your guides and learn about their lives in Bratislava. Your city tour continues through one of the oldest thoroughfares in the city, home to one of the city’s oldest ruins: Esterházy Palace. From there, it’s off to the tranquil atmosphere of St. Martin’s Cathedral, followed in contrast by one of the most controversial squares in Bratislava, where a Jewish synagogue used to stand. From the square you’ll be able to spot our next top in the distance: Bratislava Castle. The way to the castle will be filled with opportunities to take some really cool photos of the city. One viewpoint is so picture-perfect that we’ll stop there for a picnic with a view. Sample local sausages, cheese, and a homemade biscuit-type pastry called pagáče – you can’t get any more local than this!  Bratislava Castle. We’ll stop in the main square for a classic photo op, check out the yard, and then head for the trolley — that's how locals get around Bratislava — en route to Horský Park, a beautiful wooded area and favourite spot for locals to go for a wander. Right next door is a hidden monument from WWI, tucked away in a district of the city popular with diplomats and moneymakers. Opposite the monument is Slavin, the most prominent reminder of WWII in Bratislava. Here, we’ll give you a final cultural lesson — in azbuka (you’ll have to join the tour to figure out what that one is) — before heading to the end. Literally. To end your city tour, we’re taking you to a pub whose name means funeral. But don’t worry, this hyper-local pub only signifies the end of the tour, where you’ll enjoy a local beverage, mingle with your new friends, and set the tone for the rest of your evening.

$35.65 Tours & Sightseeing

Bratislava 1-Hour City Highlights Walking Tour with Guide

Meet your guide at the centrally located Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel to begin your tour, then follow your guide through Primatial Square in Bratislava Old Town. Right away you notice Primatial Palace (Primaciálny Palác), a lovely pink and white structure dominating the square. The palace was built in 1781 with a Classicist-style facade capped with marble statues and a cast iron cardinal’s hat. Learn how Napoleon signed the Peace of Pressburg treaty here in 1805 after his defeat at the Battle of Austerlitz.Next, travel to the heart of the city, to the lively Main Square and see Old Town Hall, the oldest town hall in Slovakia. Listen to your guide talk about how Old Town Hall served as the main marketplace and space for public gatherings, and housed a prison and minting site. Today, the building hosts the Bratislava City Museum, and the outlook from the top of the tower offers panoramic views of Bratislava Old Town. Your guide then leads you to Franciscan Square, a more serene space than the Main Square. Named after the Franciscan church with a monastery, the square is surrounded by historical buildings, but the main landmark is Mirbach Palace, a gorgeous Rococo-styled construction from 1770.Visit Bratislava’s largest church, St Martin's Cathedral, built in the 14th century, and learn how this church once served as the coronation site for the kingdom of Hungary. Your introductory and informative tour also includes visits to several charming Bratislava Old Town streets, where you’ll see more palaces and other historical sites, and also note some quaint vintage shops to perhaps visit later on. Your tour concludes back at the original start point in the early afternoon.

$74.86 Tours & Sightseeing

Bratislava by Night 2-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

Meet your guide at the centrally located Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel to begin your tour. Stroll through the charming, cobblestoned streets of Bratislava Old Town toward Bratislava Castle, a gleaming white structure located on a hill. When you reach the top, enjoy the castle grounds as your guide explains the castle’s history dating back to the Stone Age. Then, climb up one of the castle’s four towers and take in amazing views of the city and Danube River.Trek back down the hill, follow your guide through the meandering, narrow streets of Bratislava Old Town and admire the Neo-Renaissance architecture of the 19th century Slovak National Theatre. Your guide explains how drama productions at the theater served an important role in reviving national pride and how today you can see marvelous performances of opera, ballet and drama.Visit more beautiful architecture at Reduta, home of the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and learn how Reduta was built in 1915 on what used to be a stone granary in the 18th century. Today, Reduta is a venue for extravagant balls and the annual Bratislava Music Festival.Cross the Danube River and end your tour on a high note by riding an elevator up to the UFO Observation Deck, 312 feet (95 meters) above ground. At the top, take in panoramic views on the open-air platform, where the eastern side gives you a romantic, lit-up view of the city center and the western side rewards you with views of Devin Castle and the river.Enjoy a leisurely drink at the round-shaped restaurant located below the deck (own expense), and note how the city lights have turned Bratislava into a different sight to behold. Your guide will then lead you back to the Radisson Blu Carlton Hotel.

$25.49 Cultural & Theme Tours

2 Hour Sightseeing Tour of Bratislava

Meet your local guide at the Slovak National Theater at 10am (weekends) or 2pm (workdays) for a 2-hour tour through Bratislava’s Old Town. Discover the highlights of the historical center and perhaps even learn a bit of the Slovak language.Learn about the strange Man At Work statue decorating a Bratislava sidewalk. Stroll past the elegant neoclassical Primate’s Palace. As you wander past the Old Town Hall and the city’s medieval fortifications, your guide will tell you stories about their significance, enhancing your understanding of the buildings. Admire the Academia Istropolitana, built when Bratislava was part of the Kingdom of Hungary, and the striking St. Martin’s Cathedral.After a whirlwind two hours, you will have a deeper understanding of the history of Bratislava.

$33.60 Cultural & Theme Tours

Bratislava Post-Communism Tour

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.