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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: Sightseeing Bus Tour with Castle Admission

2. 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.

Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete City Segway Tours

3. 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

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 by Night Walking Tour & Drink at Observatory Bar

6. 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

7. 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.

Bratislava: Private Walking Tour

8. Bratislava: Private Walking Tour

You will be picked up from your centrally-located hotel in Bratislava (if staying outside the city center, your meeting is in front of the main entrance to the Park Inn Danube Hotel). Your tour will begin with a short introduction before you begin exploring Hviezdoslavovo Square. You will discover the Opera House and Reduta Building, passing along the "man at work" statue and Schoner Natzi statue to arrive to Bratislava's Main Square. You will then pause at the Roland Fountain where you will here of legends about the famous knight Roland, as well as about the coronation festivities of Hungarian kings in Bratislava. You can take a photo with a Napoleonic soldier as you pass by the Old Town Hall, and discover the Franciscian Church, the oldest sacred building of Bratislava, where the knights of Golden Spurs were knighted. You will then stroll through Franciscan Square to Primate's Palace, where you can marvel at one of Bratislava’s hidden gems: Primate’s Palace (where the Pressburg peace between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Napoleon's France were signed). Next, you will take in the stunning Michael's Gate, before seeing the palace where the Hungarian Parliament used to meet. You will then see the building of Academia Istropolitana, the premise of the first university in the Hungarian Kingdom. At the conclusion of your tour, you will pass by St. Martin's Cathedral, and if you book the 3-hour option, you will also discover Bratislava Castle from where you will gain superb views over Bratislava.

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

9. 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.

Bratislava: Craft Beer Tasting

10. Bratislava: Craft Beer Tasting

Explore the craft beer scene of Bratislava. Visit a microbrewery, sample 4 different types of specialty beers, paired with snacks, and discover the brewing history of Slovakia, one of the top beer-drinking countries worldwide. Expect to see a huge variety of different types of beer on this Tasting Tour. Meet your guide in front of Park Inn by Radisson Danube Hotel. Get a short, basic introduction to Bratislava and Slovakia. Walk to the Sladovna – House of Beer. Slovakia is In recent years, Slovakia has created a unique culture of local small microbreweries. They prepare their own handcraft beer in addition to fantastic cuisine. Visit a small microbrewery popular among locals and taste 4 specialty beers together with a traditional beer snack. Learn insights about the brewing process and the various beer types. Furthermore, you will discover the history of Bratislava and its beer culture.

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What people are saying about Bratislava

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 147 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!!!

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

It was amazing especially our guide Peter he was excellent and very kind. Thank you for everything

Very informative city tour with lots of detailed information, entertaining and nice.