Bratislava Region
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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.

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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.

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Bratislava: Banská Štiavnica UNESCO Day Tour

3. Bratislava: Banská Štiavnica UNESCO Day Tour

With its rich deposits of silver and gold, Banská Štiavnica is figured as one of the most important towns in Medieval Europe. Referred to as the "Silver City", this is your chance to see the town and its wonderful landscapes by bike. You will encounter varying environments such as mines, lakes, hills and the fantastic countryside. The town was registered as a UNESCO heritage site in December 1993, and was also the site of the first technology-oriented university in the world. From here, Banská Štiavnica became a center for science and technology development in Europe. Banská Štiavnica is one of the most beautiful and historically interesting towns in Slovakia, attracting artists and romantics with its old mining roads, stylish cafés and many restaurants. Highlights of your tour include the Old Castle and Church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, the Holy Trinity Square (where you can find the Mining District Court building) the Gothic church of St. Catherine, and the New Castle and Calvary. Complimentary to these famous landmarks, you will also encounter unique local beer, wonderful nature, and much more.

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From Bratislava: Lesser Fatra Tour with Zilina

4. From Bratislava: Lesser Fatra Tour with Zilina

Start by taking the 08:13 AM train from Bratislava main train station to Zilina. Alternatively, you can be picked up from your address in Bratislava. On the route, learn of the history of Slovakia and the Lesser Fatra region from your guide. Arrive in Vratna Valley, ride a funicular up to Snilovske Peak (1524 m) and savor the magnificent views of the limestone and granite peaks, before descending down to Vratna Valley to the Vratna Mountain Pass. Visit the famous Slovakian village, Terchova, made famous thanks to folk traditions and Terchova Music from 2013 now part of UNESCO World Heritage. Enjoy a delicious two-course lunch at a local restaurant, visit the Parish Church of St. Cyril and Method and discover a wooden creche at the Church. Explore the city center of Zilina, the capital of North-West Slovakia. Discover Old Town, Passing along the Church of Holy Trinity and the Burian Tower. Continue to the uniquely squared Marianske Square, visit the Catholic House and Bank Palace Zilina. Stop at Rosenfeld Palace, a copy of Belvedere Palace in Vienna, before seeing the oldest building of Zilina – the church of St. Stephan from the 11th century. Transfer to Zilina train station and back to Bratislava. Meet your driver at Bratislava's main train station and travel back to your address in Bratislava.

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Bratislava: Sightseeing Bus Tour with Castle Admission

5. 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.

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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.

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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.

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Bratislava: Grand City Guided Tour

8. Bratislava: Grand City Guided Tour

Meet  your guide in front of the main entrance of the Park Inn Danube Hotel. Receive a short introduction before heading to Hviezdoslavovo square. Discover the Opera House and Reduta Building. Admire the Man Work statue in the city’s Main Square. Pause at the Roland fountain and hear the legend of the knight Rowland. Take a photo with a Napoleonic soldier as you pass by the Old Town Hall. Stroll through Primate’s square to Franciscan Square. Marvel at one of Bratislava’s hidden gems: Primate’s Palace. Take in the stunning Micheal’s Gate. See the palace where the Hungarian Parliament used to meet. End the walking portion of your tour at the gates of St. Martin’s Cathedral. Continue by car to the Presidential Palace in Palisady District, which was built in the functionalist style. See Bratislava Castle and the Slovak Government building. Finish your tour with a visit to the Slavin Monument, where you can enjoy a superb view over all of Bratislava. Afterward, you will be dropped off back at the Radisson or the city center.

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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.

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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Bratislava Region

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8 reviews

James was an excellent tour guide! He has a great attitude and smile and makes you feel that he is happy you are there and he is happy to be with you and show you his city. He is very enthusiastic and funny. We had an amazing time. James is full of knowledge and eager to answer your questions! Can’t say enough kind things about him and how much fun we had!

We had the longest segway tour (2 hours) and would absolutely recommend it, if you want to see as much as possible. Our guide was Peter, he was very helpful throughout the whole time and gave us a lot of information about the sights as well as good tipps on what to see or where to eat. 10/10

Informativer Rundgang mit Milan durch die Altstadt. Kurzweilig. Interessant. Multium Gallery im Anschluss allerdings nicht so sehenswert.

We enjoyed seeing Bratislava from a different perspective very much. Our guide new his city from the inside out.

A lovely walking tour, and the guide (I unfortunately forgot her name) was wonderful!