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Bratislava

An architectural melting pot, blending medieval, Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance, and Soviet influences.

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Bratislava by Sightseeing Bus

1. Bratislava by Sightseeing Bus

Combine Old Town and Castle tours to see the most of Bratislava while saving time. Ride the sightseeing bus with audio commentary past the old city's famous sights and stop to visit Bratislava castle. Start by driving 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. You'll 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. Enjoy a leisurely break for shopping and lunch in the historical center of Bratislava before continuing on the bus for a tour of the Old Town. In Bratislava's Old Town you'll see the Main Square with the Town Hall and Maximilian Fountain, the oldest in the city. Venturska Street is the center of the city's music scene and around it you'll see palaces, churches, St. Michael's Gate, and much more.

Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

2. 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

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: 1-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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.

Catamaran Transfer between Vienna & Bratislava

7. Catamaran Transfer between Vienna & Bratislava

Experience the fastest connection between Vienna and Bratislava on the Danube river. Take a break from Vienna and explore Bratislava, or leave Slovakia to discover the beauty of the Austrian capital. Sail on a high-speed, high-comfort Catamaran. Cruise down the Danube at 60 km/h. Enjoy spectacular views as you travel from city to city in just 75 minutes. This catamaran service has provided dependable transfers between cities since 2006.

Bratislava Walking Tours with Licensed Guides

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Bratislava

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 1,107 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!

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.

Perfect for when you’re travelling and easy to use. Customer support was helpful and responded quickly.

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

It was a very interesting ride on a lovely bus with lots of historical context