Things to do in 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.

Bratislava: 1-Hour Small Group Walking Tour

2. 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: Private Walking Tour

3. 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: Wine Tasting with Sommelier

4. 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. Delight in wines selected by oenologists, sommeliers, winemakers, and the National Wine Salon of the Slovak Republic. Choose one wine-tasting program, either 3 samples of wine, 5 samples, or a complete wine tasting with up to 72 Slovakian wines to choose from. At first glance, this may seem like a lot, but how many samples you can taste is up to you. 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.

Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

5. 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

6. 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.

From Vienna: Bratislava Half-Day Trip

7. From Vienna: Bratislava Half-Day Trip

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. Visit some of Bratislava's most famous sights such as St. Michael's Gate and Tower and the Rococo-style Grassalkovich Palace, which is the residence of the President of Slovakia. Enjoy 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.

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

8. 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 or in a standard van, 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.

From Vienna: Day Cruise to Bratislava

9. From Vienna: Day Cruise to Bratislava

Discover the beauty of the Danube from the water as you cruise from Vienna to Bratislava. Travel in the elegant MS Kaiserin Elisabeth and enjoy the 360° views from her sun deck. This new ship boasts bright interiors with 2 decks, 2 bars, and a diverse gastronomic offering. Travel in comfort with full air conditioning and cozy seating. On the trip from Vienna to Bratislava, enjoy an extended continental breakfast. On the return journey, enjoy a light snack. Once in Bratislava, take 4 hours to explore on your own. Stroll through the old center or explore one of the city's many museums. After the visit, passengers will board once more for the return trip to Vienna.

Bratislava: 2-Hour City Walking Tour with Castle Ticket

10. Bratislava: 2-Hour City Walking Tour with Castle Ticket

Meet your guide in the afternoon and begin your walking tour of Bratislava's historic center. First, receive a short, basic introduction about Bratislava and Slovakia. Listen as the guide sheds 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.  Follow along as your guide 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. Afterward, walk up to the iconic Bratislava Castle located above the city. Your guide will give you an introduction about the castle and then you will explore the most significant symbol of Bratislava on your own.

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4.4 / 5

based on 1,233 reviews

This was such a lovely experience! I would highly recommend to anyone who wants to learn about/taste some really high quality wines. We didn't get any bread or snacks but it was still a great experience. We took 2 buses from the airport to get out to Modra but it was absolutely worth it!

We had a private guided tour for three - highly recommend. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. She told us everything... and much more about the history of Bratislava, gave insider tips about places to eat, etc. We were also able to collect over 20,000 steps that day ;-D

Highly recommend this tour. Provides a concise easy to follow history of Bratislava/Slovakia up to today. Being on the bus you are able to go from site to site easily and get amazing panoramic views of the city. The city with its history and views is well worth the trip!

Best choice for getting to know the city in one day. Our tour guide Milin was very friendly, funny and knowledgeable. We got to see some “hidden” places too!

Everything you need to see is there, very nice staff. Gladly again