Private tour

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

4.9 / 5

56 reviews

Activity provider: Authentic Slovakia

Bratislava: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

Activity provider: Authentic Slovakia
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From US$ 71.48 per person

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Take a tour off the beaten track and see sites from Bratislava’s Communist past. Travel in a legendary 1970-1990s Škoda car or a standard minivan for groups of 4 or more participants.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Slovak, English
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Bratislava on board a classic Škoda vehicle or standard van (4+ guests)
  • Learn all about the history of the area in times of war and peace
  • Discover the curiosities of Socialist Realist, Functionalist and Brutalist architectural styles
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Transportation
  • English-speaking guide
  • Soft drink
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    Meeting point

    In front of the Shopping Mall Dunaj at Namestie SNP 30

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    Important information

    Not allowed

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    • Please note that in some cases (winter weather conditions, car repair requirements) a retro car cannot always be guaranteed on the tour
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 56 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      5/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.7/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5

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    The tour guide was excellent. He was very knowledgeable and had a tailor-made picture book to help explain his country's turbulent history. His 1988 Skoda car was immaculately clean and well looked after, and took us in comfort (albeit 1980s comfort) to several Cold War-era sites around Bratislava. This tour is very much worth doing.

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    August 23, 2022

    We loved this tour! Peter was great at sharing fascinating history while also telling us his own experiences growing up in communist Bratislava. The car was beautiful and also fun, and felt very safe all things considered! We had done a tour of the historic areas the day before, and Peter was great about showing us new things and focusing on how the city changed from before WWII to present. We drove all over town, and really felt like we walked away understanding the city better. This tour is a family business - Peter and his brother run the tours, and the cars were his parents. I really felt like he captured the history, and gave us insights into his history too. Would absolutely recommend to anyone!

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    March 29, 2022

    Very informative tour and visited many relevant places that we could not easily visit by public transport (or even knew were interesting). Had two non-English speakers with us of which one person with reduced mobility, and the tour guide was very considerate in taking his time while we translated and walked. Even went out of his normal route to make it easier for us to get around. Would recommend!

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    October 19, 2019

    Product ID: 103700