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Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete City Segway Tours

1. 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: 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.

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Bratislava: Riverside, Castle or Complete E-Scooter Tour

3. 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 by Night Walking Tour & Drink at Observatory Bar

4. 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.

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Bratislava: Grand City Guided Tour

5. 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: Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

6. Bratislava: Grand City Tour with Devin Castle

Meet your guide at 12:00 PM in front of the main entrance to Park Inn Danube Hotel and receive a short introduction to Bratislava. As you walk through the historical city center, learn about the ancient history of Slovakia. Learn about the origins of the city when the old Slavs, the predecessors 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. Hear stories from the time when Bratislava was the capital city of Hungarian Kingdom.  Walk to Michael's Gate, only remaining gate of former city wall, the Main Square, the Old Town Hall, and the Bratislava Primatial Palace. Your guide will explain the role of Bratislava through the years of World War II, and the years of communism in the latter half of the 20th century in Slovakia and the subsequent Velvet Revolution. Continue to Reduta before the walking part of the tour ends at the Cathedral of St. Martin, where 19 Hungarian kings and queens were crowned. The next part of the tour is taken by car. Pass by the Presidential Palace and the Palisady district, a district full of villas from the beginning of the 20th century, built in a functionalist style. Next is the main highlight of Bratislava, Bratislava Castle, which provides excellent views of the city. Pass by the building of Slovak Parliament and finish with a visit to Slavín Monument, dedicated to Soviet soldiers who liberated Bratislava at the end of WWII.  The last stop is the ruins of Devin Castle, one of the oldest buildings in Slovakia, built in times of Great Moravia Empire. Hear of the patrons of the arts who lived here, as well associated stories and legends of the site. After exploring the site, be returned back to Bratislava.

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Bratislava: Taste of Slovakia Walking Tour

7. Bratislava: Taste of Slovakia Walking Tour

Bratislava is Slovakia's capital, and is situated just 60 kilometers from the Austrian capital of Vienna near the Danube River. The city has changed its name five times, and throughout this tour you will discover many places of interest such as Town Hall, the Primatial Palace, Martin’s Cathedral, Bratislava Castle, and St. Michael’s Gate. No tour to Bratislava is complete without tasting the city's food and drinks. Bratislava has a big variety of places where you can enjoy potatoes, dumplings, thick sauces, and cheeses. You'll have the opportunity to sample a plum brandy called Slivovica, as your experienced guide takes you around the best places to try Slovak cuisine. You will get to meet craft producers and beer makers, and will not only taste unique dishes like Kofola, Treska v majonéze, Kapustnica, Bryndzové halusky, but will also hear stories about how these dishes became so popular. Towards the end of your tour you can also try the popular Slovakian blackcurrant wine and honey wine.

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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.

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Bratislava: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

9. Bratislava: 3-Hour Private Walking Tour

Your tour starts with a pick-up from your centrally located hotel in Bratislava, after which you will be taken on a private walking tour with a local guide. Along the way, you will visit fascinating monuments and sights such as the National Theater, the Old Town, St. Micheal's Tower and St. Martin's Cathedral. After wandering through the Old Town center, your group will move on to Bratislava Castle and Slovak Parliament. From there, you will enjoy stunning views of the city from above. After this unique experience, your guide will take you back to the Old Town. Alternatively, you can choose to stay at the castle longer on your own or enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant with beautiful views of the city.

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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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What people are saying about Bratislava Castle

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 76 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!

Eva was an amazing tour guide with full of knowledge and enthusiasm for the city of Bratislava. Although the weather was terrible on the night of the tour Eva kept the mood positive and fun with her friendly and yet professional manner. I would highly recommend her for this tour around Bratislava!

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

The tour through Bratislava together with Jakob was great. I had a lot of fun on the segway and enjoyed the historical insight on the City. The time is also wisely selected as you get one of the best views on the city at the sunset.

We had two very nice young women who showed us Bratislava. It was great and I can only recommend it.