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Vienna to Bratislava Tour by Bus and Boat

1. 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: 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: 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: Soviet Era and Post-Communist Tour

4. 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.

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.

From Bratislava: Devin Castle 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

6. From Bratislava: Devin Castle 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

See 2 countries and the meeting point of 2 important rivers on an excursion to the ruins of an imposing castle that’s just a 20-minute drive from Bratislava. Strategic Devin Castle is now in ruins as it was blown up in an attack by Napoleon’s army. On this 3-hour guided tour you’ll explore the Devin Castle ruins and admire the views from its commanding position. During the tour you’ll also have a chance to taste local wine made from currants as well as other local products such as honey with ginger. The Castle offers a spectacular panorama of the surrounding area, with views all the way to Austria. Please Note: from November till March Devin Castle may be closed due to snow/bad weather conditions.

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.

Modra: Private Wine Tasting at a Family-Operated Winery

8. Modra: Private Wine Tasting at a Family-Operated Winery

We are a family operated winery in Modra, let us show you the wonderful wines from our vineyards and wine cellar! Modra is an old royal city worth visiting for its charming romantic setting in the Small Carpathians, and has been known for centuries for its wine production and quality ceramics. What's more, the great codifier of Slovak language Ľudovít Štúr lived and died here. Modra offers you excellent wines, great food and peaceful surroundings. Thanks to the deep enological knowledge, love of vineyards, an emphasis on clean technology and a combination of traditional and modern approaches to wine-making, our wines have a small but distinct Carpathian dimension, full of minerality and pleasant aromas. Our excellent wines offer you a touch of flowers, medlar, mulberries and even figs and kiwi, which also flourish in our gardens. We hope that, after visiting us, our wines will always remind you of long and idyllic walks through the rolling hills of Modra. We own 5 hectares of planted vineyards. We produce wines from typical white varieties like Green Silvaner, Green Veltliner, Red Traminer, Oliver Irsai, Devin, Pinot gris, and Welchsriesling but also from Sauvignon and Chardonnay. We are famous for excellent red wines too, including Hron, Cabernet Sauvignon, Neronet, Dornfelder, and Saint Laurent. Our winemaker is respected authority in his field, not only in Slovakia but worldwide, often travelling abroad as the international judge in the prestigious wine competitions.

Bratislava: 2-Hour City Walking Tour with Castle Ticket

9. 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.

Bratislava by Night Walking Tour & Drink at Observatory Bar

10. 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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What people are saying about Bratislava

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 147 reviews

Very good and informative tour. The guide was very well prepared and was also able to answer additional questions about the city. The tour was supposed to last an hour, but it only ended after about 90 minutes. This was not a disadvantage. It was a relaxed stroll through the old town of Bratislava with lots of information about the city and the people who live there. Thanks!!!

Peter was amazing! Segway was fantastic, amazing guide, really encouraging if new to the activity, great local knowledge and fantastic English! Thanks Peter for making my day at short notice!! Roo

Fantastic tour, highly recommended. A very engaging guide in a grand aged Skoda, with regular stops all around the city. Brilliant

very nice explanation of the wines, very good wines, and a plesent experience

Kiana is an excellent guide, very kind and helpful